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AOC CQ32G3SU: An affordable 1440p curved gaming monitor

AOC CQ32G3SUImage: PC Welt

At a glance

Expert’s Rating

Pros

Good performance Curved monitor with 1000R curvatureOptions for ergonomic adjustmentInexpensive

Cons

High power consumption

Our Verdict

The AOC CQ32G3SU is a high-quality, inexpensive gaming monitor with a large, curved 31.5-inch 1440p panel. It provides an immersive gaming experience with a steep 1000R radius. The 165Hz refresh rate also makes it ideal for fast-paced games. And the ergonomic design allows for longer gameplay sessions without feeling tension in your neck. Overall, it’s a solid monitor at an affordable price point.

The VA panel on the AOC CQ32G3SU has a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels and a refresh rate of up to 165Hz with both AMD and Nvidia graphic cards. It’s also quite zippy with a response time of just 1 or 4 milliseconds (MPRT and GtG, respectively). And if you’re looking to add to a multi-monitor setup, the frameless design of the AOC CQ32G3SU makes it a great option by preventing large gaps between displays on your desk.

Note: This review is part of our best gaming monitor roundup. Go there to learn more about competing products, our buying recommendations, and our monitor testing practices.

AOC CQ32G3SU: The specs

The curved 31.5-inch display has a standard VA 16:9 panel type, 8-bit true color, G-Sync and FreeSync compatibility, and a maximum brightness of 300 cd/m².

Display size 31.5 inchesNative resolution2560×1440Panel typeVA / 16:9Refresh rate165HzAdaptive SyncFreeSync Premium, G-SyncPorts1 DisplayPort, 2 HDMI, 4 USB, 1 analog audio jackStand adjustmentHeight, tilt, rotateVESA mountYes, 100x100mmSpeakersYesHDRYes, VESA DisplayHDR 400Price$445

The AOC CQ32G3SU monitor has a decent number of ports. There’s a built-in speaker for emitting the sounds of your games or music, and you can plug in an analog audio jack. Fortunately, it’s available for a relatively low price.

AOC CQ32G3SU: Image quality

In our gaming test, the 31.5-inch monitor provided incredible performance with fluid presentation and soft picture transitions, delivering a refresh rate of 165Hz. Visual issues like screen tearing shouldn’t be a problem, and while fast action scenes may cause minimal input lag, it’s almost unnoticeable, making it a non-issue. 

This monitor’s outstanding performance is supported by its brightness and high contrast. The natural color reproduction is also very impressive, although the uneven distribution of brightness can sometimes be noticed when playing static games, like strategy titles. You may notice it in Dune: Spice Wars after opening the entire map, for instance.

AOC CQ32G3SU: Ports

With two HDMI ports and one DisplayPort, this gaming monitor covers the standard offering. There are four integrated USB outputs, one headphone jack, and stereo speakers. Unfortunately, the speakers only deliver a thin sound and bass. You’ll also find one HDMI and one DP cable included in the box.

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AOC CQ32G3SU: Features and menu

The screen menu offers some gaming features, like presets for different games, reduction of blue light, and Flicker-Free technology. You control the on-screen visuals with five small buttons on the bottom-right side of the panel frame. Sadly, they are a bit too small for comfortable handling. It’s recommended that you download additional software such as GMenu, which allows you to control the AOC CQ32G3SU monitor from your computer. You can easily adjust the display to fit the available space on your desk thanks to extensive ergonomic possibilities, a must for preventing strain on your neck during those marathon gaming sessions. In terms of height, the 31.5-inch monitor is adjustable by about 5-inches vertically.

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AOC CQ32G3SU: Power consumption

The AOC CQ32G2SU consumes a relatively high 50 watt hours. This is caused, in part, by the display’s high brightness. Going into standby mode, the consumption drops down to about 0.4 watts.

Final thoughts

The AOC CQ32G3SU monitor is an excellent choice for gamers. The steep curve of 1000R allows for a pleasant and even distance between eyes and monitor at all angles.

The frameless design is also helpful when using multiple gaming monitors. The wide color range and extraordinary brightness provide sharp pictures while it supports both AMD and Nvidia graphic cards with a respectable refresh rate of 165Hz. If you’re looking to play fast, high-performance games, this monitor is more than capable.

This review originally appeared on PC-Welt, PCWorld’s German sister site.

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