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Corsair 32UHD144 review: gaming with expanded color space

Corsair 32UHD144 review: gaming with expanded color space


The Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 is the second monitor from the American company. At first glance, the test subject is similar to the one that has already been tested Corsair Xeneon 32QHD165 like one egg on the other. Only the specifications differ as follows.

The Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 has a screen diagonal of 32 inches in 16:9 format. The Fast IPS display with Quantum Dot technology has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and achieves a native refresh rate of 144Hz. However, the response time is only the fictitious MPRT response time and is given as 1ms. With the promise of sub-12ms GtG response time, Corsair is hiding under a bushel. FreeSync is supposed to eliminate tearing and stuttering, but this shouldn’t deter NVIDIA GPU owners from buying it, as the test subject is listed as G-Sync compatible. A DisplayHDR 600 certification and expanded color space should create additional purchase incentives.

Will the older brother be able to top the Corsair 32QHD165’s strong showing? And how does the test subject fare against the many other established brand super athletes who have already been tested? We are curious.

Detailed information on features and specifications can be found in the Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 datasheet.

scope of delivery

The gross weight of unspectacular recycled cardboard is 12.5 kg. Thanks to the carrying strap on the top, the monitor can be easily transported to its destination.

Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 recyclable case

Unlike its predecessor, this box can be easily opened from the large side. In this way, the protective polystyrene moldings and their contents can be removed layer by layer without great effort.

The support arm, base and accessories are distributed in several compartments directly under the lid. In addition to the four screws that are supposed to hold the screen to the support arm, there are also DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB-C cables. Can’t find the paper inserts or a CD. You’ll find what you’re looking for on the product’s website, but only the documents that are of least interest to users can be downloaded here. However, we cannot find a manual. In addition, the Corsair iCUE software can be downloaded, which we will talk about later.

Monitor accessories: Good selection of cables without paper insert
Good selection of cables without paper insert

If you remove the top layer of Styrofoam, the screen comes out nicely protected in a foam bag. For assembly, the base and support arm must first be fixed together. As is often the case, this is done using the small thumbscrew under the base.

Thumbscrew fixes the base (monitor base) and support arm
Thumbscrew secures base and support arm

Once this is done, the screen should be placed with the panel facing the desktop. The monitor arm mount is now hooked onto the VESA 100 mount on the screen using the two spikes.

The mounting plate tabs insert into the cutouts on the VESA device...
The mounting plate tabs insert into the cutouts on the VESA device…
... and then fixed with four screws
… and then fixed with four screws

There is often a quick release that snaps into place when the mounting plate is lowered. With this model, four screws must be screwed in so that the monitor and the supporting structure form a unit. This is of course less convenient. However, the transport device will generally not be regularly disassembled anyway.

Display back: VESA 100 mount
VESA100 mount

Of course, the Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 can also be attached to alternative carrier systems. For this purpose, for example, a swivel arm is mounted on the VESA 100 device.

optics and mechanics

The Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144’s screen is made of anthracite-colored plastic with a velvety surface. The surface certainly looks good when cleaned, but fingers leave unsightly marks that are quite difficult to remove. A microfiber cloth will often have to be used here.

The base and support arm are very solid and valuable and are mostly made of metal. However, this construction also has its disadvantages, as it has an enormous depth of around 32 cm. The panel is finally 24 cm from the rear edge of the desk. With such a large screen diagonal, a deeper desktop is required because the distance to the panel is too small.

The Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 features a three-sided frameless design and is surrounded by a thin 3mm plastic band on the sides and top. The lower frame has a height of 20 mm. In the center of the bottom frame is the Corsair logo embossed with a silver background. The operation LED is placed on the right side, slightly indented. It lights up white during operation and orange when in standby. If the LED interferes, the light can be disabled in the OSD menu under “System Settings -> LED”.

Corsair logo in the center of the bottom frame of the screen
Corsair logo centered on bottom frame

The Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144’s display is 20mm deep on the outside. In addition, a case with a depth of 30 mm, in which the technology is located, is built with a rather deep notch in the rear wall. The upper area of ​​the box has a large number of ventilation openings, which allow a correct exchange of air.

Good size vent on the back of the display case.
Well dimensioned ventilation

Above the case, the Corsair logo is again incorporated in relief. However, unlike the front, a shiny black background is used here.

The power button and 5-way joystick to operate the Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 are located on the right hand side of the rear wall when viewed from the front.

The support arm’s monitor mounting plate is connected to the screen via the VESA 100 mount. Directly behind it are the tilt adjustment joints, which can be adjusted over a range of +20 degrees back and -5 degrees back. ahead.

Maximum tilt angle of the screen backwards
Back tilt angle
Maximum forward tilt angle of the screen
forward lean angle

Again, just behind the lean angle joint is the lateral rotation joint. The turning radius is 30 degrees on each side.

Lateral rotation of the screen to the left
Lateral rotation to the left
Lateral rotation of the screen to the right
lateral rotation to the right

A full height adjustment of 110mm is possible via a slider system inside the monitor arm. In the lowest position, the bottom frame is 70mm from the tabletop.

Screen in the lowest position from the front
In the lowest position from the front
Screen in the lowest position from behind
In the lowest position from behind
Screen in the highest position from the front
In the highest position from the front
Screen in the highest position from behind
In the highest position from behind

The solid support arm has the option to attach other manufacturer’s accessories to the top end, for example to attach a webcam. To do this, the existing screw must be removed to expose the internal thread.

Internal thread to connect a webcam
Internal thread to connect a webcam

On the way down, three clips are inserted into the support arm, which are intended for cable management. They are easy to open and there is plenty of room to tie down all the outgoing cables.

Three plastic clips on the back of the leg are used for cable management.
Three plastic clips are used for cable management.

At the bottom, the support arm meets the base. It is a rigid connection since the ergonomic functions already take place at the top of the device. If you take a closer look at the base, you’ll probably come to the conclusion that the piece should also survive an earthquake. Watermark definitely looks different. On the other hand, the Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 can only be brought down with brute force, which we liked again.

Processing is at a very good level. All moving parts run quietly and cleanly with slight initial resistance. The panel is also well fitted with no bulges.

Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 Design
Corsair Xeneon 32UHD144 Design