The Gigabyte M32Q is a great monitor with a 32 inch 1440p IPS screen. It has wide viewing angles, good peak brightness, and good reflection handling. This monitor delivers an amazing gaming experience, with an outstanding response time, superb low input lag, and a few great gaming features. It supports FreeSync and G-SYNC variable refresh rate technologies for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. There's an optional black frame insertion feature (BFI), and unlike most monitors on the market, it even supports BFI with a variable refresh rate, meaning you can get the best of both worlds. It also has a few unique extra features, including a built-in keyboard, video, and mouse switch (KVM), allowing you to control two sources at once with a single keyboard and mouse. Of course, due to the IPS panel, it's not as well-suited for a dark room, as it has low contrast and bad black uniformity, but overall, it's a great monitor for pretty much any usage.
The Gigabyte M32Q is a great monitor for most uses. It's great for office use, with wide viewing angles, lots of screen space to work, good peak brightness, and good reflection handling. It excels as a gaming monitor, with some great gaming features, an incredibly fast response time, and of course, low input lag. It's also a good choice for watching videos, and a great choice for media creation, with an impressive color gamut and outstanding accuracy out of the box.
The Gigabyte M32Q is a great office monitor. It has good peak brightness and good reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue. It has wide viewing angles, great for sharing the screen with someone else, and has excellent gray uniformity. The 32 inch, 1440p screen is great for multitasking. The stand can't rotate to portrait orientation, though, which might be limiting for some users, and blacks appear gray in a dark room, so it's not great for working late.
The Gigabyte M32Q delivers an amazing gaming experience. It has an extremely fast response time, delivering clear motion with little blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has low input lag, and it supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC variable refresh rate (VRR) technologies. It also looks great even in a bright setting, with good peak brightness and good reflection handling. Also, it has an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce blur, but unlike most monitors, this feature is even available when VRR is enabled.
The Gigabyte M32Q is very good for watching videos. The relatively large size and high pixel density deliver a clear, sharp image, and the image remains accurate at an angle, great for watching with a few other people. It has good peak brightness and good reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue, but it's not great for watching in the dark, as it has low contrast and bad black uniformity.
The Gigabyte M32Q is a great monitor for media creators. The large screen makes it easier to see more of your work at once, and the wide viewing angles make it easy to share your work with someone else. It has outstanding accuracy out of the box, and a superb SDR color gamut, with great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space. It has amazing gray uniformity and superb gradient handling, so you don't have to worry about dirty screen effect or banding. It's not great in a dark room, though, as it has a low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity.
The Gigabyte M32Q is decent for gaming in HDR. It delivers an amazing gaming experience with low input lag, variable refresh rate support, and an outstanding response time, resulting in clear motion with little blur. As far as the HDR experience goes, it doesn't add much. It has a low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity, two of the most important factors in a great HDR experience. It's bright enough that most games stand out, but it doesn't deliver a true cinematic HDR experience.
The Gigabyte M32Q has a simple, subdued design that looks great in any setting. It has extremely thin bezels on three sides, and even the bottom bezel is thinner than most similar displays. The stand is a bit bulky, taking up more space than similar offerings from LG, but it supports the display well and has a great range of ergonomics, but it can't rotate to portrait orientation.
The stand is a bit bulky, but it supports the display well.
The Gigabyte M32Q has okay ergonomics. It has an impressive height adjustment range and a great tilt range, but it can't rotate to portrait orientation, so it's less ideal for a multi-monitor setup.
The borders are thin on three sides, so it looks great in a multiple monitor setup.
The Gigabyte M32Q has decent build quality. It's entirely plastic but feels sturdy, and the ergonomic adjustments are smooth and feel solid. The glossy finish on the back is prone to collecting fingerprints. We didn't notice any real areas of concern; the bezels seem solid, and we didn't notice any bubbling or issues with the frame.
The Gigabyte M32Q has mediocre contrast, as expected for an IPS panel. This results in blacks that tend to look gray in a completely dark room. Note that contrast can vary between units, even of the same model.
The Gigabyte M32Q doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only, so you can see how the backlight on this display performs and compare it to a similar product with local dimming.
The Gigabyte M32Q has very good peak brightness in SDR. It's bright enough for most environments, even if there's a lot of natural light in your room. There's no variation in brightness with different content, which is great.
These measurements were taken after calibration, in the 'Standard' Picture Mode, with the backlight at max. The peak brightness can change depending on which mode you're using.
The Gigabyte M32Q has decent peak brightness in HDR. It's bright enough to show off some small highlights in games, but it's not bright enough for a true cinematic HDR experience when watching movies.
These measurements are taken before calibration, in the 'HDR400' Picture Mode, with the backlight at max and HDR enabled. The peak brightness can change depending on which mode you're using.
As expected for an IPS panel, the horizontal viewing angles on the Gigabyte M32Q are good. The image starts to wash out at a wide angle, but most colors remain accurate, except for reds which start to shift.
As expected for an IPS panel, the vertical viewing angles are very good and shouldn't cause any issues. The image washes out a bit at a wide angle above or below the display, but colors remain fairly accurate even at a wide angle.
