KTC H32S17 review: the curved monitor for gaming and e-Sports at 165 Hz

KTC H32S17

The monitors QHD are increasingly popular in the gaming scene, with consul of new generation which for the first time are able to fully exploit the resolution 1440p. Furthermore, these monitors are perfect for enjoying the best of GPU next generation on PC, with a resolution not as expensive as 4K but capable of providing truly excellent details. He knows it well KTC, than with the model H32S17 offers a gaming monitor with excellent performance at a very interesting price. Find out the details in our review!

KTC H32S17 review

Design and materials

KTC H32S17 it is a gaming monitor from 32" with a curvature of 1500R and central tripod foot. The panel HVA it offers edges that are not exactly thin, but with a monitor of this size it is really difficult to notice them. The device is entirely covered in a satin black livery, with the dark gray KTC logo that stands out on the lower front part of the screen, flanked on the right by a small LED which lights up blue and red depending on the status of the device (without ever bothering the eye, even in the dark).

The back of the monitor features two red horizontal stripes which follow the design from “racing” which we can often appreciate in all types of gaming devices. The central tripod foot it attaches securely to the monitor with a circular interlocking plate, but if you don't want to use the supplied support you can use the standard attachment VESA. Although it may seem very light, the support really is very solid a keeps the monitor securely in place.

At the bottom of the monitor is the I / O panel with two entrances Display Port 1.2, a HDMI 2.0, a door USB, the audio output with jack from 3.5 millimeters (the monitor is not equipped with integrated speakers) and the power supply with the typical DC connector. Unfortunately, we must point out some difficulty in reaching all the ports due to the central position of the I/O panel which is practically overlying from the attachment of the tripod foot.

Il key switch on and off, which also acts as a controller for theOSD, instead it is positioned on the right side of the monitor, poco before the upper half: it is very simple to reach and extremely quick to manoeuvre. The monitor cannot be adjusted in height with the stand included in the package, but it can be tilted slightly between -5 ° and 15° to best adjust the viewing angle.

Hardware and Performance

As mentioned above, KTC H32S17 offers a panel HVA da 32" with curvature of 1500R, resolution QHD 1440p (2560 x 1440 pixels), 8 bit depth (16.7 million colors), coverage 99% of the color gamut sRGB, 165 Hz refresh rate, and just one millisecond as response time MRT extension (the level of perceived blur when viewing motion on the screen). The panel is also compatible with FreeSync e G-sync: two technologies that synchronize the refresh rate with the images displayed on the screen to avoid the annoying phenomenon of tearing.

The screen also offers a backlight HE D, a maximum brightness of 300 thread, support HDR10, Low Blue Light mode which reduces the emission of blue light that is annoying for the eyes and a GtG response time (Gray to Grey) equal to 3 milliseconds. To achieve these values, however, you need to enable the overdrive mode which pushes the monitor's performance to the maximum but inevitably increases its energy consumption.

Through theOSD you can really control every single aspect of the monitor: despite the calibration chromaticity occurs already in the production phase, it is possible to adjust each parameter based on your needs, also choosing between different presets (many of which are dedicated to gaming and various types of games). For example, you can choose whether to always keep theHDR or whether to enable it automatically only when there is a need, as well as support for FreeSync and G-Sync (depending on the console or GPU you use). Furthermore, in the OSD it is possible to view the current one refresh rate and how many FPS they are actually displayed at the moment.

Like any monitor KTC, also the model H32S17 offers Game assistant with tools dedicated specifically to the world of gaming: for example, it is possible to activate a persistent digital viewfinder which helps improve aiming in first-person shooters, while it is also possible to have a display on the screen timer or of FPS, so you don't have to use external overlays that can burden your PC's performance (or which are totally non-existent in the case of consoles).

Gaming on this monitor is truly a pleasure: the resolution 1440p it is the ideal soft-spot for PC gaming, while with the advent of official support for this resolution also on PlayStation 5 e Xbox Series S | X it is finally possible to enjoy the benefits of QHD also on consoles. The color rendering is really good and theHDR it seems to be well calibrated to provide more vivid and natural colors without altering the brightness too much.

The strong point, obviously, is the possibility of reaching a refresh rate of 165 Hz (only with Display Port and therefore PC, since HDMI 2.0 is only able to provide 144 Hz), excellent for starting your own adventure in the world ofeSports. Too bad for the lack of VRR (Variable refresh rate) which would have made this monitor truly impeccable.

KTC H32S17 review: price and considerations

KTC H32S17

KTC H32S17 it is a truly excellent gaming monitor which, thanks to a particularly high refresh rate, also winks at the sector eSports. The 1500R curvature gives greater immersion without tiring, but where the panel shines is precisely in the color coverage with 16.7 million colors.

Furthermore, the price is really very interesting: in the price list KTC offers the H32S17 model at €389, but thanks to the Geekbuying flash offer that you find active these days you can take the monitor home at the price of €249.99! An opportunity, in our opinion, not to be missed.

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