Monoprice Dark Matter 42772 Review: Big Color, Contrast and Value

Nearly every product category in the tech sector has devices that could be considered “entry-level.” For the best gaming monitors, it’s typically a 24 or 25-inch 16:9 flat panel running at 144 Hz with Adaptive-Sync. But what if you want to try a different shape and size, say, an ultra-wide 21:9 curved screen? There’s also an entry-level there, such as a 34-inch panel running at 3440×1440 pixels with 144 Hz and Adaptive-Sync. 

Perhaps you think that’s a premium purchase, and until recently, you’d be correct. But Monoprice has something to say about that. For $500, it’s offering the Dark Matter 42772, a 34-inch WQHD curved VA panel with 165 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR and extended (very extended) color. Let’s take a close look and figure out if this display deserves a spot on our best gaming monitors list.

(Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

Monoprice Dark Matter 42772 Specs

Panel Type / Backlight VA / W-LED, edge array
Quantum Dot Film
Screen Size / Aspect Ratio 34 inches / 21:9
Curve radius: 1500mm
Max Resolution & Refresh Rate 3440×1440 @ 165 Hz
FreeSync: 48-165 Hz
G-Sync Compatible
Native Color Depth & Gamut 8-bit / DCI-P3
Response Time (GTG) 4ms
Brightness (mfr) 400 nits
Contrast (mfr) 3,000:1
Speakers None
Video Inputs 2x DisplayPort 1.4a
2x HDMI 2.0
Audio 3.5mm headphone output
USB 3.0 None
Power Consumption 31w, brightness @ 200 nits
Panel Dimensions WxHxD w/base 31.9 x 16-19.9 x 8.9 inches
(809 x 406-506 x 226 mm)
Panel Thickness 5.2 inches (132mm)
Bezel Width Top/sides: 0.3 inch (8mm)
Bottom: 0.7 inch (18mm)
Weight 15.4 pounds (7kg)
Warranty 1 year