Monoprice 27772 review: An affordable 32″ 4K HDR monitor with AMD FreeSync

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If you’re looking for a super-affordable 4K HDR monitor that isn’t going to break the bank, the Monoprice 27772 32″ is a deal you can’t pass up.

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While FHD resolution (1920×1080) has had it’s reign for years when it comes to monitors, higher resolutions like 4K are becoming more mainstream. Typically, 4K HDR monitors are on the more expensive side and that’s where Monoprice comes in. Known for their quality discount cables and other computer accessories, our Monoprice 27772 review takes a look at an affordable 32″ 4K HDR monitor with AMD FreeSync.

Specifications

The Monoprice 27772 32″ 4K monitor has the following features and specifications:

  • Ultra High Definition: This 32″ monitor features a maximum resolution of 4K@60Hz (3840x2160p@60Hz), giving it stunning, high-resolution detail.
  • FreeSync Technology: The DisplayPort inputs support AMD® FreeSync™ technology for a smooth, tear-free gaming experience when partnered with AMD video cards.
  • High Dynamic Range: The high-dynamic range video allows you to enjoy the beauty of a wider and richer range of colors, much brighter whites, and much deeper, darker blacks.
  • VESA Compatible: The adjustable stand can be removed to allow access to the 100×100 VESA mounting points for mounting to a wall or desk mount.
  • Screen Size: 32″
  • Screen Type: IPS
  • Screen Finish: Soft matte
  • Backlighting: LED
  • Video Inputs: 2x HDMI® 2.0 and 2x DisplayPort 1.2a with AMD® FreeSync™ support
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Maximum Resolution: 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.1845 x 0.1845
  • Brightness: 250 cd/m2
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 500000:1
  • Response Time: 2ms
  • Viewing Angles: 178° horizontal, 178° vertical
  • Maximum Colors: More than 1.07 billion (10 bits/channel, 30 bits total)
  • Input Power: 19 VDC, 3.42A
  • AC Adapter Input Power: 100 ~ 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
  • Maximum Power: Consumption 65 watts
  • Dimensions (without stand): 28.3″ x 16.6″ x 1.6″ (720 x 422 x 42 mm)
  • Dimensions (with stand): 28.3″ x 20.5″ x 7.5″ (720 x 520 x 191 mm)
  • Weight: 12.8 lbs. (5.8 kg)

What’s in the box

  • 32″ Monitor
  • Stand Neck
  • Stand Base
  • Stand Neck Screws (x3)
  • Stand Base Screws (x3)
  • Stand Cover
  • HDMI Cable
  • AC Power Adapter
  • AC Power Cord

Design

The Monoprice 27772 32″ 4K Monitor has three-eighth of an inch silver frame on the top and sides and a three-quarter inch bezel on the bottom. Each of the four corners is nicely rounded. The top and side frame is one piece while the bottom frame is a separate piece. As a result, where the two meet, there is a thin visible black line but nothing that’s really bothersome. Centered at the bottom is the Monoprice logo (IIIP) and the LED indicator light is on the lower right corner.

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The Monoprice 27772 32-inch 4K HDR monitor.

The monitor is very thin, for the most part, at only three-eights of an inch thick. When viewed from the side, one can see a thin black strip sandwiched between two thinner silver strips, giving it an interesting look.

The back of the monitor has a square panel which juts out an inch from the back of the screen with some ventilation shafts on the top. It curves slightly outward and is where you connect the included stand or VESA mount (not included). Underneath this panel, running across the width of the bottom of the monitor, is another extrusion roughly three-quarters of an inch in depth with ventilation shafts on the front and bottom. On the far right is the menu control joystick.

The menu control joystick allows you to turn the monitor on or off, as well as move through the on-screen display (OSD) menu system. While a bit tricky to get the hang of, once you do it’s not to bad to navigate around the different menus. As is usually the case, with the OSD menu, you can adjust picture options like brightness, contrast, sharpness, aspect ratio, and enable the monitor’s Dynamic Contrast Ration (DCR) and HDR modes.

On the right side of this panel (when looking at the monitor screen) is where the ports are located and are (from top to bottom) the DC power connection, two HDMI ports, two DisplayPorts, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. You can also adjust preset color effects, adjust the saturation, gamma, and colour temperature (including sRGB, User, 9300, 7500, 6500, and 5400) or RGB modes. The advanced menu allows you to adjust the volume (when you have a headset connected through the 3.5mm audio jack), enable or disable FreeSync, as well as adjust the blue light levels. Finally, you can also add a crosshair overlay on the screen for gaming purposes.

