ASUS’ ProArt PA32UC is a 4K HDR monitor for creative professionals, and overkill for gamers

ASUS has announced the ProArt PA32UC, a 32-inch 4K professional monitor targeted at photographers and others who require high color accuracy. But hey, there’s no reason you can’t play games or catch your favorite Netflix shows with this solid-looking monitor, even if it’s quite an overkill.

The monitor comes packed with nearly every feature you could want in a display of this caliber, with 95 per cent coverage of the DCI-P3 and 99.5 per cent coverage of the Adobe RGB color spaces.

The IPS panel is capable of a maximum brightness of up to 1,000 nits, so it’s no surprise that the monitor is claiming HDR support with an Ultra HD Premium certification as well. There’s no lackluster edge-lit LED backlighting here either, and the ProArt PA32UC features a full array of 384 lighting zones for improved contrast.

In other words, you can expect better detail retention in the darkest and brightest parts of the image.

ASUS says the monitor also features 14-bit color graphics, which means it can display over 1.07 billion colors. That’s paired with a 14-bit internal lookup table – responsible for a monitor’s ability to display tonal gradations and transitions – thus enabling smoother transitions between different hues and more natural images.

In addition, the ProArt display includes uniformity compensation technology for 95 per cent uniformity in terms of brightness and chroma fluctuations across the display. This is especially important in situations where you’re comparing two different images, as you can’t afford to have the two pictures look different.

To cap things off, ASUS will ship each monitor with a report of calibration levels 63, 127 and 255, so you know what you’re getting right out of the box. The company also says that the monitors are pre-calibrated with a delta E value of below 2, a measure of how much each color deviates from its “perfect” color space value.

There’s the ability to daisy-chain a second monitor as well, thanks to the two Thunderbolt 3 ports (one of which is an input port).

The ProArt PA32UC will launch at the upcoming IT Show at a steep price of S$3,469 (U.P. S$3,749).

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