Sharp unveils 32-inch 4K2K LCD monitor
By Paul Ridden
December 14, 2012
In common with many of today's digital content junkies, I get my daily entertainment fix from a computer screen and not a TV. Even if I could afford to buy into the jaw-dropping Ultra HD image quality I witnessed from the giant goggle boxes being showcased by Toshiba, Sony and LG at IFA 2012 in Berlin a few months back, they'd likely spend much of their time powered off. As such, the upcoming release of a 32-inch 4K2K computer monitor from Sharp would be of great interest, were it not being aimed specifically at the business community in Japan.
Sharp's PN-K321 32-inch LCD monitor's crisp and clear 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution (four times that of full HD) at 140 ppi pixel density should attract a spatter of appreciative applause from video/graphics professionals, CAD users and others looking to squeeze a large amount of information onto one screen without loss of detail. It features the company's proprietary IGZO technology which provides LED backlighting from the monitor's edges and in-so-doing allows the company to reduce the depth of the unit to just 35 mm.
The 4K2K monitor also benefits from a wide 176-degree viewing angle, a response time of eight milliseconds, 250-nit brightness and an 800:1 contrast ratio. The PN-K321 is compatible with the latest DisplayPort and HDMI specifications, allowing for single-cable PC connection. It also sports two integrated 2W speakers and 3.5 mm audio in/out jacks.
Sharp says that the new model will be introduced in Japan as of February 15. Unfortunately, at the time of writing, there's no official word on if or when the unit will be released elsewhere.