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Acer X32 S 160Hz 4K IPS with 512-zone Mini LED backlight

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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 S 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.

Predator aesthetics

A 32” IPS-type panel is adopted with 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution – believed to be an AU Optronics AHVA (Advanced Hyper Viewing Angle) panel more specifically. A 160Hz refresh rate is supported alongside Adaptive-Sync, including Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ and FreeSync Premium with a 48 – 160Hz VRR range plus LFC assumed. Integrated VRR is also facilitated by the HDMI 2.1 port. Other aspects of note include a 1200:1 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 512 dimming zones. 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 0.5ms’ 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 (120mm or 4.72 inches) adjustment. The ports mainly face downwards and include; AC power (internal power converter), DP 1.4 (with DSC), 2 HDMI 2.1, USB-C (65W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data), 3.5mm audio output, 3.5mm audio input and USB 3.0 ports – exact number TBC. 2 USB 3.0 ports are found at the left side as viewed from the front. 2 x 5W speakers are also included.

The rear view

Further details can be found on this page (Chinese, requires translation) on Taobao. It’s listed there for logged in users as ~10998 Chinese Yuan (~$1700 USD) with availability expected February 2022. Further details on price and availability still to come. The design, final specifications and even product name (it may be named X32 P when released) is subject to change.

Acer X32 S