BenQ BL3200PT 32-inch mon­i­tor

Your Mac desk­top will look great – but do you re­ally need to su­per-size?

Mac Format - - RATED | KIT - £499 Man­u­fac­turer BenQ, benq.co.uk Res­o­lu­tion 2560x1440 WQHD Re­sponse time 4ms Po­si­tion height ad­justable, 90° pivot, tilt and 45° swivel

Noth­ing quite pre­pares you for sit­ting down in front of a 32-inch mon­i­tor. As you’d ex­pect for such a mas­sive panel, it sup­ports a 2560x1440 WQHD res­o­lu­tion, so you need a graph­i­cally ca­pa­ble Mac to cope with that pixel count. If your Mac has an HDMI port, you might need to use the Thun­der­bolt (mini Dis­playPort) con­nec­tion in­stead.

This is not an IPS panel like other 27-inch­ers on the mar­ket; we felt the colour re­pro­duc­tion suf­fered as a re­sult, but it’s bright and the view­ing an­gle is good. How­ever, we had to dis­able eco-mode, as our re­view model kept turn­ing it­self off.

Al­though the dis­play in­cludes but­tons, there’s a ca­bled re­mote con­trol for man­ag­ing in­puts. Un­der­neath the mon­i­tor lies the power but­ton along­side two USB ports; the video con­nec­tions are on the side, with HDMI, DVI, Dis­playPort and VGA, so you can hook up mul­ti­ple de­vices. There are also two more USB 3 ports on the side, as well as an SD card reader. Con­nect a USB ca­ble to your Mac and this dis­play also acts as a hub for your note­book.

This isn’t the most at­trac­tive dis­play, but you get used to it and the bezel seems thin once in use. It’s de­cent for the money and we liked it, but do you re­ally need a dis­play this big? Dan Grab­ham

Check your Mac will sup­port this level of res­o­lu­tion.

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