Review of Innocn 40C1R: a flat and reasonably priced 40-inch ultrawide gamingmonitor

Review of Innocn 40C1R: a flat and reasonably priced 40-inch ultrawide gamingmonitor

The Innocn 40C1R is a 40-inch ultrawide monitor, which features an IPS-style panel, AMD Freesync Premium, and a 144-Hz refresh rate, all of which makes it a classic monitor, right? The 40C1R is completely flat, making it a tempting alternative for people who don''t appreciate the curved screens seen in most modern ultrawides. The price of the monitor has dropped to $480 or less during sales.

I first discovered Innocn when I saw one of their portable OLED monitors, which I felt provided a nice combination of portability and image quality, thanks to the benefits of OLED technology. I was jeopardized, but I was convinced I''d see how it stacks up against my own similar-sized LG 38GN950 monitor, and if it''s suitable for PC gamers who want a decent price.

The 40C1R is hampered by a modest black bezel, a sharp rectangular stand, and a small lip sticking along the bottom of the frame for the controls. It''s a nice-looking monitor that''ll look great on nearly any desk, well, any desk that can handle it.

The back panel includes several inputs beneath the chassis: a pair of HDMI 2.0 inputs (max 3440x1440 at 100Hz), a DisplayPort 1.4 connector (3440x1440 at 144Hz), a USB-C connector that allows video input (max 60Hz) and a 3.5mm audio jack. If you prefer to mount your monitors on an arm, the included stand does not have a heavy square slab.

The menu system is fairly robust with options for adjusting response time, enabling Adaptive Sync, adjusting the picture settings, and enabling features such as a refresh rate monitor and a crosshair overlay.

The 40C1R is completely flat and comes in at 40 inches, making it a rare feature. Depending on your viewing distance, Innocn prefers to have a completely flat IPS ADS panel inside this monitor. However, if you prefer to sit closer to your monitor, the size may seem overwhelming. This is an important consideration to keep an eye on.

The key issue is then how performance is presented, and there are several key areas which I define the quality of the panel - resolution, motion clarity, panel brightness, color accuracy, and contrast.

The choice of resolution that is usually used in 34-inch ultrawide monitors, but when expanded to 40 inches, the pixel density is somewhat inadequate for desktop use. In this sense, while the reduced pixel count versus 4K makes it much easier for even a mid-range GPU to drive it.

With a cold color temperature and overly darkened colors, I recommend immediately opening the settings. Generally speaking, the standard gamma curve is lower than I would recommend with hardware. First impressions were minor, but the sRGB option under the ''professional'' menu provides a much-improved image right away. The gamma curve is now more precise and color temperature is less hot, closer to the D65 white point.

According to Brightness-wise, the default SRGB mode produces a measured 231 nits, but increasing the brightness slider to 100 on a full white background increases this to 380 nits. Unfortunately, the monitor''s rated 400 nits of HDR brightness, and the lack of local dimming results in a slick contrast. I recommend avoiding SDR instead.

While viewing from slightly above or below the monitor''s center point, horizontal viewing angles are appropriate with relatively uniform brightness and color reproduction in the corners of the image. This is critical for a large edge-lit panel such as the 40C1R, but there is one disadvantage: the vertical brightness shift is evident to some degree. However, you may notice this when viewing from slightly above or below the monitor''s center point.

Despite the fact that the image quality is impressive when considering the company''s purpose and pricing point. A high-quality monitor with excellent image quality earns a not-insignificant premium over the 40C1R.

Next up, let''s talk about gaming performance and resolution support, which is, of course, the primary reason for selecting a monitor like this. Using DisplayPort, the monitor allows up to 144Hz refresh rate at 3440x1440, but the monitor also supports down-sampling from higher resolutions. This means the 40C1R can be a 32-inch 1440p monitor if your input source does not support ultra-wide resolutions.

This monitor has a 2560x1440 120Hz HDMI connection, which is useful for both the Xbox Series and the PS5, but the latter had a fine performance of 1440p60 and 1440p120 in both the SDR and the HDR. Also, the monitor may add a clear aspect ratio to the display, which may restore the correct 16:9 aspect ratio, causing the problem to the left and right. This is especially true in games where both Series X and PS5 are now supported by VRR.

The most common persistence motion blur in all sample and hold displays is displayed inside the menu, although the actual pixel response time is fairly short and comparable to other screens. Despite this, my LG monitor isn''t a big issue in terms of speed, but it is still limited to the competition. Fortunately, the monitor''s low input latency, which I measured at a very high, has made similar results based on sampling content from HDMI to Display Port.

Lastly, this monitor also supports video input over USB-C, which is welcome, but this feature has its own catch - the monitor is limited to 60Hz over USB-C. I tested the various image-in-picture modes, which allow you to input two sources simultaneously and divide the screen to your liking. This approach makes this even more feasible.

When it comes to value proposition, a monitor like the 40C1R is impressive. The large format design, feature set, and overall picture quality are all impressive. It''s not as if there are many other options on the market. However, the 40C1R is a solid option for a powerful gaming PC and is still excellent for modern gaming consoles. Definitely worth a look!

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