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Acer XV322QU KV 170Hz WQHD Eyesafe IPS model

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The combination of ~32″ screen and 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) hits the spot for some people. Combining immersion with a reasonable pixel density, without being as graphically demanding or expensive as comparable models with a ‘4K’ UHD resolution. The Acer XV322QU KV (KVbmiiphzx or KVbmiiprzx full suffix, depending on region) offers this combination, with the usual homely styling associated with the Nitro XV2 Series. This includes plenty of matte black plastic, with a weighty stand base and powder-coated metal stand neck to improve the ‘solidness’ of the monitor. The top and side bezels feature the popular dual-stage design, with slender panel border flush with the rest of the screen. And a slim hard plastic outer part. The monitor includes a sensor suite integrated into the bottom of bezel, to the left of centre. This is used for the ‘VisionCare 3.0’ functionality, which includes ‘LightSense’ which allows the screen to adjust its brightness according with ambient lighting. ‘ColorSense’ which adjusts colour temperature based on ambient lighting. And a ‘ProxiSense’ proximity sensor which dims and ultimately turns off the screen if nobody is using it. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by buttons which face downwards towards the right side of the bottom bezel.

A large Nitro screen

A 31.5″ IPS-type panel is employed with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) resolution. The Innolux M315KCA-E7B AAS IPS-type panel is the most likely candidate here. A 170Hz refresh rate is offered, with Adaptive-Sync support including AMD FreeSync Premium. A 48 – 170Hz VRR range plus LFC is provided. Other aspects of note include a light matte anti-glare screen surface, 1000:1 static contrast ratio and 178°/178° viewing angles. 10-bit colour (8-bit + FRC) is supported, whilst the screen includes an sRGB emulation mode with specified DeltaE <1. A flicker-free WLED backlight delivers a 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and 90% DCI-P3 (130% sRGB) colour gamut. The monitor is Eyesafe certified by TÜV Rheinland, which includes a shift in the blue light peak to less energetic wavelengths and decrease in the amplitude of the peak to aid viewing comfort without compromising colour output. Traditional Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are also included to reduce blue light output of all wavelengths, useful for relaxing evening viewing in particular.

The monitor responds to HDR10 content via VESA DisplayHDR 400 support. This is only a basic HDR level which doesn’t require the same peak luminance or colour gamut as higher levels – nor does it specifically require local dimming. The monitor can still put its reasonably generous colour gamut and 10-bit colour support to good use, though. And based on what we’ve seen from other modern Innolux panels it’s possible limited local dimming with perhaps 8 – 16 dimming zones is included. A 1ms or ‘up to 0.5ms’ grey to grey response time is specified, which should be approached with caution. The stand offers tilt, height (~90mm or 3.54 inches) and swivel adjustment. It attaches via a quick-release mechanism and can be removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes. The ports mainly face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), DP 1.2a+ (HDR feature set), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and 2 USB 3.0 ports plus upstream. 2 further USB 3.0 ports are located at the left side, as viewed from in front.

A patterned rear

Further details are available on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$550 USD.

Acer XV322QU KV