AOPEN Fire Legend (32HC5QR) monitor review

Table of Contents

Characteristics:

  • Black color
  • Display size: 31.5 inches
  • Active screen area (mm): 698.4 x 392.85
  • Panel type: VA
  • Max. Resolution and Refresh Rate: HDMI: 1920 × 1080 @ 144Hz, DP: 1920 × 1080 @ 165Hz (up)
  • Response time: 5ms (G – G)
  • Contrast: 4000: 1 (original)
  • Brightness: 300 (typical) / 270 (minimum) nits (cd / m2)
  • Viewing angle: 178 ° (H), 178 ° (V)
  • Colors: 16.7 million
  • Color Gamut: 72% NTSC
  • Bits: 8 bits
  • Input signal: 1 DP port + 2 HDMI ports + 1 headphone jack
  • VESA wall mount: 100 x 100 mm
  • Speaker: no
  • Power supply (100-240V): external adapter
  • Tilt: from -5 ° to 20 °
  • Rotation: no
  • Height Adjustment: No
  • Rotation: no

Set

  • Monitor
  • Power Supply
  • HDMI cable
  • Instructions
  • Warranty card

Introduction

It will be really hot this summer! The Taiwanese company AOPEN has presented a large monitor for gamers who are not ready to spend tens of thousands of rubles on gigahertz, milliseconds and pseudo-technologies. The model name of the monitor is Fire Legend (32HC5QR).

I’ll start right away with the price, as this is the main reason to take a closer look at the device. At the moment, AOPEN costs about 18,000 rubles. And this is for 32 inches, for a screen refresh rate of 165 Hz, for a response time of 5 ms, for a frameless design and the most compact dimensions.

I will not be the captain Obviously, if I say that 32HC5QR can be used as a screen for console toys. Connected via HDMI – and enjoy the fairly large diagonal of the matrix, which is capable of delivering 100 Hz, 120 Hz, and even 165 Hz.

And the device may well replace a 32-inch TV, and with smart functions: we connect, for example, Xiaomi Mi TV Stick and watch terrestrial channels, Netflix, KinoPoisk, YouTube and other services in a more convenient format. And for this you just need to switch the input through the monitor menu. Fortunately, the Fire Legend has two HDMI and DisplayPort.

Design

Despite not the highest cost, the AOPEN 32HC5QR monitor looks very stylish: thin 7 mm bezels (even at the bottom only 15 mm), no massive elements, a thickness of about 8 mm in the narrowest place, even the manufacturer managed to make the legs quite compact and thin.

There is only one color of the device – black. At the bottom center there is an inscription Fire Legend. No more stickers, nameplates and other things that distract your attention from games.

The back panel was not decorated and pretentious. The only thing is a huge inscription AOPEN in gray.

Total: thin, light, austere, pleasant appearance.

And the kit also includes a small power supply, like from smartphones, which takes up almost no space in the outlet.

Design

As you already understood from the parameters of the device, the monitor has a VESA mount (100×100 mm). If desired, the device can be hung on the wall to increase the working space under the screen. However, the legs are thin here, and the structure goes only 15 cm in depth – this is not a very long distance.

The monitor is held on one vertical “leg”, and at the bottom it diverges to the sides into two “processes”. The material is metal.

Attaching this “leg” to the monitor is rather flimsy. It seems to me that if you press harder on the gadget, the structure will break out with its “roots”. However, after a couple of weeks of constant connections, monitor installations in different places in the room, nothing terrible happened.

The monitor cannot be rotated, adjusted in height, and cannot be tilted clockwise or counterclockwise. But the manufacturer kept the slopes: from -5 degrees to 20 degrees. In general, it is: a little on yourself and pretty cool from yourself, as if you are looking at the monitor from top to bottom.

Personally, the choice of height was not enough for me, since my table is high, and the chair is rather low in relation to it, and even with my back straight, I have to look at the screen a little from the bottom up. In this case, it seems to me, the position of the working chair with height adjustment should be saved. At the moment I am at the dacha, and, alas, I do not have such an armchair here yet.

Another of the features. Since the monitor is mounted on a thin leg, even with slight vibrations of the table, all this is transmitted to the structure, and the screen begins to sway from side to side.

Control buttons and connectors

On the reverse side, there is a slightly protruding block throughout the body at the bottom. In the center of this block are two HDMI connectors, one DP port and a 3.5mm headphone output. All connectors face down.

It seemed to me that the height of their location is small, since the cables stick out ugly from the bottom of the case. And not only stick out, but also noticeable thickening of the connectors. And for the thin power supply cable, they could find a place to gently lower the leg.

On the right in the corner on the back side there are mechanical buttons for controlling the monitor. It is easy to grope, but to understand which button is responsible for what is difficult: every time you have to act at random.

The top one brings up the main menu:

– Monitor parameters. Brightness, contrast, colors, sound, system and so on.

The second button from the top is responsible for choosing an input: DP or HDMI. You can also set up automatic input detection there.

The third – modes: “Custom”, “Sports”, “Race”, “Action”, “Standard”, “ECO”, “Graphics” and “Movies”. Depending on the mode, the screen parameters change, for example, in “ECO” the brightness and contrast are reduced, in the “Films” mode the tones are slightly muted, and so on. All the time I was “sitting” on the user settings. You choose them once and for all, because the lighting conditions do not change much, and the toys are almost always the same.

The fourth button is responsible for calling up a quick brightness adjustment.

