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Acer XB323QU NV 170Hz WQHD IPS model

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For those looking for an immersive experience without needing to push 3840 x 2160 pixels, 32″ WQHD models can be particularly appealing. The Acer XB323QU NV is one such model, an addition to the Predator series and WQHD counterpart to the ‘4K’ XB323QK NV. The modern Predator styling is adopted, including sharp lines and a tripod-style powder-coated metal stand base for solid footing. The top and side bezels include the popular dual-stage design, including a slim panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen. And a slender hard plastic outer part. A central sensor suite is integrated in the central region of the bottom bezel, supporting some of the ‘VisionCare 4.0’ functionality of the monitor. The monitor can adjust its brightness (‘LightSense’) and colour temperature (‘ColourSense’) based on ambient lighting. A ‘ProxiSense’ feature is also included, allowing the screen to dim or turn off if nobody is using it. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick and buttons at the rear of the monitor, running down the right side as viewed from the front.

A large Predator

The monitor uses a 31.5″ IPS-type panel, believed to be an AAS (Azimuthal Anchoring Switch) panel from Innolux. This has a 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) resolution and supports a 170Hz refresh rate. Adaptive-Sync is also supported, including Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ with an assumed 48 – 170Hz VRR range (plus LFC). A 1000:1 static contrast ratio and 178°/178° viewing angles are specified. 10-bit colour is supported (8-bit + FRC), whilst a flicker-free WLED backlight is included. This offers a 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and covers 95% DCI-P3. As a model certified as ‘Eyesafe’ by TÜV Rheinland, the monitor also includes a shifted blue light peak that’s less energetic to enhance viewing comfort. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified (take with a pinch of salt) and VRB (Visual Response Boost) strobe backlight setting included.

VESA DisplayHDR 400 support is included, allowing the monitor to respond to HDR10 content and put its colour gamut to good use alongside 10-bit colour processing. It doesn’t necessitate local dimming or particularly high luminance levels by HDR standards, though, so is only a very basic experience. The stand offers full ergonomic flexibility, attaches using a quick-release mechanism and can be removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. A wide ring of ‘AdaptiveLight’ RGB LEDs are found above and to the sides of the stand attachment point. These can be set to various different colours or set to respond to audio or content on the screen. The ports face downwards and include; DP 1.4, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, 4 USB 3.0 ports and a 3.5mm audio output. 2 x 2W speakers are included for basic sound output.

Flexible RGB lighting at the rear

Further details can be found on this page from Chinese shopping website Taobao (requires translation into English). The monitor is available in Asia as of April 2021, with other regions following later.

Acer XB323QU NV