Gigabyte M32UC: two minute review
The Gigabyte M32UC manages to succeed where many other gaming monitors have failed by providing a clear picture, great features, and a 144Hz refresh rate at 4K without absolutely breaking the bank.
At a basic level, the curved 32-inch (31.5-inch to be exact) UHD gaming monitor has a 144Hz refresh rate that balances performance and efficiency very well. Furthermore, the M32UC includes VESA Display HDR400, a whole host of ports, external speakers and Gigabyte’s KVM technology. Everything crammed into this pack comes at an extremely attractive price point of $729.
Despite some issues with the external speakers and basic display settings, there’s so much value in the M32UC for those who can afford it that it’s easily one of the best gaming monitors on the market today, and comfortable in qualifies for our Best 4K 144Hz Monitors List.
There are some issues that keep the M32UC from absolutely taking the cake, but anyone with one of the best graphics cards out there that’s powerful enough to push out 4K gaming at over 60 frames per second will love it. on this monitor . Aspiring esports gamers looking for a competitive edge will find plenty here as well, as will a number of content creators.
In short, the Gigabyte M32UC is one of the best monitors on the market today, regardless of its qualifications.
Gigabyte M32UC: price and availability
- How much is it? $799 / £681 (about AU$1,093)
- When is it out? The Gigabyte M32UC is now out
- Where can you get it? Available in US, UK and Australia
The Gigabyte M32UC is available in the US, UK and Australia for $799, £681 and $1,093 respectively.
Within those areas, interested buyers can find them at popular outlets from Newegg to Amazon.
For a 32-inch curved gaming monitor with a UHD resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, HDR400, and a host of other features, the $729 price tag is a serious bargain, making it one of the best 4K monitors you’ll find right now. .
In comparison, in our BenQ Mobiuz EX3210R review, we tested a monitor that was slightly faster at 165Hz, but with a lower 1440p resolution that currently retails for around $699. This isn’t much less than the M32UC, but at the latter you get much more than with the former. The BenQ Mobiuz EX3210U, which has similar specs to the M32UC and is a flat 4K display, has a suggested retail price of $1,099, almost $500 more than the M32UC.
Gigabyte M32UC: design
- Easy installation and operation
- There are many connectivity options
- Speakers are terrible
At first glance, there’s a lot to like about how Gigabyte designed the M32UC. The two-piece stand is easy to assemble without much work from base to neck. Considering the price, the display frame feels plastic outside of the metal plate on the back that snaps onto the stand neck. The port slate is positioned downwards at the rear to give the monitor a sleek discreet look to match the all-black aesthetic.
Gigabyte M32UC Key specs
Panel Size: 32-inch
Panel type: VA LCD
Brightness: 350 nits
Pixel response: 1ms
Refresh rate: 144Hz (160Hz OC)
Inputs: 2 x HDMI 2.1 (support 4K 144Hz 4:4:4 @ DSC enabled or 4K 144Hz 4:2:0), 1 x Displayport 1.4, 1 x USB Type-C (Alternate mode; upstream port; power delivery up to 18W) , 3 x USB 3.2 Downstream Ports, 1 x USB 3.2 Upstream Port, 1 x Headphone Jack
There are two HDMI 2.1 ports and one Display Port 1.4. Hypothetically, this means that in addition to connecting the M32UC to a gaming PC via the DisplayPort, the other two HDMI ports can also be used with both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. In addition to the three video inputs, there are three USB-3.2 downstream ports and one 3.2 upstream port.
Rounding out the ports is a 3.5mm headphone jack which will definitely be needed as the external speakers are just garbage. Aside from overall volume issues, underwhelming mids and cracking bass contribute to general uselessness. It is certainly undeniable where cuts have been made.
Gigabyte M32UC: Features
- Gigabyte KVM is actually useful
- Very useful built-in esports features
There are a number of features of the Gigabyte M32UC, but the one we found most compelling was Gigabyte KVM. This feature allows you to use a single set of keyboard, video and mouse inputs to control multiple devices at the touch of a button.
To use Gigabyte KVM (keyboard, video and mouse), there is a USB-C port that can also upstream and deliver power up to 18W. Using the feature is as simple as pressing the button above the joystick controller.
The usability of the KVM feature may vary, but it was cool to switch between mobile device control options without having to have a second keyboard and mouse. Meanwhile, the intuitive joystick controller made changing display settings and switching display inputs an intuitive experience as well.
The number of esports features was also impressive, including an on-screen timer to count down match times, target stabilization and synchronization, and a built-in, high-contrast reticle for shooters.
Gigabyte M32UC: Performance
- Picture quality and game performance are great
- HDR performance is respectable
- May need ticker with setting during setup
From the jump, the Gigabyte M32UC presents a fairly flat and dimly lit image, even when HDR is enabled. After tinkering with various brightness, contrast settings, color controls and HDR settings, the visual experience was nothing short of stunning.
With 93 percent DCI-P3 superwide-gamut colors, colors come out vividly with deep blacks. There’s also an anti-reflective coating so playing in a brightly lit room or near a window with sun rays won’t interfere with the visual quality. Playing games like Forza Horizon 5, Microsoft Flight Simulator and Cyberpunk 2077 showed fantastic image quality that only got better with the higher refresh rate. Editing photos in Photoshop or watching Netflix movies was also a visual treat.
In terms of performance, the M32UC features SuperSpeed VA technology that limits response times to 1ms and the FreeSync implementation was flawless. This made the experience of playing multiplayer modes for games like Call of Duty Vanguard and Halo Infinite an enjoyable experience that gave a competitive edge.
There is an overclocking option to extend the refresh rate to 160 Hz, but that locks in a variable refresh rate, which could be an issue for some. Buyers looking to delve deeper into personalizing their experience with the M32UC can use Gigabyte’s OSD Sidekick app, which can further fine-tune image and performance.
Should I buy a Gigabyte M32UC?
PC gamers with high-end rigs who can push 4K gaming at high refresh rates and who want to cut monitor costs should seriously consider the Gigabyte M32UC. At $799, the M32UC makes 4K/144Hz gaming as feasible as ever with some notable extras.
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Gigabyte M32UC: Report Card
|Where the||For the price, the M32UC offers a ton of performance and features that make it an exceptional value.||5 / 5|
|Design||The M3210UC is sturdy enough, but plastic components and awful speakers really drag things down a bit.||3.5 / 5|
|Functions||The coolest feature, Gigabyte KVM, is a way to manage device input from a single controller, using a simple, single switch.||4 / 5|
|Performance||From the color performance to the refresh rate and pixel response, this monitor is a top performer, regardless of the price tag.||5 / 5|