A FLAWED but beautiful display - Acer EB321HQU Awidpx 32" 1440p IPS Monitor Review

Not too much to add before we jump into the review, but if you're interested in seeing just how much of a size difference there is between 32" and 24", check this picture out...

★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5)

  • Gorgeous IPS panel
  • Massive size
  • Price (Got it for $289.99 on sale)
  • VESA mount capable (I don't know why every monitor doesn't have a VESA mount)

  • Only 60hz
  • PPI (93ppi is lower than I'm used to but it's not a problem really)
  • Not sure how new this monitor is but there is very limited information available online about it (as of 02/16/2018)

Other Thoughts
Good monitor but the disconnecting issue ruins it for me with my multi monitor setup

This is a massive and gorgeous display. I used to have a 34" 3440x1440 panel but this panel "feels" larger than that one even because of the 16:9 aspect ratio vs the 21:9 aspect ratio of the 3440x1440 panel. The QHD resolution works well on this monitor and I think is definitely the minimum resolution I would recommend on a panel this size. A 1920x1080 panel would have a very low PPI and would almost be a waste of real estate.

Anyway, back to the monitor at hand. The white coloring is not an issue as it is on the back side of the panel and the small white rim that runs around the front of the panel is a tasteful accent (IMO). The IPS panel is gorgeous and has good viewing angles without any issues. My unit did have one dead/stuck pixel in the upper left corner but if anything is on the screen it is basically impossible to see. I didn't use the included stand because I mounted it on an arm so I can't comment on that. All I know is that the included stand is very basic. I wish acer would come up with a more modern On Screen Display (OSD) because this one literally has the same menu system as a monitor I bought back in 2010.  Overall it is a very good monitor for the price I paid.

With that being said, there is 1 major flaw (at least for my setup) that I found with this display. No matter what I do, every time my monitors go to sleep (This acer panel and a Dell S2417DG) the Acer panel disconnects from my computer and causes all of the windows on it to be forced onto the Dell monitor. I tried adjusting the DisplayPort settings within the monitor's menu and did plenty of searching to see what I could do to resolve this issue, but alas, I couldn't find anything to fix it for me. So therefore I am returning this monitor, which is a shame. I've never had a problem with acer panels and have been using them on every one of my builds since about 2010 because they are a great bargain for what you get.

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