Bigger is almost always better, especially in regards to screens, and BenQ aims to prove it with a 32 inch display that reaches beyond the typical Full HD resolution that most screens aim for.
The first of its kind for BenQ (but not the first of its kind… but we’ll get to that shortly), BenQ’s BL3200PT is the brand’s first foray into a monitor that ventures into 32 inch territory for computer users keen to see more.
The screen measures 32 inches diagonally and takes advantage of the WQHD resolution that is 1440p, also known as 2560×1440. With a bigger screen and more resolution, there is also more screen real estate, and that means more room for apps, office work, and more.
In fact, BenQ’s BL3200PT features a pivot mechanism on the stand making it possible to position the screen either in the traditional landscape view (horizontal) or alternatively a portrait view (vertical) making documents that much easier to read.
From a technical viewpoint, you’ll find a VA or a “Vertical Alignment” panel used here, which isn’t quite as high grade as the In-Plane Switching (IPS) displays used by other manufacturers, but should still offer good angles and solid colour reproduction, especially over monitors traditionally geared at the cheaper end of the spectrum reliant on Twisted Nematic (TN) panels, which provide weak viewing angles in comparison to the other forms of technology.
Connecting the monitor up should be easy, with VGA, HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort offered, while four USB ports are included made up of two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports for those who need extra ports. An SD card reader is also included, as are two 5W stereo speakers and a 3.5mm headset jack, depending on which device you feel like listening to.
“While the BL3200PT is targeting professional users with exacting demands, the monitor features a sleek design, slim frame and 100% sRGB colour reproduction in 1440p resolution, meaning it will suit anyone desiring a larger than standard viewing panel with optimal resolution for added visual enjoyment,” said Martin Moelle, Managing Director of BenQ in Australia.
“It’s a monitor which also lends well to multimedia applications with a faster response time, and being a VA panel it doesn’t suffer from light leakage, generates deeper blacks and greater definition for superb, crystal clear imagery.”
It’s not the first time a 1440p monitor has surfaced, and it sure won’t be the last, with Samsung, Dell, and even Apple supporting the resolution on some of their respective products. Even Apple’s 27 inch iMac runs this specific resolution, so it’s not totally out of the blue.
That said, most PC monitors tend to sit around Full HD’s 1920×1080 as a maximum, so it’s nice to see a wider resolution beginning to penetrate, just before more Ultra HD monitors start to break ground with their 4K2K screens, such as incoming ones from Samsung, Dell, Sharp, and LG, not to mention Toshiba’s upcoming 4K2K laptop, the Satellite P50T.
BenQ will also be among these manufacturers with a 4K screen of its own, but that’s a story for later, as representatives for the company were quick to point out that we won’t likely see a 4K display from the company until late this year or early next.
Until then, BenQ’s BL3200PT is the brand’s biggest display, with the 32 inch screen hitting stores this month for a recommended retail price of $799.