Ahead of CES, Lenovo is introducing its new ThinkVision P32u professional-grade display. The latest monitor from the company offers an Ultra HD resolution, a wide color gamut, as well as Thunderbolt 3 with daisy chaining, allowing users to to connect further TB3 devices and monitors downstream of the P32u.

Like most professional displays nowadays, the ThinkVision P32u is equipped with an IPS panel featuring an antiglare coating. The latter measures 32”, has a 4K UHD (3840×2160) resolution, a 300 nits brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a 6 ms GtG response time, 178°/178° viewing angles as well as a 60 Hz maximum refresh. The monitor covers 99.5% of the AdobeRGB color space, which means that its capabilities exceed those required to display 100% of the sRGB spectrum. The company also notes that the monitor supports a “multi-color space capability”, but it's not clear right now whether that capability means that the monitor can display content in different color spaces simultaneously side-by-side in PBP/PiP modes (like some other professional displays), or whether it means something else entirely.

The specs of the ThinkVision P32u hardly look special for a professional monitor as there are numerous 4K models with 99% AdobeRGB coverage for designers and photographers these days. Moreover, its brightness and contrast may be considered too low by the target audience. The key feature of the Lenovo ThinkVision P32u appears to be its connectivity. In addition to the usual DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0 inputs, the new monitor has a Thunderbolt 3 input and a Thunderbolt output that can be used to daisy chain another ThinkVision P32u (or a different TB3-enabled monitor), a high-end external storage sub-system, or any other TB3 device. While the Thunderbolt 3 technology has been on the market for 2.5 years now, the number of displays supporting TB3 daisy chaining is limited, so the feature will be an indisputable trump of the ThinkVision P32u. Meanwhile, Lenovo does not forget about widespread USB Type-A peripherals and the new display features a quad-port USB 3.0 hub (one connector supports charging).

When it comes to physical features and ergonomics, the ThinkVision P32 has rather thin bezels and comes with a detachable stand that offers height, tilt, swivel and pivot adjustments along with a red cable management bracket.

Specifications of Lenovo's ThinkVision P32u Display
  ThinkVision P32u
Panel 32" IPS
Native Resolution 3840 × 2160
Maximum Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time 16 ms
Brightness 300 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Pixel Pitch 0.1845 × 0.1845 mm
PPI 137
Color Gamut 99.5% AdobeRGB
100% sRGB (?)
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.2
2 × HDMI 2.0
1 × Thunderbolt 3 input
1 × Thunderbolt 3 output
Audio 3.5-mm headphone jack
Color Black and grey
Power Consumption Standby unknown
Typical 70 W
Maximum 200 W (possibly when upstreaming power to a powerful laptop + charging a smartphone using a USB port)

Lenovo plans to start selling its ThinkVision P32u display in March for $1349. 

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  • Hurr Durr - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    Color and brightness are separate things.
  • nerd1 - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    I am pretty sure this one also supports adobe rgb.... havent seen any 4k panel without one
  • Inteli - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    I'd be pretty sure too when the article says the monitor "covers 99.5% of the AdobeRGB color space".
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    >insert meme about the human eye can't see past 720p @ 24hz from regular desk viewing system
    >insert meme about why technology is progressing and why this product needs to exist when black and white televisions were just fine
    >insert meme about anyone buying into new technology is just a sheep because fox-and-grapes-syndrome
    >insert meme about new technology not being good enough with 8k @240hz OLED with 0 burn in and .1ms response time and <1ms total input lag and glasses-free 3D support and touchscreen and built in webcam and built in reach around.
  • SunnyNW - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

  • boeush - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    Ok, but in all seriousness - would you buy a 16" FHD monitor for desktop use?

    This 32" 4k is like 4 of those 16" FHDs arranged in a grid...
  • stephenbrooks - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    Yeah compared to my 23" 1080p monitor they've made it about sqrt(2) larger with sqrt(2) times the pixel density. Not a bad idea but it's going to irk people in the comments who either wanted 2x the density or 2x the size...
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Friday, January 5, 2018 - link

    Not really, since I'm not blind and my monitors sit ~30" away from me at most. I like 27", but I can go up to 30" and be OK.

    I'm currently using a 24" 4K at home and I like the pixel density.
  • DanNeely - Friday, January 5, 2018 - link

    No, but if I had a 15" laptop I'd want at least a 1080p panel to make text/etc sharper and easier to read.

    It's the same reason I have a 42" 4k monitor on my gaming desktop. 16:9 5k appears to be a moribund standard; if it was looking healthy and a gsync option was available I'd've probably gotten it instead; but 4k was the best available and is still a nice upgrade from 30" 2560x1600. (Now I just need a bigger desk so I can use the old screen as a side display.)

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