Review: AORUS FI32U 4K monitor for a sleek visual upgrade

    What do you look for when you are upgrading your monitor? Are you looking for something affordable? Something with RGB? Do you care about size above all? What about resolution and image quality? Luckily for you, the AORUS FI32U 4K monitor has just about everything, and it’s affordable.

    You can pick one up for as little as A$1,289.95 from Kogan or Dick Smith. Why am I raving about this monitor? Read on to find out what I think.

    Easy unboxing and setup

    When it comes to technology, I like to be able to take things out of the box, and set it up in a matter of minutes. With the AORUS FI32U 4K monitor, that’s a relatively straightforward task. The box comes with a couple of pieces, and getting them together is a quick task.

    The arm and base for the AORUS FI32U 4K monitor. They are both black and the base is a triangular-like shape.
    AORUS FI32U 4K monitor base and arm. Photo by TechAU.

    The monitor stand and base go together with a screen on the bottom which can be finger-tightened; no screwdrivers necessary.

    Base of the AORUS FI32U 4K monitor showing the center screw which can be tightened by hand.
    Bottom screw which can be tightened by hand. Photo by TechAU.

    To attach the screen to the arm, a screwdriver was needed, but again, this was not an arduous task. The screen hooks snuggly into the arm whilst the screen is still in the box. Thus I could put together the monitor myself and didn’t require another person. Once I had the monitor on the stand, I could plug it in and start using it. This whole process took about ten minutes and I was able to start using my new screen.

    AORUS FI32U 4K monitor on the stand sitting on a table.
    Monitor put together and ready to go. Photo by TechAU.

    Simple, sleek design

    One thing I love about this monitor is it’s relatively simple, yet sleek design. It doesn’t take up a lot of space on the table. The wedged leg design is a personal favourite, with the last four monitors I have owned all having this base shape. I feel it saves more space and I can use the area directly below the screen in the middle for something like my stream deck.

    I also love the cable management on the AORUS FI32U 4K monitor. Cables from the monitor can be routed through the middle of the stand, saving space, and making for a much cleaner setup.

    AORUS FI32U 4K monitor arm with cables running through a hole in the middle for space management.
    Cables are routed through the space in the center of the arm to save space and move cords away from the desk. Photo by TechAU.

    Fully adjustable

    Posture and ergonomics are very important, especially today. With more people than ever working from home or gaming sessions running for hours, the way your setup sits can have a big impact on your overall health. Being able to adjust everything to the correct heights and angles is a necessity nowadays, not an option.

    The AORUS FI32U 4K monitor delivers on this is so many configurations. The monitor has adjustable height, angle, and even swivel. The swivel is super important if you have more than one monitor to ensure it sits in the correct orientation in relation to another monitor. Adjusting the height and tilt is important for better comfort and ergonomics. The monitor can also be placed in either landscape or portrait mode.

    AORUS FI32U 4K monitor sitting at approx. 20 degree angle and pushed to the base of the stand showing the flexibility users have when setting up the monitor.
    The AORUS FI32U 4K monitor is fully adjustable. Here, I have it tilted at an angle, and pushed almost all the way to the base. Photo by TechAU.

    Image size and quality

    Many users look almost solely at size and image quality when they purchase a monitor. 4K resolution and 144Hz refresh rate are a must in today’s gaming landscape. Luckily, players who purchase the AORUS FI32U 4K monitor have both of these. The monitor has ultra-high definition resolution (UHD) and is 31.5″. This is a good size for those looking to have a regular-sized monitor without opting for ultra wide screens for something that is simply too big—yes there is such a thing as too big!

    The AORUS FI32U 4K monitor is also equipped with 10-bit colour and has AMD FreeSync Premium Pro built-in. This technology helps smooth images on screen to ensure better fluidity of movement and avoid those choppy gameplays with broken-up frames. The monitor also has a bunch of cool features built-in like Black Equaliser. This setting helps reveal those pesky enemies by deepening the way dark things show up on your screen without compromising the other areas of the image.

    Black Equiliser on (left of the screen) vs. off (on the right of the screen). You can see the enemy clearly becomes visible with this setting turned on. Image by Gigabyte.

    Other cool settings on the monitor include various picture modes, game settings such as FPS and timer, custom crosshairs, and more. There’s also a dashboard where you choose to show what you want and it’s displayed over any game meaning it’s always there for when you need it most.

    Lots of monitor settings including Black Equiliser, Aim Stabiliser, Overdrive balance, refresh rate, and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro.
    So many settings! Photo by TechAU.

    The usual RGB and plenty of cable options

    If you’ve read any of my previous articles, you know I love RGB. The AORUS FI32U 4K monitor does not disappoint here when some neat lighting options. I do wish there were more on the front though cause that’s where I actually get to see them!

    RGB lighting options showing the back of the monitor lit up with the AORUS logo in the middle lit. The options show along the top of the image are: colour cycle, static, flash, double flash, pulse, and brightness.
    RBG action showing the various options along the top of the screen. Image by Gigabyte.

    There’s also plenty of options for cable sockets including two HDMIs, two USB 3.0s, display port, printer cable, and USB C, as well as audio plugs. Finally, this monitor is equipped with KVM, meaning you can control multiple devices using one keyboard, one mouse, and one set of visuals.

    KVM on screen showing the KVM switch, Wizard, and reset.
    KVM allows you to switch between two machines without the need to have multiple sets of peripherals. Photo by TechAU.

    This is perfect if you have multiple devices that you need to toggle between. You might have a desktop for gaming and a laptop for streaming, or a desktop for your personal projects and a laptop for work. KVM allows for seamlessly switching between those devices without having to have multiple sets of keyboards, mice, monitors, microphones, and cameras. Trust me this is actually useful. I used to have two of everything connected just so I could use two systems. Now I can effortlessly switch between the two and not break my workflow.

    Honestly, this is probably one of the main reasons I’d go for this monitor, and if you’re having to work with multiple machines, drop what you’re doing and pick up this monitor so you can save time—and space—whilst using your tech.

    Michelle Mannering
    Michelle Mannering
    Mish is the Hackathon Queen, having participated in more than 100 events. Between being a Developer and Twitch streamer, Mish also finds time to pursue her keen interest in driving entrepreneurial culture in Melbourne's Melbourne’s esports industry and has founded several tech companies.

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