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Asus ProArt PA329Q 32-inch UHD Pro Monitor Review

If you’re in the market for a premium professional wide-gamut monitor, it makes sense to add high pixel density to your list of criteria. To that end, we’re looking at Asus’ PA329Q today. It’s a 32-inch IPS panel with Ultra HD resolution.

Conclusion

After reviewing many professional displays here at Tom’s Hardware, we have yet to find a product that doesn’t perform well. The differences between these screens is extremely small and buyers are likely to be satisfied with any one of the dozens of choices in today’s market.

But our job is to nit-pick every possible aspect of color, grayscale and gamma accuracy and even though the PA329Q easily qualifies as a professional tool, there are a few things that we think could be improved.

The fixed Adobe RGB and sRGB modes measure right on target in the gamut and gamma tests; those results are pretty much without fault. But our grayscale tracking charts show a little warmth that shouldn’t be there. It’s minor, but since other monitors come closer to perfection, it’s at least worth pointing out.

Our main beef however is with the PA329Q’s OSD. The marketing touts standard professional features like 6-axis color control and uniformity compensation. But those options aren’t available in all the picture modes. It seems only the Darkroom preset allows a full calibration and there you’ll have to contend with an over-saturated red primary. We don’t mind locked-out adjustments in the factory-calibrated modes but access to the Brightness control would be nice. 170cd/m2 is a good output level in most cases but a monitor in this category should be a little easier to personalize.

We applaud Asus’ inclusion of a calibration application but it is a bit limited in that it only supports i1DisplayPro and Spyder5 meters. It should at least add compatibility for the i1Pro spectrophotometer if users are to realize this monitor’s full potential. And that app is the only way to create DCI-P3 and Rec.2020 color gamuts.

On the positive side, the PA329Q represents a good value as it undercuts the prices of several other 32-inch Ultra HD screens. And it is still in a small minority of panels at that resolution that include a wide-gamut option. We’re also glad to see Asus has bestowed excellent build quality and slick styling here.

As we said at the beginning, it’s nearly impossible to find a bad product in the professional category. Once you enter the realm of factory-certified calibration, you can be assured that a monitor will deliver solid accuracy and the PA329Q certainly qualifies. For those seeking a professional-grade tool, Asus has come through once again.


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  • azbill12
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  • IQ11110002
    Now release a ROG Swift version 32inch 4k 120hz IPS G Sync.
    And make the LED ring and LED ROG logo RGB so people can match the rest of their system!
    Their concept 27 inch 4k is too small(I own the 28inch Samsung UD590) and the ideal 40 inch is too big for most desk pc's, 32 is the sweet spot in my opinion and I would buy it.
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  • KenZen2B
    I could not find any mention of HDR for this product or did you forget to include that information ?

    For any future reviews for UHD monitors, please include information on HDR, WCG, and if the DP can be upgraded to 1.3.

    Thanks for the info.
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  • nikoli707
    18507723 said:
    I could not find any mention of HDR for this product or did you forget to include that information ?

    For any future reviews for UHD monitors, please include information on HDR, WCG, and if the DP can be upgraded to 1.3.

    Thanks for the info.

    clearly says rec2020 which is the standard hdr will get up to in the future.
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  • bit_user
    18507891 said:
    18507723 said:
    I could not find any mention of HDR for this product or did you forget to include that information ?

    For any future reviews for UHD monitors, please include information on HDR, WCG, and if the DP can be upgraded to 1.3.
    clearly says rec2020 which is the standard hdr will get up to in the future.
    I haven't read the actual text of ITU-T Rec BT.2020, but I believe the HDR formats are optional. Is that not so?

    Personally, I don't even care about HDR, in a non-OLED display. The mere fact that you get 10-bit and an expanded color gamut is enough, for a display like this.
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  • ngaio
    Did Asus send a hand-picked monitor for review? Or did Tom's purchase it retail? The uniformity results are very competitive indeed! My expectation with a mid-range 4K panel in 2016 is that panel uniformity will be uneven, given the reports of folks who have purchased this model from Asus and comparable other brands.
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  • Light Illusion
    Without the ability to user true 3D LUT calibration such 'professional' displays really are not professional.

    Not being able to control gamut is the issue - for true volumetric colour accuracy you need 3D LUT based calibration.

    As for UHD, that is really just resolution.
    WCG is the colour gamut (Rec2020 for example)
    And HDR is high dynamic range (high peak white values).

    However, the UHDTV Alliance is attempting to link all three, via its 'Ultra HD Premium' specification.

    (There is info on UHDTV, some of the issues, etc, as well as more about 3D LUT calibration here - please note this is our commercial website, but we have a lot of information there that is available for all to review: http://www.lightillusion.com/uhdtv.html)
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  • TeamColeINC
    What do I have to do for them to make 40" models? I know there are the Korean 40" UHD monitors, but they all have issues and about a 25% chance of getting a lemon....
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  • ZippyPeanut
    A PROFESSIONAL monitor with a 16:9 aspect ratio?! This disqualifies it from consideration even if it were a third of its current price. 16:9 kills it as a professional monitor.
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  • Ben Archer
    The Color Gamut And Luminance charts are nearly unreadable due to size and JPEG compression artifacts. The carousel is really unkind to these charts.
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