|Screen Size||32 Inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||3840x2160 Pixels|
BenQ 32-Inch IPS 4K Ultra High Definition LED Monitor (BL3201PH), 4K2K HD 3840x2160 Display
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|Hardware Interface||USB 3.0|
|Resolution||4K UHD 2160p|
|Response Time||4 Milliseconds|
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- ULTRA HIGH RESOLUTION MONITOR: 32 inch LED 4K2K HD (3840x2160 resolution), 20,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio for exceptional color accuracy.
- PROFESSIONAL GRAPHIC DESIGN DISPLAY: CAD/CAM and Animation Mode. Incredible image detail with 4ms GTG and 10-bit, 100% sRGB and Rec.709 Optimal Color Precision.
- CONNECT AND COLLABORATE: USB 3.0 and OSD controller for easily switching modes and multiple digital inputs, 5Wx2 Speakers.
- LATEST IPS PANEL TECHNOLOGY: 178/178 Wide Viewing Angle plus Picture-in-Picture (PIP) & Picture-by-Picture (PBP) to enhance convenience and productivity.
- ERGONOMIC DISPLAY: Height Adjustable Stand, Eye Protector Sensor, Zero Flicker and Low Blue Light, plus Pilot software for customized monitor setting.
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Revive the Moment
Preserve the true colors you captured with BL3201PH's 100% sRGB color space, providing you with brighter, accurate and consistent colors, whether you're working on digital images for sharing your photos or publishing on the web. Capture the moment and never let it fade away.
Enjoy the Clarity with Sharp 4K/UHD and IPS Panel
Get crisper, gorgeous images brought by 4K image resolution (3840x2160). That's four times the detail of full HD (1920x1080) often found in Blu-Ray and digital TV.
Wide Viewing Angle with IPS Technology
BL3201PH is equipped with IPS technology offering a wider viewing angle (178° in both horizontal and vertical planes) to users for exceptional clarity and vivid image quality in all angles.
Tailor-Made for the Finest Details
The revolutionary CAD/CAM Mode offers superior contrast on 3D color lines. You can clearly distinguish details in complicated object wireframes, alter monitor color and never miss a line again.
Animation Mode enhances details in dark shadows so you can fine-tune creations effortlessly, while areas that do not require this function remain unaltered.
A large working plane and precision UHD image quality make it easier to work in multiple windows or on multiple programs at one time. Rec. 709 color space ensures that every color is faithfully represented with precision.
Featuring UHD resolution, ultra-refined 10-bit display, advanced IPS technology, and 100% sRGB color rendering; BenQ Designer Monitors will exceed your expectations for richness, contrast, and visual dynamics.
Comfort with a Simple Yet Intuitive Design
Switch between CAD/CAM, Animation, and Low Blue Light Modes, or you can customize with a simple click of a button with the OSD Controller.
Stable feedback technology prevents the harmful effects of flickering from tiring or damaging the eyes.
Low Blue Light
The unique BenQ Low Blue Light Technology is designed to filter out harmful blue light, effectively diminishing eye fatigue and irritation.
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|Display Resolution Maximum||3840x2160 pixels||3840x2160 pixels||3840x2160 pixels||3840 x 2160||2560x1440 pixels||2560 x 1440 pixels|
|Screen Size||32 inches||32 inches||31.5 inches||32 inches||32 inches||31.5 inches|
|Item Dimensions||29.14 x 9.13 x 19.30 inches||19.30 x 8.40 x 29.15 inches||8.46 x 28.50 x 20.55 inches||27.90 x 20.60 x 11.10 inches||8.40 x 29.10 x 19.20 inches||21.00 x 9.00 x 29.00 inches|
|Item Weight||28.60 lbs||27.56 lbs||0.26 ounces||—||27.56 lbs||18.00 lbs|
|Mounting Type||Wall Mount||Wall Mount||False||Wall Mount||VESA Wall Mount Yes||Wall Mount|
|Refresh Rate||60 hertz||60 hertz||60 hertz||60 hertz||75 hertz||144 hertz|
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We know what it takes for ideas to become reality. The passion to craft every detail until it leads to brilliant work. The BenQ BL3201PH Designer Monitor with 4K high resolution (3840x2160), 100% sRGB and a variety of modes including CAD/CAM, animation. Make inspirations come alive.
