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HP U32 with 4K UHD ‘Eyesafe’ IPS panel

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~32″ is often seen as something of a sweet spot for the 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution, providing excellent desktop real-estate and a strong pixel density. The HP U32 is one such offering, with an IPS-type panel and focus on both colour reproduction and viewing comfort. The monitor offers a simple homely design, with silver-coloured satin finish plastic used for the rectangular stand base and slender stand neck. And matte black plastic for the bottom bezel, with contrasting shiny silver-coloured brand logo. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen and a slim hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick at the rear, towards the bottom right as viewed from the front.

A homely design

A 31.5″ 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) IPS-type panel is employed, which we believe to be a BOE ADS-IPS panel more specifically. A 60Hz refresh rate is supported, whilst a 1000:1 static contrast ratio and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles are specified. A matte anti-glare screen surface is included and 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) colour support offered. The monitor includes a factory calibrated sRGB emulation setting with specified DeltaE <2. A flicker-free WLED backlight offers a 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut and 400 cd/m² peak luminance. The monitor is 'Eyesafe' certified by TÜV Rheinland, with the blue peak shifted to less energetic wavelengths and the amplitude of the peak reduced to potentially improve viewing comfort.

The monitor will respond to HDR10 content with VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification. A basic HDR level that does not require a particularly high brightness by HDR standards or local dimming. But which allows the 10-bit colour reproduction and quite generous colour gamut to be put to good use. A 4ms grey to grey response time is specified, but as usual pay too much attention to this figure. The rear of the monitor includes various shades of silver-coloured plastics, with a cable tidy clip towards the bottom of the stand base. The included stand attaches centrally via a quick-release mechanism and offers full ergonomic flexibility, including 150mm (5.91 inches) height adjustment and pivot into portrait. It can be removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. The ports face backwards in a vertical arrangement beneath the stand attachment point and include; DP 1.4, HDMI 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 ports USB-C (65W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data), a 3.5mm headphone jack and DC power input (external ‘power brick’).

A silver rear

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$500 USD.

HP U32