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Acer ProDesigner PE320QK Monitor Review

Rating: 8.0.

The PE320QK is Acer’s latest professional-level monitor aimed at designers, photographers and videographers who require the utmost in image quality. As well as a massive 32-inch screen size and 4K resolution this display boasts IPS panel technology for stable image quality and wide viewing angles, plus 10-bit colour that allows it to cover 100% of the Rec.709 and 90%+ of the DCI-P3 colour space.

As well as being useful for some professional production work, the PE320QK also supports the full range of colours required for HDR. Indeed, Acer claims the display offers a form of HDR, boasting about its 550nits backlight brightness and 1,000,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

However, although brighter than most, 550nits still isn’t HDR 10 compliant, and there’s no local backlight dimming here so the dynamic contrast ratio is meaningless in practical terms.

Still, there’s plenty more to like about this display. For professionals, the inclusion of an anti-glare hood will be welcome, while this display can also turn its hand to a bit of gaming, thanks to a reasonably nippy 4ms response time, low input lag and the inclusion of Freesync. In terms of refresh rate, it’s of course stuck on 60Hz.

The included stand offers a full range of adjustments, there’s plenty of connectivity and to round things off the display also has a low profile bezel, which means it doesn’t just create a nice looking image, but the monitor itself looks quite swish, too.

It’s an interesting set of features that potentially elevates the appeal of this display from more than just professionals. There’s the smart design, the inclusion of gaming settings in the menus and the half way house HDR stuff, all of which tick several more boxes.

As such, it’s no surprise this is a very expensive display, coming in at around £1,500. So the question is, does it deliver on its promise?

Specification:

  • Screen size: 32-inch, 16:9 aspect
  • Native resolution: 3,840 x 2,160
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • Panel type: IPS
  • Contrast ratio: 1,500:1
  • Brightness: 550cd/m2
  • Response time: 4ms grey-to-grey
  • Display inputs: DisplayPort 1.2, 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x D-Sub
  • USB hub: 1 x USB Type-C, 2 x USB 3.0
  • Tilt: Yes
  • Raise: Yes
  • Swivel: Yes
  • Pivot: Yes, bi-directional
  • Other: 2 x 4W Speakers, headphone jack, anti-glare hood
  • VESA: Yes
  • Warranty: 3 years

Retail Price: £1,500 (inc. VAT)

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