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Acer ET322QK C 4K UHD VA model with VESA DisplayHDR 600

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‘4K’ UHD and good HDR capabilities are attractive features for a wide range of users, including modern games console and PC gamers. By combining a large screen with good bright scene HDR performance, the Philips 326M6VJRMB is a good example of a model that hits the spot for some users. The Acer ET322QK C is an update to the older (‘non-C’) model in the ET2 series, offering enhanced HDR capabilities and a similar feature set to the Philips model. Styling is quite similar in many respects as well, with a TV-like design. The stand includes sharp lines with a silver-coloured metallic finish. The bezels are moderately thick compared to some models, with a single-stage matte black bezel and no appreciate visible panel border. The OSD is controlled by pressable buttons and a joystick at the rear of the monitor, towards the right side as viewed from in front.

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The monitor uses a 31.5” VA (Vertical Alignment) panel from Innolux, with a 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution. A medium (‘relatively light’) matte screen surface is employed, offering good glare handling, whilst a 3000:1 static contrast and 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles are specified. True 10-bit colour is supported alongside a 60Hz refresh rate, with Adaptive-Sync also featuring. This includes support for AMD FreeSync on compatible systems and GPUs, with a variable refresh rate of 40 – 60Hz. A flicker-free backlight is employed, offering a generous 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut and typical maximum luminance of 400 cd/m² (boosted to 600 cd/m² for HDR). The monitor will respond to HDR10 content via VESA DisplayHDR 600 support. This allows it to put its brightness, colour gamut and bit depth to good use – and also necessitates the support of local dimming, enhancing contrast.

Other attractive features include 6-axis colour adjustment and PiP (Picture in Picture) and PbP (Picture by Picture). Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are also included and a low minimum luminance is promised (‘Low dimming’ as Acer refers to it). A 4ms grey to grey response time is specified, but don’t pay too much attention to that figure. The monitor has a glossy white rear, with 100 x 100mm VESA holes included. The monitor’s own stand is limited to tilt-only adjustment. The ports face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.2a+ (with HDR feature-set), 3.5mm audio output and 4 USB 3.0 ports. 2 x 2W speakers are included for basic sound output.

A white rear, with VESA holes

Further information is available on the manufacturer’s website. Ignore any references to curved screens – this refers to other models in the series. The monitor is listed for under £400 ($380 USD).

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Acer ET322QK C