When you need a high-performing monitor, this may-well be the one.
Let’s start by saying that this is not your typical ‘hole-in-the-wall’ computer store-bought monitor. Firstly, it’s a 31.5″ 4K monitor – think of putting four standard 1920×1080 monitors in a single housing – that’s exactly what this is – a 3840 x 2160 px monitor.
Although not intended as a gaming monitor, the 6ms response (4ms in ‘extreme’ mode) would be very acceptable for this use. Further, the 178° viewing angle means that everyone can see all the action no matter where they’re sitting.
The monitor features plenty of connectivity options – video may be received via USB Type-C, HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2 (it has one of each port). In addition, there is a 3.5mm audio-out jack to transfer sound to a ‘better’ sound system along with 4 USB 3.1 ports for whatever extra connectivity may be desired – of course this requires the USB-C cable to be connected, whether or not you’re also using it for video.
Shipped within Australia, the monitor is supplied only with a USB-C cable but most of us would have plenty of HDMI or DisplayPort cables hanging around should we prefer to take that route, the North American version includes DisplayPort and USB Type-C to Type A cables in addition to the Type-C to Type C cable.
The screen itself weighs around 6.8kb with another 2kg for the fully adjustable sturdy stand.
Upon first connecting to a computer (we used the recently reviewed ThinkPad P15) we were impressed by the colour accuracy and sharpness of the monitor. Another house-member is a high-level Photoshop user and they quickly realised that their old monitor (an EIZO) was in dire need of a colour re-calibration when the T32p was connected to their editing computer!
So, who would use this monitor?
When you need a LOT of screen real estate, this is a great monitor. As we noted earlier, it is effectively 4 x 1920×1080 monitors. In addition it has good responsiveness and excellent colour rendition.
Returning to our earlier comment about gaming, this would some bring joy to any new gamer’s heart as connected with the P15 reviewed earlier, some incredibly high-resolution, high quality ‘casual’ gaming could be achieved, although we suspect most uses of the monitor would be in corporate or software development environments where (perhaps) multiple virtual machines were to be displayed concurrently, or perhaps multiple highly-detailed windows. Obviously, being a 31.5″ screen (and not 24″), the physical real estate is greater, meaning less ‘squinting’ to see details in each region. One might assume that, being a 60Hz refresh and 6ms response, the serious gamers are looking elsewhere, but clearly they’re not the target market.
In general, if you need a 4K monitor business, this would be a good choice. The monitor seems to be priced quite fairly at AU$1,029 (including delivery) and is available directly from Lenovo.
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