Porsche Design’s new $1,800 PC monitor is certainly more expensive than the typical 32-inch 4K display, but the luxurious panel is actually relatively inexpensive for the technology it uses.
As reported by DisplaySpecifications this week, Porsche Design has listed its latest monitor and, like its previous product, it is a collaboration with AOC, which manufactures many types of monitors including high-resolution productivity panels, monitors gaming and portable options. like other PC peripherals like keyboards and headsets.
Porsche Design, a sub-brand of the German company known for its luxury sports cars, was founded in 1974. Its electronics line currently only includes a $99 Bluetooth mouse made with Acer, but the company also makes a variety of luxury-oriented 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 is inspired by Porsche cars. This includes an aluminum bracket whose trapezoidal shape pays subtle homage to a Porsche steering wheel.
However, you probably don’t see too many Porsche cars decorated with RGB lighting. The PD32M’s colored light is on the back of the screen, so chances are you won’t see it often unless the LEDs are bright enough to cast a light on the wall behind the monitor. . Porsche Design’s product page also says the PD32M can display an LED logo on the desktop, but it doesn’t provide further details.
The monitor also comes with a remote control in case you want to use the screen as a TV. While massive living room-worthy monitors often come with a remote control, they’re rarer in a desktop display.
The port selection is quite extensive; you get HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort, USB-C, four USB-A (Gen 3.2) ports, and a headphone jack. Accompanying the latter are a pair of hooks that extend out from the left and side of the monitor to give you a place to hang your headphones. This is especially handy for bulky cans that are popular among gamers. The panel houses a pair of 8W speakers.
The real standout feature, however, is the PD32M’s Mini LED panel. Compared to the standard LED panels you’ll find in most PC monitors, Mini LED monitors use smaller LEDs, allowing a panel to contain more of them. This may result in higher contrast, but it still doesn’t compare to what you can get with a good OLED screen. More dimming zones can also give better contrast. Unfortunately, Porsche Design has not announced how many dimming zones the PD32M has.
A boost in contrast also helps HDR look different from SDR, and the Porsche and AOC monitor backs its HDR capability with VESA DisplayHDR 1400 certification, ensuring it will achieve at least 1,400 nits of brightness with HDR content. However, Porsche Design claims the monitor can actually hit 1,600 nits. Color coverage is 97% DCI-P3.
The PD32M has speed specs worthy of most gamers’ setups, from its 4K resolution to its 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time (GtG), and Adaptive-Sync.
Not a bad price for Mini LED
If all that doesn’t make the PD32M sound like a Porsche monitor, the price will. The monitor’s $1,800 MSRP is high for a 32-inch 4K monitor, even considering its gaming-ready specs. For comparison, the Dell G3223Q, a 32-inch 144Hz 4K monitor, comes in sells for $1,100.
However, $1,800 is actually pretty cheap for a Mini LED monitor. The 32-inch Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX Mini LED monitor is currently priced around $2,895. Acer also plans to launch 32-inch 4K Mini LED monitors with refresh rates of up to 165Hz starting at $1,800. The Acer Predator X32 has 576 zones and is notably limited to DisplayHDR 1000 certification.
For those who don’t need 4K or 32-inch screen space, a cheaper Mini LED option is also expected to arrive this year. Cooler Master’s GP27-FQS 165Hz 1440p, 27-inch Mini LED Monitor is expected to have an MSRP of $700.
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