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Two HDMI, two DisplayPort, power, and 3.5mm audio jack ports are located on the back.

The stand base attaches to the stand with the three included base screws. It then attaches to the back of the monitor with another three included — and different sized — screws. The metal stand itself angles towards the monitor while the metal/plastic base has a fairly thin curved footprint. The stand does provide ample forward and back tilt for optimal viewing angles.

Overall, the design of the Monoprice 27772 isn’t much to right home about but it is still fairly sleek and thin and looks decent enough.

Display

As far as the actual display is concerned, there is a very minimal black bezel which is barely noticeable before the display area meets the silver frame. The screen itself has a matte finish which pretty much eliminates all glare and reflection while in use.

The colours itself are fantastic on the default settings and there are plenty of adjustments to fine tune it just the way you want. For the most part, I left it on the sRGB colour setting with HDR enabled and other display settings set to default. As far as I could tell, the colours were great from gaming to watching videos and even a bit of photo editing and video work.

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The joystick menu toggle takes a bit of getting used to.

Initially, I used the monitor over HDMI and while the colours were decent enough, when I switched to DisplayPort, I could actually see a difference. To be honest, DisplayPort is the way you want to go anyways — if you can — for optimal results. Aside from that, the monitor is pretty crisp and clear, although I did find that I needed to set the sharpness to maximum (4) instead of the default 2 in order to give it the desired crispness. Given the size of the monitor and the resolution, I found that having Windows 10 set to 150% zoom was perfect for my aging eyes.

The Monoprice 27772 also comes with a Pixel Perfect Guarantee and will replace the monitor that develops a single dead pixel anywhere on the screen for one year after purchase.

Performance

As far as performance is concerned, this 32″ 4K HDR monitor performed as well as one could expect with Windows 10’s limited HDR support. However, when viewing HDR supported content, like movies and the occasional game, the colours and contrast really popped and made content consumption a treat.

As for gaming, during games like Forza Motorsport 7 or Forza Horizon 4 and Heroes of the Storm ran smooth with no signs of stuttering or screen tearing at 4K settings, often maxed out depending on the system I had connected.

One thing I did notice that happend very rarely was a portion of the monitor would glitch out for a very brief time — milliseconds if I had to guess — where you’d see a variation of pixels change colours briefly. It wasn’t very often, maybe a half dozen times in the space of a few months but still warrants mentioning.

Aside from that, I really have no complaints about the display quality or the performance of the monitor, especially given the price.

Price/Value

On that note, with an MSRP of US$399.99, the Monoprice 27772 32″ 4K monitor really does offer fantastic value for the price. Given the size, colour, HDR10 support, and price, you’re really getting a great deal on this monitor. Even better, it is currently selling on the Monoprice website for $379.99.

Wrap-up

If you’re looking for a super-affordable 4K HDR monitor that isn’t going to break the bank, the Monoprice 27772 32″ is a deal you can’t pass up. Sure, Windows 10 still has some HDR issues but if you’re planning on using this for a console, especially the Xbox One X, it’ll definitely do the trick.

With decent color, HDR10 support, and the size, it’s worthy of a Top Pick of 2018 Award and a late addition to our Q4 Editor’s Choice Awards here at Techaeris.

*We were sent a review unit of the Monoprice 27772 32-inch 4K 3840×2160 HDR AMD FreeSync Ultra Slim Desktop Monitor for the purposes of this review.

Monoprice 27772 32" 4K Monitor

US$399.99
9.6

Design

9.5/10

Display

9.5/10

Performance

9.5/10

Price/Value

10.0/10

Nailed it

  • Slim, sleek design
  • Thin frame
  • Decent colours with plenty of customization options
  • Crisp and clear display
  • HDR10 support
  • Matte display to reduce glare
  • Multiple ports for multiple connections
  • Adjustable tilt
  • Affordably priced
  • VESA compatible

Needs work

  • Decent, but not the best, image over HDMI
  • Had the occasional millisecond glitch from time to time
  • Menu joystick takes some getting used to
  • HDR in Windows 10 still limited

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