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The 5 Best 32-Inch Monitors - Spring 2023 Reviews

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Best 32-Inch Monitors

While 32-inch monitors aren't as common as 27-inch monitors, they're growing in popularity and availability as many offer the same great features found on other sizes, including advanced gaming features like FreeSync, high-resolution 4k screens, and, more recently, HDR and HDMI 2.1 support. More premium 32-inch monitors are coming out now with the latest technology, but you can find 32-inch monitors in various resolutions and for a variety of uses and budgets.

We've bought and tested over 265 monitors, and below you'll find our top picks for the best monitors that are available to buy in a 32-inch size. If you're interested in other sizes, see our recommendations for the best 24-25-inch monitors, the best 27-inch monitors, and the best 34-49 inch monitors.


  1. Best 32-Inch Monitor

    The best 32-inch monitor we've tested is the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85. It's an excellent high-end monitor, and while it can be costly, it offers a ton of features and provides better performance than less-expensive models, and if you're looking for the best 32-inch gaming monitor, you'll be pleased with this one too. Its 4k resolution lets you see more details in your game at once, and the 240Hz refresh rate makes it future-proof when technology supports 4k @ 240Hz games. Until then, you can still enjoy it at lower refresh rates with a 4k resolution. Its excellent response time makes motion look smooth, which is ideal for gaming.

    Even if you don't want to just game on it, it delivers a great HDR experience that makes it much better than most monitors in this regard. It has a good native contrast ratio, and its Mini LED local dimming feature helps further improve the contrast. It means blacks look deep and inky in dark rooms, and while there's some black crush that causes highlights to look muted, its HDR peak brightness is still decent, and some bigger highlights stand out against the rest of the screen.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range 32-Inch Monitor

    If you want to save some money and don't think you'll take advantage of the full 240Hz refresh rate of the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85, check out the lower-end version, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75. It's essentially the same monitor, with the main difference being that it has a lower 165Hz refresh rate, meaning it isn't as future-proof for high-frame-rate gaming, but it still provides a fast refresh rate if you want to use it for console gaming. Thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, you can play 4k games on the Xbox Series X and PS5 without issue, and it supports variable refresh rate (VRR) technology to reduce screen tearing.

    HDR content on this monitor looks great because it displays a wide range of colors and has decent HDR peak brightness, enough to make highlights stand out. It looks great in dark rooms thanks to its high native contrast ratio with decent local dimming, and even if you want to use it in a bright room, it gets bright enough to fight glare, and the reflection handling is good, so visibility isn't a problem.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range 32-Inch Monitor

    If you don't want to spend tons of money on a 32-inch monitor but still want extra features, consider a mid-range option like the Gigabyte M32U. It's different from the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 because it has a lower contrast and a worse local dimming feature, meaning it looks worse in dark rooms, and highlights don't stand out as much in HDR. It's disappointing if you like playing HDR games or watching movies in dark rooms, but if dark room performance is important, the Gigabyte M32UC is a similar monitor with higher contrast. Still, the M32U offers better overall performance with wider viewing angles.

    Despite being designed as a gaming monitor, it has many office-oriented features, like a KVM switch that lets you control two devices with the same mouse and keyboard. It's great for productivity, especially if you need to work on a laptop and desktop at the same time. It also has a USB-C port that makes it easy to connect a laptop, but it's limited to 15 W of power delivery, so it can't charge power-hungry laptops while using them.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range 32-Inch Monitor

    If you don't need a 4k display, you can save money by getting a lower mid-range option like the LG 32GP850-B. It doesn't have any of the productivity features of the Gigabyte M32U, and with a lower 1440p resolution, its text clarity is worse. However, it's still good if you want to use it for the office because it has great reflection handling and high SDR peak brightness, enough to fight glare in a well-lit room. It also has wide viewing angles that keep the image consistent no matter where you view it from, which is good if you sit close as the edges won't look washed out.

    In terms of gaming performance, the motion handling is remarkable, especially at high frame rates, and it has a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur. It also has a few extra gaming features, like a virtual crosshair that your system won't detect, giving you a competitive advantage. While the 180Hz max refresh rate may seem low to competitive gamers, you can also consider the Samsung Odyssey G7 C32G75T, which has a 240Hz refresh rate. However, it costs more and has firmware issues, meaning the LG offers the best value.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 32-Inch Monitor

    If you're looking for a 32-inch monitor on a budget, you'll have to pay a bit more than if you were to get a budget monitor in a smaller size, but there are still a few good options. A monitor like the LG 32GN650-B offers decent overall performance and a few good features to improve the user experience. It's a step down from the LG 32GP850-B because it doesn't get as bright and has worse motion handling, but it still has a 165Hz refresh rate if you want to use it for gaming.

    The main difference is that the 32GN650-B has a different panel type than the 32GP850-B, resulting in a higher native contrast for deeper blacks, but it has worse viewing angles, so the edges of the screen look too washed out if you sit close. Its stand offers decent ergonomics as you can tilt it, adjust the height, or even rotate it into portrait mode, but you can't swivel it. It also has a 1440p resolution like the 32GP850-B, but the text clarity is worse, so you may have to increase the scaling if you find the text too hard to read.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell U3223QE: The Dell U3223QE is a productivity monitor with a bigger USB hub than the Gigabyte M32U with more features like an Ethernet port and higher power delivery on its USB-C port. However, it also costs more than the Gigabyte, so unless you'll take full advantage of all its ports, it isn't worth getting. See our review
  • LG 32GQ950-B: The LG 32GQ950-B is an upper mid-range monitor that costs just a bit less than Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75, but it's a step down in terms of overall picture quality as it has a worse contrast and terrible local dimming. See our review
  • Samsung LS32BG702ENXGO: The Samsung Odyssey G7/G70B S32BG70 is comparable to the Gigabyte M32U because it has a 144Hz refresh rate and 4k resolution. Considering it costs more for little difference in performance, it's better to stick with the M32U. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 31, 2023: Removed the Dell S3221QS and the Gigabyte M32Q from Notable Mentions because they aren't among the best 32-inch monitors, and added the Samsung Odyssey G7/G70B S32BG70 to Notable Mentions; clarified text throughout.

  2. Dec 02, 2022: Replaced the LG 32GQ950-B with the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 for consistency with other articles and replaced the Gigabyte M32Q with the LG 32GN650-B because the Gigabyte is hard to find.

  3. Oct 03, 2022: Restructured categories and order to reflect user needs and the current monitor market; added the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8, the LG 32GQ950-B, and the LG 32GP850-B to their respective categories; renamed the Gigabyte M32U as the 'Best Mid-Range Monitor' and the Gigabyte M32Q to 'Best Budget Monitor' for consistency with other articles; removed the Dell S3221QS, LG 32QN55T-B, Dell U3223QE, and the Samsung Odyssey G7; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  4. Jul 08, 2022: Restructured article to reflect user needs: renamed the Gigabyte M32U to the 'Best 32 Inch Monitor' and the Samsung Odyssey G7 to the 'Best 32 Inch Gaming Monitor'; replaced the LG 32UL500-W with the LG 32QN55T-B in the budget category; added the Dell U3223QE and removed the Gigabyte M32Q.

  5. Mar 22, 2022: Replaced the Acer Nitro XV282K with the Dell S3221QS as 'Best Office' because the Dell is cheaper, and updated Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors currently available in a 32-inch screen size, including the best 32-inch gaming monitors. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.

If you would prefer the make your own decision, here is the list of all of our monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.