BenQ PD3200U and PD3200Q UHD and WQHD designer monitors
Update: Our review of the ‘U’ model is now live. News piece below initially published 8th November 2016.
BenQ have produced quite a range of solidly built monitors with a plethora of useful features for ‘professional’ users and solid all-round performance. The BL3201PT/PH and BL3200PT are two such examples of this, designed with CAD/CAM users in mind. The BenQ PD2700Q and PD3200Q are updated versions of these models, again aimed with designers in mind but sure to appeal more broadly. Aesthetically they feature only quite subtle refinements, such as the a black rather than silver stand neck and bezels that appear somewhat slimmer, at least compared to the BL3200PT. The OSD remote returns, to allow intuitive menu navigation, with touch-sensitive buttons on the bottom bezel as well. Again, there is a sensor suite in the centre of the bottom bezel, which includes the ‘Eco’ proximity sensor and ‘Eye Protect’ ambient light sensor.
The ‘Q’ model features a 60Hz 32” VA (Vertical Alignment) panel with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution and 3000:1 specified static contrast ratio. The ‘U’ model features a 60Hz 32” AHVA (Advanced Hyper Viewing Angle – an IPS-type panel not to be confused with ‘VA) with 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution. The ‘U’ model only has a 1000:1 specified contrast ratio, but that is typical for an IPS-type panel. Specified viewing angles are 178/178° on both, but in practice there are obvious differences there. You gain superior colour consistency and viewing angle performance on IPS-type panels compared to VA. This is explored in detail in relevant reviews and this article. Both models support 10-bit colour, specifically 8-bit colour plus 2-bit FRC dithering and employ a light and relatively smooth matte anti-glare screen surface. Both models use enhanced phosphor WLED backlights, providing full (100%) sRGB coverage but no support for extended colour gamuts such as Adobe RGB. Both backlights are flicker-free as they use DC dimming rather than PWM to regulate brightness – something now standard on BenQ monitors. The ‘Q’ model has a typical maximum luminance of 300 cd/m² whilst the ‘U’ model has 350 cd/m² specified. Both models have a specified 4ms grey to grey response time, but as with specified viewing angles there are obvious differences due to panel type differences that these misleading figures don’t reflect.
To further enhance viewing comfort, particularly in the evenings when you’re trying to relax, a range of ‘Low Blue Light’ settings are featured. BenQ are not the only manufacturer to offer these sorts of settings, but they do make them particularly flexible and easy to activate or de-active which is certainly useful. A range of presets are included, for example the designer-oriented trio of ‘Animation’, ‘CAD/CAM’ and ‘Darkroom’ modes. There is also a new feature called ‘DualView’ which allows you to split the screen into two halves and use different presets (or sets of settings) for each half. This allows you to better understand the difference that the settings make to the result – your beautiful creation or the beautiful creations of others that you’re viewing. The included stand is fully adjustable, with height, swivel, tilt and pivot adjustment. This attaches using a quick-release bracket and can be replaced by an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA solution as VESA holes are found at the rear of the screen. The ports on the ‘Q’ model include; Dual-Link DVI, HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2 and MiniDP 1.2. On the ‘U’ model the ports are; HDMI 2.0 (‘4K-ready’ games console users rejoice), DP 1.2 and MiniDP 1.2. Both models include 4 USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 3.5mm audio line in/out and 2 x 5W speakers.