While researching and trying to find the best affordable monitors for our own use, we came across two absolute gems that just plain stole our hearts, the Benq PD3220u and the LG 32ul950-w monitors.
BenQ PD3220U 32″ Vs. LG 32ul950-w 32″
|BenQ PD3220U 32||LG 32ul950-w 32|
|Display:||32 inch (3840 x 2160)||32 inch (3840 x 2160)|
|Panel Type:||IPS||AH IPS|
|Refresh Rate:||144 Hz||60 Hz|
|Brightness:||300 nits||450 nits|
|Ports:||USB, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4, and 3.5 mm Audio Out||USB 3.0 , HDMI 2.0 , DisplayPort 1.5 , Thunderbolt 3.0 and 3.5 mm Audio Out|
So, join us as we take an in-depth look into their specs which include resolution, refresh rate, response time, etc., and offer our conclusion about which monitor is superior.
In terms of pure beauty and design, the LG 32ul950-w definitely takes the cake as its slightly curved V-shaped base gives it a sleeker and more modern look than the standard round and rigid base of the Benq pd3220u.
On top of that, the LG 32ul960-w thinner and V-shaped base also allow it to fit into smaller spaces than the Benq pd3220u, which makes it an absolute winner in terms of design and is worth its weight in gold for gamers who can’t afford too much space for their monitors.
Another detail that instantly caught our eye was the fact that the LG 32ul950-w just looks a lot more stylish and beautiful due to its slightly thinner screen and gorgeous matte black finish.
When checking out these monitors for the first time, we definitely believed that both featured a kickass IPS panel, but upon closer inspection, we actually realized the LG 32ul350-w actually used a slightly superior AH-IPS panel that, even though it is a subset of IPS panels, is actually slightly better.
How exactly is it better, though? Well, according to experts who’ve tested both panels out individually, an AH-IPS panel actually offers better resolution, refresh rates, and response times at wider viewing angles.
On top of that, the AH-IPS panel just generally offers richer visuals, better response times, and a better resolution than an IPS panel.
Thus, there should be no debate about which monitor is superior when it comes to panel type.
Now, unfortunately, when it comes down to individual refresh rates, both monitors have a refresh rate of 60Hz, which is considered below the average value for a monitor in this day and age.
However, when you take into consideration the budget-friendly price of both these incredible monitors, you’d be more than pleased to manage with a 60Hz refresh rate considering all the other awesome features you’re getting.
Another feature that’s worth pointing out is that the Benq pd3220u does not have any adaptive sync solutions, whereas the LG 32ul950-w contains AMD’s FreeSync as its adaptive sync solution.
To be brutally honest, though, an adaptive sync technology doesn’t change the quality of the display much if the refresh rate is equal to or below 60Hz, so our advice would be not to take this feature into consideration when comparing the two monitors.
In terms of resolution, which is widely considered the most important feature of a monitor, both monitors are deadpan equal as both feature a 4K UHD resolution that offers crystal clear image quality.
Furthermore, both monitors also feature a 31.5-inch display which functions perfectly with a 3840 x 2160 screen resolution. However, what gives the Benq3220u monitor an edge in terms of the pure display is the fact that it has a slightly higher color gamut than the LG 32ul950-w.
Once again, just like the resolution, the response time for both these monitors is exactly 5ms which, when compared with most of the monitors in the market today, is pretty exceptional and will offer users lightning-fast response times to any of their inputs.
In fact, their respective response times were the exact feature that inspired us to include these monitors in our best budget monitors list.
Now, the brightness feature is by far the most interesting feature when it comes to these two monitors, as you’ll come to find out in a few moments.
Both their base brightness values are relatively similar, with the LG 32ul950-w monitor’s 450 nits brightness value having a slight edge over the Benq pd3220u slightly lower brightness value of 300 nits.
However, when it comes to max brightness, we would have to give the nod to the LG 32ul950-w as it has a value of 750 nits, whereas the Benq pd3220u has a max brightness of only 650 NITS.
We can’t crown which monitor is superior in terms of brightness, though, as each individual has a different view about the brightness feature, some like a more constantly bright monitor, whereas some prefer a slightly dimmer monitor. Thus, we’ll leave it up to you to decide.
when it comes to standing quality as both Monitor stands are incredibly sturdy, with polished edges, and have a suitable average height that users can adjust according to their liking.
However, we’re still slightly leaning towards the LG 32ul950-w’s stand as it has a curved base which makes the entire monitor look sleeker and allows it to fit into smaller spaces.
Sometimes the only thing monitor users care about is the number of ports in a specific monitor, and they will even settle for a slightly lower quality monitor if it contains a huge array of ports that fit their needs.
Well, when it comes to these two monitors, the Benq pd3220u certainly wins out with its 1 x USB-C, 1 x USB-mini, 1 x USB-C 3.0 thunderbolt 3, 1 x USB-C 3.0 downstream, 3 x USB-A 3.1, 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 and 1 x 3.55mm audio out port
Over the LG 32ul950-w’s 2 x USB-C 3.0 downstream, 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x thunderbolt 3.0 (input), 1 x thunderbolt 3.0 (output) and 1 x 3.5mm audio out port.
So, there you have it, folks, that was our article debating and comparing the specs of the Benq pd3220u and LG 32ul950-w monitors while also explaining why they’re two of the best budget 4K UHD monitors in the market at the moment.
As evident from the article, both monitors boast an almost equal set of features, with there being not too much to split the two.
However, there are a few marked differences when it comes to the brightness, a several Ports, and display panel type, and based on these differences, we’ve come to the conclusion that the LG 32ul950-w Is slightly superior to the Benq pd3220u.
But that still doesn’t change the fact that both are absolutely top-notch monitors that offer amazing value to their users.
Does LG 32ul950-w have Speakers?
Good quality internal speakers go a long way in actually determining the overall quality of a monitor. This is why we’re pretty happy to tell you that the LG 32ul950-w does have a set of 5W speakers with decent sound quality and rich bass.
Does Benq pd3220u have a USB Port?
Yes, indeed, the Benq pd3220u does have a USB port. In fact, the Benq pd3220u has a huge array of different types of USB ports which include 3 x USB-A 3.1 ports, 2 x USB-B 3.1 ports, 1 x USB-C (thunderbolt), 1 x USB-C (downstream) and 1 x USB-mini port.
To be completely honest, we’ve researched and gone through the specs of thousands of monitors at this point, and we have yet to find a monitor that is as rich as the Benq pd3220u when it comes to the number of ports.
Is Benq pd3220u Worth It?
In our mind, yes, the Benq pd3220u is definitely an amazing option for budget gamers who don’t want to spend too much but still want incredible resolution, response times, and richer visuals from their monitor.
On top of that, its massive array of ports allows you to connect virtually anything with the monitor, which can be a huge plus for gamers who like playing on different devices.