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Review of the Acer B326HK ymjdpphz 4k Monitor and Ultra HD Display

by on September 7, 2015
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The Acer B326HK ymjdpphz can best be described as a bit plain but very practical. This is not a flashy, elegant 4K UHD display and it doesn’t make any pretensions of being one. Instead, what you get with the B326HK ymjdpphz is a fairly solid, functional design that complies with the essentials of 4K PC monitor technology without costing you a fortune.

While there are now better 4K monitors on sale for even more affordable prices, the B326HK ymjdpphz is still one very solid piece of display machinery and delivers some excellent visuals along with fine viewing angles. While not an ideal 4K gaming monitor, it is a fine piece of office and light pro use technology for those who want basic 4K display to be a part of their PC viewing needs.

On the other hand, a few aspects of the B326HK ymjdpphz do leave something to be desired and Acer could have done better job of refining certain specs and creating a more flexible physical design. A comparable product would be the Samsung line of 4k UHD Monitors.

The Good

The B326HK ymjdpphz isn’t without its very decent list of strong features. Among these are some very good color coverage specs, lots of connectivity options and a physical design that can look at home in almost any setting despite being very much a no-frills deal.

Color gamut coverage in the sRGB spectrum on the B326HK ymjdpphz is very good. Reaching 100%. While this level of coverage has become rather standard for any decent 4K monitor in 2015, it wasn’t quite as common when the B326HK ymjdpphz emerged on the market in 2014, so this is a bonus in Acer’s favor.

The wide viewing angles of the B326HK ymjdpphz further augment the quality of the display and they are particularly good in this model. Thanks to IPS screen technology, a user can enjoy great clarity even when looking at the screen from off-center angles of beyond 30 degrees. Many newer and generally better built TN monitors can’t offer this one piece of display quality. We should also mention that the 32 inch screen is wonderfully large and creates a definitely more notable impact than would be the case with a smaller 27 to 28 inch display panel.

Close up of the Acer B326HK

Acer’s ErgoStand technology also helps here by making it very easy to adjust the tilt and height of the B326HK very quickly. In fact, thanks to the very fluid sliding mechanism in the ErgoStand, height adjustments can be made using just one hand.

Check the Price of the Acer Acer B326HK ymjdpphz 32-inch UHD 4K2K (3840 x 2160) Widescreen Monitor on Amazon:

3.8 - 110 Reviews

The Bad

Acer’s B326HK is no longer on par with the latest and best at the price it sells for. As competition on the market has led to better, more affordable 4K monitors, the B326HK has become a less attractive option.

For starters, its price tag of over $800 is too high considering the overall specs of this monitor. Inflexible stand adjustment options, a lack of HDMI 2.0 connectivity, highly incomplete coverage of more detailed color gamut in the form of AdobeRGB and somewhat inaccurate color under the native sRGB gamut coverage are all factors that work against the B326HK ymjdpphz.

Furthermore, the speakers on the B326HK ymjdpphz are downright weak. While it’s good that the monitor comes with speakers to begin with, Acer could have invested a bit more in giving them some kick.

Finally, we come to the single most damning aspect of the B326HK ymjdpphz. This is its inability to offer cable connections for 4K at 60 frames per second. The fact that there is not HDMI 2.0 to do this with can be forgiven since this feature is only now starting to appear in a number of 4K monitors. However, the B326HK ymjdpphz does offer DisplayPort 1.2 for 4K video at 60Hz and also comes with a mini-DP 1.2 port for added connectivity for 4K video at 60Hz.

Final Thoughts

While not a bad monitor at all in many ways and nicely practical, the Acer B326HK ymjdpphz is simply not worth the price it sells for and suffers from too many deficiencies to be competitive in the current 4K monitor market.


USB 3.0 Ports on the Side

Specs

Weight: 26.46 lbs with stand, 17.53 lbs without stand
Dimensions: (WxHxD): 29.1" x 17.9" x 10.4" inches with stand/ 29.1" x 17.9" x 2.4" without stand
Screen size: 32 inches, measured diagonally
Screen type: IPS
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Colors: 1.07 billion (10-bit)
Brightness: 350 cd/m2
Refresh Rate: 30Hz
Screen Lighting: LED
Response time: 6 ms grey-to-grey
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
OS Compatibility: Windows
Connectivity Ports: 2 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x mini-DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x USB 3.0, Headphone out, 1 x DVI

Rear View Showing Various Ports

Highlights

There aren’t many highlights to the B326HK ymjdpphz unfortunately. For the most part this is actually a pretty bare-bones monitor and especially so given the price its retailing for.

However, a couple of features to justify that price tag and these can be considered highlights of a sort. First among them is the size of the monitor’s display. At 32 inches it’s definitely larger than the average among 4K monitors and is on par with more professional work-oriented 4K displays. 32 inches are a great way to enjoy the finer details of AutoCAD projects and visual arts design work with minimal scrolling. The highly complete sRGB color coverage helps out here too and so does the IPS display technology for excellent off-center viewing of this nicely large 32 inch screen.

