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Best 32" 4K 3840x2160 AHVA/IPS/PLS Monitors
« on: July 31, 2017, 11:54:49 pm »
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Best Reviewed Flicker Free 32" 4K AHVA/IPS/PLS

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My recommendations are based off of testing more than 60 monitors and reading in-depth reviews from over fifteen reviewers across the realm.

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Many monitors not found in this thread likely perform well, but it makes more sense to buy well reviewed monitors, and I like having sources to refer to, even though I do not always agree with them.

If a monitor is not mentioned it is because it has not been reviewed properly, been reviewed at all or is mediocre.  All monitors suffer from regular quality control issues: back-light bleeding and pixel issues (dead and stuck pixels).

Recommendations are PWM or Flicker Free:

I do not recommend monitors which use low LED PWM Dimming frequencies since they ruin motion clarity and cause some people to suffer from health issues like head aches and eyestrain.  LED PWM Dimming Side Effects
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Best Monitors
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2017, 11:56:21 pm »
Best AHVA/IPS/PLS

All 4k monitors are matte aside from the HP Spectre 32 and Qnix UHD32R which use an almost-glossy coating or low haze (more information).

The BenQ PD3200U (low glow AUO AHVA 2017 monitor with HDMI 2.0 and a perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezel), Eizo EV3285-BK and, LG 32UD99 (AMD Free-Sync, Hardware Calibration via LG True Color Pro and HDR Color), Qnix UHD3216R (low glow AUO AHVA panel with AMD Free-Sync), Qnix UHD325 Plus (PLS with Free-Sync) and ViewSonic VP3268-4k (AH-IPS with hardware calibration and 14 bit 3D LUT) are the best. The Eizo has the best preset color accuracy, but like most Eizo 1440p+ monitors, the EV3285 has high input lag (27-28ms) for no reason, and is very expensive.

The LG 32UD99 is is competitively priced against the BenQ, supports hardware calibration (requires a colorimeter like the X-Rite i1 Display Pro) and decent HDR color support (it actually has a wide gamut panel and offers 550cdm/2 brightness unlike most HDR monitors), but does not have good preset color accuracy for the price.  The LG is a great display for experienced users with quality room lighting and a colorimeter to truly take advantage of the monitors hardware calibration feature.  Since HDR cranks the brightness, proper display height (more information) and decent room lighting are imperative (more information), otherwise AHVA/IPS/PLS look awful when not used properly.  The 32UD99 is a waste of money if not purchased by a colorimeter owner since it needs to be hardware calibrated to ensure maximum performance, and lacks preset color accuracy worth of its 1000$ price tag.

The almost-glossy/low haze coated Qnix UHD32R is also good, but has a few significant flaws which are the preset green tint, the overdrive (choose between slightly slow pixel response times or some obvious overshoot), and build quality of the casing which is flimsy, does not properly support, as well as puts pressure on the panel which causes back-light bleed. I was able to reduce the bleed by loosening some of the screws of the front casing pieces and putting them back in with the lights off while looking at a black screen, but not get rid of it completely.  It can be considered delay free, but the pixel response time or overdrive performance is a bit slower than many newer AHVA/IPS/PLS panels matte 32" 4K monitors like the Acer XB321HK and BenQ PD3200U which are more competitive with 60hz TN panels pixel response time wise.

The Qnix UHD325 Perfect Plus is good value, but it has a 22ms delay and lacks a proper warranty and can not be easily returned and exchanged since it must be ordered from South Korean eBay sellers.  The same applies to the Qnix UHD3216R as well, which has a 30ms delay (15ms with connected to a PC with the Free-Sync setting in the menu enabled).

The NEC PA32W is also great since it supports hardware calibration (requires purchase of the NEC SpectraView kit which comes with a colorimeter) and has uniformity compensation, but it uses a wide gamut panel and needs to be calibrated to be used properly.

The Acer XB321HK is the only 4K 32" monitor with G-Sync, is less accurate and less consistent panel quality wise compared to the BenQ PD3200U, but the Acer does offer top tier gaming performance with 60hz overdrive or pixel response time performance which rivals "1-2ms" TN panels.

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Best VA (A-MVA & S-MVA)

The Philips 328P6VUBREB is the best of the 32" 4K VA panels image quality wise followed by the BenQ EW3270U, LG 32UD59 and Samsung S32R750UEI which do not have a wide gamut panel with HDR support like the Philips (best; HDR 600 certification) and BenQ do.  Unlike most semi-wide gamut VA panels the Philips and BenQ have a good sRGB mode which gets rid of the over-saturation without under-saturating colors.  The Philips has a 28ms delay while both the BenQ and LG have negligible input lag. 

The Philips 326M6VJRMB has low input lag, offers very accurate DCI-P3 color accuracy out of the box, but the sRGB mode significantly under-saturates colors which leaves one with over-saturated and inaccurate color when viewing SDR or non-HDR content created for the HDTV/REC 709 and sRGB color spaces.  The HDR image quality offered is quite good due to the high brightness (>700cdm/2), high DCI-P3 color space coverage and edge-lit back-light dimming. 

