Innocn 40C1R Review: A Big Screen Worth Its Modest Bucks

It looks like an amazing deal: a 40-inch monitor for $540 (usually $609). And in the event you’re on the lookout for the largest general-purpose monitor you will discover for the cash, the 40-inch, flatscreen Innocn 40C1R positively belongs in your quick listing, so long as you mood your expectations. It is a Jack-of-all-trades, however whereas it is above common for a few of them, it truly is a grasp of none.

In case you’ve by no means heard of Innocn, you are most likely not alone. It is comparatively new for a monitor firm (lower than 10 years!), and has made its title promoting moveable screens on Amazon, although it subsequently expanded to desktop screens. It would not supply wherever close to the number of screens as most rivals. The corporate would not have localized websites for the UK or Australia (and this mannequin would not appear to be out there in these regional Amazon websites), however its producer worth converts to about £545 and AU$950.


  • Good and roomy
  • Usually strong efficiency for the cash
  • Consists of VESA mounting {hardware}

Do not Like

  • Minimally HDR
  • Motion-gaming can have movement blur
  • Considerably low decision for its measurement
  • Little in the best way of documentation

There’s nothing significantly excellent or atypical about its design, although it is unobtrusive and does really feel solidly constructed. You’ll be able to join two gadgets to it for picture-by-picture show, however that solely works with Home windows techniques and telephones. It would not have a USB hub inbuilt — only a USB-C for show and energy supply — however that provides price, so it isn’t a shock.

Innocn 40C1R

Innocn 40C1R
Value $609
Measurement (diagonal) 40 in./102cm
Panel and backlight IPS-ADS with LED backlight
Flat or curved Flat
Decision and pixel density 3,440 x 1,440; 92.3ppi
Side ratio 21:9
Most gamut 95% DCI-P3
Brightness (nits, peak/typical) 500 / n/a
HDR DisplayHDR 400
Adaptive sync FreeSync Premium
Max vertical refresh fee 144Hz (DisplayPort), 100Hz (HDMI)
Grey/grey response time (milliseconds) 2
Connections 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DP 1.4, 1 x USB-C (90w PD)
Audio 3.5mm audio out
VESA mountable Sure, 100 x 100 mm
Panel guarantee 30-day return; 1 12 months restricted elements and labor
Launch date December 2021


I’ve to offer Innocn props for honesty in a single respect. As has develop into frequent, the corporate features a manufacturing facility calibration report within the field for sRGB and Adobe RGB regardless of the monitor’s combined outcomes; it is an object lesson as to why averages, particularly on the subject of colours, aren’t essentially an correct reflection of actuality. In different phrases, an organization can report an common DeltaE lower than 2, which is taken into account correct, however with a number of patches having an error upwards of three, a variety that runs from “sufficiently correct for most individuals” via “no freaking approach.” That is what my analysis unit’s report seemed like, which saved me some hair pulling once I noticed my very own outcomes.

The mount is not smooth, but it surely’s sturdy and purposeful.

As a result of it is flat moderately than curved, the left and proper sides might seem a hair darker than the middle, however that is due to the obtuse angle you are viewing them at — one thing {that a} curved show ameliorates when the display screen will get so broad. Transferring again from it just a little, in the event you can, will repair that. 

SDR measurements

Profile Gamut (% protection) White level Gamma Typical brightness (nits) Accuracy (DE2K common/max)
sRGB 98 6700K 2.2 237 2.62/8.59
Commonplace (default) 88 (P3) 6500K 2.5 222 (365 nits peak) 4.49/6.45
Adobe RGB 82 6645K 2.2 237 3/8.52

That is to not say the 40C1R’s measurements had been unhealthy and even unacceptable for many individuals. My take a look at unit at the least did not stand out as significantly nice for colour accuracy or brightness. Distinction was typical for an IPS panel at about 1,030:1; white level was moderately near 6500K (it will get cooler as brightness will increase).

