. FreeSync was welcomed, as it prevented any tearing artifacts. Motion blur was also easily kept in check.

You’ll want to use the Faster, rather than the Fastest, overdrive (SmartImage on this monitor) setting. Fastest produced significant ghosting, which we saw prominently in Call of Duty: WWII. Brightness 100 nits Smart Image 2 2.

4 Both games easily pegged the frame counter at 75 frames per second (fps) when we played on our Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti-equipped PC. Even without FreeSync in play, there was no tearing. Brightness 120 nits The joystick controller is very effective at its job.

A left-click opens the SmartImage menu (picture modes), up is input selection, right is the full OSD and down produces a volume slider. A long press turns the monitor off. 90 37 There are six preset image modes in addition to the default Off setting.

Off is the best one to choose, as it is quite accurate out of the box and still allows access to all image adjustments. In addition to five gamma presets, you get color temp modes by Kelvin value, an sRGB preset and user-adjustable RGB sliders. We chose the latter to dial in our sample to a high standard.

Brightness 200 nits Color Temp User Styling is definitely minimalist with simple black trim and a shiny plastic cover across the back. The bezel is neither overly wide nor thin and makes no effort to hide itself. The screen’s anti-glare layer is fixed tightly for clarity and is free from artifacts or grain.

A small Philips logo adorns a clear, plastic tab at the bottom center. The only other feature is a tiny white power LED at the lower right. Brightness 80 nits a-inputs Out of the box, the 326E8FJSB has SmartImage turned off and the 6500K color temp selected, and it’s fairly accurate.

Gaming and Hands-on 49 23 Credit: Tom’s Hardware MORE: Best Gaming Monitors 51 MORE: All Monitor Content Brightness 50 nits The side profile is relatively slim with a bulge across the bottom. The stand’s fulcrum is low, so as you tilt the screen back, the top moves away from you while the bottom stays put. Total adjustment is 20 degrees back and 5 degrees forward.

There is no swivel or height adjustment. Movements are firm with little play. The package is fairly light, so there is a bit of wobble, but overall build quality is quite good for the price.

MORE: How We Test Monitors The input panel includes one each of HDMI 1. 5mm jack for headphones or powered speakers, and you can control volume with the OSD if desired. OSD Features You won’t immediately locate the on-screen display (OSD) controls as they’re not in any of the usual places.

A bit of feeling around revealed a tiny joystick at the bottom-center. It handles all functions, including power, and works very well. We were able to quickly navigate the excellent OSD and access all the 326E8F’s features with ease.

We spent quite a bit of time with both Tomb Raider and Call of Duty: WWII. Playing at QHD resolution didn’t really sacrifice much detail, even though we’ve become spoiled by premium screens, like the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ and Acer Predator X27 (both are 4K resolution). At 32 inches, the extra size is certainly appreciated.

Even though pixel density is 93 pixels per inch (ppi), we still saw realistic sweat, dirt and textures with enough depth to be visceral. The high contrast ratio is a huge plus. Only an HDR monitor can deliver more depth than a good VA screen like the 326E8FJSB.

For an even better image, choose the User color temp and set the RGB sliders to our recommended values below. We also found more depth by selecting the 2. 4 gamma preset, which improved highlight detail and added contrast to the mid-tones.

Our full recommended settings are below: Philips 326E8FJSB Calibration Settings There’s also a three-level overdrive control feature called SmartResponse. The medium setting here, Faster, it the best choice for low blur and no ghosting. FreeSync is automatically on when an AMD graphics card is detected, so no user intervention is required there.

And you won’t have to engage an overclock for 75Hz either; the option appears in Windows’ refresh rate choices. Setup and Calibration Input lag wasn’t an issue either; we never noticed a single delay or stutter. While the very best players may want a higher refresh rate, 75Hz is fine for most who play casually.

We especially enjoyed the rich and saturated color afforded by that slightly-larger-than-sRGB gamut. Working in Windows revealed a bit of pixelation in the smallest screen fonts. Black text on a white background looked fine mostly, unless the letters were very tiny.

If you really want the finest detail possible for spreadsheets or word processing, only a 4K monitor no larger than 32 inches will do. Our review focus’ 93ppi meant good graphic detail in photos and video content, plus the strong contrast helps.