Monday, April 11th 2022

AOC and Porsche Design Launches Agon Pro PD32M Mini-LED Display

AOC has launched a new gaming monitor under its Agon Pro brand and the PD32M has been designed in cooperation with Porsche Design, which for clarity's sake, isn't the same company as the car manufacturer. The PD32M is based on a "frameless" 32-inch 4K 144 Hz capable mini-LED display and carries a Display HDR 1400 certification, with a peak brightness of 1600 nits. It is also said to deliver 97 percent of the DCI-P3 colour space, which would make it a decent display for work as well as play. The display also supports Adaptive Sync, but it's unclear if it's FreeSync or G-Sync compatible.

On the connectivity side there are a pair of HDMI 2.1 ports, one DisplayPort, presumably of the 1.4 variety, one USB-C, although no mention of display input via USB-C is mentioned, as well as a USB-C four USB-A 3.2 (most likely 10 Gbps) ports and a headphone jack. Based on the picture of the rear of the PD32M, there also appears to be a couple of additional 3.5 mm jacks and another port of unknown type around the back. It's also clear from this picture that an external power brick is being used, although AOC hasn't provided any details about it.
Each side of the display appears to feature a headset hanger and the rear of the display features some kind of LED arrangement that AOC calls Light FX. The PD32M also sports a pair of 8 Watt speakers that carry a DTS certification. Maybe the most interesting feature is the wireless remote, or quick switch as AOC calls it, which allows you to change the display settings without reaching around the back of the display. As with many gaming monitors, the stand appears excessively large and is likely to take up a lot of desk space, but the display can at least be rotated and the stand is height adjustable. There's even a lit up Porsche Design logo at the base of the stand, just because. At US$1,799 this is likely to be a monitor with a very limited customer base, of which some is likely to be because of the design partner. The PD32M has a shipping date of the 15th of June, but it can be pre-ordered now.
Source: Porsche Design
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34 Comments on AOC and Porsche Design Launches Agon Pro PD32M Mini-LED Display

#1
noel_fs
pretty fucking late, already have a qled qn90a and qd-oleds are coming out soon
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#2
Iain M Banks
noel_fspretty fucking late, already have a qled qn90a and qd-oleds are coming out soon
Those are NOT the same clients / use cases.

Much Lower text performance because of their triangular sub pixel structure.
And much much much much lower brightness.

This AOC is likely to be a spectacular work and productivity monitor for bright environments.
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#3
noel_fs
Iain M BanksThose are NOT the same clients / use cases.

Those monitors are lower resolution.
Much Lower text performance because of their triangular sub pixel structure.
And much much much much lower brightness.

This AOC is likely to be a spectacular work and productivity monitor for bright environments.
they are literally the same resolution, and the brightness is also about the same

pixel layout can be solved by changing cleartype from rgb to bgr

do you even know what "triangular" means lol
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#4
Xex360
Looks average to ugly like everything designed Porsche since forever now.
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#5
Chrispy_
After at least two decades, it's pretty damn obvious - and by that I mean with ZERO exceptions - that any computer part with a car marque branding is either overpriced or shit, and quite often both.
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#7
Iain M Banks
noel_fsthey are literally the same resolution, and the brightness is also about the same

pixel layout can be solved by changing cleartype from rgb to bgr

do you even know what "triangular" means lol
The Alienware 34 is not the same resolution.

Not the same brightness - not even close. Non hdr all QD panels tested struggle to get to get above 300 or 400 nits.

Only in hdr can they get close to 1k.

There are ZERO clear type Apple or Microsoft solutions for QD OLED atm. BGR is NOT the same. Again look at these attached pictures.

Post a link and prove me wrong.

And yes again I’m right - the pixel substructure of all Samsung QD OLED panels is triangular. Look at this attached picture.

If you know something Samsung themselves doesn’t (lol) please share.

As for what monitors Samsung bring out themselves with QD Tech….all speculation. For the record I have the Alienware on order - I’ll likely love it for gaming, but I’m not blind to think it’s suitable for heavy sunlight or productivity environments.
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#8
DeathtoGnomes
leppieFrameless, lol.
not to be confused with bezel-less. :rolleyes:
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#9
ArcanisGK507
personally I think that to be a work monitor... they have defecated on the monitor support... I would look for something more swivel and adjustable... and if that is part of porch design, eat it with potatoes...
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#10
Chrispy_
Iain M BanksThere are ZERO clear type Apple or Microsoft solutions for QD OLED atm. BGR is NOT the same. Again look at these attached pictures.
And yes again I’m right - the pixel substructure of all Samsung QD OLED panels is triangular. Look at this attached picture.
Cleartype (subpixel AA) is a big deal. Most of us have been living with it for so long (knowingly or not) that it's quite jarring how bad text looks when Cleartype doesn't work.

Honestly, the problem is Microsoft - as RGB subpixel layouts are, whilst the most common, most definitely not the only type of display. Cleartype needs an update to accommodate OLED, WRGB, Pentile, and pretty much any other subpixel layout that isn't RGB bands from left to right.

