AOC Porsche Design Agon Pro PD32M with mini-LED in the test

The AOC Porsche Design Agon Pro PD32M offers a brightness of up to 1,600 cd / m² with 32-inch mini-LEDs and IPS. HDMI 2.1 and a maximum of 144 Hz with Adaptive Sync and UHD resolution make you sit up and notice. Depending on the content, however, the 1,152 zones give a distinct halo effect.

Design and technology must convince

The AOC Porsche Design Agon Pro PD32M has it all inside and out. The screen with a 32-inch IPS screen is dependent on mini-LED backlighting, resulting in a maximum brightness of 1,600 cd / m². AOC and Porsche Design combine this with HDMI 2.1 connections and a variable refresh rate of up to 144 Hz.

For 1,999 euros at Porsche Design and Amazon

The Porsche Design AOC Agon Pro PD32M is available directly from Porsche Design for 1,999 euros and is otherwise only listed by Amazon for currently 1,991 euros *. It is currently not available from any of the providers, Porsche Design states that it will be available from 31 July.

In addition to the external power supply, all necessary cables are included in the scope of delivery, which can be especially important when using UHD with 144 Hz, as older, longer HDMI cables may not guarantee sufficient bandwidth. The model also comes with Wireless Quick Switch, which can be used to adjust the display settings wirelessly.

Technical data and experiences

DisplayHDR 1400 with mini-LEDs for 1,152 zones

The display on the PD32M officially achieves up to 1,600 cd / m² and is also certified according to DisplayHDR 1400, so that a guarantee of at least 1,400 cd / m² is guaranteed in certain areas. In conjunction with the local dimming via mini-LEDs, which are configured for 1,152 zones, you can with this screen, unlike many others, which can process HDR with a maximum brightness of just 350 cd / m², but it does does not make sense to use, rightly talk about HDR. AOC sets the typical brightness of SDR content to 600 cd / m². That the backlight with mini-LEDs and 1,152 zones provides a very high brightness, but is not without problems in everyday life, will be discussed in more detail later.

HDMI and DisplayPort on AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M

HDMI and DisplayPort on AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M

USB-C and USB-A on AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M

USB-C and USB-A on AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M

HDMI 2.1 and Adaptive Sync up to 144 Hz

Designed with a UHD resolution of 3,840 × 2,160 in 16: 9 format and a pixel density of around 140 ppi, the screen offers a variable refresh rate from 48 to 144 Hz and supports Adaptive Sync. AOC sets the response time of the original 10-bit panel as 1 ms. Contrast and viewing angles are 1000: 1 and 178 degrees, which is typical of IPS. To handle this resolution and refresh rate, there are two HDMI 2.1 ports. A DisplayPort 1.4, a USB-C interface with DisplayPort 1.4 and four USB-A 3.2 connectors are also installed. 144 Hz at full resolution can also be used via DisplayPort 1.4. A maximum of 120 Hz at full resolution is possible via USB-C.

Headset holder on AOC Porsche Design Agon Pro PD32M

Headset holder on AOC Porsche Design Agon Pro PD32M

Headset holder on AOC Porsche Design Agon Pro PD32M

Headset holder on AOC Porsche Design Agon Pro PD32M

USB-C with 90 watts and 97% DCI-P3

The USB-C port offers power supply of up to 90 watts, thus also charging connected notebooks and connecting them with peripherals connected to the monitor via the USB-A ports. The AOC PD32M is also capable of transmitting two signal sources simultaneously on the screen. Their arrangement can be set via OSD or by software. Along with the 97% DCI-P3 color space coverage, the screen should be equally suitable for gamers, graphic designers and HDR videos.

Aluminum base in the style of the Porsche steering wheel

The AOC Porsche Design Agon Pro PD32M is relatively heavy at 11.5 kg, which is also due to its sumptuous aluminum base. The trapezoidal aluminum base, which is intended to include the style of Porsche steering wheel, does not mean that ergonomic features should be neglected. In addition to rotation (30 ° in each direction), inclination (-5 ° / + 20 °) and height adjustment (by 150 mm), a pivot function is also integrated – by no means standard for a 32-inch screen, especially since the latter also can still be performed in both directions. Theoretically, cables can be routed through the center of the base – there is no dedicated cable management – but then they come into conflict with the LED projection in the base.

