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Lenovo Y32p-30 144Hz IPS model with HDMI 2.1

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An ever-growing range of products combine a ~32″ screen size, 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. An attractive combination for both gaming and productivity. This is offered by the Lenovo Y32p-30 of the Legion series, which couples it with what could be described as ‘sporty’ styling. The stand is dark matte plastic with triangular cut-outs, whilst a blue inner cable-tidy section (may not be visible, depending on stand height and viewing angle) provides a dash of colour. The top and side bezels feature the common dual-stage design with slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen and slender hard plastic outer part. Customisable RGB downlighting is included beneath the bottom bezel. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick and accompanying buttons at the rear, running down the right side as viewed from the front.

'Sporty' styling

A 31.5″ IPS-type panel is used, with 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. Adaptive-Sync including AMD FreeSync Premium is supported, with 48 – 144Hz VRR range plus LFC assumed. A light to very light matte anti-glare screen surface is employed, whilst a 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) colour support included. The monitor is factory calibrated with claimed DeltaE <2, whilst a WLED backlight provides a 350 cd/m² (400 cd/m² HDR peak) typical maximum luminance and 112% sRGB gamut coverage. This would broadly be considered a standard rather than wide gamut monitor, a key differentiator from its competitors. The monitor is Eyesafe 2.0 certified, with reduced output of energetic blue light. An ambient light sensor is also included, allowing the screen to automatically adjust brightness. The monitor responds to HDR10 content at the VESA DisplayHDR 400 level – a very basic HDR experience is offered here. 16-zone local dimming is included, providing a slight situational edge in contrast – but this plus the brightness and colour gamut is only sufficient for a very basic HDR experience. 10-bit colour is used for HDR10 output, though, so there is some degree of ‘enhancement’ compared to SDR game and movie content.

We often tell you to pay little attention to specified response time – that certainly applies in this case, with a 0.2ms MPRT response time claimed using the strobe backlight setting. The included stand affords tilt, swivel and height (135mm or 5.31 inches) adjustment and can be detached to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. A flip-down headphone hook is included at the left side of the screen. The ports mainly face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter), 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, DP 1.4, USB-C (unspecified PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data), USB-C downstream (15W PD) and USB Type-B upstream. 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack are found at the left side, as viewed from the front. HDMI 2.1 should allow a 120Hz ‘4K’ UHD signal to be provided to compatible devices, including the Xbox Series X and PS5, with VRR also offered. The monitor also supports KVM for easy peripheral sharing and display input switching between 2 systems, with PiP/PiP also supported.

The rear view

Further details can be found in this press release. The monitor is due to be released from December 2022 for ~$750 USD (~€1000).

Lenovo Y32p-30