The latest and largest computer display from rising star ALOGIC has been launched and I had a chance to test the monster display that is an affordable and larger alternative to Apple’s 27-inch Studio Display.
The new ALOGIC Clarity Pro Max 32-inch UHD 4K display is available in three flavors: there’s a basic model with just the display, and there’s a mid-range version with a pop-up 8K webcam and 65W USB Power Delivery for charging or running a laptop. Finally, there is the brand’s flagship Clarity Max Touch 32-inch UHD 4K, which has all the features of the mid-range model with a full-size touchscreen that can be used with finger gestures, pointing or with a graphics pen (sold separately) for those who want to use the screen as a huge graphics tablet for drawing and painting.
This large screen is an ideal presentation monitor for working with a group around you. With its 60Hz refresh rate and a Quantum Dot IPS panel, it offers the kind of performance that photographers and graphic designers will appreciate. There’s so much screen real estate to play with and the larger size makes using 4K resolution easier on the eye than trying to cram the same resolution into a 27-inch screen. It doesn’t sound like much extra, but the added space is noticeable.
The ALOGIC Clarity Pro Max 32-inch UHD 4K display has an extensive selection of inputs, including two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, plus USB-C input and output that carries a full range of signals, including 65W of power for controlling or charging a laptop. The USB-C option is the connection method required to use the models with the built-in 8K webcam and touchscreen, as this is how the data signals are sent to and from the host computer.
The 32-inch display is an ideal screen for use with a Mac mini or Mac Studio. The colors are nice and strong, and the LED backlighting is nice and even. The touchscreen works well and would be ideal to use as a kiosk display. For example, it would be an ideal screen for niche applications, such as a booking system for a medical practice where patients can log in for an appointment themselves.
The screen has a glossy surface rather than a matte finish, so screen placement is important. You don’t want to stand in front of it with a window or bright light behind you because of distracting reflections.
A powerful 150W power supply is supplied with the display and for the touchscreen version there is an optional cantilever stand that is uniquely designed to fold almost flat, allowing you to draw on the screen with the optional graphics pen. The touchscreen is a 10-point multitouch solution with one glass. The optional graphics pen offers 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, making it useful for drawing, photo retouching, or even signing documents. The touchscreen works with all MPP 2.0 styluses.
As for the accuracy of the pen, I don’t think there is as much fine control as with a high-end graphics tablet from a brand like Wacom or Xencelabs, but the pen, which has a rechargeable battery, functions well. As for the finger pointing feature, it’s nice to be able to launch apps from my Mac’s dock with the touch of a finger. You can even use a finger to highlight text in a Word document. It’s also great for interactive use.
The 4K IPS display with Quantum Dot backlight offers a maximum 4K resolution of 3,840 x 2,160. The viewing angle is 178 degrees both horizontally and vertically, while the maximum brightness is 350 NITS. If you use the screen for presentations, it is better to set the resolution slightly lower, for example 2,560 x 1,440. Display quality is excellent with good color balance out of the box.
The color becomes even better if the screen is calibrated with, for example, DataColor’s Spyder I used the Apple RGB setting on my Mac and the result was excellent, even without calibration. With up to 350 NITS brightness and 1.07 billion colors, this monitor performs well, although not as bright as some on the market.
Two of the ALOGIC Clarity Max 32-inch displays have a built-in 8MP webcam that pops up when an app triggers the need for video. The quality is sharp, but because the webcam is built into the screen, you are limited to the viewing adjustments you can make. It’s a nice solution, but some users may prefer to add their own.
The webcam also has a stereo array with four microphones, so the screen can be used for video conferencing in a meeting room. The touchscreen feature would make the display ideal for setting it up with a host computer working as a video kiosk. It’s a neat solution for the money.
The stereo speakers built into the Clarity Max displays are perhaps the product’s weak point as they are limited to 5W per channel power, which wouldn’t be enough for conference room use. The audio signal can be channeled via the USB-C connection and there is an analogue audio output for connection to an amplifier or speaker system. However, if you’re not too concerned about hi-fi quality sound and just want basic sound for system alerts, then the built-in speakers will do just fine.
One feature I particularly like about the touchscreen flagship is the optional folding Z-shaped stand. This makes it easy to adjust the angle of the screen, including height and tilt. There is no option to rotate the stand into portrait mode with this stand, so that may be important for some graphic designers or multi-screen users who like to use a large screen. Still, the folding stand is sturdy and keeps the screen steady, even when using the graphics pen.
In addition to a choice of HDMI, DisplayPort and USB-C video inputs, the ALOGIC Clarity Max 32-inch display also has a pair of USB-A ports and one USB upstream port. Everything is plug and play and you get all the cables you need in the box with a sturdy external power supply.
Pronunciation: The ALOGIC Clarity Max 32-inch displays are more than just large screens with 4K resolution. The range is also designed to meet the demands of graphic designers, artists, photographers and content creators who need plenty of space for their work. The optional graphics pen that can be used with the touchscreen version isn’t quite a full replacement for a full-fledged graphics tablet, but it works well nonetheless. If you want a large 4K screen with loads of extra functionality, the ALOGIC Clarity Max 32-inch screens are definitely worth a look and are all competitively priced for what you get. All three versions are compatible with 100 x 100 mm VESA mounts.
Prices and availability: The ALOGIC Clarity Max Touch 32-inch UHD 4K Monitor with Webcam and USB-C Power Delivery costs $1,399 / £1,399.99 / €1,699. The mid-range version with Power Delivery and an 8 MP webcam costs $1,199 / £1,149.99 / €1,379, while the base model without a webcam costs $999.99 / £999.99 / €1,099.99. The optional ALASS Pen for the flagship touchscreen version costs an additional $499.99 / £49.99 / €49.99, while the Clarity Fold Stand for the touchscreen model will set you back a reasonable $199.99 / £199.99 / € Costs 199.99.
More information: alogic.com
- Model No.: ALOGIC Clarity Max Touch 32-inch UHD 4K Monitor with Webcam, USB-C PD.
- Screen size: 32 inches.
- Panel: IPS with QD backlight.
- Viewing angle: 178°(H) / 178°(V).
- Resolution: 4K (3,840 x 2,160p).
- Refresh rate: 60 Hz.
- Brightness: 320 NIT.
- Color space: 130% sRGB, 110% AdobeRGB, 102% DCI-P3.
- Touchscreen: 10-point with graphic pen.
- Webcam: 8MP HD.
- Microphones: 4-microphone stereo array.
- Speakers: 5W x 2.
- Audio output: Yes
- Connectivity: 2 x USB-A, 1 x USB Upstream, 2 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x USB Type C.
- USB-C charging: 65W.
- Weight: 6.5 kg (without stand).
- VESA mounting: FDMI MIS-D 100mm.
- What’s in the box: Monitor, DisplayPort cable, HDMI cable, USB-C cable, USB-B to USB-A cable, DC 19V 7.89A, 150W (max) power adapter.