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BenQ PD3205U 31.5″ 4K UHD IPS with USB-C and KVM

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~32″ monitors with a 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution provide a strong pixel density with excellent ‘desktop real estate’. The BenQ PD3205U is built around this foundation, with high resolution image editing and design work in mind. The stand adopts brushed metal with a dark matte finish, for a premium look and feel. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen plus a slender hard plastic outer part. The OSD is controlled by buttons and a joystick at the rear, towards the right side as viewed from the front. Or using the included wired ‘Hotkey Puck G2’ remote.

A solid design

A 31.5″ IPS-type panel is employed with 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. Adaptive-Sync is supported, including AMD FreeSync with a 40 – 60Hz VRR range. An anti-glare screen surface is used, whilst a 1000:1 static contrast ratio and 178°/178° viewing angles are specified and 10-bit (8-bit + FRC assumed) colour supported. The monitor is factory calibrated (‘AQCOLOR’) with a specified average DeltaE <3 within the sRGB colour space and Uniformity Compensation (UC) included. The monitor includes Solidworks certification and is Pantone Validated and Calman Verified. A range of gamma settings are provided, from '1.8' to '2.6' and including 'sRGB'. A flicker-free WLED backlight provides 99% sRGB colour space coverage and a 250 cd/m² (350 cd/m² HDR peak) typical maximum luminance. The manufacturer's usual suite of well-balanced Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included, whilst the monitor will respond to HDR10 content. This allows its 10-bit colour processing to be put to use, but it lacks any requirement for local dimming, a high brightness by HDR standards or a suitably wide gamut for HDR content.

A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified for this model with AMA (Advanced Motion Acceleration) adjustable pixel overdrive, but as usual pay little attention to such figures. The stand offers full ergonomic flexibility, including 110mm (4.33 inches) height adjustment and pivot into portrait. It attaches via a quick-release mechanism and can be removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. The ports face downwards beneath a removable plastic cover and include; AC power input (internal power converter), HDMI 2.0, DP 1.4, USB-C (90W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data), 2 USB 3.2 ports (plus 2 upstream) and a 3.5mm headphone jack. A USB-C downstream port, third USB 3.2 port and 3.5mm headphone jack is located at the right side of the screen as viewed from the front. 2 x 2.5W speakers are also included, alongside KVM and PiP/PbP functionality. Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$800 USD.

BenQ PD3205U