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Scott D.

Scott D.

Joined on 10/06/08

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Initially impressed - has some quirks, and a problem

AORUS FI32U 32" (31.5" Viewable) 4K SS IPS Exclusive Built-in ANC, 3840x2160 144Hz 1ms GTG, DP 1.4, HDMI 2.1, 2x USB 3.0, KVM w/ USB Type-C, AMD FreeSync Premium Pro Height Adjust Gaming Monitor
AORUS FI32U 32" (31.5" Viewable) 4K SS IPS Exclusive Built-in ANC, 3840x2160 144Hz 1ms GTG, DP 1.4, HDMI 2.1, 2x USB 3.0, KVM w/ USB Type-C, AMD FreeSync Premium Pro Height Adjust Gaming Monitor

Pros: Easy to set up and first few days absolutely loved the monitor. Images are crisp and colors / contrast very enjoyable. At 125% scaling text is clear and easy to read. The size is fantastic - able to work with separate windows open side by side and read /work on each. Major improvement over the 24" size. Gaming is generally a joy.

Cons: A weird visual 'defect' has manifested in games under certain lighting conditions: the right half of the screen takes on a bluish / washed out cast. The image above (taken on phone) shows the problem - its like one of the lighting zones for HDR is activated even though the monitor is in SDR mode. Depending on the lighting this flickers on and off. It shows a clear separation down the center of the screen - with one half normally rendered and the other half washed out. This appears and disappears based on the in-game lighting. A screen shot of the problem does not capture the odd effect, which tells me it's a problem with the monitor. I have no idea what is causing this or how to fix it. While intermittent, it is annoying. Also - The manual is not great and only tells you how to enable features, not what they do. The OSD sidekick software apparently works but is also clunky, in that sometimes settings you enable in the OSD appear to be working but when you use the joystick to see the menu, those settings don't appear enabled. Also, if you exit the OSD it cannot be restarted without restarting the computer

Overall Review: Despite my criticism, I really like the monitor. 4k at 32" is a fantastic form factor. Looks natural on the desk - not like having a TV on the desk (as 42/48s look). Much more usable screen space for production work and images look great. Would really like a more descriptive manual to know what you gain / give up with the various settings. If I can resolve the in-game lighting issue it would be just about perfect.