Earlier we already saw Asus' 4K PQ321Q monitor, and while it was based on Sharp's IGZO technology, Sharp has now officially introduced its own model.
The Sharp PN-K322B is also based on the IGZO technology, and features a 4K resolution, which amounts to 3840 x 2160 pixels. Just like the Asus unit, the screen has a 32" diagonal. The screen will feature a brightness of 300 cd/m2 and have a static contrast ratio of 800:1.
The most interesting feature about the unit might not even be its 4K resolution, but rather that in addition to this, it has pen support. It can be used as a multi-touch monitor with support for digital drawing, and can use digital pens with tips just 2 mm in width. Beyond this, the screen also has a palm cancellation technology, meaning that if the pen is used, resting your palm on the surface of the screen won't interfere.
Sharp's PN-K322B handles connectivity through two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, and a 3.5 mm audio jack. When using HDMI, the unit will only be able to display a 30 Hz frame rate, though DisplayPort will allow the unit to refresh the image at 60 Hz.
When the stand is taken into account, the unit will weigh a tremendous 16 kg, though without the stand, it'll 'only' weigh 9 kg.
The PN-322B will hit the Japanese market beginning July 30, 2013, and while there is no word on pricing, it's safe to say that the unit will cost around $4,000 USD, if not more.
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I don't need pen support, I need better 60Hz support. you can only use multi-display technology to get to 60Hz over Displayport, which means essentially 2-monitor eye-finity for AMD, and Nvidia doesn't really support 2-monitor extended desktop with Surround...Reply
This is exactly what I need. Sadly it's too expensive :(Reply
I wish it would come with a display port cable. It's so weird, I find it so difficult to find a display port cable anywhere locally...Reply
They do ship those useless VGA cable like crazy.
Everytime, I just send them to the recycling bin
Man, all of my art friends are going to drool all over this and wish they had money.Reply
I'm still waiting for a 40-45" plain 4K monitor that acts as a single display instead of having a split personality. No pens, no touch, just a big simple 4K display
I would pay $900 for that. Looks like I'm not upgrading to 4K anytime soon.Reply
I wonder how this compares to Wacom's Cintiq 24HD touch. 2mm point might not be good enough for photo editing but it does put pressure on Wacom who has had an almost virtual monopoly in the professional digital arts.Reply
Looks nice, although I think it needs to be more simple using 4k resolutions, and I couldn't use anything over 32in for gaming anyway. It would be nice to have a 4k monitor at say 60in that does eyefinity so you don't have the bars and just one long monitor.Reply
Well nice to see how this comtared to Walcom drawing boards... Hopefully it has enough pressure levels or this is guite expensive toy...Reply