The curved MSI MAG321CURV and Philips 328E1CA offer great 60hz gaming performance for VA panels, are fairly accurate, but have slightly too low preset gamma (2.1 averages), the MSI can not fully cover the SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) color spaces, the Philips over-saturates colors, and both and have a fake bezel or frame-less casing with a perceived black depth decreasing inner black bezel.
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Correct Display Height=Reduced IPS/PLS Glow
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2017, 11:56:44 pm »
Correct Display Height=Reduced AHVA/IPS/PLS Glow

Read The Article and/or watch The Extended YouTube Version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBAQ4Toxt9U
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Improve Perceived Contrast/Black Depth & Reduce Glare With Bias Lighting

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Acer
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2017, 11:57:40 pm »
Acer

Acer B326HK

The Acer B326HK has excellent color presets and fast pixel response times, but very high input lag (30ms) and is usually not competitively priced.
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Acer BX320HK

The Acer BX320HK has excellent color presets and fast pixel response times, but a ridiculously high 43ms delay.  It's fine for very regular desktop use and very casual gaming.
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Acer BM320

It has high input lag (30ms) and worse color accuracy the the other two Acer's and the best 32" 4K options.

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Acer XB321HK

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=)
Review by Sweclockers
NCX (Original review lost; the Acer is compared to the Monoprice 274K multiple times throughout my Monoprice review starting here)
Review by Tom's Hardware

The Acer XB321HK is the only 4K 32" monitor with G-Sync, is less accurate and less consistent panel quality wise compared to the BenQ PD3200U, but the Acer does offer top tier gaming performance with 60hz overdrive or pixel response time performance which rivals "1-2ms" TN panels.  The XB321HK has G-Sync, a perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezel and a low glow AHVA panel, but suffers from significant gamma lottery and may need calibration with a colorimeter to compete with non-G-Sync panels like the BenQ PD3200U and Viewsonic VP3268-4K.


Acer PE320QK

Review by TFT Central
Review by Tom's Hardware


Acer BM320

Review by =DEAD=

The Acer uses a 3840x2160 matte wide gamut AUO AHVA panel with color/uniformity compensation, Displayport, mini-Display-Port, Dual-Link DVI (3840x2160 @30hz) HDMI 2.0, 4x USB 3.0, 3.5mm Audio In & Out and a fully adjustable stand.  Since it uses a wide gamut panel the Acer's colors are vastly over-saturated for SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) content, but has multiple color space emulation modes such as the Adobe RGB, sRGB and REC 709 (HDTV/ movies), however, severe and non-reduce-able black crush is introduced when the color space emulation modes are selected, which makes them useless and leaves on at the mercy of their operating system and/or programs ability to use color management to prevent vast over-saturation.
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Crossover
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2017, 11:58:11 pm »
AOC


AOC U3277PWQU

Innolux MX315DJJ-K30 AAS wide gamut panel (VA type) with a mediocre sRGB mode and over-saturated and inaccurate colors when the sRGB mode is not used.  Not recommended.

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Asus
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2017, 11:58:42 pm »
Asus

Asus PA238Q
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Asus PA239Q

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Asus PA32UC-K

Review by Belgium Hardware & Measurements
Review by PC Monitors (inaccurate; 7800k preset color temperature)
Review by Playwares

Matte 4K wide gamut HDR supporting AUO AHVA panel with 40-60hz AMD Free-Sync, but slightly more than 1 frame of input lag and vast over-sharpening when the sRGB is selected to prevent over-saturation when viewing non-aRGB and HDR content.  It supports hardware calibration with an accurate colorimeter such as the X-Rite i1 Display Pro, and local dimming which increases the contrast by more than 30%. 

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BenQ
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2017, 11:59:01 pm »
BenQ


BenQ BL3201PH & PT

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BenQ PV3200PT

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BenQ SW320

Review by Playwares
Review by PRAD
Review By PC Mag

Fully adjustable matte, wide gamut (98% Adobe RGB color space coverage after calibration) 10 bit 3840x2160 AH-IPS with a 14 bit 3D LUT, Displayport, Hardware Calbiration (requires compatible colorimeter; the X-Rite i1 Display Pro & i1 Pro 2 are the best compatible colorimeters), HDMI 2.0, mini-Displayport, monitor hood, perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezel, SD Card Reader, 2x USB 3.0 and 3.5mm Audio In.  The BenQ SW320 is preset to the Adobe RGB mode which vastly over-saturations the colors of SDR (HDTV/REC 709 & sRGB) color spaces unless the monitor is used with programs which support color management such as Photoshop.