Stand for AOC Porsche Design Agon Pro PD32M

Stand for AOC Porsche Design Agon Pro PD32M

Turn on the AOC Porsche Design Agon Pro PD32M

Turn on the AOC Porsche Design Agon Pro PD32M

As an alternative to the built-in stand, a VESA bracket (100 × 100 mm) can be screwed on. The sound can be output through two 8-watt speakers or the two headphone jacks. There is also a line-in for a microphone. Headphones can be hung on the two integrated aluminum headset holders, which slide into the side of the display when not in use. The full technology of the PD32M means that the screen is relatively thick at around 6.5 cm.

OSD functions can be switched using the Wireless Quick Switch, a wireless remote control for the monitor. At the time of testing, however, the AOC G-Menu software was not yet compatible with the Agon Pro PD32M for remote control configuration.

AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M: Wireless Quick Switch
AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M: Wireless Quick Switch
AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M: Wireless Quick Switch
AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M: Wireless Quick Switch

RGB lighting and logo projection

That the AOC Porsche Design Agon Pro PD32M should also appeal to gamers is clear from the three-sided RGB lighting on the back of the screen and the LED logo projection at the bottom, which can have either the Porsche Design logo or the Agon logo on the bottom Projected area of ​​the stand. Both lights can be turned on and off separately via the OSD and the power or colors can be adjusted. While the three-sided RGB lighting offers many different effects and color gradients and can also respond to the audio signal if desired, the color and brightness of the logo can be adjusted.

RGB lighting of AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M

RGB lighting of AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M

RGB lighting of AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M

RGB lighting of AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M

RGB lighting of AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M

RGB lighting of AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M

While the RGB lighting at the top creates a nice effect, especially from behind, but it is generally too dark to achieve an effective effect when sitting in front of the screen, the side lighting is hidden behind a mesh grid in such a way that it can not seen from the invisible from most angles of view. The colors behind can only be seen clearly if you look straight at the web.

Logo projection on AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M
Logo projection on AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M
Logo projection on AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M
Logo projection on AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M
Logo projection controls on AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M
Logo projection controls on AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M

Large power supply for up to 330 watts

The power consumption of the monitor is set as 102 watts for HDR content and 82 watts for SDR content. The power supply is mounted externally and provides a maximum of 329.6 watts, so it is correspondingly large. However, the bright LED on the power supply is more of a nuisance than useful in everyday life.

AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M: Power adapter

AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M: Power adapter

AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M: Power adapter

AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M: Power adapter

AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M: Power adapter

AOC PD Agon Pro PD32M: Power adapter

Fancy OSD with joystick

The AOC Porsche Design Agon Pro PD32M does not rely on the manufacturer’s on-screen display (OSD), but on an optically adapted version. Access to the submenus is via larger areas that are embedded in each other. Operation via the joystick on the right back of the display is simple and unproblematic, but there is no clear way to jump back to the top menu level. The OSD itself then offers the familiar and comprehensive features that other monitors from AOC also have. With the HDMI connections you can set whether they should support a maximum of 120 or 144 Hz, where a maximum of 8 bit color depth is implemented at 144 Hz instead of the possible 10 bits, which suggests a maximum of 40 instead of 48 Gbit / s via HDMI 2.1. With DisplayPort 1.4, on the other hand, 10 bits with a pixel format of 4: 4: 4 at 144 Hz are possible thanks to “Display Stream Compression” (DSC).

OSD of AOC Porsche Design Agon Pro PD32M

As mentioned, the AOC software G-Menu did not support PD32M at the time of testing. It is also possible to adjust the settings under Windows without having to navigate through the OSD menus with the joystick.

Joystick for AOC Porsche Design Agon Pro PD32M

Joystick for AOC Porsche Design Agon Pro PD32M

The AOC G-Menu does not yet know the PD32M

The AOC G-Menu does not yet know the PD32M

AOC G Menu with PD32M

AOC G Menu with PD32M

When the device is switched on, there is also a start-up sound – which is unusual for monitors – but this can also be deactivated in the OSD.

power consumption

AOC indicates a power consumption of 82 watts for SDR and 102 watts for HDR content for Agon Pro PD32M. Especially with HDR content, the power consumption in practice is very dependent on the image content and the brightness of the screen.

AOC Porsche Design Agon Pro PD32M
AOC Porsche Design Agon Pro PD32M

In the test, the power consumption is with maximum brightness and full surface display of white with SDR 109 watts. On the other hand, if an all-white image is displayed in HDR mode with maximum brightness, the power consumption is even 206 watts.

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