Secondly, the B326HK offers some fine color coverage despite a lack of color accuracy before calibration. This is a monitor with 1.07 billion colors instead of the more limited (but now less common to 4K monitors) 16.7 million colors found in many cheaper models. The Acer eColor management calibration system inside the monitor is a useful tool for achieving better than out of the box calibration of colors and will let a user go a long way in making the most of the B326HK’s sRGB coverage. Adjustments for brightness, contrast, gamma and saturation are all part of the eColor package in the B326HK.

Check the Price of the Acer Acer B326HK ymjdpphz 32-inch UHD 4K2K (3840 x 2160) Widescreen Monitor on Amazon:

3.8 - 110 Reviews

Visual Specs

Ou ot the box, the B326HK ymjdpphz doesn’t do so well on color accuracy. However, after some adjustment with the above-mentioned eColor system, it can be tuned to reproduce some very decent color vibrancy, contrast precision, gamma and overall brightness. The monitor’s six-way saturation and hue wheel is also a useful tool for professionals who want to use this monitor to more precisely fine-tune their desired display specs. On the whole, sRGB color coverage sat comfortably at the 99% level while AdobeRGB coverage was weak on the B326HK at less than 75%.

In terms of maximal brightness, the B326HK ymjdpphz nominally comes with a rating of 350cd/m2 but in practice delivers slightly less than this, closer to the 300cd/m2 line. Furthermore, the contrast ratio is only good, not excellent and blacks could be richer and darker than they end up looking.

However, one excellent feature of the B326HK is that its internal software allows users to create customized, quickly swappable color profiles which can be changed as needed for different uses, lighting conditions or work profiles.

On the other hand, this monitor lacks the ability to deal with 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, thanks to its internal specs and its lack of DisplayPort or HDMI ports with this ability. Thus, sudden movement on the screen during 4K video content can easily become ruined to an extent by blurring of video.

Acer B326HK Stand

Connectivity

The connectivity on the B326HK ymjdpphz is one of its slight weak points but the essential HDMI 1.4, USB 3.0 and DVI ports (for those who need DVI) are here, there is also a DisplayPort 1.2 and mini-DisplayPort 1.2 combo built into the B326HK.

We can understand the monitor not having HDMI 2.0 but foregoing even the staple connectivity of DisplayPort 1.2 and instead going for the older, weaker DisplayPort is almost unforgivable in the B326HK ymjdpphz. This means no 4K video or gaming from external sources or PC GPUs at 60 frames per second, even if you’re using a GPU that’s capable of handling ultra HD resolution at such a frame rate.

Acer B326HK View of a Video

Pricing

The Acer B326HK ymjdpphz is currently retailing on Amazon.com for $775.92. Quite honestly, the display’s large screen and great color coverage specs, this price is pretty decent compared to options on the overall market. The smaller 28 inch Acer B286HK retails for $412.29 and the 27 inch IPS Acer B276HK retails for $469.99.

Check the Price of the Acer Acer B326HK ymjdpphz 32-inch UHD 4K2K (3840 x 2160) Widescreen Monitor on Amazon:

3.8 - 110 Reviews

Not so Great

To summarize briefly. We wish the B326HK ymjdpphz included an HDMI 2.0 port even though it's otherwise decent in its connectivity specs. Furthermore, its stand is limited in terms of swivel and can’t be flipped horizontally without physically dismounting it from its stand by removing four different bolts. Finally, the onboard speakers of the B326HK are downright weak.

Positives

• Great color coverage
• Excellent large screen size
• Nicely utilitarian look
• Good brightness

Negatives

• Lackluster contrast
• Poor speaker quality
• Inflexible stand adjustment options

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While not a bad monitor on the whole, the Acer B326HK ymjdpphz has too many deficiencies to be worth the price it’s selling for. There are now better options on the market and they deliver more value per dollar spent.

Check the Price of the Acer Acer B326HK ymjdpphz 32-inch UHD 4K2K (3840 x 2160) Widescreen Monitor on Amazon:

3.8 - 110 Reviews

 
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  • Dan K
    November 26, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Price is your main complaint versus the features offered?? Name ONE 32-inch IPS 4K monitor that sells for $750 brand new. That’s what I thought. Only the BenQ BL3201PH comes close at $879.99. It too does NOT have an HDMI 2.0 port.

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  • Michael
    July 15, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I can’t find a single other review that claims this monitor doesn’t do UHD at 60 Hz, or that it doesn’t have DisplayPort. In fact, I see the DP connector in one of the above pictures…

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      July 16, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      Hey there Michael, I apologize, this monitor does in fact come with DisplayPort and Mini-DisplayPort as well. The failure to include mention of these was a mistake on our part and has been corrected.

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