These readings are with out tweaking any settings, although, and there are a number of potential settings you may tweak. However there isn’t any helpful documentation for the monitor, both in print or on-line, so among the settings are shrouded in thriller. Like “contextual mannequin,” which, primarily based on its placement within the menu, appears to have one thing to do with brightness or distinction, presumably associated to the dynamic distinction setting simply above it, however has solely On or Off decisions and no clarification. 

HDR mode measurements

Gamut (% P3) White level Full display screen brightness (nits)
HDR Commonplace 94 6850K 400
HDR Film 94 6780K 320
HDR Design 94 6650K 200

The 40C1R’s HDR met the letter of the regulation for DisplayHDR 400 certification if not the spirit of HDR, however DisplayHDR 400’s necessities do not even meet the spirit of HDR; if you would like HDR that appears to be like prefer it has a excessive dynamic vary, then you actually need a minimal of 600 nits brightness for an IPS show — OLED is a bit completely different — with a gamut nearer to 98% P3, amongst different issues. Brightness in smaller areas did not differ considerably from full display screen, both. (Sadly, “middling dynamic vary” is not a factor, and doubtless would not promote many screens.) However if you would like one thing a bit higher than SDR with out shelling out, this could meet your wants. 

HDR appears to spice up sharpening or distinction, making it uncomfortable to depart HDR enabled full-time in Home windows. As it’s, the pixel density is not nice for work or design, however that is what you get if you unfold 3,440×1,440 pixels over such a big space. It is OK for gaming although and nonetheless higher than 1080p on a 27-inch show or roughly akin to 2,560×1440 on a 32-inch show, that are different configurations you will discover in less-expensive choices.

Sport mode measurements

White level Gamma Brightness
FPS 8900K 2.5 301
RTS/RPG 6800K 2.5 390
MOBA 7100K 2.5 370

The sport modes modify the show settings to make it simpler to see what that you must, in addition to set the pixel refresh to wherever from “quick” to “ultrafast.” I nonetheless noticed movement artifacts, so in the event you’re delicate to these, or play video games the place they will be seen, this monitor might not be your finest guess. Although it would not assist variable refresh with a console, it in any other case labored with out difficulty when linked to an Xbox Collection X. 

Total, it is a strong gaming and work monitor in the event you’re on the lookout for one thing large on a funds.

How we take a look at screens

All measurements are carried out utilizing Portrait Show’s Calman Final 2021 R4 software program utilizing a Calibrite ColorChecker Show Plus (previously X-Ceremony i1Display Professional Plus) and a Murideo Six-G sample generator for HDR testing the place obligatory, or the Client3 HDR patterns inside Calman, the place potential. How intensive our testing is depends upon the capabilities of the monitor, the display screen and backlight expertise used, and the judgment of the reviewer.

On probably the most fundamental fashions we might keep on with simply brightness, distinction and colour gamut, whereas on extra succesful shows we might run exams of most user-selectable modes for gaming or color-critical utilization, uniformity and so forth. For the colour work, we might also run exams to confirm how white level accuracy varies with brightness.

Colour accuracy outcomes reported in models of Delta E 2000 are primarily based on Calman’s commonplace Pantone patch set, plus the grayscale and pores and skin tone patches. White factors outcomes are primarily based on each the precise white worth plus the correlated colour temperature for the whole grey scale (21 patches, 0 to 100%) rounded all the way down to the closest 50K so long as there aren’t any large variations. We additionally use Blur Busters’ movement exams to guage movement artifacts (reminiscent of ghosting) or refresh rate-related issues that may have an effect on gaming. 

Take into account that particular person outcomes can fluctuate from a producer’s reported outcomes for quite a lot of causes. For example, you might be utilizing a unique set of colour patches for the accuracy exams (as I do), a unique colorimeter (as most people do), a unique approach of calculating (reminiscent of figuring out gamut utilizing RGB and CMY primaries moderately than the extra frequent RGB solely), monitor settings (producers not often present the OSD settings used for its exams) and so forth. There are literally a ton of variables.

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