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Acer XB323K 32″ 160Hz 4K IPS with DisplayHDR 600

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There are now a number of high refresh rate ‘4K’ UHD models hitting the market. With HDMI 2.1 now included in some cases, allowing modern games consoles such as the PS5 and Xbox Series X to be run with their full feature set. The Acer XB323K is one such offering, with a 32″ screen for extra immersion and to facilitate sitting a bit further back from the monitor for those wanting to do so. The styling is typical of a modern member of the Predator XB3 Series, with a sharp-lined design and creatively shaped stand design. With powder-coated metal finish for a bit of premium weightiness. The top and side bezels are dual stage, with a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen. Plus a slim hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by buttons and a joystick at the rear of the monitor, running down towards the right side as viewed from the front.

A large Predator

A 32″ 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) IPS-type panel is employed, believed to be the AUO M320QAN02.3 AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) panel or a variant of this more specifically. A 160Hz refresh rate is supported with Adaptive-Sync, whilst HDMI 2.1 VRR is also supported on compatible GPUs and systems. Nvidia ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ support is included whilst AMD FreeSync can also be leveraged by compatible GPUs. A 48 – 160Hz VRR range plus LFC is assumed. The screen supports 10-bit colour, whilst a 1200:1 static contrast ratio is specified and a light or very light matte anti-glare screen surface used. A flicker-free Quantum Dot LED backlight is included, with 500 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and a 99% DCI-P3 plus 99.5% Adobe RGB colour gamut coverage. A factory-calibrated sRGB emulation setting is included with a specified DeltaE <1. VESA DisplayHDR 600 certification is also included, allowing the monitor to put its generous gamut and 10-bit colour support to good use for HDR10 content. A peak luminance of 650 cd/m² is specified for HDR, whilst the screen includes an edge-lit local dimming solution with 16 zones, based on the panel that's most likely used.

A 1ms (or ‘0.5ms min’) grey to grey response time is specified, figures which you shouldn’t put too much weight on. A strobe backlight setting is also supported which can be used in place of Adaptive-Sync if you wish. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings also feature, promoting a more relaxing viewing experience. The included stand offers fully adjustability, including 100mm (3.94 inches) and pivot into portrait. It can be detached using a quick-release mechanism and replaced by an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution. The ports mainly face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), DP 1.4 (with DSC), 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, USB-C (DP Alt Mode, 65W PD, upstream data), 2 USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 2 additional USB 3.0 ports are located at the left side of the screen, as viewed from the front. 2 x 4W speakers are included for potentially reasonably rich and powerful sound output.

Rear view

Further details can be found on this page from Chinese retailer Taobao (requires English translation). The monitor is listed there as available prior to November 2021, so based on that we might expect to see this model elsewhere late 2021 or early 2022. An earlier release is possible, but more specific details and final pricing information is still to come.

Acer XB323K