ASUS PA32U Monitor from CES 2017 Symbolizes the Near Future of 4K PC Display

by on January 6, 2017

Stephan Jukic – January 6, 2017

Consumer 4K monitors have really taken some major leaps forward since their first introduction some three years ago and the development of premium specs in some models is almost at the level of what we’ve seen with newer 4K TVs.

Very few monitors symbolize this better than the new ASUS PS32U that was very recently revealed at CES 2017. Now here is a piece of prosumer PC display technology that just about anyone can fall in love with thanks to its listing of absolutely fantastic cutting-edge display and connectivity specs.

First there’s the obvious. The new PS32U sports a 4K ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and comes with all the display calibration trimmings you’d expect of a pro 4K monitor with professional video and graphic editing firmly in mind. However, moving beyond these things, the PS32U also comes equipped with some truly new (to PC monitors) features that include full HDR10 standards support, stunning levels of brightness that surpass a majority of even HDR 4K TVs and a tremendous wide color gamut that’s as good as anything you’ll see in any of the 4K HDR televisions of 2015 and 2016.

The PS32U comes with a brightness capacity that can hit as high as a stunning 1000 nits (cd/m2) and this alone makes it sharply stand out from a vast majority of rival monitors, which for the most part struggle to even hit 500 nits let alone Ultra HD Premium brightness levels for 4K HDR TVs. In addition to this, there is the tremendously broad color space coverage of the PA32U. This includes 99.5% Adobe RGB color rendering, 95% DCI-P3 color space coverage for wide color gamut and even 85% Rec.2020 color gamut fulfillment. These sorts of specs make this monitor exceptionally appealing to visual artists and they furthermore make it one seriously precise piece of hardware for things like HDR video editing from movies and recordings captured with the latest HDR cameras.

ASUS PA32U Monitor from CES 2017 Symbolizes the Near Future of 4K PC display

Then there is the quantum dot technology that the ASUS PA32U also comes with. This is what’s partially responsible for this 4K monitors HDR10 levels of color gamut coverage. This thin film of quantum dot nanoparticles will be applied across the monitor’s display surface and it responds to the backlights hitting the screen by polarizing into certain bright primary colors. The same technology will be available in Samsung’s upcoming 4K HDR monitors that are set to go on sale as well in 2017.

Additionally, the ASUS PA32U comes with another premium technology that very few current UHD monitors can lay claim to. This is its full-array LED backlight panel with a whopping 384 local dimming zones. Even many premium 4K HDR TVs with full-array LED backlighting don’t offer anywhere near 384 LED backlight local dimming zones and this display manages to do so over the relatively tiny space of a 32 inch screen.

ASUS is calibrating the PS32U right at the factory for professional color settings right out of the box. However, users can further fine tune these calibration settings with the right equipment for measurement. The monitor also happens to store its color parameters locally inside the device itself, allowing users to switch PCs without having to recalibrate all over again.

It’s also worth mentioning that this monitor comes with DisplayPort 1.2, USBC-C and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

ASUS will be releasing their new ProArt UP32U monitor as of the third quarter of 2017 for an expected price tag of $1,899 or so.

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