Porsche Design-related gadgets tend to have a poor track record, but its latest collab is hard to hit. It’s partnered with AOC (the accessories company, not the US rep) to Porsche-fy this high-end Agon Pro PD32M gaming monitor which is available for pre-order now and ships in June for $1,799. Beyond the 32-inch frameless panel, featuring Mini LED backlighting for better contrast and light control, its minimalist and sturdy aluminum bracket mimics the style of Porsche steering wheels.
After researching what Porsche steering wheels look like, I’m not entirely convinced by this homage. But even so, that certainly makes it a sleeker gaming monitor than most – at least from the front. Its back is covered with RGB LED panels that light up. And as goofy as the headphone hooks on both sides may seem, it’s a feature I wish every monitor had. I’m always looking for a place to put my earphones and headsets.
Aesthetics aside, this monitor’s $1,799 price tag seems reasonable for the features it offers. Along with Mini LED backlighting, it features a 4K 16:9 aspect ratio display with 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, DisplayHDR 1400 support and 97% frame coverage. DCI-P3 color space. The spec sheet says it supports “AdaptiveSync”, but it’s not clear if it’s AMD’s FreeSync or Nvidia’s G-Sync.
Its rear features two HDMI ports, at least one of which supports HDMI 2.1 up to 120Hz at 4K resolution, a DisplayPort jack, four USB 3.2 Type-A ports, a headphone jack, and a USB-C port (This site claims it supports DisplayPort video and 65W of passthrough power). It adds a few extras, like two 8W speakers and a wireless controller, presumably to switch inputs and navigate its on-screen display more easily.
If you want a 4K Mini LED monitor with HDMI 2.1 support for PC, Xbox Series X, and PS5, $1,799 doesn’t seem like the worst possible price for this thing — especially with Porsche Design attached to the product. But monitors that look exciting and great sometimes don’t turn out that way. Apple’s $1,699 Studio 5K display is one example. The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 with Mini LED looked amazing and came out less than stellar in our review, so maybe wait for the reviews to come out before ordering this one.