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BenQ PD3220U 31.5 inch UHD IPS-type model with HDR support

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Update: Update on price and availability. News piece below initially published 28th October 2018.

 

The BenQ PD3200U is a solid 31.5” ‘4K’ UHD performer, although not without its limitations. The BenQ PD3220U is the follow-up to this screen, with some new features and capabilities as well as a fresh new design. The monitor has a much sleeker design than its predecessor, with very slim bezels and a low-profile brushed metal (or ‘brushed metal effect’) stand. The OSD is controlled by pressable buttons and a small joystick on the rear of the monitor, towards the right as viewed from the front. Alternatively, you can control the OSD using a small wired remote as shown in the second image below.

A stylish new face

Redesigned OSD controller

The monitor uses a 31.5” 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) IPS-type panel. This has a specified 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 60Hz refresh rate and 178/178° viewing angles. A matte anti-glare screen surface is employed for good glare handling, likely with a ‘light’ or ‘very light’ finish to keep the image relatively smooth and impact perceived vibrancy to a lower degree than stronger matte surfaces. A flicker-free LED backlight is used, yielding a 95% DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage (wide gamut), whilst 10-bit colour is supported (1.07 billion colours). The monitor also offers 100% sRGB coverage, with factory calibrated profiles including ‘sRGB’, ‘Adobe RGB’ and DCI-P3. HDR10 is also supported via an ‘HDR’ preset, with the colour gamut offering appropriate coverage for this. Although the monitor does not seem to offer any local dimming capability and offers a typical maximum luminance of 300 cd/m². So it’s more to allow you to edit HDR content with an appropriate colour space. BenQ’s usual flexible and easily accessible Low Blue Light (LBL) settings also feature to aid relaxing viewing. A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified.

The rear of the monitor is matte black plastic, aside from the silver-coloured metallic (or metallic-effect) stand. The stand is fully adjustable, attaches using a quick-release mechanism towards the centre of the screen and can be removed to make way for an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution. Most of the ports are down-firing and located beneath a removable port cover. These include; AC power input (internal power converter), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4, 2 USB Type-C (with Thunderbolt 3 support and 85W power delivery), 2 USB 3.1 ports (plus upstream) and a mini-USB port for the OSD controller. At right side of the monitor there is a third USB 3.1 port plus a third USB Type-C port (data only) and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 2 x 2W integrated speakers are also included for basic sound output.

The rear

Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is now available for ~$1200.

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BenQ PD3220U