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Update: Significant specifications change to this model. News piece below initially published 5th January 2020.
HDR (High Dynamic Range) has become something of a buzzword recently, with many monitors promising ‘HDR capability’ but in many cases missing the mark with poor implementations. For a convincing HDR performance from an LCD, a complex backlighting solution with plenty of dimming zones is greatly beneficial. The Acer X32 aims to deliver a highly dynamic HDR experience. As with other members of the Predator series, the monitor has a ‘sharp design’, with an angular metallic stand. The top and side bezels are a dual-stage arrangement, with a slim panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen plus a slender hard plastic outer component. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by pressable buttons on the underside of the bottom bezel, towards the right side.
The monitor uses a 32” IPS-type (In-Plane Switching or similar) panel, more specifically the AU Optronics AHVA (Advanced Hyper Viewing Angle) M320QAN02.8. This offers a 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution, 178°/178° viewing angles and a 1000:1 typical static contrast ratio (local dimming disabled). A 160Hz refresh rate is supported alongside G-SYNC on compatible systems, with a G-SYNC module that offers the ‘full fat’ variable refresh rate experience. As a ‘G-SYNC Ultimate’ monitor, the focus is also on HDR capability. A flicker-free Quantum Dot Mini LED backlight solution with 576 individually addressable dimming zones is used – an FALD (Full Array Local Dimming) array. This offers a peak luminance of 1200 cd/m², with the monitor being VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certified. A colour gamut of 99% Adobe RGB is specified. The monitor supports 10-bit colour, which alongside its impressive backlighting solution and colour gamut is put to good use for HDR10 content. The monitor is factory calibrated with a claimed DeltaE
Further information can be found in this press release. A Q3 2022 release is targeted with an RRP is of ~$2000 USD (€1900).