The AOC AGON PD32M pro monitor is a great-looking monitor equipped with a 10-bit Mini-LED matrix with HDR1400 VESA certification and UHD resolution with a refresh rate of 144 Hz. How does it work in practice and is it worth buying? Reviews.
I borrowed the AOC AGON PD32M monitor from the manufacturer for review.
The AOC AGON PD32M is the result of a collaboration between the manufacturer and Porsche Design, aimed at creating a uniquely designed monitor for gamers with cutting-edge technology. This modern display features an IPS panel with 4K quality, a refresh rate of 144 Hz, and a MiniLED backlight with 10-bit color depth and VESA HDR1400 certification. The design of the casing and stand is inspired by the aesthetics of Porsche sports cars. It’s worth noting that this is another monitor born from a partnership with Porsche Design. The previous model, PD27, was equipped with a QHD panel and a 240 Hz refresh rate. Its stand resembled the safety cage of a Porsche car. This time, elements characteristic of sports car rims and steering wheels were used as inspiration.
First Impressions of the AOC AGON PD32M
The design of the PD32M has been carefully considered. Its sturdy stand is made of sandblasted aluminum, reminiscent of car steering wheels. The monitor can be adjusted in terms of both height and orientation (pivot). The casing has a trapezoidal shape with metallic speaker grilles that also serve as air intakes. These grilles feature configurable RGB lighting, and a projector is placed on the lower edge of the screen, capable of displaying the Porsche Design or AGON logo. Within the settings, you can adjust its brightness and color.
The 31.5-inch PD32M screen not only looks appealing but also delivers excellent image quality. It utilizes an IPS panel with a 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 px) and a refresh rate of 144 Hz. With these parameters and a short response time of 1 ms GtG, it performs exceptionally well in games. Additionally, if you wish to use it with a console, it’s equipped with HDMI 2.1 ports. The monitor also features two 8W speakers enhanced with DTS technology.
Its maximum brightness reaches 1400 nits, and the MiniLED backlighting boasts 1152 dimming zones. PD32M holds the VESA DisplayHDR 1400 certification and has the capability to display 1.07 billion colors and cover 97% of the DCI-P3 color space. As such, it’s suitable not only for gaming but also for activities like animation, graphics, and video editing.
The USB-C port enables simultaneous transmission of images, data, and laptop charging (up to 90W). Additionally, the Picture-by-Picture function allows for displaying content from two different sources simultaneously.
AOC AGON PD32M in Practice
I must admit that the monitor made a great first impression on me. A 31-inch screen size is sufficient for my needs. I also appreciate the small details—the monitor stand is a matter of personal taste, but it looks great. In my case, however, it caused a minor issue with the keyboard. My desk is relatively small, and the pointed stand forced me to move the keyboard to the edge of the table. Many of the monitors I test on a daily basis have more ergonomic stands and don’t take up as much space on the desk. This is something you should also consider.
The stand is stable and looks great from every angle. The package also includes a stylish remote control for operating the monitor’s features. It allows for quick switching between various modes, such as from regular internet browsing to FPS gaming mode. Speaking of details, it’s also worth pointing out two concealed holders for headphones, as well as the intriguing lighting consisting of side-dispersed panels and a more focused top light. It looks fantastic, and you can further control the settings and behavior.
As part of the monitor testing, I tried it out with three games—Farthest Frontier, the latest Tomb Raider, and Battlefield 2042. The image is bright, detailed, and free from smudging or uneven backlighting.