The Corsair Xeneon is pretty understated for a dedicated gaming monitor. The matte black plastic is of good quality and does not retain fingerprints. The screen borders are quite thin.
The aluminum stand is huge, but it perfectly stabilizes the monitor. The power supply is external: easier to change in case of failure, but also more cumbersome than a model built into the monitor.
The foot allows a rotation of more than ±45° to the left or to the right.
This Corsair monitor has a height adjustment of 11 cm and a tilt between -5° and +20°. On the other hand, there is no pivot to switch to portrait mode.
The rear of the chassis is a good quality grainy black plastic. The connector is facing down. The screen is also compatible with 100 x 100mm VESA mounts once the bracket is removed. The foot also has a standard screw thread on its top that allows for the installation of photographic mounts (camera, camera, light, etc.) very useful for photography enthusiasts. transmission.
The cable management system is particularly efficient and well thought out. You can run many cables through the raceways, but they won’t be completely hidden.
From left to right, the connection consists of one 3.5mm mini-jack audio output, two HDMI 1.4 inputs, two HDMI 2.1 inputs, one DisplayPort input, one USB-C Alt Display port, one USB-C port and two USB 3.1. This model does not house built-in speakers.
The Corsair monitor has a power button and joystick for easy access and changing of settings. This is still 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 fits 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 bumper and no USB-C charging. The latest versions of Windows and macOS operating systems perfectly handle 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), can be used without scaling, but the elements on the screen are still quite small. Note that photo-editing software like Photoshop handles this perfectly in the interface, but displays photos at the native definition of the panel, allowing you to benefit from a very high level of detail that can be appreciated by amateurs.
colors and contrast
Right out of the box, this monitor offers good picture quality, but colors are too saturated for a PC monitor, especially green and red well above a delta E of 3 (below which the eye no longer difference between tones). On the other hand, the temperature curve is perfectly stable with an average of 6490 K perfectly adjusted over the reference value of the video standard (6500 K). Gray levels are also perfect with a fully stable gamma curve across the 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. Temperature is raised slightly to 6840K and gamma to 2.3, but rendering is still excellent in this mode. The calibration probe allows perfect colors to be obtained with a delta E of 1.3 and a gamma reduced to 2.2. You can download the color profile by following this link.
The native contrast ratio of 790:1 is low compared to the measurements 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 falls far short of the contrast offered by the best VA monitors on the market, such as the Philips Momentum 436M6 or the MSI Optix MAG271CR, which benefit from a ratio of over 4000:1. Darker scenes and solid blacks look grayish, especially in a dark room, but that’s not a problem during the day.
The average difference in white homogeneity is 8% on this 32-inch panel. Therefore, there is no variation in brightness perceptible to the naked eye. We did not notice any light leakage in the corners or any cloudiness (cloud effect) in our test model. IPS technology also offers very good viewing angles with very little variation in angles.
The Corsair 32UHD144 doesn’t use pulse width modulation (PWM) to adjust brightness; therefore, it is flicker-free 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 the 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. Therefore, the supported range is very wide and covers all uses. We still recommend a high-performance graphics card, such as the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT or Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, to take advantage of native Ultra HD definition and a large number of images. In all cases, the fluidity is there and the image does not suffer from tearing problems (ripping) or idiots (micro stutter).
We measured the afterglow time at 6.5 ms with the overdrive (response time in French on the OSD) set to the highest (fastest) value. We did not find any difference with the proposed configuration. Doesn’t seem to have any impact on the ghosting. The afterglow time is excellent for an IPS Ultra HD panel. Therefore, this monitor performs better than the Asus TUF VG27AQ which, with its 8 ms, is considered one of the most responsive Quad HD IPS models on the market. However, we found more reactive, like the Samsung Odyssey G7 27 or 49G9 VA models with a afterglow time of only 4.5ms, but not yet in Ultra HD.
Finally, we measure the display delay (input lag) to just 9.3 ms (at 60 Hz). Therefore, there is no delay between the mouse action and its impact on the screen.
The image quality.
Ultra HD definition.
Finishes and build quality.
HDMI 2.1 compatibility (4K/120Hz and VRR) for consoles.
IPS panel responsiveness.
Ergonomics (foot adjustable in height, inclination and rotation).
Without black image insertion system (ELMB, ULMB).
No USB-C charging.
No USB port on the edge.
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