In the quest for more realistic images, display technology has been forced to adapt to viewers’ desire for greater contrast, more vibrant color and higher resolution. The UHD standard brings four times the pixel count of FHD, plus HDR and a wider color gamut. Prices for such display are high but falling; however, it’s the premium reference monitors that still pave the way for better picture quality. The Asus ProArt PA32UCX advances the state of the art.
There is nothing else that packs such an impressive list of technical achievements. Its mini-LED backlight with 1,152 dimming zones is a first, and for now, an exclusive. LCD panels have inherently low contrast when compared to OLED, but full-array backlighting makes them capable of much greater dynamic range. Our HDR contrast result of over 500,000:1 is a record that’ll likely stand for quite a while. Add to that its immense native color gamut that comes closer to Rec.2020 than any other PC monitor we’re aware of, and you’re looking at unrivaled image quality. That’s what reference screens are all about.
As a professional display, it’s much more expensive than consumer ones. We enjoyed using it for workday tasks and as a movie machine, but it’s likely to find its place in post-production studios, where it’ll be used to create the next generation of UHD / HDR content. And game designers will certainly appreciate its FreeSync and (unofficial) G-Sync compatibility.
The final element prosumers require is accuracy and adjustability; the PA32UCX has both. With factory color modes that have no visible errors and a comprehensive set of OSD controls, you can ensure perfect color and luminance for any task. Not only are there presets for every color gamut in use today, there are modes for HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision, each with additional luminance curve options. Nothing has been left out; the PA32UCX is a complete package.
If you need a reference display that supports every color standard up to Rec.2020 and every HDR format, the Asus ProArt PA32UCX is unmatched.
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