Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 review: a powerful and greedy 32-inch Ultra HD 144 Hz gaming monitor

Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 review: a powerful and greedy 32-inch Ultra HD 144 Hz gaming monitor

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Ergonomics

The Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144.

The Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144.

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The Corsair Xeneon is rather sober for a monitor dedicated to video games. The matte black plastic is of good quality and does not retain fingerprints. The edges of the screen are quite thin.

The aluminum foot.

The aluminum stand is massive, but perfectly stabilizes the monitor. The power supply is external: easier to exchange in the event of a breakdown, but also more cumbersome than a model integrated into the monitor.

±45° rotation.

The foot allows rotation over ±45° to the left or to the right.

Height and tilt adjustment.

Height and tilt adjustment.

This Corsair monitor has height adjustment of 11 cm and tilt between -5° and +20°. On the other hand, there is no pivot for switching to portrait mode.

The back of the monitor.

The back of the chassis is all good quality grainy black plastic. The connector is oriented downwards. The screen is also compatible with VESA 100 x 100 mm mountings once the stand is removed. The foot also has a standard screw thread on its top allowing the installation of photo mounts (camera, camera, light, etc.) very useful for photo enthusiasts. diffusion.

Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144: a powerful and greedy 32-inch Ultra HD 144 Hz gaming monitor

The cable management system.

The cable management system.

The cable management system is particularly efficient and well thought out. You can run a lot of cables through the gutters, but they won’t be completely hidden.

The connection.

From left to right, the connection consists of a 3.5 mm mini-jack audio output, two HDMI 1.4 inputs, two HDMI 2.1 inputs, a DisplayPort input, a USB-C port for display only (Alt Display) , a USB-C port and two USB 3.1. This model does not host built-in speakers.

The power button and joystick for access to settings.

The power button and joystick for access to settings.

The Corsair monitor has a power button and a joystick to easily access and change settings. This remains for us the best way to easily change the settings. The menus are clear and the settings numerous (brightness, contrast, color temperature, sharpness, saturation, overdrive, etc.).

The Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 on our new benchmark desktop.

The Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 on our new benchmark desktop.

The Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 sits quite comfortably on our new reference desk, which now measures 120 x 80cm, a slightly more standard size. With a depth of 32 cm, the foot is very imposing and clearly bulky. It appears to be designed to accommodate a laptop, but there’s no rubber protection or USB-C charging. The latest versions of the Windows and macOS operating systems perfectly manage Ultra HD definition and allow effective scaling to 150% for perfect rendering on this 32-inch panel. The text elements are large enough to be readable and the image is perfectly sharp.

On the other hand, the native definition of 3840 x 2160 px on a 32-inch panel, or 138 pixels per inch (ppi), is usable without scaling, but the elements on the screen remain quite small. Note that photo editing software like Photoshop manages it perfectly in the interface, but displays the photos with the native definition of the panel, which allows you to benefit from a very high level of detail and appreciable by amateurs.

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Colors and contrast



Right out of the box, this monitor delivers good image quality, but colors that are too saturated for a PC monitor, especially green and red well above a delta E of 3 (below which the eye no longer differentiates between shades). On the other hand, the temperature curve is perfectly stable with an average of 6490 K perfectly set on the reference value of the video standard (6500 K). The gray levels are also perfect with a totally stable gamma curve over the entire spectrum and an average of 2.2 identical to the reference value. With the monitor set to sRGB mode and the brightness reduced to 22, colors can finally be considered accurate with an average delta E of just 2.6. The temperature rises slightly to 6840 K and the gamma to 2.3, but the rendering remains excellent in this mode. The calibration probe makes it possible to obtain perfect colors with a delta E of 1.3 and a gamma reduced to 2.2. You can download the color profile by following this link.

Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144: a powerful and greedy 32-inch Ultra HD 144 Hz gaming monitor

Contrast

Editor's Rating: 3 out of 5

790:1

The native contrast ratio of 790:1 is low compared to those measured on the Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ and AOC 27G2U, both above 1200:1. This contrast is very average for an IPS panel. In any case, the Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 remains far from the contrast raised on the best VA monitors on the market, such as the Philips Momentum 436M6 or the MSI Optix MAG271CR which benefit from a ratio greater than 4000:1. The darkest scenes and solid blacks appear grayish, especially in a dark room, but this is no problem during the day.

The average difference in white homogeneity is 8% on this 32-inch panel. There is thus no variation in brightness perceptible to the eye. We did not notice any light leaks around the corners or any clouding (cloud effect) on our test model. IPS technology also offers very good viewing angles with very little variation in the angles.

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Reactivity

The Corsair 32UHD144 does not use Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) to adjust brightness; it is therefore devoid of flicker and does not cause headaches for those who are sensitive to this phenomenon. Corsair has also integrated an Eye Saver mode to reduce blue light emission in software.

This monitor manages FreeSync and by extension G-Sync (but not G-Sync certified) between 48 and 144 Hz and therefore works optimally when the graphics card sends between 48 and 144 fps. The range supported is therefore very wide and covers all uses. We still recommend a high-performance graphics card, such as the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT or the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, in order to take advantage of native Ultra HD definition and a high number of images. In all cases, the fluidity is there and the image does not suffer from tearing problems (tear) or jerks (micro-stuttering).

Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144: a powerful and greedy 32-inch Ultra HD 144 Hz gaming monitor

Reactivity

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

6.5 milliseconds

We measured the afterglow time at 6.5 ms with the overdrive (Response time in French in the OSD) set to the highest value (The fastest). We found no difference with the proposed settings. It doesn’t seem to have any impact on the phantom. The afterglow time is excellent for an IPS Ultra HD panel. This monitor thus does better than the Asus TUF VG27AQ which, with its 8 ms, is considered to be one of the most responsive IPS Quad HD models on the market. However, we find more reactive, like the VA Samsung Odyssey G7 27 or 49G9 models with an afterglow time of only 4.5 ms, but not yet in Ultra HD.

Finally, we measured the display delay (input lag) at just 9.3 ms (at 60 Hz). There is therefore no lag between the action with the mouse and its repercussion on the screen.

Strong points

  • Image quality.

  • Ultra HD definition.

  • Finishing and build quality.

  • HDMI 2.1 compatibility (4K/120 Hz and VRR) for consoles.

  • Responsiveness of the IPS panel.

  • Ergonomics (foot adjustable in height, inclination and rotation).

Weak points

  • Limited contrast.

  • No black image insertion system (ELMB, ULMB).

  • No USB-C charging.

  • No USB port on the edge.

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