The ViewSonic VP3268-4K was conceived to offer a stunning 4K resolution for enhanced clarity matched by the brand’s signature factory calibration with a DeltaE of less than 2. This product emphasizes the ability to display images with striking accuracy, so it includes special functions such as hardware calibration. Like its siblings in the VP line, the ViewSonic VP3268-4K once again aims to conquer a premium segment by offering functionality and performance while staying at a competitive price point.
ViewSonic VP3268-4K Specifications
- Screen Size: 32 Inches
- Resolution: 3840 x 2160 4K UHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: In-Plane Switching (IPS)
- Refresh Rate: 60Hz
- Response Time: 7ms
- Contrast Ratio: 1300:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 350 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: Yes (2 x 5 Watts)
- Stand: Height – Yes (5.11 Inches)
- Stand: Tilt – Yes (-5°/+20°)
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot – Yes
- VESA Compatibility: Yes 100 x 100
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, Mini DisplayPort 1.2 x1 , HDMI 2.0 x 2, DVI-DL x 1, USB 3.0 x 5
- Dimensions with Stand(WxHxD): 28.09” x 25.04” x 10.45”
- Weight: 22.79 lbs
Design and Features
The ViewSonic VP3268-4K comes dressed for business with a minimalist design which has a matte black texture and sleek lines. All four sides of the face are bezel-free, save for panel and plastic borders which have a total thickness of no more than 4mm. Users get to enjoy 32 Inches of unobstructed viewing space while having a sleek but sophisticated looking display.
The rear of the slim cabinet includes all the functionalities of the ViewSonic VP3268-4K, with the OSD buttons on the right side being the most apparent. There is a slight bulge which holds the internals, which only adds up to a total of two inches of thickness. The power brick is most probably internal as what we have seen before since the package only lists a cable amongst the other accessories.
Under the bulge is where you will find the ViewSonic VP3268-4K ‘s I/O layout which includes numerous options. This product has a DisplayPort 1.2, a Mini DP 1.2, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and five USB 3.0 receptacles. There is also a pair of 5-watt speakers matched with 3.5mm jacks, although we aren’t expecting thunderous audio from common sets used as built-ins.
The ViewSonic VP3268-4K has a slim cabinet, but its 10.45” depth is due to its stand which has a rectangular base and a curving upright. This display can adjust height up to 5.1 Inches, while you can also tilt, swivel, or pivot it to get a perfect view. However, if you want to attach this product to a wall or an articulated arm, you can do so since it is compatible with 100 x 100 VESA mounts. With Apple jumping into the 4K space along with Netflix, a 4k 32 inch monitor may be perfect for the living room as well.
Display and Performance
The ViewSonic VP3268-4K sports a 32-inch IPS screen with a 3840 x 2160 resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, and 17ms response time. This module has an 8-bit interface with access to a 14-bit LUT, enabling wide gamut coverage of the sRGB, SMPTE-C, Rec. 709, and DICOM-SIM color spaces. There is no Adobe RGB option involved, although we can’t consider it less of a professional display since the latter is usually only used for exotic editing.
To add to these list of color-related specs, the company guarantees that the ViewSonic VP3268-4K has gone through a thorough factory calibration process. This treatment ensures that this model will have color errors or DeltaE of less than 2, ensuring that images are always lifelike and correctly saturated. ViewSonic has been successful in claims like this with their older monitors, but their run wasn’t always perfect, so we still need to do some testing.
One spec that caught our attention is the claimed 1300:1 contrast ratio which is somehow out of range even for high-end IPS panels. We think that ViewSonic might have something up their sleeves to make such a bold announcement, or it could all be a marketing gimmick. A contrast ratio of this level usually only belongs to VA panels, but we will see once we get a review sample.
Keeping such a massive IPS screen even is a challenge, so ViewSonic included their digital Uniformity Correction feature which we saw on the ViewSonic VP2768. While it did somehow correct the flaws caused by the backlight, we noticed that it also added crush to the output while thinning out the contrast. We hope this time around, the brand and this newer model have corrected these errors.
Finally, the ViewSonic VP3268-4K isn’t a gaming monitor, so it doesn’t include FreeSync or a speedy pixel response time for buttery smooth images. It’s a shame because the specs tell us that this can be a solid display for both casual PC and console gaming on devices like the PS4 Pro which use HDMI 2.0 for a 4K output. Although as long as it has a low latency rating, users can still enjoy playing on a 32-inch UHD screen.
Thoughts on the ViewSonic VP3268-4K
The ViewSonic VP3268-4K didn’t garner a lot of excitement when it was announced at CES 2017, although we think it’s a worthy addition to a growing portfolio of high-quality monitors. 32-inches of 4K visuals is a nice thing to have for any desktop, although it can quickly overwhelm since it is almost a full-sized TV. Still, this combination makes working a breeze while providing eye-watering visuals for gaming, making us look forward to reviewing this model.
We just hope that every promise ViewSonic did for this product is more or less 100% accurate, like its DeltaE of less than 2 with accurate calibration profiles for the gamuts mentioned. The ViewSonic VP3268-4K is already available for order for less than a grand, which is a few hundred dollars cheaper than similar sized models like the BenQ PV3200PT which only has Adobe RGB and additional accessories as an advantage.