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The BenQ BL3201PH's AG coating is not overly aggressive and does a great job of reducing reflections, but a bit of "sparkle" that you get with AG coatings is noticeable. Being IPS-like AHVA, this monitor competes very well for color accuracy and depth. The out-of-the-box colors are very true and did not need much adjustment. In this sense, this monitor outperforms my 2013-and-older Dell Ultrasharp(s) by a considerable margin. Response times have been found by reviewers to be very competitive, so this is a panel you can game on with little issue if you so desired.
The BenQ BL3201PH's fob selector is exceptionally nice to use. I almost prefer it over a remote now, as it is tethered and is not going to get lost. It allows you to change input or make changes without touching your monitor directly, something that is really useful if you constantly switch inputs as I do between two PCs. Less wear and tear on the monitor itself and less chance of accidental damage. I had mine VESA mounted to a triple stand using one other large 27" monitor above it, and there were no problems. It is heavy, but a decent stand will hold it as long as everything is tightened well. The BL3201PH behaves as a desktop monitor should with DP hot-plug-detect in that when the PC sends the signal to the monitor to go to sleep, it keeps pin 18 pulled high so the PC keeps the monitor "installed" so that your desktop is not re-arranged. Just be sure to not turn it off, as it does bring pin 18 low then, "ejecting" the monitor from the PC. The power button itself is really a great touch and is not stupidly bright like some monitors I have had. It glows a faint white in use and pulses slowly an orange/red when asleep.
In terms of inputs, this monitor delivers on the Displayport front, but could use one more if you ask me. It would be great if BenQ could drop DVI and add another Displayport input. Due to the relative age of this model, the HDMI ports are stuck at version 1.4, so they are no really usable at full 4K resolution, unless you like 30 Hz refresh rates. Displayport being stuck at revision 1.2 (2009!) is not an issue with the resolution and refresh rate of this monitor. The DVI port does work well at 2560x1440/60Hz, a resolution that still works well enough at 32." Be aware that the inputs themselves are facing out the right side of the panel (as you sit in front of it, left from behind) and can be a factor in eating up precious Displayport cable length if your PC is off to the left of the panel.
You really need a 32" or bigger panel to make the most use out of a 4K monitor for desktop use, as scaling really does kill productivity. Anything smaller than 32", and you will struggle to read text at 1:1 pixel scaling. As it is, I had to get used to this 32" monitor at 4K as it's pixel density of ~138PPI is ~30% higher than that of a 27" 2560x1440 panel. 1:1 scaling is JUST usable, but once you are used to it, you will appreciate the extra real estate. Multiple monitors are a great option for productivity, but 4 1080p panels do not compare to a single large 4K expanse. It is truly revolutionary for complex workflows. A large 4K+ panel surrounded by other panels is the next step. 4K monitors are a really big step up over 2560x1440 monitors in absolute pixel real estate, and if are on the fence about upgrading to a 4K monitor like the BenQ BL3201PH, I assure you it is a big upgrade over anything 2560x1440 or below. Going back to the idea of 4 1080p panels, this monitor supports PIP where you can display multiple inputs simultaneously. While BenQ's PIP implementation is about as good as it gets, and I can see its use on a larger panel, at 32," you are better off switching inputs unless you have a specific use.
