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Asus ProArt PA32UCG Professional Gaming Monitor Review: Everything AND The Kitchen Sink

Versatility, accuracy and performance

Asus ProArt PA32UCG
Editor's Choice
(Image: © Asus)

There are many different display technologies available that seek to improve the basic elements of image quality. Some widen dynamic range; others extend the color gamut. And video processing advancements have brought us high frame rates, low motion blur and the elimination of frame tearing. And of course, we’ve seen a major advancement in resolution. 1080p was the standard just a few years ago. Now, we have four times that with today’s Ultra HD monitors.

(Image credit: Asus)

Rarely can one find all these things in a single display, but Asus has gone all in with the ProArt PA32UCG. It combines the highest number of dimming zones, 1152, in its full-array Mini-LED backlight. With a quantum dot film, it covers a huge color gamut, almost 78% of Rec.2020. And it is the brightest monitor we’ve ever tested at over 1700 nits peak. To that, it adds precise out-of-box accuracy for every color mode in use today – Rec.709, DCI-P3, Adobe RGB and Rec.2020. Though it includes many calibration options and a bundled colorimeter, it’s ready for work or play with no tweaking necessary.

For well-heeled players or game designers & creators, it brings in the latest gaming monitor tech with FreeSync and G-Sync compatibility along with a 120 Hz refresh rate. If you need 144 Hz, you can do it over DisplayPort in the PA32UCG’s Rendering Mode. And its HDR support is complete as well. Lots of monitors deliver HDR10 but the ProArt is one of a very few to add Dolby Vision though it was a bummer that our early production sample lacked the appropriate firmware to use it.

The PA32UCG’s price tag is extreme but this is an extreme monitor. In professional circles, there are more expensive screens that can’t do as much. What you’re getting here is a versatile display that’s ready to go with no adjustment required. And rugged build quality ensures you’ll be using it for the long haul.

We’ve already been blown away by Asus’ other Mini-LED screens, the ProArt PA32UCX and the ROG Swift PG32UQX. The ProArt PA32UCG combines those two monitors into a technological tour de force. Its price tag is certainly high, but so is its performance. If you need the ultimate computer monitor, we can’t think of one that looks better than this.

Christian Eberle
Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.
  • superop
    This is a terrible gaming monitor are you kidding? 5ms gtg response time? Blur and ghosting galore. I would NEVER game on anything unless it was a 1ms gtg response time. And these speeds have been out forever. Sure the image quality and brightness and resolution are insane. great for working with graphics. but not fast moving movies' images and especially not gaming. Would love to see some HONEST reviews and headlines that are just not meant to sell products.
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  • thepersonwithaface45
    superop said:
    This is a terrible gaming monitor are you kidding? 5ms gtg response time? Blur and ghosting galore. I would NEVER game on anything unless it was a 1ms gtg response time. And these speeds have been out forever. Sure the image quality and brightness and resolution are insane. great for working with graphics. but not fast moving movies' images and especially not gaming. Would love to see some HONEST reviews and headlines that are just not meant to sell products.
    This is for photo and video editing, or ART. ART, it's called the ProART.
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    I see the headline now, yeah they need to take that out
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  • superop
    i agree 100%. but look at the title of the review

    "
    Professional Gaming Monitor Review: Everything AND The Kitchen Sink"

    No. just false.
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  • voyteck
    So you have measured the brightness uniformity but what about color uniformity? I wouldn't care for the first one too much if white was getting blueish or redish tint here and there which seems to be the norm except in some higher NEC and EIZO models.
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  • kristoffe
    a $5000 + tax monitor to color correct the next blockbuster film on... maybe if they took a zero off of the price tag, sure. Also, you can just calm t f down, 5ms isn't that bad.
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  • superop
    You're clearly not a gamer. Try playing any fast action like call of duty on 5ms and it looks terrible. 1ms or .5 fast ips looks amazing . Just pointing out the obviously so some uneducated rich kid doesn't blow his money on this monitor thinking it's good for gaming. It's not by any means
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  • tummybunny
    I'm a gamer and I couldn't care less about response times. Competitive FPS gamers on the other hand are a special breed who seem to live only to complain viciously about every monitor that has ever been released until one is released with 360hz 0.5ms, 1600 nits and RRP under $200.
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  • Kingdom9214
    superop said:
    You're clearly not a gamer. Try playing any fast action like call of duty on 5ms and it looks terrible. 1ms or .5 fast ips looks amazing . Just pointing out the obviously so some uneducated rich kid doesn't blow his money on this monitor thinking it's good for gaming. It's not by any means
    You're being so dramatic, 5ms is perfectly fine for almost anyone unless you happen to be playing at the elite level (top 1-5%) that would be using a TN panel anyway. I'm also willing to bet you've never actually played on a 1ms monitor since you specifically mention IPS. As there are zero IPS panels that can actually hit 1ms. Almost every monitor that says it's 1ms only hits close to that mark on the highest overdrive setting that is unusable for gaming due to the amount of overshoot. So if this monitor is actually hitting true 5ms GTG time it's right up with there with most quality gaming IPS panels that actually fall into the 3-5ms range.
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