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Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 review

The Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 is a very impressive 4K gaming monitor at 144 Hz in many ways, but its HDR leaves a lot to be desired, especially at its rather high price.

The Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 is the first 4K gaming monitor to join the company’s relatively recent lineup of displays. Only two further models round out the lineup. While this panel gives Corsair new ground, the manufacturer is not short of rivals in this space, so its new, dazzling display must be both a good performer and provide something fresh to the market. It successfully completes each of those tasks in the main.

This much larger 32-inch 4K display has significantly improved practically every game I’ve played on it, including countless sessions of Apex Legends and cinematic romps like Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered. It replaced my previous dedicated 27-inch 1440p gaming monitor. Sometimes bigger is actually preferable. We are here with our Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 review.

Only two other models make up the company’s rather young range of monitors, and the Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 is the first 4K gaming monitor to join it. Corsair is breaking new territory with this panel, but there is plenty of competition for the manufacturer in this market, so the new, gleaming screen must be both a fantastic performer and provide something unique. Thankfully, it largely succeeds in achieving both of these goals.

Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 review: Design

The Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 is an extremely attractive monitor, despite the fact that its bezels are a touch thicker than those of typical displays at this price range. However, they aren’t bothersome, and considering the display’s brightness (up to 600 nits with HDR), you won’t see them until someone specifically points them out. Two HDMI 2.1 ports, one DisplayPort 1.4 port, and one DisplayPort 1.4 via USB-C input are among the port choices available.

Overall, this should more than satisfy your needs, and it also works nicely as a console gaming monitor thanks to the HDMI 2.1 connectors. If you don’t have a lot of space on your desk, this monitor might not be for you because it can be difficult to move and has a sizable footprint. There is also the option to mount the monitor on a wall or an arm because it is compatible with 100mm x 100mm VESA. The monitor is height, swivel, and tilt adjustable.

You may control almost all of the features directly through the monitor’s interface by using the standard monitor joystick, which is located on the back of the panel. As an alternative, you can download Corsair iCue and control every option on your monitor there. You’ll need to delve into the Windows display settings to turn HDR on. When you do this, be careful if you have a second display plugged in. When a second monitor is present, our review device went through an unpleasant cycle of trying to enable HDR and then resetting when it didn’t seem to be able to.

Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 review: Features

Despite Corsair’s relative youth compared to other, more seasoned manufacturers in the gaming monitor market, I’m quite pleased with the feature set of the Xeneon 32UHD144, especially considering that it’s a first-generation product of its sort. The Xenon 32UHD144 derives its name from a 32-inch IPS screen with a 4K resolution and 144Hz refresh rate, which starts out with the basic yet most essential components. For giving their gaming displays a naming scheme that doesn’t require the Rosetta Stone to understand, Corsair will immediately earn brownie points from me.

Even while it might seem insignificant, any move that makes purchasing accessories for your gaming PC simpler is a win in my eyes, especially if you’re spending a large sum of money. In spite of the fact that monitor speakers are typically terrible, they are a common nice-to-have feature because this monitor doesn’t come with any.

But the Xeneon 32UHD144 had no such luck. But a 3.5mm headset can use the built-in audio passthrough. There is an exposable socket on the top of the monitor’s stand where a camera arm can be attached if you have an Elgato setup for streaming. You can manage monitor settings from the Stream Deck (after downloading Corsair iCue) if you have an Elgato setup for streaming.

Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 review: Performance

The Xeneon 32UHD144 performs best when doing what it was designed to accomplish, which is gaming and creative work. In terms of gameplay, the 144Hz refresh rate and clear 4K resolution never get old to look at, and your games will run more smoothly and sharply than most gamers are probably used to. The majority of gamers are probably still using 1440p or 1080p because of the higher refresh rates as 4K at 144Hz is still just beginning to become popular.

If that describes you, you’ll adore this monitor. Nothing compares to watching 4K gaming surpass the 100fps barrier, which significantly improves how much fun gaming can be. With the Xeneon 32UHD144’s HDR, things falter. However, HDR600 is just that—fine. It’s alright, nothing special, and, to be honest, you probably won’t give a damn about it either way. Although this isn’t unique to the Xeneon 32UHD144, HDR600 is actually kind of useless, especially when you consider the trouble fiddling with HDR settings may cause, especially on multi-monitor systems.

Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 review: Image Quality

The Xeneon 32UHD144 stunning appearance is due in part to quantum dot technology. The Xeneon is able to attain great colour coverage and accuracy because to this additional layer, which significantly enhances colours beyond what standard IPS panels are capable of. Although HDR isn’t great—I’ll discuss why in the next section quantum dot allowed me to leave HDR off without any problems.

Let’s start with the outcomes: The sRGB and Adobe RGB colour spaces are 100% covered, and the Xeneon 32UHD144 includes specific presets for each of these modes to reduce the colour coverage. Black levels are an area where the Xeneon 32 struggles. I recorded a peak brightness of about 480 nits, which is significantly higher than the value Corsair promotes. However, due to the washed-out blacks, the contrast was far reduced, only reaching 660:1 as opposed to the 1,000:1 that IPS panels can achieve.

When HDR is turned off, there is no issue, however when it is switched on, the contrast stings. Local dimming is an option, both with HDR on and off, however most users will not use it due to the slow transitions and small number of dimming zones. The competition the Xeneon 32 faces is the issue. It competes with Sony’s InZone M9, which has far superior HDR, and Alienware’s 34 QD-OLED, which further improves quantum dot over a contrasty OLED panel, all of which cost $1,000.

Pricing and Availability

The Xeneon 32UHD144 isn’t significantly more expensive than many of its rivals, such as the MSI Optix MPG321UR-QD, but many gamers will naturally be unable to afford this price. Although Corsair provides the monitor in some places without the stand, which should save some money, we are unsure of the actual price difference as a result of. However, the year is no longer 2012; it is 2022, and 144Hz at 4K is no longer a rare luxury.

The M32UC and MSI Optix MPG321UR QD are two recent monitors that offer comparable features and performance at a lesser price while still being luxury. All of this shouldn’t matter if you are truly committed to the Corsair product line, and the $999/£949 price tag is reasonable for a monitor in this category given its other excellent qualities. But if you’re not committed to Corsair, do a little comparison shopping to avoid paying too much for capabilities you won’t use or need.

Final Words

The Xeneon 32UHD144 is a capable 4K gaming monitor that primarily lives up to the high caliber of its design. It excels most as an SDR display since it can accurately accommodate a wide range of colour gamut’s. Just keep in mind that it won’t provide a great HDR experience, unlike many of its competitors. It’s unfortunate that the device’s advertised 1ms response time necessitates a significant trade-off, but hopefully this can be fixed with a firmware update or replacement. Despite this, it is responsive enough that everyone aside from die-hard esports players shouldn’t have any issues.

Jonathan Williams
Jonathan Williams is in charge of coverage for laptops and desktops, and he stays current on the most recent developments in the gaming and technology industries. You can find him enjoying video games, watching social media, and waiting for the next Marvel movie when he isn't writing about technology.

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The Xeneon 32UHD144 is a powerful 4K gaming monitor that primarily lives up to the high level of its design. It excels primarily as an SDR display, as it can accurately display a wide range of color spaces.Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 review