Porsche Design’s new $ 1,800 PC screen is certainly more expensive than the typical 4K, 32-inch screen, but the luxurious panel is actually relatively inexpensive compared to the technology it uses.
As revealed by DisplaySpecifications this week, Porsche Design has listed its latest display, and like its previous product, it is a collaboration with AOC, which makes many types of displays, including high-resolution productivity panels, gaming displays and portable options. like other PC peripherals such as keyboards and headsets.
Porsche Design, a sub-brand of the German company known for smart sports cars, was founded in 1974. Its electronics range currently only includes a $ 99 Bluetooth mouse made with Acer, but the company also makes a range of luxury-focused everyday items, from $ 225 lighters to $ 1,800 sunglasses.
The Porsche Design AOC Agon Pro PD32M aims to be the Porsche of PC monitors, starting with a look that the brand says was inspired by Porsche cars. This includes an aluminum stand whose trapezoidal shape subtly pays homage to a Porsche steering wheel.
However, you probably do not see too many Porsche cars decorated with RGB lighting. The PD32M’s colorful lighting is on the back of the screen, so there’s a good chance you will not see it often unless the LEDs are clear enough to shed light on the wall behind the screen. Porsche Design’s product page also says that the PD32M may display an LED logo on the desktop, but it does not provide further details.
The screen also comes with a remote control if you want to use the screen as a TV. While solid screens worthy of the living room often come with a remote control, they are rarer in a screen-sized screen.
The door selection is quite extensive; you get HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort, USB-C, four USB-A ports (Gen 3.2) and a headphone jack. To the latter are a few hooks that extend out the left and side of the screen to give you a place to hang your headset. This is especially handy for the bulky over-the-head cans that are popular with gamers. The panel houses a pair of 8 W speakers.
The true standout feature, however, is the PD32M’s Mini LED panel. Compared to the standard LED panels found in most PC monitors, Mini LED monitors use smaller LEDs, allowing a panel to accommodate a larger number of them. This may result in higher contrast, but it still cannot be compared to what you can get from a good OLED screen. Multiple attenuation zones can also provide better contrast. Unfortunately, Porsche Design has not announced how many attenuation zones the PD32M has.
A boost in contrast also helps HDR look different from SDR, and the Porsche and AOC displays support its HDR capability with VESA DisplayHDR 1400 certification, ensuring it will hit at least 1,400 nits of brightness with HDR content. However, Porsche Design claims that the screen can actually reach 1,600 nits. The color coverage is an alleged 97 percent DCI-P3.
The PD32M has speed specifications worthy of most gamers’ setups, from its 4K resolution to its 144 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms (GtG) response time, and Adaptive-Sync.
Not a bad price for the Mini LED
If all that does not make the PD32M sound like a Porsche display, the price will. The screen’s $ 1,800 MSRP is high for a 32-inch 4K screen, even considering its gaming-ready specifications. By comparison, the Dell G3223Q – a 32-inch, 144 Hz 4K display – sells for $ 1,100.
However, $ 1,800 is actually quite inexpensive for a Mini LED display. The 32-inch Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX Mini LED display currently costs around $ 2,895. Acer also plans to release some 32-inch 4K Mini LED displays with up to 165 Hz refresh rates starting at $ 1,800. The Acer Predator X32 has 576 zones and is particularly limited to the DisplayHDR 1000 certification.
For those who do not need 4K or 32 inch screen space, however, there should also be a cheaper Mini LED option this year. The Cooler Masters 1440p, 27-inch GP27-FQS 165 Hz Mini LED display is expected to have an MSRP of $ 700.
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