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Sharp PN-K321 PC Monitor

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32" LCD 750mm Mar 2013
Screen Size Display Type Built-In Speaker Width Release Date
Sharp's new professional-use QFHD LCD monitor forms an entirely new generation of displays that incorporate Sharp's cuttingedge IGZO* technology. This technology offers two major advantages:... More
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11 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This LCD screen received a "Gold" from Uk.hardware.info who thought that this PC display was fantastic.

Has a Built-In Speaker

The PN-K321 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other medium monitors that are a comparable age to the PN-K321 do not have a built-in speaker.

Other flatpanel monitors with a built-in speaker currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the AOC e2260Swhu[plb_1364850_price], the Philips 231C5[plb_1599727_price], or the LG 23CAT42K[plb_1569047_price].

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Fairly Many Display Colour Count

Medium monitors that are a similar age to the PN-K321 have display colour counts of between 0.21M and 1,100M. The Sharp PN-K321 has one of the more display colour counts (1,070 million) amongst medium monitors of this age.

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Two HDMI Ports

The PN-K321 is a two HDMI port PC screen. Most of the other PC displays that were launched more than two years ago have between one and three HDMI ports.

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Very Large Viewable Size Diagonal

The smallest viewable size diagonal of PC screens of a comparable type and age to the PN-K321 is 21mm and the largest is 940mm. When compared to other comparable spec PC screens that have been available for a similar time to the PN-K321 that we have assessed the viewable size diagonal of, the PN-K321's viewable size diagonal of 801 millimeters is one of the largest.

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Quite Big Viewable Width

Across all the medium monitors that were released around the same time as the PN-K321 the viewable widths range from 1mm to 880mm, and the average viewable width is 520mm. With a viewable width of 697.9 millimeters, the Sharp PN-K321 has one of the biggest viewable widths amongst PC screens of this age.

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Fairly Big Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of comparable spec PC screens that came out around the same time as the PN-K321 is 28cm and the biggest is 770cm. When compared to other comparable spec LCD screens that were released around the same time as the PN-K321 that we have assessed, the Sharp PN-K321's display diagonal of 80.1 centimeters is one of the biggest.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

The average display brightness of comparable spec PC monitors that have been around for around the same time as the PN-K321 is 280 cd/m², and the display brightness range from 30 cd/m² to 1,700 cd/m². With a display brightness of 350 candellas per square meter, the PN-K321 has a quite bright display brightness compared to most of the other PC monitors of this age and type.

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Quite Big Viewable Height

With a viewable height of 392.6 millimeters, the PN-K321 has one of the bigger viewable heights amongst medium monitors of this age. The smallest viewable height of medium monitors that were launched more than two years ago is 28mm and the biggest is 630mm.

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1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution of the PN-K321 is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). That's 11% more resolution than the most frequently found graphics resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) (which is also found on this PC screen). In addition, this LCD screen have graphics resolutions of 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 800 (WXGA), 1360 x 768 (WXGA), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+) and 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) and 800 x 600 (SVGA). The resolution of all medium monitors that have been on the market for more than two years ranges from 640 x 350 (worst) to 3840 x 2160 (best).

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Shallow

The average depth of medium monitors that have been around for a comparable time to the PN-K321 is 110mm, and the depths range from 12mm to 560mm. When compared to other medium monitors that were released more than two years ago, the depth of the PN-K321 of only 35 millimeters is one of the shallowest.

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8 Reasons Against

Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other PC screens of this age and spec, the PN-K321 is not 3D compatible.

If you want an LCD screen that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the D2769[pl_1563236_price], or the d2757Ph[pl_1515695_price] both from AOC or the NEC MultiSync P241[plb_2071945_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

Like most of the other medium monitors that have been available for more than two years, the PN-K321 does not have a built-in camera.

It is worth considering other flatpanel monitors which also have a built-in camera including the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display[plb_1715481_price], the Lenovo L2251[plb_1565512_price], or the Philips 272P4QPJKEB[plb_2997140_price].

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Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader

The PN-K321 does not have an integrated card reader. Most of the other medium monitors that have been around for more than two years also do not have an integrated card reader.

Alternative PC screens which also have an integrated card reader that you might also want to look at include the U2413[pl_1565290_price], or the U2713H[pl_1518815_price] both from DELL or the Acer DA220[plb_1606986_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Running Costs Are High

The efficiency rating of this LCD screen is A, however the PN-K321 has an average running cost of £150 over 5 years based on typical usage levels and energy prices, which makes it one of the more expensive to run medium monitors that were released more than two years ago.

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Only HD HD Type

This flatpanel monitor has a 4K Ultra HD HD type, which is typical of many LCD screens that were launched around the same time as it.

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Only Has Two Cables Included

The PN-K321 has a greater number of cables included than most medium monitors that have been available for more than two years. The most commonly found cable included is AC, but this cable included is not found on this flatpanel monitor. The cables included DisplayPort and RS-232 are also found on this PC display.

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Heavy

At 7.5 kilograms, the PN-K321 is quite heavy compared to most of the other medium monitors that came out more than two years ago. The weights of PC monitors of a similar spec and age to the PN-K321 range from 3g to 39kg.

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Fairly Slow Response Time

At 8 milliseconds, the PN-K321 has a quite slow response time compared to most of the other PC screens that have been available for more than two years. The average response time of similar spec PC screens that are a comparable age to the PN-K321 is 6.1ms.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sharp PN-K321

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Sharp released the PN-K321.

LCD Display Type

The PN-K321 has an LCD display type which is better than the LED display type found on most flatpanel monitors of a similar type and age to it.

We compared all the other PC displays that have an LCD Display to this PC display and we think because of it's better review score, the Samsung 320MXN-3[plb_1365711_price], the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display[plb_1794077_price], and the Eizo ColorEdge CG246-BK[plb_1717195_price] is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a PC display with a better display type then you might also want to look at the e2250Swdnk[pl_1364842_price] (LED), the U2868[pl_2276998_price] (LED), or the I2276[pl_2256588_price] (LED) all from AOC which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

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DC-In Jack
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RS-232 Port
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Built-In Speaker
Built-In Camera
RMS Rated Audio Power
Loudspeaker
Integrated TV Tuner
Design
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Wall Mountable
VESA Mounting
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AC Adapter Included

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

9 February 2015

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24 November 2014

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Incredible picture fidelity and brightness
Accurate color reproduction
Workhorse LCD panel
Dfinition impressionnante
Bonne qualit de la dalle
Utilitarian styling
Plutt mal gr par OS X
Prix encore prohibitif
Prijs

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Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £149.02
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Total running cost over 5 years £149.02
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0.74T
Running this PC monitor over 5 years will generate 0.74 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
19
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 19 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pnk321, pnk321h, pnk321dist, sharp 2160, sharp 2160p, sharp pnk321, sharp p178553, sharp pnk321h, sharp pnk321d, sharp p178553p, sharp pnk321di, sharp pnk321dis, sharp pnk321dist
Barcodes 00012303037508, 00074000069442, 00740000694426, 04974019777368, 04974019777375

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