AOC have this week unveiled their new Porsche Design AGON Pro PD32M monitor, a 31.5″ sized gaming display which features a unique design inspired by characteristics and details of a Porsche sports car. As their press release says, “[by] combining high performance with superior quality and finish, the PD32M is perfectly suited for high-octane competitions by the most demanding gamers”. The screen offers a 3840 x 2160 “4K” resolution combined with a 144Hz refresh rate, adding to the now fairly wide selection of 32″ class 4K 144Hz monitors on the market. It also includes a Mini LED backlight with 1,152 dimming zones which allows for DisplayHDR 1400 certification.
AOC Porsche Design AGON Pro PD32M Specs
The screen is 31.5″ in size and offers a 3840 x 2160 “4K” resolution IPS-type panel from Innolux (AAS technology – Azimuthal Anchoring Switch). There is an advertised “true 1ms G2G response time” which we would still take with a pinch of salt, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 600 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 10-bit colour depth. There is a wide colour gamut covering 97% of the DCI-P3 space according to the press release which we take to mean absolute coverage, as their spec page also lists 122% DCI-P3 coverage (relative coverage, CIE 1931) and 156% sRGB (relative, CIE 1931).
The high 144Hz refresh rate is supported by adaptive sync for variable refresh rates (VRR) from both NVIDIA and AMD systems. There is a range of 48 – 144Hz with LFC available.
For connectivity there is DisplayPort 1.4 (with DSC), 2x HDMI 2.1 (capabilities not listed), and a USB type-C connection (with DP Alt mode and 90W power delivery). 4x USB ports are also included along with a KVM switch function, and Picture In Picture (PiP) / Picture by Picture (PbP) support. 2x 8W DTS sound speakers are built in to the screen as well as a headphone jack. The stand offers tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments.
Inspired by Porsche Design
“With our long-standing partner Porsche Design, we have again created an iconic and highly capable gaming monitor that combines the best of both worlds. As a true multi-purpose device, the PD32M comes with features that will appeal to skilled and ambitious gamers as well as content creators, enabling them to enhance their performance and productivity,” says Stefan Sommer, Global Head of Marketing at TPV.
“Our overarching goal was to create a high-end monitor with sophisticated design and superior technology. In 2020, Porsche Design and AGON by AOC collaborated on the PD27, a 240 Hz QHD gaming monitor, with a stand resembling the roll-cage of a Porsche racing car. With the second generation gaming monitor, we developed the racing-inspired design even further. It integrates, for instance, design cues from the steering wheel and wheel spokes of a sports car,” says Roland Heiler, Chief Design Officer at Porsche Design.
The AOC press release explains the design concept and details nicely as well:
The PD32M’s stand functionality dictates its shape. Rigidity and robustness are key elements within the gaming industry and as a result, these features are subtly applied to the display housing and sandblasted aluminium cast stand. Compactness is also of paramount importance for monitors and therefore the design of the display panel housing follows the functional layout of the internal components. This results in soft rear tapered surfaces emerging from the panel itself towards the main internal component housings. Separate visual cavities are included to guide towards the various connector locations. Additionally, in order to visually optimise panel thinness, the rear display housing is tapered at the sides with a gentle slant, creating a trapezoidal shape, which includes metal mesh inlays for the cooling and audio speakers. These areas are also indirectly RGB backlit, to unobtrusively immerse and enhance the overall gaming experience and express dynamism. Subtle additional details such as a backlit horizontal cooling strip are inspired by air-cooling intakes found on sports cars. The product branding is also presented in a vibrant manner, by means of an interchangeable projection logo.
The device features fully customisable RGB lighting (Light FX) at the back of the display. When booting up, the monitor will greet users with an animated start-up logo and a special sound. The on-screen display (OSD) menu is designed with a unique and user-friendly structure, while a wireless gaming keypad is included for users to quickly access the OSD settings of the monitor with comfort and ease. Last but not least, the monitor arrives in premium packaging and with a USB stick that includes user manuals and related software.
Mini LED Backlight with HDR 1400 Certification
The PD32M features a top-end Mini LED backlight for excellent HDR performance in the monitor market. This has 1,152 local dimming zones to help improve contrast, reduce blooming and improve the overall experience. It can reach peak brightness of >1400 nits as well, and combined with the necessary colour capabilities (10-bit colour depth and 97% DCI-P3 gamut coverage) it earns the VESA DisplayHDR 1400 certification.
Pricing and Availability
The Porsche Design AOC AGON PRO PD32M is now available in Porsche Design stores, specialist retailers, and online at www.porsche-design.com, as well as from selected online shops, at an RRP of £1689.99 in the UK although it seems to be listed at £1750 at the moment on the above link. More info is available on the AOC product page.
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