Additionally, the Cleartype 'wizzard' is kind of imprecise and in most cases just identifies whether people prefer bold or light fonts.. Six boxes of text, how are you supposed to know which one does what?! I'd rather have an advanced option where you can select the correct subpixel layout of your monitor manually, since at least some portion of the population is capable of using Google to find that info and if it's wrong they can always revert to the wizard....
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#11
Iain M Banks
Chrispy_Cleartype (subpixel AA) is a big deal. Most of us have been living with it for so long (knowingly or not) that it's quite jarring how bad text looks when Cleartype doesn't work.

Honestly, the problem is Microsoft - as RGB subpixel layouts are, whilst the most common, most definitely not the only type of display. Cleartype needs an update to accommodate OLED, WRGB, Pentile, and pretty much any other subpixel layout that isn't RGB bands from left to right.

Additionally, the Cleartype 'wizzard' is kind of imprecise and in most cases just identifies whether people prefer bold or light fonts.. Six boxes of text, how are you supposed to know which one does what?! I'd rather have an advanced option where you can select the correct subpixel layout of your monitor manually, since at least some portion of the population is capable of using Google to find that info and if it's wrong they can always revert to the wizard....
Good to know.

Thanks for sharing. Cheers!
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#12
trsttte
noel_fsthey are literally the same resolution, and the brightness is also about the same

pixel layout can be solved by changing cleartype from rgb to bgr

do you even know what "triangular" means lol
The size though, not everyone (most people actually) want a 50''+ "monitor"
leppieFrameless, lol.
The render sure :D
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#13
mama
In depth review of the product please.
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#14
Oasis
It's got ears? :eek:
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#15
lexluthermiester
Maybe I'm not seeing it, but I ask: What's "Porsche" about the design of this display...
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#16
lemoncarbonate
I personally still think that LG and Alienware's monitors have the best design. LG's design looks so clean but not boring like Dell. While recent Alienware's design looks futuristic without being too much "gamer".
Appearance matters a lot to me when choosing monitors.

I believe Porsche could do much better with their design if they collaborate with LG or Alienware instead of AOC. Imagine if they could bring the sleek look of Cayman/911 to monitors.

Those RGBs are very unnecessary.
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#17
TheLostSwede
lexluthermiesterMaybe I'm not seeing it, but I ask: What's "Porsche" about the design of this display...
As pointed out, this isn't the car company, this is a different Porsche business that focuses on product design. Hence the pd logo and nothing car related.
OasisIt's got ears? :eek:
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#18
watzupken
Personally, I feel the RGB lighting at the back of the monitor looks bad.
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#19
Nephilim666
lexluthermiesterMaybe I'm not seeing it, but I ask: What's "Porsche" about the design of this display...
The stand probably.
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#20
lexluthermiester
TheLostSwedeAs pointed out, this isn't the car company, this is a different Porsche business that focuses on product design. Hence the pd logo and nothing car related.
Nephilim666The stand probably.
I know, was being a bit facetious.

I gotta say though, the power button being on the back panel is a deal-breaker. Buttons belong on the front where they're easily accessible.
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#21
Dammeron
lexluthermiester(...)Buttons belong on the front where they're easily accessible.
+1

M32Q on my corner desk, display's sides go from one wall to another. Can't access the controls without moving the screen away from the corner...
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#22
TheLostSwede
lexluthermiesterI gotta say though, the power button being on the back panel is a deal-breaker. Buttons belong on the front where they're easily accessible.
A lot of displays have the buttons on the rear these days. My at least six year old display has it and I had monitors before it that had it, so nothing odd there.
Besides, it comes with that weird remote, so it's not as if you have to reach around the back all the time, instead you have to dig around in your extra padded, pleather gaming chair for the remote...
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#23
DeathtoGnomes
TheLostSwedeBesides, it comes with that weird remote, so it's not as if you have to reach around the back all the time, instead you have to dig around in your extra padded, pleather gaming chair for the remote...
the new age of butt click gaming? :laugh:
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#24
lexluthermiester
TheLostSwedeA lot of displays have the buttons on the rear these days. My at least six year old display has it and I had monitors before it that had it, so nothing odd there.
True, but that doesn't mean that it's acceptable to everyone. Display controls should be not only easily accessed, but plainly visible from the primary viewing angle. Building them into such an awkward position is a flawed design, unintuitive, uninspired and just plain lazy from a design engineering perspective.
TheLostSwedeBesides, it comes with that weird remote, so it's not as if you have to reach around the back all the time
I don't see a power button on that remote...
TheLostSwedeinstead you have to dig around in your extra padded, pleather gaming chair for the remote...
Do I sense a note of sarcasm?
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#25
TheLostSwede
lexluthermiesterTrue, but that doesn't mean that it's acceptable to everyone. Display controls should be not only easily accessed, but plainly visible from the primary viewing angle. Building them into such an awkward position is a flawed design, unintuitive, uninspired and just plain lazy from a design engineering perspective.
I don't find it unintuitive in the cases I've used, it's really quite easy and they correspond exactly the on-screen menu options, but each to their own.
The placement in this case doesn't look very good though.
lexluthermiesterI don't see a power button on that remote...
I guess they expect the monitor to go into power saving mode when not in use...
lexluthermiesterDo I sense a note of sarcasm?
No, none at all... :roll:
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