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Asus PA328Q ProArt 32-inch UHD Monitor Review

Asus has added a 32-inch Ultra HD display to its ProArt series. The PA328Q sports a super-sharp IPS panel and a precise factory calibration. Today we test it in our labs.

Conclusion

After all the testing is done can we still call the PA328Q a professional-grade monitor? We believe the answer is yes based on its superb accuracy, clear bright picture and flexible calibration system. But for those considering upgrading their graphics workstation to Ultra HD resolution we suggest looking carefully at this monitor’s feature list.

To the positive we have almost perfect color, grayscale and gamma accuracy as certified by Asus and confirmed by our tests. Even without calibration the sRGB and Standard image presets are well under the advertised two Delta E error level. We consider three to be the point where problems become visible. So whether you’re equipped with calibration gear or not, the PA328Q can supply precise accurate color.

Then there’s the extraordinarily clear picture courtesy of a tight gap between the TFT and anti-glare layers. Not only is light rejection handled well, the image just jumps from the screen with nary a speck of grain or softness. At this resolution that’s certainly important and Asus has gone above and beyond the call here. A nice bonus to this are some of the best viewing angles we’ve seen from any LCD display. And build quality is certainly befitting a professional’s tool. The panel is quite solid as is the stand which holds everything in place while still providing a full range of movement.

But there is one important thing missing – an Adobe RGB gamut option. This is something we believe should be on every pro display. Even though it’s principally used in printing and photography there’s another segment that benefits from a larger colorspace – the film industry.

It seems that every new Hollywood blockbuster uses more CGI effects than its predecessors. Check out titles like San Andreas or Rise of the Planet of the Apes if you’re not sure what we mean. These effects are often mastered in extended gamuts like DCI-P3 and even Rec.2020 which is part of the Ultra HD specification.

Going forward, professional monitors need to support larger gamuts. Asus has done this in the past with products like the PA279Q we reviewed two years ago. But in the Ultra HD category it seems that only Dell and NEC have chosen to include Adobe RGB.

So if your color needs don’t go beyond sRGB and Rec.709, the PA328Q is a serious contender. Color accuracy and build quality are first-rate and it comes at a relatively low price. We think it’s worth your consideration.

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Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware, covering Monitors.

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  • JQB45
    To expensive to be interesting.
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  • eklipz330
    To expensive to be interesting.
    THEN. DON'T. READ. IT.

    IT'S. NOT. FOR. YOU.
    Reply
  • picture_perfect
    Oh my. I'd use this one as a nice digital picture frame. Not gaming because 1080p 144hz gets you much less lag, persistence blur and stutter. These resolutions are really too high for decent gaming.
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  • JamesSneed
    This isn't a gaming monitor. It inst very high priced for a professional grade 32 inch monitor with 100% sRGB.
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  • jasonelmore
    i use pro-arts as gaming monitors.. the PA 248Q is what i roll with

    I would have seriously considered this monitor for gaming and creative work, but the lack of adobe RGB on a $1300 monitor kills the deal.
    Reply
  • utroz
    This is a special use monitor for sure.. I bet it would be nice for 4K video playback..
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  • Trusty644
    I think LG31MU is a better fit for the price. 100% sRGB and 99% Abobe RGB
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  • Pibee
    If you're going to review a PA Professional grade monitor whose advertizing and promotional claims touts 100% Adobe RGB I would think you would have underscored the fact that it only achieves sRGB as a major issue. Instead you've glossed over it and reviewed the monitor as though such claims were never made and or never existed. Doesn't it say on the box 100% Adobe RGB? And yet nothing about it is mentioned. Not much of a review then is it.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/asus-proart-pa329q-uhd-display,29225.html

    http://pcdiy.asus.com/2015/06/asus-pa329q-new-professional-4k-monitor-for-image-enthusiasts-editors/
    https://www.asus.com/ca-en/Monitors/PA329Q/
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  • mosc
    What's all the fuss about 100% coverage of adobe RGB?

    "If you need a 32-inch UHD monitor with a wide gamut only the NEC PA322UHD and the Dell UP3214Q have it."... and they cost twice as much.

    Can you find a 32" 4K monitor for less money that covers more? No. OK then what's your criticism?
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