What Are Differences Between The Canvas QHD 27Q and 32Q

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In this article here are the topics that will be addressed

  • What's the difference between these monitors? Is it just size?

  • Why would I want the 27Q over the 32Q?

  • Why would I even need a curved monitor? What does "1500R" even mean?

let's first look at the core differences between the two monitors:

 

  Canvas 27Q Canvas 32Q
Panel Size 27" 32"
Curved? No Yes, 1500R
Panel Type IPS VA
Pixel Density 108ppi (pixels per inch) 93ppi (pixels per inch)
Color Gamut DCI-P3 90%, sRGB 99% DCI-P3 89%, sRGB 99%
Contrast Ratio 1000:1 3000:1

 

The simplest one is going to be Panel Size, but this is going to also play with Pixel Density. Both panels will be QHD resolution, otherwise known as 2560 x 1440 or 1440p. This means that both panels, despite being different sizes, are going to have the exact same number of pixels between them. Smaller screen, more dense pixels meaning the image may look crisper at a closer distance. 

 

But what about Curve? What's the advantage of a Curved monitor and what does that "1500R" mean? The number given refers to the monitor's radius in millimeters as part of a perfect circle. This means if you have two 32" curved monitors where one has a 1800R curve and the other has a 1500R curve, then the 1500R curve is going to be a tighter, more curved monitor over the 1800R curve.

 

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The 1500R curve for many users is preferable over the 1800R curve due to providing a more immersive experience, taking advantage of the user's peripheral vision and requiring them to turn their headless.

 

So what's the advantage to a curved monitor? In gaming, this can mean a more immersive experience as when sitting properly in front of a curved monitor you have a consistent viewing distance from your eye across the entire screen. This allows you to take greater advantage of your peripheral vision and means you do not have to turn your head in order to focus on a different section of the monitor. This can result in far less fatigue over a longer gaming session as you don't need to turn your head as often.

 

Let's move on to Contrast Ratio and Color Gamut, as these two are going to play hand in hand closely with each other as well as with the Panel Type.

 

Panel Type means the technology behind the panel's creation itself. The three most common players in the field are Twisted Nematic (TN), Vertical Alignment (VA), and In-Plane-Switching (IPS). Below we'll look at the core ways between how these work and their advantages.

  • TN Panels are actually the first LCD technology to his the market and one of the most developed over the years. A TN panel consists of liquid crystals sandwiched between two polarizing filters. When an electric current is applied, the crystals twist and allow light to pass through them. Being an older technology, TN panels are cheap to manufacture but tend to have weaker viewing angles and lower color accuracy than its newer counterparts. If you're looking for a budget monitor, it's likely going to use a TN panel.
  • VA Panels are a newer technology that gets its names from the liquid crystals being aligned vertically with, perpendicular to a glass substrate rather than being sandwiched between polarizing filters. When current is applied, these crystals will tilt in a way similar to how TN panels twist crystals to allow light to pass through. This technology is becoming more common in curved, high refresh rate monitors like our Canvas 32Q. Another advantage VA tends to have is higher contrast ratios, which can result in deeper blacks and a better separation of grays into whites.
  • IPS Panels have been around for a while, and like a VA panel, the liquid crystals are aligned with a glass substrate. Instead of running perpendicular to the glass substrate, the crystals are aligned parallel to the substrate and are instead rotated in order to allow light through. This action is most similar to a shutter on a camera and delivers far greater color accuracy than TN and VA panels. The trade-off however is that higher refresh rate IPS panels tend to be far more costly than an equivalent VA panel.

For our monitors, we are leveraging IPS for our flat 27Q and VA for the curved 32Q in order to provide a great balance for both models. For Color Gamut and Contrast Ratio, each panel is going to have its own advantages and disadvantages. Both support 99% of the sRGB color space, however the 27Q features slightly greater coverage of the DCI-P3 (Digital Cinema Initiatives, Protocol 3) color space and may have slightly greater color accuracy. On the other hand, the Contrast Ratio is going to be far more inclusive on the 32Q being 3000:1 compared to the 1000:1 found on the 27Q. This means that when it comes to images featuring deep blacks alongside vibrant colors that the black parts of the screen may look a bit deeper on the 32Q.

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