The Gigabyte M32Q has amazing gray uniformity. The sides of the screen are slightly darker than the center, but there's almost no dirty screen effect in the center, which is amazing. Gray uniformity can vary between units, but it's rarely an issue on current monitors.
Unfortunately, the Gigabyte M32Q has bad black uniformity. There's a bit of cloudiness on the screen, but it's not too bad. The biggest issue is significant backlight bleed from the corners, which can be very distracting in a dark room. Note that black uniformity can vary between units.
Out of the box, the Gigabyte M32Q has outstanding accuracy. Gamma follows the target sRGB curve almost perfectly, but some bright scenes are slightly over-brightened. White balance and color accuracy are nearly perfect; the only potentially noticeable issue is highly saturated blues, and even that isn't very noticeable. Note that the accuracy out of the box can vary between units.
Out of the box, the most accurate picture mode is the sRGB mode. Unfortunately, using this mode brings some limitations, as the color temperature settings are locked down and can't be adjusted.
After calibrating, colors and the white balance are even more accurate, but gamma is slightly worse, and bright scenes are even brighter than they were before calibration. We couldn't correct for the issue with pure blues, but this still isn't very noticeable.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit due to manufacturing tolerances, even for the same model.
The Gigabyte M32Q has an impressive SDR color gamut. It has nearly perfect coverage of the sRGB color used by most desktop and web content, but it falls a bit short on the blues and greens. Coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space is great but might not be good enough for some professional content creators.
The Gigabyte M32Q has exceptional color volume in SDR. Since it can display almost all of the sRGB color space, it's mainly limited by the low contrast ratio, as it can't display saturated colors at low luminance levels. Like most LCDs, blues aren't as bright as pure white or other colors, but this isn't very noticeable.
The Gigabyte M32Q has a good HDR color gamut. It has excellent coverage of the DCI P3 color space used by most current HDR content. Coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space is mediocre, though, so it's not as future-proof.
Note: The DCI P3 coverage is much lower than the advertised 97% coverage. It's normal and is due to the way we measure DCI P3. We measure DCI P3 by sending a Rec. 2020 signal, but unlike most reviewers, we limit the colors we're sending to the DCI P3 primaries. This results in a lower but arguably more accurate measurement.
The Gigabyte M32Q has decent HDR color volume. It's limited by the incomplete color gamut in both DCI P3 and Rec. 2020. Due to the low contrast ratio, it can't display dark saturated colors very well.
There are no signs of temporary image retention on the unit we bought, but this can vary between units.
The Gigabyte M32Q has outstanding gradient handling. Although advertised as an 8-bit panel, it accepts and displays a 10-bit signal, so it likely uses dithering (also known as FRC) to approximate a 10-bit panel, but we don't currently test for this. There's some banding in darker greens and grays, but it's not very noticeable.
There are no noticeable signs of color bleed on our Gigabyte M32Q, but this can vary between units.
The Gigabyte M32Q has good reflection handling. The matte finish disperses direct light sources well, but bright lights can still be distracting if they're opposite the display.
The Gigabyte M32Q has good text clarity. We recommend running the Window ClearType wizard if you're on a PC; otherwise, there are some text clarity issues with diagonal lines, as shown in the bottom photo. Thankfully, unlike the smaller Gigabyte M27Q, this monitor doesn't use a suboptimal BGR sub-pixel layout.
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The Gigabyte M32Q has an outstanding response time at the maximum refresh rate of 170Hz. At our recommended Overdrive setting, 'Picture Quality', there's no overshoot and very little blur behind fast-moving objects. The 'Balance' mode is extremely similar, so you should choose whichever one looks best to you. It has a slightly faster rise/fall time but a bit more overshoot. This results in slightly less blur behind fast-moving objects, but you might see some overshoot artifacts instead, also known as inverse ghosting. As with most monitors, the highest setting, 'Speed' in this case, is practically unusable.
There's also a 'Smart OD' mode that's advertised to work similarly to a variable overdrive feature by automatically selecting the best mode depending on the refresh rate. This saves you from having to adjust the Overdrive if you switch to a lower refresh rate. At both 170Hz and 60Hz, it appears to be in the 'Balance' mode, so we're not sure if it's doing anything.
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The Gigabyte M32Q has an outstanding response time at 60Hz. We still recommend the 'Picture Quality' Overdrive setting, as it delivers the best response time with the least amount of overshoot, but there's a bigger difference between 'Picture Quality' and 'Balance' this time. Unlike at the max refresh rate, there's significantly more overshoot in the 'Balance' mode at 60Hz, and the total response time is significantly slower. Again, 'Speed' is terrible and shouldn't be used.
There's also a 'Smart OD' mode advertised to work similarly to a variable overdrive feature by automatically selecting the best mode depending on the refresh rate. This saves you from having to adjust the Overdrive if you switch to a lower refresh rate. At both 170Hz and 60Hz, it appears to be in the 'Balance' mode, so we're not sure if it's doing anything. Since 'Balance' isn't very good at 60Hz, it's probably best to stick with 'Picture Quality' for any refresh rate.
The backlight is completely flicker-free, which is great as it can reduce eye strain.
