A Look at Asus ProArt 4K Monitors at NAB 2019

NAB is over but we still have a few interesting products demonstrated at the show to share with you. This time around we have a few new professional displays from ASUS.

During NAB this year ASUS showcased a number of professional 10bit monitors designed for color critical work that are going to be available around the spring of 2019 (worth mentioning that ASUS has already showcased them in CES but NAB is possibly a more relevant expo given the target audience for these monitors).

Let’s start with the ASUS ProArt PA32UCX 4K. This 32″ display has an IPS panel with  3840×2160 resolution up to 60 Hz and over 1000 zones of local dimming with true 10 bit color (and HDR-10, HLG, Dolby Vision). It covers 97% of the DCI-P3 and 89% of the Rec. 2020.

For hardware calibration, it has ASUS ProArt calibration technology featuring a 14-bit look-up table (LUT), uniformity compensation plus the ability to save color profiles on the monitor.

The ASUS ProArt PA32UCX 4K also includes two TB3 one of which with power delivery (up to 60W), DisplayPort capable of DCI-4K with 4:4:4 chroma subsampling at 50/60 Hz and HDMI 2.0 input capable of DCI-4K with 4:2:2 at 50/60 Hz.

As for pricing, no exact number was specified but estimates are talking about approximately $3000.

The second monitor is the smaller brother to the PA32UCX called the ASUS ProArt PA27UCX 4K and is as you might expect a 27″ version of the larger model with less local dimming zones (576 zones dynamic dimming backlight control). Other than the size and number of dimming zones most of the specs look pretty similar to the 32″ version.

Pricing was not disclosed for the ASUS ProArt PA27UCX 4K.

The third monitor is the ProArt PQ22UC 4K HDR OLED professional portable monitor. This unique monitor is a mid-size (21.6″) portable monitor (with a tablet like foldable case) which is based upon an RGB Stripe OLED panel with an outstanding 99% DCI-P3 color gamut.

The ProArt PQ22UC 4K has 10-bit color depth with ultra high 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio (thanks to the OLED technology) it also supports HDR-10, HLG, Dolby Vision and has super fast 0.1ms response time (so, in theory, you can also use it for gaming although this is definitely not what it is designed for).

It also includes support for the ASUS ProArt Calibration Technology. With the special case, this monitor will only weigh about 1kg or so – making it fantastically portable as an on-location super accurate monitor for productions. It has two USB Type-C and micro-HDMI inputs so it might be possible to connect it to cameras or production monitors as well as computers on a set.

As you might expect pricing for this innovative OLED display is going to be high – around $5000 according to reports (non-official ones).

This is part of our extensive NAB 2019 coverage which you can find here.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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