Porsche Design’s new $1,800 PC monitor is certainly more expensive than the typical 4K 32-inch display, but the luxurious panel is actually relatively cheap for the technology used.
As DisplaySpecifications discovered this week, Porsche Design has listed its latest monitor, and like its previous product, it’s a collaboration with AOC, which makes many types of monitors, including high-resolution productivity panels, gaming monitors, and also portable options like other PC Peripherals such as keyboards and headsets.
Porsche Design, a sub-brand of the German company known for stylish sports cars, was founded in 1974. The electronics lineup currently only includes a $99 Bluetooth mouse made with Acer, but the company also makes a variety of luxury everyday items. from $225 lighters to $1,800 sunglasses.
The Porsche Design AOC Agon Pro PD32M aims to be the Porsche of PC monitors, starting with a look the brand says was inspired by Porsche cars. This includes an aluminum stand whose trapezoidal shape is a subtle homage to a Porsche steering wheel.
However, you probably don’t see too many Porsche cars decorated with RGB lighting. The PD32M’s colorful lighting is located on the back of the display, so there’s a good chance you won’t see it often unless the LEDs are bright enough to cast a light on the wall behind the monitor. Porsche Design’s product page also states that the PD32M can display an LED logo on the desktop, but doesn’t provide any further details.
The monitor also comes with a remote control should you wish to use the display like a TV. While massive monitors worthy of a living room often come with a remote control, they’re less common on a desktop-sized display.
The port selection is quite extensive; You get HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort, USB-C, four USB-A (Gen 3.2) ports, and a headphone jack. The latter is accompanied by two hooks that protrude from the left and side of the monitor to give you a place to hang your headset. This is especially handy for the bulky overhead cans popular with gamers. The panel houses a pair of 8W speakers.
The real highlight, however, is the mini LED panel of the PD32M. Compared to the standard LED panels found in most PC monitors, mini LED monitors use smaller LEDs, allowing a panel to hold a larger number of them. This can result in higher contrast, but it’s still not on par with what you can get from a good OLED screen. More dimming zones can also give better contrast. Unfortunately, Porsche Design has not announced how many dimming zones the PD32M has.
A boost in contrast also helps HDR actually look different than SDR, and the Porsche and AOC monitor backs its HDR capability with VESA DisplayHDR 1400 certification, which ensures it hits at least 1,400 nits of brightness with HDR content . However, Porsche Design claims that the monitor can actually reach 1,600 nits. Color coverage is said to be 97% DCI-P3.
The PD32M has speed specs worthy of most gamer setups, from its 4K resolution to its 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms (GtG) response time, and Adaptive-Sync.
Not a bad price for Mini LED
If all of that doesn’t make the PD32M sound like a Porsche monitor, the price will. The monitor’s MSRP of $1,800 is steep for a 32-inch 4K monitor, even considering its gaming-ready specs. For comparison, the Dell G3223Q — a 32-inch, 4K, 144Hz monitor — costs $1,100.
However, $1,800 is actually pretty cheap for a mini LED monitor. The Asus 32-inch ROG Swift PG32UQX mini LED monitor is currently priced at around $2,890. Acer also plans to release some 32-inch 4K Mini LED monitors with refresh rates up to 165Hz, starting at $1,800. The Acer Predator X32 has 576 zones and is specifically limited to DisplayHDR 1000 certification.
However, for those who don’t need a 4K or 32-inch screen real estate, a cheaper mini-LED option should also be available this year. Cooler Masters 1440p 27-inch GP27-FQS 165Hz Mini LED Monitor is expected to have an MSRP of $700.