I actually think it is nearly perfect for professional and private use, but suffers from one flaw that keeps me from recommending it completely. It suffers from an occasional left/right side single frame green/purple/black glitching and artifacting that happens with ANY setup you use, no matter what input you use, no matter how short your cables are, no matter how shielded your cables are or how electrically "clean" your environment is. I have spent a large chunk of time and money attempting to "fix" this issue believing it to be my own, and even queried BenQ. Trust me, multiple DP 1.2 certified (Accell) cables, multiple GPUs (two Quadros, a Firepro, many GTX 1080(s)), multiple PCs, laptops, multiple UPS, even grounding wires and armored 1" conduit have all been tried. I left very few stones un-turned.
A picture is worth a thousand words, right? So a video must be worth a whole lot more. Attached is a video detailing the glitch that "RidingTheFlow" from Youtube with an Acer XB321HK (that has the same M320QAN01.0 panel) has taken.
-My thanks to YouTube user "RidingTheFlow" for capturing this phenomenon, as my capture devices never captured what looks like a single frame glitch properly. His video is attached for reference. The YouTube Video ID is "gFDtw8jh-Cw." All credit goes to him.
One theory is that AUO's timing controller (TCON) implementation on this specific panel is not entirely stable. Stable in that either it is not thoroughly EMI shielded and is unusually susceptible, or that somewhere in the design there may be room for improvement. They likely use two separate TCON circuits that divide the panel into two halves where one TCON controls one half and the other controls the other half. This would explain why if the glitch/artifact happens, it happens on one half of the display. This is a common setup for high resolution or high refresh (4K 60Hz+) panels when a single off-the-shelf TCON will not support the bandwidth a high resolution or high refresh rate panel needs. The multiple TCON setup is just a design choice AUO made internally, there is nothing inferior or intrinsically bad about it and AUO was most likely was making the most out of what was available to them at the time of designing this monitor (before Q3 2014), but the fact is both halves of the panel, therefore both TCONs, are problematic in some way. Furthermore, this IS a Single Stream Transport (SST) monitor, MST is not needed. In practice it is NOT a multi-tile display as older MST panels were, and these are not MST-related issues.
Some users report the glitches/artifacting happening every half hour or so, others report that they see it very infrequently. This could point to a number of things, including EMI sources being more or less present in the user's operating environment, or, indeed, a manufacturing inconsistency. The EMI argument, blaming the problem on the user, should be null and void though, as your average user is not using this monitor in a noisy environment, or at least no noisier than environments where other panels/monitors would not exhibit these issues. It is not like it all users experiencing these problems just happen to be sitting right next to a 480V VFD/PWM AC drive motor producing hugely strong electromagnetic fields. The EMI these panels are seeing in your average setting is pedestrian, at best.
Now, this issue really is not an absolute deal-breaker for most users. It is annoying, for sure, once you realize what that flicker was when you are hard at work, but most people can probably put up with a mild annoyance. If something like this would annoy you when you know other monitors on the market would not have the same issues, keep looking at other options. This monitor is excellent otherwise.
The only other issue I had was that the mini-displayport input was a bit "crunchy" if I can describe it that way and only worked after a few tries inserting it.
As I have said above, this is a fantastic monitor if you can put up with annoyances in the way of an occasional flicker/frame glitch you cannot fix. Past this issue, there is nothing you can point at and say BenQ did a poor job. I am a first time BenQ buyer, a bit skeptical of the brand coming nothing but from Dell Ultrasharps, and while I will not be keeping this monitor, I definitely will be considering BenQ monitors in the future, and sincerely hope BenQ can work with AUO to fix these issues in their next model.
- The picture is gobsmackingly beautiful. Bright, sharp. I don't have color calibration equipment, but the factory default colors look great to my fairly sensitive eye... except for the non-uniform backlight issue below.
- Build quality seems excellent. No bleed. No dead pixels. Relatively thin bezel with no unnecessary lights on it.
- The Anti-Glare coating is well calibrated... effectively prevents glare, but not grainy. I can still easily see each pixel.
