The BenQ P-Seriese PV3200PT is an unapologetic monitor built for a very select, specific number of functions to help film editors, animators, and CAD/CAM designers get their job done in glorious 4K resolution. But with a desk-crunching weight of 33lbs and 32″ of screen real estate, is the BenQ PV3200PT too big for its britches (and your cubicle at the office)?
Read on in my BenQ P-Series PV3200PT review to find out.
Price: $1,299 from BenQ direct
Summary: The BenQ PV3200PT is a utility monitor made to match a slim set of specifications for professionals working in 3D modelling, animation, or the film industry. If you work in any of those fields and want to upgrade your office setup to support 4K, then this is the monitor for you.
What We Liked
- Rec. 709 color spec for film professionals
- Color accuracy was good
- Intuitive settings menu/remote control
What We Didn’t
- Gaming performance wasn’t great
- Design is uninspired
- Very heavy
BenQ PV3200PT UltraSharp Specs
|Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Contrast Ratio||1,000:1 (20M:1 dynamic)|
|Device Dimensions||25.2 x 29.1 x 9.1 inches|
|Ports||1 HDMI 1.4, 1DP 1.2, 1 mini-DP 1.2, 2 USB 3.0, SD card reader|
Look, we’ll just come out and say it: the BenQ PV3200PT is pretty damn boring to look at. With its utilitarian, almost industrial black-on-black shell and oh-so-standard base, it would be nearly impossible to pick this monitor out from a lineup save for its slightly (barely) sleek silver stand.
This isn’t surprising, though, when you remember this is a monitor for creative professionals first and foremost, and has its sights set on video editors in particular. The base does give you plenty of leeway to rotate left and right in case you need to share something with a co-worker. And flipping into portrait mode was quick and simple thanks to the spring-loaded rotation mechanism.
The BenQ PV3200PT is a 32″ IPS LED screen that runs at a resolution of 3840 x 2160, with an advertised response time of 5ms and a 60Hz refresh rate. The PV3200PT features a contrast ratio that’s fine for video work, but might be a little low for photo-editing at just 1,000:1 native, and 20,000,000:1 dynamic.
Viewing angles are standard for an IPS screen with a rating of of 178° horizontal/178° vertical, and on the back of the unit we found one mini-DP, one USB port, while the right side housed one HDMI 1.4 port, one DisplayPort 1.2, DP-out, and one mini-DP 1.2 alongside two USB 3.0 ports an SD card reader.
Given that this is a monitor for professionals who work in various fields including (but not limited to): film, 3D design, CAD/CAM, and animation, it’s not shocking to see an extensive number of settings available that let you customize the BenQ PV3200PT to your exact specifications.
Handled by four capacitive buttons on the front (or the included external remote control if you want to go that route instead), you can switch between several pre-configured profiles including sRGB, Rec. 709, and Standard depending on what kind of work you’re doing at the time.
In our tests with Datacolor’s Spyder5Elite Pro calibration tool, we were able to achieve a full 100% reading on the sRGB stats, with a more mediocre result of only 79% on when it came down to testing the AdobeRGB gamut.
Of course, this is by intention, not accident. The BenQ isn’t made for AdobeRGB accuracy because it’s focused on catering to video editors and 3D VFX artists, not photo editors or graphic designers. This specific subset of professionals are much more concerned with it reaching Rec. 709 spec than AdobeRGB, which it already does (if you’ll forgive the pun) with flying colors.
And while video and 4K footage tests all came back positive, the same can’t really be said for gaming. The BenQ PV3200PT isn’t a top rated gaming monitor obviously – with its 60Hz refresh rate and no G-Sync or FreeSync capability to speak of – so it wasn’t a huge ding to find a lot of screen tearing and stuttering when we booted up a game of Overwatch to see how it fared when we put the pedal to the medal.
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It would have been nice to see it at least be able to keep up with minor games, which it did, but at its heart this is a monitor that you’re going to be using at the office, and it acts as such. Sure, it can handle slower games and won’t leave you lagging in single-player, but if you need something with serious horsepower there are about a dozen other top computer monitors out there where your money would be much better spent.
For all intents and purposes, the BenQ PV3200PT is a monitor that was built to handle a very specific number of jobs better than any other 4K monitor on the market right now, and in that limited scope, it succeeds handily.
If you want a monitor for gaming or just general movie watching you’re much better off going with something like the Acer Predator XB271HU or LG 34UM88. But if you work in any of the fields we’ve mentioned above and need to upgrade to 4K, you’d be hard-pressed to find another monitor with a more accurate color wheel made just for film editors and animators thanks to its Rec. 709 spec.
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