The Gigabyte M32Q has an optional black frame insertion (BFI) feature, which can reduce persistence blur caused by the fast response time. There's very little strobe crosstalk, but the flicker can cause duplications in motion.
Unlike most monitors on the market, the Gigabyte M32Q can use BFI even with a variable refresh rate, similar to ASUS' ELMB Sync technology. BFI works across all refresh rates of 120Hz and above with VRR enabled, and it works as expected. It's possible to enable it and change the refresh rate after, and it works, but below 85Hz, the BFI feature is unstable and doesn't work consistently.
The Gigabyte M32Q has an excellent native refresh rate, and you can overclock it slightly higher. It supports variable refresh rate technology (VRR), and it has a very wide supported refresh rate range over DisplayPort. Like all monitors, it doesn't support G-SYNC over HDMI, and the maximum native refresh rate over HDMI is 144Hz.
The Gigabyte M32Q has outstanding low input lag, resulting in a very responsive gaming experience. The 60Hz input lag is a touch higher than usual, but not noticeably so.
Unfortunately, we can't test the HDR input lag at the maximum refresh rate, as we can only test HDR over HDMI, and the maximum refresh rate of this monitor isn't supported over HDMI. We don't expect HDR to make any difference to the input lag.
The 32 inch 1440p display is great for office work or gaming. It delivers a great amount of screen real estate to work with, and it delivers a sharp image without taxing your GPU as much as a 4k display.
There's one USB-C port, it supports a few advanced USB-C features, including DisplayPort alt mode, 15W fast charging for supported devices, and it can be used as a KVM switch (keyboard, video, and mouse).
The Gigabyte M32Q has a few additional features available, most of them gaming-oriented. Some of them include:
You can control the OSD using the joystick button at the back of the monitor, similar to most LG monitors. There's also a dedicated button for the KVM switch.
We tested the 32 inch Gigabyte M32Q, which is part of Gigabyte's 'M' Series gaming monitors, designed with productivity in mind and all feature a built-in KVM (keyboard, video, & mouse) switch. It's also available in a 27 inch size, but the smaller size has a slightly different panel, so our review here isn't valid for that size.
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If you come across a different type of panel or your Gigabyte M32Q doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.
Our unit was manufactured in April 2021; you can see the label here.
The Gigabyte M32Q is an impressive gaming monitor, and it's one of the few 32 inch monitors available with an IPS panel. It has a few extra features that help it to stand out against the competition.
The Gigabyte M27Q and the Gigabyte M32Q are very similar overall, but the M32Q is slightly better for most people. The M32Q has better ergonomics, with a stand that can swivel and a wider height adjustment. The M32Q also uses a more standard RGB subpixel structure, whereas the M27Q uses a suboptimal BGR structure, which can cause some text clarity issues in certain apps.
The Gigabyte M32Q and the LG 32GP850-B are nearly identical, with only a few minor differences. The Gigabyte has better horizontal viewing angles, but the LG has better vertical viewing angles. The Gigabyte has a slightly better stand, and it has a unique KVM feature that allows you to work with two sources at once with a single keyboard and mouse.
The Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T and the Gigabyte M32Q use different panel types, each with strengths and weaknesses. The Samsung uses a VA panel and is a better choice for a dark room, as it has much better contrast and better black uniformity. The Gigabyte has much better viewing angles and a unique KVM feature that allows you to work with two sources with one set of keyboard and mouse. There's also a significant design difference between these monitors, as the Samsung has a fairly aggressive curve, whereas the Gigabyte is flat.
The Gigabyte G32QC and the Gigabyte M32Q use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses. The G32QC uses a VA panel and is a better choice for a dark environment, as it has much better contrast. The M32Q uses an IPS panel, and it has much better viewing angles. The M32Q also has better ergonomics, as the stand can swivel, and it has a better height adjustment range.
The Gigabyte M32Q is a bit better overall than the Gigabyte G27Q, and much better for gaming. The M32Q has a much faster response time, especially when gaming at 60Hz. The M32Q also has better ergonomics, a larger screen, and a more versatile black frame insertion feature that works across a wider range of refresh rates, and it can be used concurrently with the variable refresh rate feature.
The Gigabyte M32Q is slightly better than the LG 27GP850-B. The Gigabyte has better vertical viewing angles, slightly better ergonomics, a more versatile black frame insertion feature that's available over a wider range of refresh rates, and it has a larger screen. The Gigabyte also offers slightly better connectivity, with a built-in KVM and USB-C port.
The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the Gigabyte M32Q offer very similar performance overall. The biggest difference between them is in their design. If you prefer a larger screen, go with the Gigabyte, but if ergonomics are more important to you and you don't plan on VESA mounting the monitor, the MSI might be the better choice.
The Dell S3220DGF and the Gigabyte M32Q use different panel types, each with strengths and weaknesses, so the best one depends a bit on your needs. The Dell uses a VA panel, so it's best-suited for a darker environment. The Gigabyte doesn't look as good in a dark room but otherwise outperforms the Dell. The Gigabyte has a much faster response time, better viewing angles, and an optional black frame insertion feature, so it's a much better gaming monitor.