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Acer XV322QK KV 144Hz 4K UHD IPS with HDMI 2.1

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The mixture of ‘4K’ UHD and ~32″ screen size is very appealing to many, delivering a strong pixel density and high level of immersion. Useful for creating a high level of ‘desktop real estate’ whilst providing a detailed look to suitably high resolution image content, movies and games. This is offered by the Acer XV322QK KV, which also pushes for high refresh rate capabilities across a range of systems. Not just PCs, but with the inclusion of HDMI 2.1 facilitating this for games consoles such as the Xbox Series X and PS5 as well. As a member of the Nitro XV2 Series, the familiar homely styling is adopted rather than anything too fussy or extravagant. Similar to the 28″ counterpart of this model. This includes a weighted round base, metal cylindrical stand neck and slim dual-stage bezels at the top and side. Including a slim panel border flush with the result of the screen, plus a slender hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by downwards-facing buttons towards the right side of the bottom bezel. Acer’s ‘VisionCare’ sensor suite is included. With ‘LightSense’ and ‘ColourSense’ that can adjust the brightness and colour temperature, respectively, according to ambient lighting.

A homely appearance

A 31.5″ 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) IPS-type panel is adopted, likely an Innolux AAS (Azimuthal Anchoring Switch) panel. A 144Hz refresh rate is supported alongside Adaptive-Sync, which includes AMD FreeSync Premium with a 144 – 144Hz VRR range plus LFC. A light to very light matte anti-glare screen surface is used, with a 1000:1 static contrast ratio and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles specified. 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) colour is supported, whilst a flicker-free WLED backlight delivers a 350 cd/m² typical luminance (400 cd/m² HDR peak) and 90% DCI-P3 colour gamut. An sRGB emulation setting is included with DeltaE <1 claimed within the sRGB colour space. The monitor is 'Eyesafe' certified by TÜV Rheinland, meaning the peak of blue light is shifted to less energetic wavelengths and the amplitude of the peak is reduced. Potentially improving viewing comfort, as one of many factors. Additional Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to promote a more relaxing viewing experience.

VESA DisplayHDR 400 support is included, allowing the screen to respond to HDR10 content with 10-bit colour used and the colour gamut put to good use. It doesn’t necessitate particularly high luminance by HDR standards or local dimming. Based on other models using this or a similar panel, a simple edge-lit local dimming solution with 16 zones may feature. A grey to grey response time of ‘up to 0.5ms’ is specified, but as usual approach with caution. A VRB (Visual Response Boost) strobe backlight setting is also included. The stand attaches centrally via a quick-release mechanism and can be removed to make way for an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution. The stand includes tilt, swivel and height adjustment. The ports mainly face downwards and include; 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, DP 1.4 (with DSC), USB-C (65W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data), 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream) and a 3.5mm audio output. KVM functionality is included, allowing connected USB peripherals to be shared between multiple systems. An additional 2 USB 3.0 ports are located at the left side of the screen. 2 x 4W speakers are also included for potentially fairly rich sound output.

Good adjustability and ports

Further details can be found on some regional product pages from the manufacturer, including their Taiwanese page. The monitor is listed there for the equivalent of ~$820 and expected from October 2021, but further details on price and availability are still to come.

Acer XV322QK KV