Wed. Feb 1st, 2023

Today’s Best NZXT Canvas 32Q Curve Deals

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Boutique gaming system and component maker NZXT has added high-performance monitors to its lineup of 27-inch and 32-inch screens. The Canvas line includes 27Q (flat) and 32Q (curved) monitors, the latter of which I’ll review here. It runs at 165 Hz QHD resolution and features a high-contrast VA panel with adaptive sync, HDR and wide color gamut. You can get multiple combinations of white and black with a stand or monitor arm. And the price is competitive compared to other well-known brands. Does it perform well enough to make it to our best gaming monitors page? let’s see.

NZXT Canvas 32Q Specifications

Panel Type/Backlight VA/W-LED, Edge Array Screen Size/Aspect Ratio 32″/16:9 Curve Radius: 1500mm Maximum Resolution and Refresh Rate 2560×1440 @ 165 Hz FreeSync: 48-165 Hz G-Sync Compatible Native Color Depth and Color Gamut 8bit/DCI-P3 Response Time (MPRT)1msBrightness (mfr)300 nitsContrast (mfr)3,000:1SpeakersNoneVideo Inputs1x DisplayPort 1.22x HDMI 2.01x USB-CAudio3.5mm headphone outputUSB 3.01x up, 2x down Power consumption 31.8w , Brightness @ 200 nits Panel Dimensions WxHxD w/base28 x 19.1- 23.8 x 10.4″ (711 x 485-605 x 264mm) Panel Thickness 4.4″ (112mm) Bezel Width Top/Side: 0.4″ (10mm) Bottom: 0.8 in (20 mm) Weight 18.6 lbs (8.5 kg) Warranty 3 years

With so many fast IPS screens out there, I’m seeing fewer and fewer VA panels used in gaming monitors. This is unfortunate, as they offer all the colors and about three times the contrast of the best IPS monitors. NZXT uses the VA section in the Canvas 32Q, delivering nearly 4,000:1, which is higher than any IPS and many VA monitors I’ve tested. This has a big impact on both SDR and HDR content. The Canvas 32Q accepts HDR10 signals, but it doesn’t use dynamic contrast or high-output backlighting. But its HDR quality is still better than regular IPS monitors that can only go up to 1,000:1.

The color gamut covers about 88% of DCI-P3, which is average among the value-added screens. Like most wide-gamut monitors, it’s a bit short in the green primary. The blues and reds are well-saturated, and the Canvas 32Q is very colorful in all types of content. Accurate enough out of the box, no calibration required. I found that it only needed a gamma adjustment to give a good photo.

Gaming performance is guaranteed by a 165 Hz refresh rate, which is easily satisfied at QHD resolutions when driven by mid-to-high-end graphics cards. Although it has a pixel density of 93ppi, it renders a crisp image that is equally suitable for gaming or productivity. Its high contrast ratio helps create fine details and shades of color.

The screen’s 1500mm curve radius is right in the middle, with no image distortion, but the curve is enough to immerse the viewer. At 32 inches diagonal, there’s a lot of height and width to fill one’s peripheral vision.

The Canvas 32Q clearly has gaming intent, although it saves buyers some money by omitting the speakers and LED lighting. However, the solid build quality and reliable performance make it worth the money.

Assembly and Accessories

When you buy the Canvas 32Q directly from NZXT’s website, you can choose between a stand or an arm. The panels and stand are available in black or white, so you can choose from four possible combinations. The stand adds $50, while the arm is $100 for a single and $170 for a double. The panel alone costs $400 (white) or $380 (black). NZXT sent me everything in black, plus a stand and an arm. All components can be assembled easily and quickly without tools. Extensive cable pack includes HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C, standard USB and external power.

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The Canvas 32Q has a simple yet functional shape. The column looks a bit like a flash suppressor on a machine gun, with rows of holes in it. Although slender, it is rock solid, with a thick sheet metal as its base. Ergonomics include 120mm height adjustment, 20 degree swivel and 5/20 degree tilt. There is no portrait mode. The back includes a 100mm VESA mount for any solution you choose. The OSD joystick and the NZXT logo proudly displayed on top can also be seen on the back.

The top view shows the 1500R curvature. Just the right amount of subtlety and extremes, the perfect balance of immersion and picture quality. There’s no noticeable distortion, so you can easily work with documents and spreadsheets using the Canvas 32Q’s large screen area. You can see plenty of cooling grills to keep the internal temperature above ambient. A small clip attaches to the stand for cable management.

