Lenovo is preparing to release two mini LED monitors that are cheaper than the current mini LED offering but don’t skimp on features. The 4K USB-C displays offer up to a whopping 140W over USB-C, the most extreme power delivery specification we’ve seen for a monitor.
Both the 27-inch ThinkVision P27pz-30 and 31.5-inch P32pz-30 feature a USB4 port that supports up to 40Gbps data and video and up to 140W. Powered USB-C monitors are popular with many types of users, from Mac users without HDMI or DisplayPorts to Windows users looking for a streamlined setup with an ultra-lightweight PC. Monitors like the Apple Studio Display (up to 96W), HP’s E242d G4 (up to 100W), and Lenovo’s first mini-LED monitor, the ThinkVision Creator Extreme (up to 90W) have enough juice to be powerful and thin to stay -Light systems satisfied, but at 140W creatives and the like can consider workstation-level systems.
Lenovo’s announcement states that each of its upcoming Mini LED monitors can support up to two daisy-chained 4K monitors. The monitors also have another USB-C port with 15W power delivery for smaller devices such as smartphones.
Rounding out the port selection are a pair of HDMI 2.1 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4 input and output, four USB-A (3.2 Gen 2) ports, and an RJ45 port.
Like the ThinkVision Creator Extreme, which Lenovo first introduced in 2020, the P27pz-30 and P32pz-30 are IPS monitors, each with 1,152 dimming zones. That should allow for more detailed contrast levels than your typical LCD-LED displays and less blooming when dealing with white content on dark backgrounds.
The upcoming screens claim a typical brightness of 600 nits, but claim to reach up to 1,200 nits. They have VESA’s DisplayHDR 1000 certification and also support HDR10 and HLG formats.
The color coverage is almost maximum for the most common color spaces. The 27-inch mini-LED 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 almost the same color space but with 98 percent DCI-P3 coverage. The refresh rates for the 4K screens are up to 60 Hz.
Both monitors will come out in August. Lenovo said it expects the 31.5-inch model to cost $1,599. The price of the 27-inch monitor will come later, the seller said, but it costs 1,699 euros in Europe. That’s a significant expected price drop from Lenovo’s ThinkVision Creator Extreme, which currently costs $2,399.
Contrast values, meanwhile, are slightly lower than the ThinkVision Creator Extreme’s claims (1,000:1 vs. 1,100:1, respectively). Also, the new mini LED monitors have a new premium LCD LED panel type to compete with: IPS Black. IPS Black, due out this year, claims up to twice the contrast of standard IPS monitors, and supporting products look like stiff competition for the new mini-LED displays. For example, the 27-inch Dell UltraSharp U2723QE we tested recorded a contrast of 1873:1, while we saw 1860:1 in our Dell UltraSharp U3223QZ review. However, these Dell monitors fall far short of the intense highlights that the Lenovo monitors’ 1,200-nit HDR capability claims to offer.
Like other mini LED desktop monitors, the ThinkVision P27pz-30 and P32pz-30 look like intriguing options for power users looking for a potential boost in picture quality compared to typical LCD screens, but with less potent price and performance features Brightness limitations than OLED monitors. With mini-LED backlighting, Lenovo’s new displays may also be able to avoid the blooming effect that tends to plague LCD-LED screens.
Mini LED monitors are expected to be cheaper than OLED monitors, but they have gotten even cheaper lately. A close competitor today, the Asus ProArt Display PA32UCR-K 32-inch mini LED monitor has only 576 zones and supports up to 80W power output. It currently has an MSRP of $1,499.
Lenovo’s new mini LED monitors offer more dimming zones and power delivery at similar prices. Lenovo said it expects the 31.5-inch model to cost $1,599. The price of the 27-inch monitor will come later, the seller said, but it costs 1,699 euros in Europe.
We’ve seen mini LED prices go down all year. With next month’s CES technology show, we may soon hear more about the availability of mini-LEDs for the New Year.