Acer Releases New ProDesigner BM320 4K Professional Graphics Monitor: dE <1 “Guaranteed”
Stephan Jukic – May 8, 2017
Professional graphics designer’s 4K monitors get less attention than their hardcore feature-loaded gaming counterparts, but for a large segment of consumers, they’re just as important and perhaps even more in need of highly refined and specialized display specs than gaming versions.
Acer is working to cater to this exact market with its latest 4K PC display, the ProDesigner BM320. Here is a monitor with professional, precision-conscious users firmly in mind. With these consumers as its target market, the BM320 promises to deliver highly accurate color reproduction, a large display space for easy project handling and some excellent color management features.
The new Acer 32 inch 4K UHD monitor boasts the usual 3840 X 2160 pixels of resolution and comes with a standard-issue refresh rate of 60Hz. Some new 4K PC monitors are starting to emerge with 144Hz refresh rates but in the digital graphics and animation sphere, 60Hz is likely to be more than enough for most users who’d want something like the BM320. Beyond this, Acer has given the BM320 a respectable peak brightness of 350 nits, IPS panel technology for wide 178 degree viewing angles and a decent 5ms response time that would work decently even for gamers. The company is claiming a “contrast ratio” of 1,000,000,000:1 but this is just marketing jargon and since this is an IPS display, we’re expecting a more realistic native (real) contrast ratio of something close to 1000:1.
The real heavy specs of the BM320 are its color management capacities. Acer claims that this particular 4K pro monitor can deliver 100% Adobe RGB color space coverage, over 100% sRGB color coverage and can handle a 90% DCI-P3 Wide Color Gamut color space level. We haven’t heard from the company if the monitor comes with a native 10-bit display for over 1 billion RGB (Red Green Blue) color values but we’re assuming that the BM320 at least manages support for 10-bit color visuals.
Most interestingly of all though, Acer is also promising that the ProDesigner BM320 will come right out of the box with a factory-calibrated Delta E of less than 1, which would be pretty impressive indeed since most 4K monitors, even many professional models, come with out-of-the-box delta E readings of twice this or more (the lower the number, the more accurately colors are represented). 6-axis color adjustment settings are also provided for custom color profiles and calibration updates in the BM320 as it’s used for more complex projects or starts to age.
In terms of non-display specs, the Acer BM320 comes with one of Acer’s ErgoStands, allowing for -5 to 25 degrees of tilt, +/-90 degrees of pivot, and 45 degrees in either direction of swivel. The monitor also comes built with “ZeroFrame” bezeling, allowing for a minimal monitor edge that lets users connect multiple BM320 displays into a smooth single viewing field. Additionally, connectivity specs in the BM320 are okay, with 1 DisplayPort 1.2a slot, 1 Mini DisplayPort 1.2 port, a single DVI port and one HDMI 2.0 port. There are also 4 USB 3.0 ports built into a hub in the monitor.
Acer is already selling the ProDesigner BM320 through different retailers for an MSRP of $1299. This monitor is pricey, yes but for a professional display of this size and these specs, we’ve seen much more expensive options on the market.
Here are some further specs for this new Acer 4K display:
- Panel 32-inch IPS
- Native Resolution 3840 x 2160 (16:9)
- Maximum Refresh Rate 60 Hz
- Response Time 5 ms (GTG)
- Brightness 350 nit
- Contrast ‘100,000,000:1’
- Viewing Angles 178º/178º
- Pixel Density 138 PPI
- Display Colors 1.07 billion
- Color Gamut Support Adobe RGB: 100%
- sRGB: 100%
- Rec. 709: 100%
- DCI-P3: 100%
- Stand Tilt (-5º to 25º)
- Swivel (-45º to 45º)
- Pivot (-90º to 90º)
- Height (up to 5.9-inch / 150 mm)
- Inputs 1 x DisplayPort 1.2a
- 1 x Mini DisplayPort
- 1 x DVI
- 1 x HDMI 2.0
- USB Hub 4 x USB 3.0
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