BenQ PD3225U review: Thunderbolt 3 designer monitor is big but not the brightest

BenQ’s big screen is aimed at those for whom colour and USB ports are important.

A black BenQ PD3225U monitor sitting on grass in sunshine
(Image: © Ian Evenden)

Our Verdict

The BenQ PD3225U is a 32-inch IPS screen targeted at InDesign and Photoshop users who want their colours to be as accurate as possible. Not only does it come factory-calibrated and with an excellent colour space, but it puts in extra effort to make sure you can keep this accuracy no matter the office condition or which computer you’ve got attached.

For

  • Excellent picture
  • Wide connectivity
  • Nice little extras

Against

  • Better brightness elsewhere
  • A touch expensive
  • Tricky to unbox

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Mac owners can find themselves in a dilemma over monitors. Sure, you can use an adapter on one of your machine’s fancy Thunderbolt ports and plug in any old £100 screen, or you can go for the Rolls Royce option and get the Apple Studio Display, a 27in 5K beauty with an integrated camera that starts at £1,499. There is, however, a middle ground, inhabited by the likes of this BenQ screen. The ‘Designer’ part of the screen’s full name (BenQ DesignVue PD3225U Thunderbolt 3 Designer Monitor) seems to refer to the fact it’s aimed at designers, rather than that it’s particularly fashionable, and it offers Mac-centric features, convenient USB connectivity, and excellent colour reproduction for a bit less cash than Apple’s lavish display.

A black BenQ PD3225U monitor sitting on grass in sunshine

(Image credit: Ian Evenden)
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Screen size:31.5in
Panel type:IPS Black, LED backlight, HDR10, VESA DisplayHDR 400
Resolution:3840x2160p
Brightness:400 nits
Refresh rate:60Hz
Audio:2x 2.5W speakers, headphone jack
Connectivity:2x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x Thunderbolt 3 in, 1x Thunderbolt 3 out, 3x USB 3.2 Type-A, 1x USB-C, 1x USB 3.2 Type-B
Dimensions:628.4 x 714.8 x 273.3mm
Weight:8.2kg
The Verdict
4

out of 10

BenQ PD3225U

The BenQ PD3225U is a 32-inch IPS screen targeted at InDesign and Photoshop users who want their colours to be as accurate as possible. Not only does it come factory-calibrated and with an excellent colour space, but it puts in extra effort to make sure you can keep this accuracy no matter the office condition or which computer you’ve got attached.

Ian Evenden

Ian Evenden has been a journalist for over 20 years, starting in the days of QuarkXpress 4 and Photoshop 5. He now mainly works in Creative Cloud and Google Docs, but can always find a use for a powerful laptop or two. When not sweating over page layout or photo editing, you can find him peering at the stars or growing vegetables.