The SW320 has negigble input lag (2.3ms top screen Leo Bodnar device measurement) and passable (but not great) overdrive (AMA Off; the preset High setting causes obvious overshoot ghosting) for media viewing and casual gaming.  The SW320 is a waste of money if not bought to make use of its Adobe RGB color space coverage and hardware calibration which requires a compatible, and ideally accurate colorometer such as the X-Rite i1 Display Pro & i1 Pro 2. though the hardware calibration BenQ offers is not as good as the programs offered by Eizo and NEC according to PRAD.   


BenQ PD3200U

Review by Belgium Hardware & Measurements
Review by Alexander Gryzhin  (=DEAD)
Review by IBXT
Review by PC Mag
Review by PC Monitors
Review by Playwares
Review by PRAD
Review by Toms Hardware

2017 successor to the BL3201PH/PT with equally as good performance (very accurate), a perceived black depth increasing matte grey bezel, HDMI 20 and an SD Card reader.


BenQ EW3270U

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=)
Measurements and Review by Belgium Hardware
Review (video) by Lim's Cave
Review by PC Mag
Review by Playwares
Review by Rtings

Matte 4K VA panel with an extended color space and faux HDR support.  The BenQ has a good sRGB mode which prevents over-saturation and does not significantly under-saturate colors like some 4K 32" VA panel using competitors.
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Crossover
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2017, 11:59:39 pm »
Crossover


Crossover 324K

It has really high input lag (50ms) but offers similar pixel response times and image quality as the more expensive, but superior BenQ.  It can't be returned and exchanged easily, but it is cheap.
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Dell
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2017, 11:59:55 pm »
Dell

Dell UP3216Q

Review by PC Mag
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Eizo
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2017, 12:00:22 am »
Eizo


Eizo EV3237

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Eizo EV3285

Review and Measurements by Belgium Hardware.
Review by PRAD

Matte 32" 4K IPS panel with outstanding preset color accuracy, >1300:1 contrast, a fake frame-less casing with a perceived black depth reducing inner black bezel, a height adjustable stand, Displayport, 2x HDMI 2.0, USB-C and 2x USB 3.0.  Like most Eizo monitors the EV3285 has high, or nearly 2 frames (33ms) of input lag (30ms) delay (top screen Leo Bodnar measurement).
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HP
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2017, 12:00:55 am »
HP


HP Spectre 32

Almost=Glossy/Low Haze Coating, 20ms delay and blu ray play problems with consoles.
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« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2017, 12:01:28 am »
iiyama


iiyama X3272UHS-B1

 Matte 4K VA panel which can not display YCbCr 4:2:2 and YCbCr 4:4:4-signals properly which results in very dull and pink color.

Review by PRAD
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LG
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2017, 12:01:50 am »
LG

LG 31MU97

The 31MU97 is a wide gamut monitor and should only be purchased by those who intend to calibrate it with an accurate colorimeter, and use the monitor wiith programs which support color management.
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LG 32UD59

Matte 4K VA panel with perceived black depth increasing dark matte grey bezel.

Review by Rtings


LG 32UD99

Review by Alexander Gryzhin (=DEAD=)
Review by Belgium Hardware & Measurements
Review by Playwares
Review by Rtings
Review by Tom's Hardware

2017 Monitor with AMD Free-Sync, hardware calibration via LG Tru Color Pro (requires compatible colorimeter) and good HDR color support.  The LG 32UD99 is is competitively priced against the BenQ, supports hardware calibration (requires a colorimeter like the X-Rite i1 Display Pro) and decent HDR color support (it actually has a wide gamut panel and offers 550cdm/2 brightness unlike most HDR monitors), but does not have good preset color accuracy for the price.  The LG is a great display for experienced users with quality room lighting and a colorimeter to truly take advantage of the monitors hardware calibration feature.  Since HDR cranks the brightness, proper display height (more information) and decent room lighting are imperative (more information), otherwise AHVA/IPS/PLS look awful when not used properly.  The 32UD99 is a waste of money if not purchased by a colorimeter owner since it needs to be hardware calibrated to ensure maximum performance, and lacks preset color accuracy worth of its 1000$ price tag.


LG 32UL950

Measurements and Review by Belgium Hardware
Review by PRAD
Review by Rtings

Fully adjustable matte 3840x2160 LG AH-IPS with AMD Free-Sync (40-60hz) Displayport, hardware calibration (requires compatible colorimeter), HDMI 2.0, HDR Color*, Thunderbolt, 2x USB 3.0, USB-C.  The LG needs to be hardware calibrated to be truly competitive, as well as operate as well as possible.

*Belgium Hardware was able to achieve 90% DCI-P3 (HDR) color space coverage through hardware calibrate with an accurate colorimeter (X-Rite i1 Spectrophometer) while Rtings unit was limited to 76% DCI-P3 which is achievable by standard or non-wide gamut panels, and basically fake HDR.

The unit PRAD tested uses high khz PWM (non detect-able flicker), has high DCI-P3 color space coverage (91% before calibration and 95% after) and decent preset color accuracy.  The preset color accuracy of the unit Rtings tested is mediocre for the price, and it uses motion clarity ruining 240hz LED PWM Dimming or flicker, which makes it a joke.
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