- Unlike the first round of 32" 4K monitors, which used IGZO panels and required MST (Multi-stream Display Port), this new round uses IPS and only needs SST. I only know if 3 models currently: Samsung U32D970Q, Eizo EV3237, and this BenQ which is far less expensive than the other 2, and unless you need Adobe RGB I can't see that it gives up anything to those others. So it seems like quite a bargain.
- With Windows 8.1 it was plug-n-play and spectacular right out of the box with both my machines. In fact when I tried to install the supplied drivers it said I was already using the latest.
- I like the "Eye protect" feature, which adjusts the brightness of the display based on sensed ambient light. Seems to work well.
- I like the ECO sensor, which detects my presence and puts the display in standby after I'm away for 40 sec. When I come back, by the time I've sat down the display is back on and ready to go.
- A hockey-puck like remote control has customizable buttons for direct access to some settings, particularly picture modes.
- Biggest issue I'm seeing is non-uniform color across the display. This is most noticeable by making a blank white document take up the whole screen, the white looks warmer on the left and cooler on the right. See the attached pic. If I can get this 1 thing improved, I will give it 5 stars.
- Since I tend to use 2 computers at the same time connected to the monitor, I need an efficient way to switch between them. A DisplayPort KVM switch would be ideal, but they tend not to support KVM resolutions, except for "secure" ones that run up around $800 and don't work with keyboards and docking stations that have usb hubs. So I was hoping the monitor would support efficient switching between its 2 display port inputs, but it doesn't. It would be so easy for BenQ to allow assigning inputs to the customizable buttons on the remote control, but they don't. They provide "Display Pilot" software which lets you choose settings, including, input selection from software, but weirdly it includes every input except the mini-DP!? So 3 button presses on the remote is about the best I can do.
- The accompanying CD comes with Display Pilot 2.12, which allows you to adjust pretty much everything you can do through the OSD, but more easily. However, when I had it check and install updates, it downloaded version 2.22, which seems to have gotten rid of all the monitor controls and only gives the desktop partitioning controls that allows you to, for example, snap windows into quadrants. (This is a feature coming with Windows 10, and something I set up Autohotkey scripts to do on Win8)
- When the ECO sensor is enabled, after 2 hours of non-presence it does a hard shut-off and you need to hit the power button to turn it back on. I wish this was optional. I may just use Windows to sleep the display with inactivity.
Here are some Windows/App settings that work well for me:
- I ultimately found nothing on the CD worth installing.
- I like 125% scaling in Windows best... gives more resolution to features, while still giving more real estate than on my 2560x1600 display.
- Also 125% scaling in IE and Chrome.
- Lightroom font size to Medium.
- I found the font for plain text emails in Outlook didn't scale well. To fix open MS Word: File->Options->Advanced->General->Web Options->Fonts. - Change the proportional and Fixed-width fonts to something that Windows can scale better. I picked Calibri Light and Consolas.
- Turn the sharpness down to the 5-7 range for smoother looking fonts.
The reason I'm writing this review is because I thought it would be helpful to point out that I have discovered it is FreeSync capable.
While it is not listed as a FreeSync monitor it does seem to have the chip. FreeSync listing means that it has been tested as such but being excluded from this listing does not mean it does not have the capability.
I am attaching an image of the Catalyst control center for reference. It says it all
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Everything around the screen is excellent. The OSDs are pretty good and easy to work with, there's a ton of ports and input options, the USB hub, although not the fastest, is still awesome to have, and the included "puck" works well for quick setting and mode changes. I also love that it has a built in blue light filter; it works great.
The huge size is a definite plus for me - it's great to game on, and makes it very easy to work with multiple window. I use 150% DPI scaling and it looks clean and sharp.
Moving on to the panel, it's an IPS, and looks great (some mild IPS glow and black level issues notwithstanding), with pretty accurate colors, no noticeable banding, etc. There is some ghosting, but that's pretty normal for an IPS. I do some gaming, and if you are used to a high-refresh monitor with competitive games, this will probably be a step down for you, for non-competitive titles, I didn't have any issues. Over time, I have noticed some image retention problems occurring with extended desktop use, but it goes away after a few minutes, so not a big deal.
