News piece updated 12/2/21, originally published 4 September 2019
At IFA in Berlin all the way back in September 2019 Asus have showcased their new ProArt PA32UCG display, a screen which has an incredibly impressive spec, but will no doubt carry a hefty price tag. It’s aimed at professional users as part of their ProArt lineup, but despite that there is an interesting spec from a gaming point of view as well. The screen is 32″ in size and features a 4K 3840 x 2160 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 1152 zone Mini LED backlight and the new VESA DisplayHDR 1400 certification.
HDR is obviously a key focus of this display, being the first in the market to carry the newly announced VESA DisplayHDR 1400 certification level. It allows for a peak brightness of 1600 /cdm2 as well as a 1000 cd/m2 full screen sustained brightness. Asus talk about a 1 million:1 contrast ratio capability thanks to the 1152 zone Mini-LED backlight for detailed local dimming support
It can support all three major HDR standards (HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision). There is true 10-bit colour depth support and a DCI-P3 gamut which must be at least 95% under the new HDR 1400 scheme. In fact the spec offers 97% DCI-P3, 100% sRGB, 99.5% Adobe RGB and even 89% Rec.2020 which is a very wide gamut, made possible by the use of Quantum Dot coating.
The screen is based on a 32″ IPS technology panel with 3840 x 2160 resolution and 120Hz rate capability. This will therefore be one of the first screens released in this size with 4K @ 120Hz, and bound to be of interest to gamers. It supports adaptive-sync for variable refresh rates between 48 – 120Hz. It has also been certified to the AMD FreeSync Premium Pro level, but can also support NVIDIA G-sync from compatible systems. Despite being part of their professional ProArt range, Asus are not shy about promoting it’s gaming capabilities on their website:
In other specs there is a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178/178 viewing angles. 2x 3W speakers are also built in to the screen and there is a headphone jack provided.
Asus says it puts each monitor through a three-level factory pre-calibration process, so the monitor’s colors should be as accurate as possible when they reach you with a dE of <1 advertised. Hardware calibration of the monitors internal LUT is also supported as with other ProArt professional displays. Hardware calibration can be achieved via Asus’ ProArt Calibration 2.0 software, Calman and Light Illusion ColourSpace CMS hardware calibration software
For connections there are 2x Thunderbolt 3, 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.1 (added to the spec in Feb 2021) and 2x HDMI 2.0 ports provided as well as a built-in 3x USB 3.0 port hub. A full range of tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustments are offered from the stand.
It was originally expected to be released in Q1 2020 but this was obviously missed. Asus have it listed as “coming soon” on their website but we are not sure when that will be, and no confirmation of pricing yet either. Although expect this to be very expensive.