Monoprice’s 32-inch CrystalPro monitor is a beautiful 4K, 60Hz, 16:9 display with a sleek design and functional stand, and is an excellent consideration when looking for a new business monitor. There are four video inputs, allowing use of multiple devices if needed, in addition to a built-in USB-A hub that can be routed to a computer for data transfer. The included stand connects to the monitor via the VESA mount and allows for many adjustments, including convenient cable management.
The 32-inch CrystalPro monitor came in three main parts: the screen itself, the monitor base, and the monitor arm. In addition to those three main components, there were a handful of cables, an external power brick, and some screws.
We simply attached the base to the arm, creating the complete monitor stand, but when we started connecting the monitor stand to the monitor, we discovered that once the VESA mount was mounted in a fixed position. This prevented us from flipping between portrait and landscape without unscrewing the VESA mount from the monitor and reattaching it in the desired direction.
Right out of the box, we were impressed with the lightweight and thin profile of this monitor. The bezels were small and the nameplate on the front was sleek and minimal. Looking at the back of the monitor, we were pleased to see a USB-C port, two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, two USB-A ports, a USB-B port, a headphone jack and a power jack.
Screen size: 32 inch
Resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Weight (including stand): 18 lbs
Ports: 1 USB-C port, 2 HDMI ports, 1 DisplayPort, 2 USB-A ports and 1 USB-B port
One minor frustration we have with this is that there was a barrel connector to power the monitor, leaving us with a power block between the monitor and the outlet, making cable management more difficult but not impossible.
Design and build quality
Very minimal in every way, this monitor looks sharp and offers a clean matte finish, reducing glare in a workspace, with the side and top bezels less than 6mm, while the bottom chin has a 12mm bezel is.
The monitor stand is quite sturdy, even with the ability to easily adjust and move, and barely responded to raising and lowering the height of an electric standing desk.
Although it cannot rotate, the CrystalPro’s stand allows the monitor to be turned left or right while the base remains stable. In addition, we can move it vertically on the arm and even tilt the monitor up or down. The inability to rotate the monitor to portrait mode was somewhat frustrating, but it wasn’t harmful, especially since we could move it around in other ways. Additionally, if we had to place this monitor in portrait orientation, we could unscrew the four VESA mounting screws. However, that would require us to unplug the monitor, take it off our desk and place it face down. Once facing down, we need to remove the mounting screws, turn the stand perpendicular and reattach the stand. Finally, we need to add the monitor back to our desk and plug it back in.
We noticed that the VESA mount on this monitor was on the bottom half of the monitor, which allowed for an overall increased viewing height with the monitor arms we were using. The built-in stand is an excellent option for bringing the monitor to the correct ergonomic viewing angle, with the lower mounting position naturally allowing the monitor to sit higher than if the mounting bracket were in the center, allowing for an increased viewing angle.
We used this monitor with several computers, which connected easily via USB-C, which would also charge our device thanks to the 65W PD, and allow access to the USB-A ports built into the back of the monitor .
When testing the HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, we were surprised by the lack of control with the HDMI port. When we connected a laptop to the monitor via HDMI, we couldn’t scale the screen to the size and resolution we wanted. When the sizing was correct, the resolution was poor, and when we got the resolution that was what we wanted, the sizing seemed too small. However, plugging in via DisplayPort allowed us to solve those problems, as we saw when connecting via USB-C.
If your setup requires HDMI or DisplayPort and you still want to use the built-in USB-A ports, you can do this by running a cable from the USB-B port on the monitor to a USB-A port on your computer.
It took us a minute to familiarize yourself with the buttons on the back of the monitor that are designed to adjust settings. We started with the joystick, of course, and then used the on-screen prompts to navigate.
If you’re looking for an effective and high-end business monitor, the Monoprice 32-inch CrystalPro is definitely worth considering. Build quality feels premium and long-lasting, and built-in cable management keeps your workspace clean and organized. The 32-inch screen allows multiple windows to be opened simultaneously, and the sharp image, built-in USB-A ports and large screen make this a great productivity monitor.
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