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Acer X32 FP 160Hz 4K IPS with 576-zone Mini LED backlight

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Update: We’re currently reviewing this model. News piece below initially published 7th October 2021.


A range of monitors now combine the ‘4K’ UHD resolution with a ~32″ screen size and high refresh rate. An increasing number of these also offer HDMI 2.1, allowing 120Hz ‘4K’ output on games consoles such as the PS5 and Xbox Series X. The Acer X32 FP offers all of these attractive features, whilst also throwing in a high level of HDR capability. The styling is is similar to others in the Predator series, with a coated metal stand base with contoured feet and an artistically designed stand neck. Referred to in some regions as a ‘Dragon Claw Base’. The bottom bezel is dark grey plastic, whilst the top and side bezels adopt a dual-stage design. Including a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen and a slender hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by buttons and a joystick at the rear of the screen, running down the right side as viewed from the front.

Note: The images in this news piece show the pre-production design. Final retail design is slightly different as shown here.

Predator aesthetics

A 32” IPS-type panel is adopted with 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution – the AU Optronics M320QAN02.8 AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) panel more specifically. A 165Hz refresh rate is supported alongside Adaptive-Sync, including Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ with a 48 – 165Hz VRR range plus LFC assumed. Integrated VRR may also be offered by the HDMI 2.1 port. Other aspects of note include a 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and 10-bit colour support. A light to very light matte anti-glare screen surface is expected. A flicker-free Quantum Dot Mini LED backlight delivers a ≥99% Adobe RGB colour gamut and 1200 cd/m² peak HDR luminance, with 576 dimming zones. This is an FALD solution panel manufacturer AUO refers to as ‘AmLED’ (Adaptive Mini LED). A factory calibrated sRGB emulation mode is also included, with a specified DeltaE <1. VESA DisplayHDR 1000 support is included, allowing the monitor to put its colour gamut, powerful backlight and local dimming capability to good use alongside 10-bit colour processing.

A 1ms or ‘up to 0.7ms’ grey to grey response time is specified. As usual, don’t pay too much attention to such figures – though note that this is a grey to grey measurement rather than MPRT as specified on some competing models. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are also included, promoting a more relaxing viewing experience. The stand attaches centrally via 100 x 100mm VESA and can be replaced by a VESA 100 compatible alternative if preferred. The included stand offers tilt, swivel and height adjustment. The ports mainly face downwards and include; DC power (external ‘power brick’), DP 1.4 (with DSC), 4 HDMI 2.1 ports (48 Gbps), USB-C (90W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data), a 3.5mm audio output and 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus 2 upstream). 2 additional USB 3.0 ports are found at the left side as viewed from the front. KVM support is also included, allowing USB devices to be shared between multiple systems. 2 x 7W speakers also feature.

The rear view

Further details can be found on manufacturer’s website. This press release confirmed the monitor was expected Q2 2022 with an RRP of ~$1800 USD, though release date slipped due to supply chain disruption. As of January 2023, this long-awaited monitor has been listed for ~$1350 USD.

Acer X32 FP