The fifth is nutrition.

Additional button functions: the first – confirmation, the second – exit, the third and fourth – moving through the menu.

Monitor functions

From the settings menu, you can select the ACM option, which is an adaptive contrast management system. As far as I could understand, for each individual case, parameters are selected at which bright objects are illuminated weaker, and dark ones are brighter. Probably, this all works, since I did not notice by eye.

Black Boost parameter. It seemed to me that this was “bleeding” the black color, but in practice it is better to set it to zero, because otherwise there is a strong backlighting of the black color, as if the contrast was removed.

The Blue light parameter is the elimination of blue color. The picture becomes warmer and more pleasant to the eye.

In the menu item “Color” you can very finely adjust the colors and gamma.

In the Gaming item there is an Over drive mode. It is responsible for compensating for response time, accelerating pixel switching. I did not see any serious problems with this technology, since sometimes artifacts occur when OV is turned on.

This monitor works with FreeSync, which synchronizes the monitor refresh rate with the GPU frame rate to eliminate screen tearing and stuttering. Not to be confused with NVIDIA G-SYNC.

“AMD FreeSync Technology is an AMD initiative that leverages industry standards such as DisplayPor Adaptive-Sync to offer end users a dynamic refresh rate. AMD FreeSync technology synchronizes the screen refresh rate to the frame rate of FreeSync-compatible graphics cards to reduce or eliminate visual artifacts that many users experience painfully, such as input lag, tearing, and interruptions during gameplay and video playback. AMD FreeSync technology supports DisplayPort and HDMI. “

And then there is the Aim point – these are three types of sights for toys, where these same sights are absent. In short, the forced inclusion of the sight in the center of the screen for more accurate aiming.

There are other parameters in the device, but they are of less interest to us.

The matrix

The monitor is equipped with a 32-inch VA-type display matrix with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. At the same time, the pixel density comes out at 68 PPI. For example, a modern smartphone screen shows an average of 350 PPI.

It is the VA matrix that is best suited for games, since the latency is 5ms. And the refresh rate in this case can reach 165 Hz!

It is worth emphasizing that you will get 165 Hz when you connect the monitor via DP, otherwise 144 Hz will “fly” via HDMI, which is also, in general, not weak.

The manufacturer declared the brightness of 300 cd / m2, my Radex Lupin device shows 400 cd / m2 – and this is very good for this type of monitor! I worked comfortably in clear weather near the window, the screen did not fade at all, remained readable even when the sun broke through the curtains.

Color gamut 72% NTSC, approximately 95% sRGB. Well, yes, with such parameters, professional retouching of photos will not work, but the AOPEN 32HC5QR does not have such a task. The main thing here is a smooth image, a high response and a large picture.

And now to the main thing – quality in various modes.

This model is contraindicated for those who work with text! The resolution is too low for normal display of fonts, even at the maximum scale of Windows 10. At the moment I am writing a review on AOPEN, and my eyes are slowly “flowing”. In general, everything related to displaying text on the screen is an eerie sight. No ClearType or other anti-aliasing perversions help. And for some reason, the text looks even worse in Microsoft Word than in browsers and other places.

In other scenarios, the monitor made a good impression: the image in games is smooth, the colors are relatively saturated, the brightness is very high, and the gamma does not fail. It is important that the graphics card can pump your monitor from a hertz point of view. I have an NVIDIA GeForce 1660 Ti in my PC. Therefore, the Windows interface worked at up to 165 Hz.

Of the games, I had RDR2 and Battlefield V installed. The first was running at almost maximum speed at 90 – 120 fps, the second showed a frequency around 144 Hz. I am not a PC player, I currently have a PS4 Slim.

By the way, I played PS4 Slim on this particular monitor. Yes, I have a big TV, but it’s at home, and at the dacha it helped out a 32-inch AOPEN. Naturally, the console does not display either 120 or even 90 frames, but it is still comfortable to play. The main thing for me is the plot and immersion in the game, and not a super picture with dull gameplay.

But if you have a PS5 in your hands, then in the future you can enjoy a beautiful picture at high frame rates. However, those who have bought or will buy a 5th generation console will have enough money for a more expensive screen.

I did not say that the surface of the screen is matte, no glare appears. The viewing angles are average, under certain slopes the picture loses color and contrast. The rounding of the matrix is ​​almost imperceptible. The white uniformity is excellent, but the black uniformity is typical for VA.

Just in case, I measured the temperature: lower right corner – 36, upper right – 30, lower left – 34, upper left – 28.

Total: extremely low PPI, not the best color accuracy, light spots on black, very high brightness, very high refresh rate, good response time.

Impression

The cost of the AOPEN Fire Legend monitor (32HC5QR) is 18,000 rubles. For the money, you get a near-versatile 32-inch VA display capable of 165Hz refresh rate and 5ms response time.

Definitely not suitable for those who work with text or graphics – the resolution is too low.

Otherwise, I liked this model: I easily played RDR2 and Battlefield V, connected PlayStation 4 Slim and Xiaomi Mi TV Stick, turning the monitor into a smart TV. The device is thin, light, and has a wall mount.

If you look at the prices of other brands, then similar models will cost more than 20,000 rubles. For example, Viewsonic VX3218 or LG 32GN550. So the AOPEN 32HC5QR is one of the best in its price range, in my opinion.

I am waiting for you in the comments: do you use monitors with high hertz, does it help you for any purpose?


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