The ASUS PQ321Q was the first 4K 60 Hz screen that we had experience with back in 2013 but it had a couple of hiccups. First and most importantly, the monitor was an MST display that required a pair of inputs to function at the full 60 Hz refresh rate. It was initially very complicated (though it has been worked out for a while) and required specific drivers and hardware configurations. It was also expensive at the time of launch, hitting as much as $3500 in most regions.
At CES 2015, ASUS has announced the successor to that panel, the PA328Q, a ProArt series display that has better image quality, a better user experience and a much lower starting price.
Available in Q2 for around $1400, the PA328Q is a 32-in 4K 60 Hz monitor that supports full refresh rate in a single stream from either DisplayPort or HDMI 2.0. The true beauty is in the panel itself, using in-plane switching technology for incredible viewing angles and bright, high contrast images. It comes pre-calibrated out of the box:
Designed for photographers, video producers and graphics professionals, PA328Q is factory pre-calibrated to give outstanding industry-leading color accuracy (∆E ≤ 2), with a wide color gamut of 100% sRGB and Rec. 709 color space support — the latter being the standard HDTV format for video production and editing.
PA328Q uses a 12-bit internal lookup table (LUT) and supports gamma values of 2.4, 2.2, and 1.8 to enhance color accuracy, smoother color gradations and a more natural transition between hues. PA328Q has a color uniformity ranging between 91-103%, solving common problems like fluctuations in brightness and chroma on different parts of the screen to give accurate and consistent onscreen colors.
The stand looks great, the bezel around the panel is very thin, it has a reasonable price for a professional quality IPS 60 Hz screen – these are all items that leave us eager for more time with it in an upcoming review.
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Finally! Really excited about
Finally! Really excited about this monitor. Last summer, rumor had it was suppose to come out initially Q4 2014. Then radio silence. So glad to see an official launch date.
Err, wasn’t this already
Err, wasn’t this already announced at Computex 2014? And there’s not really any new information here compared to what they gave us back then. Is it wide gamut? What’s the response time? Is the backlight flicker-free? Is is even a W-LED backlight?
With the dE<2 calibration and 12-bit LUT (and "designed for photographers" thing) I'd assume it offers wide-gamut support with a GB-LED backlight, which would also help explain the price, but it seems odd they wouldn't advertise the AdobeRGB coverage in that case.