HP has introduced its Pavilion 32 display (V1M69A), which promises to combine large size, QHD resolution, VA panel and affordability. The Pavilion 32 monitor may not appeal to professionals or hardcore gamers, but for mainstream users this one could be a game changer because of its price-point. The monitor will hit the market late next month as a part of HP’s back-to-school product refresh.

Modern day desktop workloads involve a lot of multitasking as well as long documents, large spreadsheets and high-resolution images. For many tasks, big displays are not a luxury, but rather a necessity. However, it is not easy to find a monitor that boasts with a large size, a good quality panel and an affordable price. There are relatively inexpensive 24” and 27” monitors with IPS or VA panels available, but when it comes to models with diagonals like 30” and larger, then it is not easy to find a good quality affordable display. While there are low-priced 32” monitors from unknown brands, they usually feature cheap TN panels and can hardly boast with good quality. Meanwhile, well-known suppliers charge $500 and up for their 32” models, which is more than many people are willing to spend on a display. With its Pavilion 32, HP wants to address the market of affordable monitors with an offering that is currently not available from its rivals.

The HP Pavilion 32 (V1M69A) display uses a 32" WVA+ panel with 2560×1440 resolution, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 3000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles as well as 60 Hz refresh rate. WVA stands for wide viewing angle, which is a general term to describe various types of panels (including *VA and PLS) used by display makers in their products. HP does not disclose exact type of the panel that powers the Pavilion 32”, but confirms that this is a VA panel (though, we have no idea whether this is AH-VA, A-MVA, etc.), not a TN (which is typically used for low-cost displays). In many ways, the Pavilion 32 resembles the Envy 32 monitor, which HP introduced several months ago. The Envy 32 has a similar WVA+ panel, but features stereo speakers as well as AMD’s FreeSync to appeal to gamers, but it is also more expensive.

Specifications of HP Pavilion 32 and HP Envy 32
  HP Pavilion 32
HP Envy 32
Panel 32" WVA+ 32" WVA+ with Anti-Glare
Resolution 2560 × 1440
Refresh Rate 60 Hz 60 Hz with AMD FreeSync
Response Time 7 ms gray-to-gray
Brightness 300 cd/m²
Contrast 3000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Color Saturation 100% sRGB
Pixel Pitch 0.276 mm
Pixel Density 91.8 pixels per inch
Inputs 2 × HDMI
1 × DP 1.2
1 × HDMI
1 × MHL
1 × DP 1.2
3.5 mm stereo-in
USB Hub 2-port USB 2.0 hub
Audio None Stereo speakers with Bang
& Olufsen enhancements
Launch Price $399.99 $499.99

The new Pavilion 32 display from HP is equipped with two HDMI and one DisplayPort 1.2 connectors (cables are included in the package). In addition, it has an integrated USB 2.0 hub, which should be enough to connect a keyboard, but which will not be sufficient for modern external USB flash memory drives that support USB 3.0 transfer rates. Keeping in mind that the hub is located on the backside of the monitor, it looks like it was not intended for removable storage in general. The design of the Pavilion 32 allows adjusting tilt, but not height. Asides from that, the monitor cannot be used in portrait mode, which is hardly a problem for the vast majority of its potential buyers.

Select retailers as well as HP’s online store will start to sell the HP Pavilion 32 on June 26 for $399.99. The monitor is covered by a one- or three year-limited warranty.

The key selling points of the HP Pavilion 32 are its relatively low price as well as its VA panel. Right now, the majority of 32” displays with QHD resolution from well-known suppliers cost over $500. By making its product available for $400, HP appeals to a broader audience of users, who currently buy smaller monitors. What remains to be seen is whether other display makers follow HP with their inexpensive 30” QHD parts.

Source: HP

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  • close - Thursday, May 5, 2016 - link

    Don't forget that so many internet commentators were born right about the time 16:10 was dying. 4:3 is the stuff of legends and 16:10 was maybe a short lived fluke.
    This being said I miss my old HP LP3065 - power hungry, hot like an oven but at least it gave me some vertical real estate. The bigger screen get the more I hate 16:9. And seeing that 21:9 is becoming more and more popular get me really depressed :).

    The actual screen surface gets smaller at the same diagonal the higher the AR.
  • Samus - Friday, May 6, 2016 - link

    LOL at first read, you make me think of 6 year olds blogging because they would have been born in 2010 around the time 16:10 started exiting the consumer market and was delegated to the professional sector.

    A decade ago, most widescreen monitors from Dell, HP, NEC and Samsung were 16:10, including some laptops. They were often 1440x900 or 1680x1050, only the high end or 24"+ models were 1920x1200. Great aspect ratio, but obviously more expensive to produce.
  • close - Friday, May 6, 2016 - link

    Well judging by the amazement at the "1600p" I guess they could have been 6 at the time :).
  • bug77 - Friday, May 6, 2016 - link

    Hear, hear!
  • Friendly0Fire - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - link

    What? The "p" denominator is actually a holdover from back when displays were progressive (p) or interlaced (i). Cable still tends to be 1080i, for example. It is not specific to 16:9 aspect ratios, as exemplified by 480p, which is the shorthand for 640x480, at 4:3 ratio.

    1600p isn't 16:9, but that doesn't make it an invalid or ambiguous term.
  • abhaxus - Thursday, May 5, 2016 - link

    480p is usually 720x480. The whole p business is kinda dumb.
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Thursday, May 5, 2016 - link

    No, it's not. 480p is usually 640x480, as it was most commonly in use in the late 90's and early turn of the century with game consoles such as GameCube, PS2, Xbox 360, DVD format movies, etc.
  • mdriftmeyer - Friday, May 6, 2016 - link

    Correct. It was when the defacto monitor standard was 1024 x 768 and DOOM came with games running as 640 x 480.
  • djboxbaba - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - link

    are you high?
  • MmmCake - Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - link

    The "P" refers to the fact that it is a progressive signal as opposed to an interlaced one.

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