Lenovo is preparing to release a pair of Mini LED displays that are cheaper than the current Mini LED display but don’t skimp on features. 4K USB-C monitors deliver up to 140W over USB-C, the maximum power delivery specification we’ve ever seen a monitor claim.
The 27-inch ThinkVision P27pz-30 and 31.5-inch P32pz-30 each have a USB4 port that supports up to 40Gbps for data and video, and USB-C displays up to 140W. Mac users without HDMI or DisplayPorts Windows natives looking for a streamlined setup with an ultralight PC. Monitors like the Apple Studio Display (up to 96 watts), HP’s E242d G4 (up to 100 watts), and Lenovo’s first small LED display, the ThinkVision Creator Extreme (up to 90 watts), pack enough juice to keep the powerhouse slim and powerful. Lighting systems are happy, but at 140 watts, creators and the like can consider workstation-level systems.
Lenovo’s announcement said that each of the upcoming Mini LED displays can support up to two 4K displays in series. The monitors also have another USB-C port that provides 15W of Power Delivery to smaller devices, such as smartphones.
Port selection is limited by a pair of HDMI 2.1 ports, DisplayPort 1.4 in and out, four USB-A (3.2 Gen 2) ports, and an RJ45 port.
Like the ThinkVision Creator Extreme Lenovo first unveiled in 2020, the P27pz-30 and P32pz-30 are IPS monitors with 1,152 dimming zones each. This should allow for more detailed contrast levels than typical LCD-LED screens and less bloom when it comes to white content on dark backgrounds.
The upcoming displays claim a typical brightness of 600 nits but claim to go as high as 1,200 nits. They have DisplayHDR 1000 certification by VESA and also support HDR10 and HLG formats.
Color coverage is close to the maximum of the most common color spaces. The 27-inch Mini LED monitor claims 99 percent DCI-P3, 100 percent sRGB, 99 percent Adobe RGB, 100 percent BT.709, and 80.5 percent BT.2020. The 31.5-inch version has nearly the same color gamut but with 98 percent DCI-P3 coverage. 4K displays have refresh rates of up to 60Hz.
Both monitors come out in August. Lenovo said it expects the 31.5-inch device to be priced at $1,599. Pricing for the 27-inch screen will come later, the seller said, but in Europe it will cost €1,699. This is a significant price drop expected from the Lenovo ThinkVision Creator Extreme, which is currently $2,399.
Meanwhile, contrast levels are just a bit short of the ThinkVision Creator Extreme’s claims (1,000:1 for each vs. 1,100:1). In addition, the new Mini LED displays have a distinct new type of LCD-LED panel to compete with: IPS Black. IPS Black debuted this year, and claims up to twice the contrast as standard IPS screens, and the supporting products look like strong competition for the new Mini LED screens. For example, the 27-inch Dell UltraSharp U2723QE monitor we tested posted a contrast of 1,873:1, while we saw 1,860:1 in our Dell UltraSharp U3223QZ review. However, these Dell monitors are a far cry from the intense highlights that Lenovo’s monitors’ 1,200-nit HDR capability claims to deliver.
Like other Mini LED desktop monitors, the ThinkVision P27pz-30 and P32pz-30 look like interesting options for power users seeking a potential increase in picture quality over typical LCD monitors but with lower prices and fewer brightness limitations than OLED displays. With mini LED backlighting, Lenovo’s new screens may also be able to avoid the blooming effect that tends to plague LCD-LED screens.
Mini LED screens are expected to be cheaper than OLED screens, but they are getting cheaper recently. A close competitor today, ASUS’ ProArt Display PA32UCR-K 32-inch mini monitor has just 576 zones and supports up to 80W power delivery. It currently has an MSRP of $1,499.
The new Lenovo Mini LED displays offer more dimming zones and power delivery at comparable prices. Lenovo said it expects the 31.5-inch device to be priced at $1,599. Pricing for the 27-inch screen will come later, the seller said, but in Europe it will cost €1,699.
We’ve been looking forward to lower prices for Mini LED all year long. With the technology trade show CES next month, we may soon learn more about Mini LED availability for the new year.
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