The ViewSonic VP3278-8K along with the VP2786-4K are two stunning professional monitors equipped with color-accurate high-resolution IPS panels and Thunderbolt 3. This combination makes them highly suitable for professionals who use USB-C devices such as MacBooks. There are limited details about these two flagship displays, but ViewSonic’s reputation plus the amazing next-gen capabilities of these two could make them top picks for content creators.
ViewSonic VP3278-8K – Stunning 8K Professional Monitor for High-End Editing
The ViewSonic VP3278-8K is the firm’s first 8K display and is currently the third in the market next to the Philips 328P8K and the Dell UP3218K. This model sports a 32-inch IPS panel with accurate color and comprehensive gamut volume, but specific color standards and brightness levels are still unannounced. However, this 8K monitor is hardware calibration-compatible, enabling users to connect a colorimeter and work with specialized software conveniently.
The ViewSonic VP3278-8K utilizes the same aesthetic and functional design as the previous VP line monitors. The chassis is mostly matte-black with minor glossy details, and the massive screen will have minimal bezels for an excellent view. The included stand is fully ergonomic as well, or you can remove it and opt for VESA mounting apparatuses.
What’s more interesting is how the ViewSonic VP3278-8K will achieve its 8K output. Other 8K options require two DisplayPort 1.4 connections to deliver 7680 x 4320 at 60Hz without compression. The ViewSonic VP3278-8K will probably use a similar procedure, but what about its Thunderbolt 3 connection?
The latest Thunderbolt 3 chipset from Intel nicknamed Titan Ridge supports 8K up to 30Hz without compression. If you want to use the ViewSonic VP3278-8K with a USB-C Thunderbolt 3 device like the MacBook Pro and a single cable connection, you might have to settle for 8K with DSC to achieve 60Hz. Nevertheless, that still is an impressive output for something that was only used for data transfer and charging in previous versions.
The ViewSonic VP3278-8K is scheduled for a Q4 release this year with a cool $5,200 suggested retail price. To compare, Dell and Philip’s offerings go for less than four grand, making the cost of ownership looks a bit too steep. If we get to review this model, only then can we consider if the price is worth it along with the addition of a Thunderbolt 3 Titan Ridge feature.
ViewSonic VP2768-4K – ViewSonic’s retake on the 4K Premium Display
The ViewSonic VP2768-4K is the new addition to the multitude of 4K professional displays the firm is offering, such as the VP3268-4K. Like the rest of its siblings, this mode guarantees a low DeltaE out of the box thanks to the brand’s excellent calibration. Professionals can also conveniently calibrate the ViewSonic VP2768-4K with their colorimeters since this model like the 8K version above, is fully compatible.
As for the aesthetic aspect, nothing is new on the ViewSonic VP2768-4K as well. The monitor still uses the brand’s matte black chassis, but what’s important is the functionality built into this product. This model will most probably include a more than complete I/O layout allowing users to maximize it with several host devices.
Ergonomics won’t be an issue as well since the ViewSonic VP2768-4K can tilt, pivot, swivel, and raise its height. You can also use VESA mounting with this model, making it easier to arrange this product into dual or triple array setups.
The ViewSonic VP2768-4K will start shipping by Q3 2018 ahead of the 8K model and will require $900 for ownership. We hope to secure a review unit of the two monitors this year before they release and will gladly share with you our take on these amazing products. If you are interested, keep watching this article for the latest updates on availability and pricing.