BenQ PD3220U review

The BenQ PD3220U has graphic designers mostly in mind for this 32-inch 4K-res calibrated display, but there’s lots to like if you’re a photographer or videomaker too

BenQ PD3220U
(Image: © Australian Camera)

Digital Camera World Verdict

There are differences in what photographers and designers want from a pro-level monitor, but the 4K resolution and 32-inch size display works is a sweet spot for both and BenQ continues to deliver exceptional value for money when it comes to performance-versus-price. If you’re primarily buying a monitor to prepare images for printing then one of BenQ’s dedicated photo monitors – the SW321C is the equivalent – is the better option, but for everything else the PD3220U is more than capable and at a significant cost saving too.


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    32-inch and 4K delivers great definition without fine details being too small

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    Thunderbolt 3 connectivity enhances flexibility

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    'Hockey Puck’ G2 wired remote controller adds convenience

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    Factory calibrated display for accuracy


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    Limited Adobe RGB coverage for print-making

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If you are considering stepping up to a 4K resolution photo monitor or, indeed, thinking of upgrading to a bigger display, then BenQ’s SW321C would certainly be on the short list. BenQ is building a reputation for affordable high-performance photo monitors, but the SW321C's price may make this too expensive for many right now. If you’ve already put a 32-inch display and 4K UHD resolution on the wish list, there aren’t really a lot of cheaper alternatives… except if you browse through the BenQ monitor catalogue, you’ll find the PD3220U which is one of the company’s DesignVue series models. It’s primarily aimed at graphic designers, but a quick survey of the key specs shows that it shares quite a bit with the Benq SW321C at least in terms of the physical features and even some display capabilities – but is noticeably cheaper.

So OK, this is a monitor primarily made for designers and it has a number of design-orientated features, but some of these are equally useful to photographers as well… especially if you’re doing a bit of graphic design work too, either for yourself or clients. The key aspects for photographers are that it’s an individually factory-calibrated display with the ‘sweet spot’ specs – for image editing especially – of a 31.5-inch panel and 3840x2160 pixels resolution which represents 140 ppi so fine detailing is still easy to see at a comfortable viewing distance. 

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Paul Burrows

Paul has been writing about cameras, photography and photographers for 40 years. He joined Australian Camera as an editorial assistant in 1982, subsequently becoming the magazine’s technical editor, and has been editor since 1998. He is also the editor of sister publication ProPhoto, a position he has held since 1989. In 2011, Paul was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute Of Australian Photography (AIPP) in recognition of his long-term contribution to the Australian photo industry. Outside of his magazine work, he is the editor of the Contemporary Photographers: Australia series of monographs which document the lives of Australia’s most important photographers.