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Philips’ new professional monitors have built-in USB-C docks

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Only in Europe for now

Back at IFA, Philips announced a pair of new high-end monitors focused for professional use: the 328P6AU and 328P6VU. They are 32-inch displays that offer 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution and 3840 x 2160 4K resolutions, respectively, as reported by Anandtech. Earlier this week, the company announced that the lower-resolution 328P6AU will be hitting stores in January, but only in Europe for now.

The displays tout the ability to display 100 percent of the sRGB color profile, and 99 percent of the Adobe RGB color range, with support for the HDR10 standard for high-dynamic range content, all of which is important for the target audience of professionals in photography, video, and graphic design that need accurate color depictions in their lines of work. That said, the monitors only have a 60Hz refresh rate, so they’re probably not going to replace your gaming monitor anytime soon.

The most useful addition to the new monitors might be the integrated USB-C dock. The two screens have a USB-C port that supports the USB-C PD (Power Delivery) standard, so you can just plug in your laptop and have it chart, output to the display, and connect to the two USB Type A ports and Ethernet jack all with a single cable. It sounds like the perfect implementation of how you’d want a USB-C display to work. (For those on older displays, the monitors also offer a DisplayPort, HDMI, and D-Sub connectors as well.)

As for pricing and a release date, the 328P6AU — also known as the Brilliance 328P6AUBREB — still doesn’t have a firm US release, but it’s expected a little further down the line according to Anandtech. If you really want the best resolution, you’ll probably want to hold out for the 4K-equipped 328P6VU, although it’ll likely to be somewhat pricer and still only has a nebulous Q1 2018 release window.