Acer known for their long term success in computer hardware comes to play with a gorgeous 32 inch IPS display. The price is really high right around the above one thousand dollars range a bit so the question is will it deliver as a top of the line monitor? The highlight of this model is the extreme amount of color clarity. Very few monitors get into the mid millions for colors, this one gets into the billions. The minimal bezel design gives you a sharp near edgeless monitor. The points that Acer looked at seem to have been well beyond many competitors, but behind the colorful facade, there are cracks to find.
Design and Features
This Acer Pro Designer computer monitor knows what it is made for and it’s right in the name. With a 32 inch IPS display we have a high-quality monitor that can blend seamlessly into any environment with its zero frame design. IPS is currently the best picture quality you can find for a LED screen excelling in its ability to show colors.
To follow up Acer made a monitor that can produce right around 1.07 billion colors, which is insane considering many top tier monitors fail to come close. Along with an extremely high resolution of 3840 by 2160, we have Ultra HD 4K visuals. This combination allows for a monitor that provides a superior picture quality down to the smallest pixel. You will not be able to find many monitors that will out do this one as far as viewing a stationary picture at the highest detail. Most definitely an excellent choice for any serious graphic designer.
A high brightness score of 350 nit along with a 100,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio ensures that you will not have any issues with darkness or shadows to go with your stunning colors. Most of Acer’s patented features included in this model are focused on making sure that all your colors look great and true to life. The visuals are spectacular but that being said the speed doesn’t quite match up.
We have top tier visuals with pretty average speed. The 5 millisecond response time is a step behind the 4 millisecond average for top tier monitors. With only a 60hz refresh rate, that is extremely low for above one thousand dollars a bit machine considering you can find rates that double of even triple that speed for less. Finally, there is no G Sync compatibility so we do not have the ability to match up with our graphics card when the action on the screen gets hectic. All of this together paints the picture of a monitor that is not great for gamers, which is pretty crazy considering its price tag. It is still decent though for gamers however once again it excels for graphic designers making it a bit of a niche purchase.
Acer chose to focus on making a monitor for graphic designers so we do not have a long list of extra features. The Zero Frame design comes in here as a plus and also likely the reason that there was not any space for a speaker system. Though you do not buy a high priced monitor for its speakers so that is probably smart.
Keeping with the graphic design mindset we do not have any USB ports on the monitor restricting extra connectivity to multiple monitors. The multiple monitor connectivity does come in mass though with a 2.0 HDMI port, DVI port, 1.2a display port and a mini display port so you can connect up to four screens at once so you can build out your bat lair. Acer chose to follow the graphic design path in this model and their refusal to deviate could be a boon or issue depending on the buyer.
Acer Pro BM320 Conclusion
When you step over the one grand line you enter the domain of the championship race. At this point, you can not compare to the low or middle tier competition. Here we go against the top of the line to see who walks away with the medal. The price is a high price to pay for most people so anything you spend that much on better deliver, so does it? Yes, no and maybe so which probably is not the answer that you would expect.
Breaking it down, yes if you are a graphic designer you really won’t be able to do much better. The combination of resolution, IPS, Acer’s color package and multiple monitor connectivity makes it perfect for professional graphic designers. Now for the no, if you are a gamer you should be able to find much better deals that fit what you are looking for.
For a grand, you want a monitor that will work with your most likely high-end video card, not one that will hold it back. Lack of G Sync compatibility and a pedestrian refresh rate put this monitor in the top tier gaming dog house. Lastly the maybe so for everyone in the middle. If you can afford it then it looks great, but if you can afford it you probably could also find a better way to spend your money that really focuses on your interests. So there you have it on the medal stand for graphic designers while everyone else might want to look elsewhere.