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AOC PD32M 144Hz ‘4K’ IPS Mini LED with HDMI 2.1

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A strong HDR (High Dynamic Range) performance can be very attractive for both PC and console users. The AOC PD32M of the AGON PRO series is built with this in mind. HDMI 2.1 provides a 120Hz ‘4K’ UHD signal to compatible games consoles such as the Xbox Series X and PS5. As a Porsche Design (PD) model, the monitor includes an aluminium stand with a shape that’s apparently inspired by Porsche steering wheels. The top and side bezels are dual-stage with a slender panel border flush with the rest of the screen, plus a slim hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) can be controlled by a joystick at the rear of the monitor or the included wireless ‘Quick Switch’ remote. A logo projector is included, which allows a logo of customisable colour to be displayed on the desk beneath the monitor – if you wish.

Sporty styling

The monitor features a 31.5″ 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) IPS-type panel. A marketing email from the manufacturer described this as ‘AAS IPS’ (Azimuthal Anchoring Switch), which coupled with the size suggests the monitor is based around an Innolux panel. Specifications of note include a 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles, a light to very light matte anti-glare screen surface and 10-bit colour support. A 144Hz refresh rate is supported alongside Adaptive-Sync, allowing VRR technologies such as AMD FreeSync and Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ to be used (48 – 144Hz VRR range plus LFC). A flicker-free Mini LED backlight is included with 1152 dimming zones, a specified 600 cd/m² typical maximum luminance (1600 cd/m² HDR peak) and 97% DCI-P3 colour gamut. A 156% sRGB gamut is also specified, suggesting a QD LED solution with good Adobe RGB coverage as well.

The monitor is VESA DisplayHDR 1400 certified, the highest level for LCDs which VESA currently certifies for. As well as allowing the powerful backlight to be put to good use, it allows 10-bit colour processing and the generous gamut to be put to good use for HDR10 content. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified, but as usual pay little attention to this figure. The stand is expected to include tilt and height adjustment – and it appears a quick-release mechanism is used with 100 x 100mm VESA holes likely to feature if you remove the stand. Customisable ‘Light FX’ RGB LED strips are included at the rear, towards the top and sides. Retractable headphone hooks are also included at both sides of the screen. The ports face downwards and include; DC power input (external ‘power brick’), 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, DP 1.4, USB-C (DP Alt Mode, 90W PD, upstream data), 4 USB 3.2 ports (one with fast charging, plus upstream), a 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5mm microphone jack. 2 x 8W DTS speakers are included for potentially quite rich and powerful sound output. KVM functionality is supported to allow USB peripheral sharing between 2 systems, whilst PiP/PbP is also included.

RGB included

Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$1800 USD (£1750) with initial availability direct from Porsche Design.