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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  • abrowne1993 - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    3840x1920? You sure about that?
  • alexvoda - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    Was about to ask about that too. That sounds like a very weird resolution.
  • WinterCharm - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    Fixed now. It's saying 3840 x 2160
  • bubblyboo - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    Response time of 16ms? That's pretty slow even for a "professional" monitor.
    Unless Lenovo is reporting actual response times now.
  • StevoLincolnite - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    Almost. But no thanks at only a paltry 60hz.
  • CharonPDX - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    It's a professional display, not a gaming display. 60 Hz is the standard for everything but gaming. You're not the target market for it, and you should know it, so no need to complain about it.
  • p1esk - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    It's 2018. 60Hz should die, period.
  • boeush - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    60 Hz at 4k is the equivalent of 240 Hz at FHD, in terms of the number of pixels refreshed per second...
  • Inteli - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    Why should it? If 60 Hz is satisfactory for most users, what's the point in doing away with it? A higher refresh rate would simply drive up prices needlessly for most users. There are very few non-gaming use cases I can imagine for >60 Hz refresh rates, and all of them are because 60 isn't a multiple of the standard frame rate for movies.
  • p1esk - Thursday, January 4, 2018 - link

    I bet when they had those tiny monochrome displays with 1Hz refresh rate back in the 60s, most "professional" users were satisfied.

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