From the side, you can see that the top profile of the panel is thinner. This part is covered by a metal plate that further aids cooling. There are no speakers or side USB ports, but the Canvas 32Q doesn’t skimp on connectivity. You get two HDMI 2.0, one DisplayPort 1.2, one USB-C for video input, and USB upstream connections. There is also one USB-B upstream port and two USB-A downstream ports. You can connect headphones or powered speakers to the 3.5mm audio jack.

screen display function

The OSD of the Canvas 32Q is very simple and I really appreciate it. It has only four submenus and a signal information screen.

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All pictures and game settings are included in the image menu. The first section has eight image modes and brightness/contrast/sharpness as well as three color temperature, RGB sliders, three gamma presets and color saturation. The second half includes overdrive, frame rate counter, MPRT (blur reduction with backlight flash), low blue light, and a black EQ to make shadow detail more apparent. My only downside is the lack of numerical values ​​for settings like brightness and contrast, RGB or volume. You can see the slider move up or down, but there are no numbers for later reference. I counted the number of clicks, each slider has 100 steps, making the center point 50. Other options like sharpness, saturation, low blue light and black equalizer have 10 steps. It was unusual, but I got used to it after a while.

Among other settings you’ll find the FreeSync toggle. This should work with MPRT, but it doesn’t. As with most monitors, turning on MPRT cancels adaptive sync. There is no fine-tuning available for the backlight flash. It reduces brightness by about 25% and produces some slight phase artifacts. Overdrive is very subtle in its operation, with no noticeable ghosting. It does a great job of reducing blur.

NZXT Canvas 32Q Calibration Settings

By default, Canvas 32Q is accurate enough to not require calibration. I saw some slight green errors in the grayscale patterns I viewed, but the actual content looked very good, with natural colors and tones. Gamma was too light at the default 2.2 setting, so I bumped it up to 2.4 to significantly improve depth and size. I can’t use the RGB sliders to improve the white point accuracy because they don’t act the same on all luminance steps. My calibration only includes changes in gamma. Below are the brightness settings I use for common output levels.

The HDR signal automatically switches the Canvas 32Q into HDR mode, where I measured good accuracy for color and EOTF tracking. There are no picture adjustments available for HDR content, so you’ll have to limit your adjustments to whatever in-game options are available.

Picture Mode Standard Brightness 200 nits 55 Brightness 120 nits 25 Brightness 100 nits 18 Brightness 80 nits 12 Brightness 50 nits 1 (minimum 48 nits) Contrast 50Gamma2.4

Games and hands-on

The first thing I see when I start Windows is the Beach Scene wallpaper, which is part of Windows 10’s default graphics set. The blue sky was reflected on the water, with orange sand and stones in the background, and a solitary figure was running on the beach. I always look at color first, and the Canvas 32Q impresses with its bold and vivid hues. The extra contrast was noticeable as I saw soft waves clearly in the foreground, well ahead of the rocks behind. The running woman is almost a silhouette, but some subtle details can be seen. For example, I could tell she was wearing three-quarter length pants.

If you like to sit very close to the screen, the picture looks a little soft, with a pixel density of 93ppi. But the big screen is best used three to four feet away. Then you won’t see the pixel structure. The anti-glare layer does its job invisibly without causing any distortion or grain. The image is very sharp, with no noticeable edge enhancement as long as you keep the sharpness slider at 50%.

Productivity apps look solid, with crisp fonts and good contrast between black text and a white background. Photo editing is easy, but since there is no sRGB mode available, I have to use a software LUT when that gamut is required. Watching videos is a smooth experience, with no noticeable stuttering or pacing issues in YouTube content.

I started my playtime with Doom Eternal’s Horde mode, which keeps the action moving. Overdrive does a reasonable job of maintaining motion resolution, but it could be a bit more aggressive. Even at the highest settings, it didn’t clean up the picture completely. The MPRT-backlit flash holds fine detail well during fast movements, but suffers from some phase artifacts. I can compensate for the reduction in light by turning up the brightness slider. But ultimately, I prefer to keep adaptive sync. Frame rate management is flawless for both G-Sync and FreeSync systems.

Thanks to Canvas 32Q’s accurate EOTF tracking in HDR mode, shadow areas in Call of Duty WWII are nice and dark. I could still see details clearly, and the true blacks made the image look three-dimensional. There’s also an extra pop of color, which further differentiates HDR from SDR. Highlights are slightly flatter compared to brighter displays, but for its value price point, I’d still call the Canvas 32Q an excellent HDR display.

The Canvas 32Q is NZXT’s first product to deliver a solid gaming experience and great picture quality in all areas of productivity and entertainment.

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