ASUS ProArt PA32U Review: 4K HDR Professional Monitor

ASUS ProArt PA32U

Introduction

ASUS has announced one of the first 4K HDR monitors at the CES this year. Along with the quantum-dot technology and 384-zone backlighting, the ASUS ProArt PA32U will meet the requirements of a wide range of professional designers and video editors. The expected release date of this professional monitor is sometime in the second half of the year, however, we’ll share with you the information we have so far.

Specifications

  • 32 Inches Screen
  • 3840×2160 Resolution
  • 60Hz
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • Ports: 2x USB Type C, DisplayPort, HDMI
  • HDR10
  • Quantum-Dot Technology
  • Brightness: 1000cd/m2 Peak
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.185mm

Features

As one of the first 4K HDR monitors, the ASUS ProArt PA32U will not only captivate its viewers with a stunning image quality and resolution but give the high-end professionals the adequate tools needed for the creation of top-tier content. The HDR (High Dynamic Range) will along the quantum-dot technology significantly enhance the color palette and cover 100% of the sRGB, 99.5 of the Adobe RGB, 95% of the DCI-P3, and lastly, up to 85% of the Rec2020 color spaces. These color spaces will meet the demands of professionals ranging from the photographers to the digital cinema and TV video editors.

The panel type hasn’t been officially stated but we presume it will mostly like feature an IPS panel. The quantum-dot panel that’s controlled across 384 LED zones will be able to deliver brightness level up to 1000cd/m2. In combination with the HDR superior colors and contrast, the image quality will overflow with rich details and vibrant colors. The only weakness of the monitor could be the low pixel density, as the 4K resolution on a 32-inch screen amounts to a rather low 138 pixel per inch. However, until we see how the ASUS ProArt PA32U performs in action, we won’t hold that against it.

The ASUS ProArt PA32U will also feature the ASUS ProArt Calibration Technology which will allow for all the fine-tuned colors, correlations and other calibrations to be saved on an internal IC chip of the monitor rather than on the PC. Therefore, you will not need to re-calibrate the monitor every time you connect a different device. This calibration tool will also be present in the 27-inch version of this monitor without the HDR, the ASUS ProArt PA27AQ.

As far as gaming is concerned the ASUS ProArt PA32U, while obviously not a gaming monitor, would give an amazing picture quality in video games. Although we still don’t have the information regarding the response time and input lag, the 60Hz for this price tag will certainly disinterest most of the gamers. However, the professional designers and alike will sure have a great time during their breaks as they could blast off a demanding HDR game and enjoy the amazing quality with a bit turbulent gameplay performance though, but still an awesome experience nonetheless.

Design

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The design of the ASUS ProArt PA32U will feature a dense base which will take up a lot of desk space but provide a lot of stability. The overall appearance of the monitors gives a modern and metallic vibe with thin bezels ideal for the multi-display, a rather pricey multi-display, that is. Information regarding the ergonomics of the monitor and whether it will be VESA mount compatible is unknown at the moment.

Connectivity

Connectivity is yet another are where the ASUS ProArt PA32U shines. Besides the DisplayPort and HDMI ports, it will feature the Thuderbolt 3 USB-C port. The future-proof USB type C port allows you to charge a laptop, transfer files up to 40Gbps speed, and stream 4K content at the same time, with just one cable! The monitor will also feature a USB 3.1 Gen 2 hub which boasts up to 10Gbps speed. The USB type C port is being implemented in more and more monitors as of late. Hopefully, it will soon become the new standard and alleviate us from the often fumbling with cables. The ASUS PA27AQ will feature the USB-C ports as well.

Price

The official price of the ASUS ProArt PA32U is unknown at the moment. However, there are estimations and reports of the price ranging from $1800 to $2000. Considering the state-of-the-art technology that it offers including the quantum-dot panel with HDR and 4K resolution, the price is no surprise. Still, we can hope for a lower price once it’s released sometime in the second half of 2017.

Conclusion

The ASUS ProArt PA32U takes photo and video editing to the next level. The 384-zone quantum-dot panel with the HDR will allow the high-end photographers and digital cinema video editors and animators to create the top-tier content. Thanks to the wide range of different color spaces covered, including the previously unsupported color space by monitors, the Rec2020, the ASUS ProArt PA32U will easily become well-known to all.

Obviously, this monitor won’t be a smart choice for gaming due to, among other things, the low Hz rate. Most of those who are anticipating this monitor are worried about the pixel density which amounts to 138 pixels per inch though we think that won’t be an issue; either way, we’ll have to wait and see for ourselves. Ultimately, there’s no doubt that this monitor will easily impress both professionals and the regular users who take a glance at this beauty.

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