However, I have experienced some general quality control problems. The first one had a pretty major color shift issue, with the grey tones being significantly more red on one side than the other. I returned the first monitor (no major issues with BenQ's RMA process) and swapped it for another one. The replacement also had the same issue, but not nearly as severely, and it's only noticeable if you are looking at a flat grey tone across the entire display. I also noticed it seems to have a speck of dust underneath the screen (not a dead pixel), but at that point I didn't want to go through more returns, so I decided to keep it.
Over the last two years, it's held up fairly well, but there has been some additional backlight bleed that has developed in the bottom-right corner. It's not major, and only noticeable when there's dark images up on screen, but obviously it's not ideal. Additionally, every once in a while it "flashes" for a brief second; my research into this suggests the issue is endemic to all panels used in these BenQ monitors, as well as some others on the market, but it's not particularly disruptive so I've learned to live with it.
This model isn't easily available anymore, and my understanding is that panel quality may have improved a lot since these earlier 4K ones, so your mileage may vary. At the time, around $1000 was a "fair" price for a monitor of this size and format, but to be honest, I had hoped for a higher quality control standard given that price. I guess I paid the early adopter tax for a large format 4K display.
However, it flickers occasionally, and consistently seen every 1-2 days. I've been waiting to see if it'll go away after a short while, however it seems to be here to stay so I will be returning it so I don't have to go through multiple RMA to no avail as others have.
32" size is just perfect, but you better have a very good vision (20/20), cause font size will be very small at default max resolution, I find the 125% Windows zoom just perfect.
Having said that, this monitor just revived an old HP PC from 2008. To be able to use this monitor I had to upgrade the video card to support the monitor and upgrade the PSU because the video card mfr recommended a higher wattage than the 350 I had previously. The video card I'm using is the Sapphire Radeon RX 460 which uses the AMD chipset and therefore supports AMD FreeSync which this monitor also utilizes. Sapphire Radeon RX 460 OC 1210MHZ 2G GDDR5 PCI-E HDMI/DVI-D/DP OC (UEFI) Graphic Card
FreeSync helps the GPU and the monitor work together to provide flicker free operation. So far so good.
I don't use windows scaling but I do use 110% on Google Chrome to make web pages easier to read. At 32", you don't really need scaling and gives you THAT much more real estate to run multiple windows. That's the big win with this monitor.
I haven't played with all of the settings yet, but the little puck that gives you quick access to the settings is pretty neat and blends in with the rest of the stuff on my desk.
I think the best feature of this monitor (remember I'm coming from a 9 year old monitor) is that when you walk away from it, it turns off. When you come back and sit in front of it, it turns back on! Brilliant! This feature needs to be activated, it's not on by default.
I was a little hesitant to replace my 24" HP monitor with a 32" behemoth. I was worried about it being too large. But I got used to it pretty quickly and honestly I don't think it looks too big at all. I should point out that I am not using the stand that comes with the monitor, I am using a VESA desktop mount that I was using with my old monitor. Actually I'm using this exact one: Duramex (TM) LCD Monitor Mount Stand Fully Adjustable upto 27" (Single Monitor Desk Mount)
If you are planning to VESA mount your monitor, you will be glad to hear that this monitor is shipped and packaged without being attached to the default stand. This makes it super simple to attach it to the mount of your choice without having to disassemble it first. Even the screws it comes with are black so it really rounds out the overall look. A small touch but just makes it better overall.
If I had one wish, it is that the DP cable that it comes with is too short for my application. The pictures you see are using the cable that comes with it, but I'll need to run out and buy a longer one to properly route it so that it is neat and secured away.
Overall I'm really happy with this monitor and the decision to move up to UHD from the HD monitor I had before.