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The PA32DC isn’t about gaming, but the response and lag tests are relevant for any monitor. The comparison group includes all the OLEDs I’ve reviewed, plus two MiniLED models. They are ViewSonic’s XG321UG and Asus’ PA32UCX which is also a pro screen. The OLEDs are Aorus’ FO48U, along with the Alienware AW5520QF and AW3423DW.
Pixel Response & Input Lag
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It’s important to note that while most OLEDs claim a 0.1ms response time, this is a single-pixel value, not a full-screen draw, which I test. Filling the entire screen with a white field takes the same amount of time for OLEDs and LCDs. The 60 Hz PA32DC comes in at the expected 16ms. And motion blur is visually the same as a 60 Hz LCD. To combat this, an OLED can use black-frame insertion, but the PA32DC doesn’t offer this. If you want to game on an OLED, you’ll want a higher refresh rate like the AW3423DW or FO48U have. The PA32DC’s input lag is on par with enterprise screens at 76ms.
OLED panels have excellent off-axis image quality because the light coming from them is not polarized like an LCD. You can see there is no reduction in brightness in either plane. A slight green shift appears in the brighter steps, which is a function of the screen coating. There is also no loss of detail as the gamma does not change.
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Clearly, OLED does not have an issue with screen uniformity. The PA32DC is superb as one would expect from a professional monitor. It doesn’t even come close to any visible problems. Color and luminance are perfectly rendered from edge to edge at all brightness levels.
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Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.
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It's a professional mastering monitor, not meant for ordinary consumers... It's pretty cheap as far as those go, actually.Kridian said:$3,500!?
I don't think accurate color should be dangled out there like it's some golden carrot.Reply
One of the problems of oleds was the burnout of the emitters, with the blue being the most vulnerable. Has that been solved.Reply
Ordinary consumer displays tend to come reasonably well calibrated these days. This display takes things to the next level by having a built-in calibration system that costs quite a bit extra to include. Good, reliable, finely-calibrated tools come at a premium over standard consumer-oriented tools no matter the industry. And that's what this product is—a tool for professionals. This display and other displays like it (LG 32EP950 for instance) are being used as work-from-home HDR mastering monitors since they're cheaper and easier to use than dual-layer LCD mastering monitors (at the cost of lower peak brightness). It's also being used by colorists and graphic artists who demand perfect black levels.Kridian said:I don't think accurate color should be dangled out there like it's some golden carrot.
drajitsh said:One of the problems of oleds was the burnout of the emitters, with the blue being the most vulnerable. Has that been solved.
No, not "solved," though it has been mitigated somewhat. They've developed various "pixel refresh" techniques that help the various colored subpixels burn at a more even rate. And this panel has a blank pixel buffer that the screen will move around in so static elements don't stay on the same pixel for too long.