Lenovo P32u-10 Review: 32″ 4K IPS Adobe RGB Monitor

The Lenovo P32u-10 is a 32" 4K IPS monitor with full Adobe RGB color gamut coverage, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and more!

Bottom Line

If your work requires full Adobe RGB color space coverage, the Lenovo P32u-10 is the best monitor you can get for under $1000!

Design:
(5.0)
Display:
(4.9)
Performance:
(4.5)
Price/Value:
(4.5)
4.7

The Lenovo ThinkVision P32u-10 is a 32″ 4K IPS monitor with a wide Adobe RGB color gamut aimed at professional color-critical work that involves printing. It also boasts a premium design and extensive connectivity options at a reasonable price!

Image Quality

Based on the 32″ IPS panel by AU Optronics (M320QAN01.2), the Lenovo P32u-10 monitor offers a wide 99.5% Adobe RGB gamut coverage as well as 100% sRGB/Rec.709, 98.2% DCI-P3 and 79.3% BT.2020.

Its 178° wide viewing angles ensure that the image will remain consistent and accurate regardless of the angle you’re looking at the screen as there are no shifts in color, contrast, gamma or brightness.

The monitor is factory calibrated at Delta E < 2, so it’s ready for color-accurate work straight out of the box!

In the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu, you’ll find various color modes, including Adobe RGB (default), sRGB D50, sRGB, DCI-P3 D65, DCI-P3 D63, BT.709 and BT.2020.

As expected from an IPS display, the static contrast ratio amounts to 1,000:1 and there’s some IPS glow visible, though its intensity varies between different units.

With a peak brightness of 300-nits, the Lenovo P32u-10 can get more than bright enough under normal lighting conditions.

Moving on, 4K UHD resolution looks great on the 32″ viewable screen of the monitor thanks to the high pixel density of 137 PPI. You get plenty of screen space as well as sharp details and text. Some users prefer to use 125% scaling in order to make small text easier to read, while others find that no scaling is necessary at all.

4k scaling

Performance

The Lenovo P32u-10 has a maximum refresh rate of 60Hz and it doesn’t support a variable refresh rate, so it won’t appeal to many gamers.

However, thanks to the monitor’s high resolution and wide color gamut, games will still look great and run smoothly without any perceptible input delay (~10ms) as long as you have a good enough GPU for 4K gaming.

Further, its 4ms (GtG) pixel response time speed is fast enough to keep up with the refresh rate as there’s no prominent ghosting behind fast-moving objects.

The backlight of the monitor is flicker-free and there’s an integrated low-blue light filter available, which helps prevent eye strain and fatigue.

Features

Lenovo ThinkVision P32u 10 OSD Menu

You’ll find a power button and four hotkeys for navigation through the OSD menu on the bottom bezel of the screen.

Besides the standard image adjustment tools (brightness, contrast, color temperature and input source selection), you’ll also find Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture support as well as integrated KVM functionality.

Some advanced settings, such as sharpness, 6-axis hue/saturation and gamma are not available.

Design & Connectivity

Lenovo P32u 10 Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor is sturdy and offers a good range of ergonomic support, including up to 110mm height adjustment, +/- 45° swivel, -5°/22° tilt, +/- 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Further, the screen has a light matte anti-glare coating that prevents reflections without adding too much graininess to the image.

Connectivity options and abundant and include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, Thunderbolt 3 input (DP Alt Mode and 45W Power Delivery), Thunderbolt 3 output for daisy-chaining, one upstream USB-B + four downstream USB-A 3.0 ports and a headphone jack.

Price & Similar Monitors

The Lenovo P32u-10 can be found for $800, which makes it the most affordable 32″ 4K monitor with Adobe RGB gamut coverage.

The 27″ version of this monitor, the Lenovo P27u-20 can be found for $700. It even has Thunderbolt 4, allowing for up to 100W Power Delivery, as well as built-in sensors for automatic brightness adjustment, HDR10 support and a stronger 450-nit brightness.

If you’re looking for a monitor with both Adobe RGB gamut coverage and a high refresh rate, check out the MSI MPG321UR-QD (32″ 4K 144Hz) and the MSI MAG274QRF-QD (27″ 1440p 165Hz).

However, with these gaming monitors, you’ll also need a colorimeter as they’re not quite as accurate as the P32u-10 out of the box.

Check out our best photo/video editing monitors guides for more options and information.

Conclusion

All in all, in case you want a 32″ 4K Adobe RGB monitor, the Lenovo P32u-10 is the best “budget” option if you can find it for $800!

Specifications

Screen Size32-inch
Resolution3840×2160 (Ultra HD)
Panel TypeIPS
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate60Hz
Response Time4ms (GtG)
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0,
Thunderbolt 3 Input (DP Alt Mode, 45W PD)
Other PortsHeadphone Jack, 3x USB 3.0,
Thunderbolt 3 Output
Brightness300 cd/m²
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors1.07 billion (10-bit)
99.5% Adobe RGB, 98.2% DCI-P3
VESAYes (100x100mm)

The Pros:

  • Accurate and consistent colors with Delta E < 2 factory calibration
  • Wide color gamut with various dedicated color modes
  • High pixel density
  • Fully ergonomic design and rich connectivity options, including Thunderbolt 3 and KVM

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)
  • Only 45W Power Delivery

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Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.