Original news piece from January 2020, now updated October 2020
Asus have already previously announced back in September 2019 their ProArt PA32UCG display which although aimed at professional users and colour critical work (as with the rest of their ProArt range), featured an impressive spec that was bound to also interest gamers. That model had a 32″ IPS panel with 4K resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, adaptive-sync, a 1,152 zone Mini LED backlight and VESA DisplayHDR 1400 certification.
Asus announced in Jan 2020 at the CES event a specific gaming equivalent in their popular ROG Swift series – the ROG Swift PG32UQX. This offers the same 32″ IPS panel with 4K 3840 x 2160 resolution, and a slightly boosted refresh rate of 144Hz. It also features a Native G-sync hardware module with G-sync Ultimate certification.
This will be Asus’ first gaming monitor to feature VESA DisplayHDR 1400 certification, with the 1,152 zone Mini LED backlight helping to offer high end local dimming support beyond previous FALD backlight options with more zones. There is also a wide colour gamut with >90% DCI-P3 coverage offered, along with a 10-bit colour depth to support HDR content.
The PG32UQX is designed to be a productive companion outside of games, too. Making full use of the desktop real estate offered by a 4K resolution isn’t always practical on a 27” monitor, simply because not all of us have eagle eyes. Many users take advantage of 4K displays’ high pixel density by scaling up the Windows desktop for smoother text rendering, but for those who want to use all of the real estate available from a 4K resolution, the 32” diagonal expanse of the PG32UQX offers a pixel density which may be better suited to running the Windows desktop without scaling., or if not, at least at a lower scaling level to give you a bit of a boost in desktop real-estate.
We have more specs for the screen now from taobao although subject to final confirmation and specs from Asus. According to their listing the screen should offer a 3840 x 2160 resolution, 4ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 1400 cd/m2 peak brightness (HDR), 178/178 viewing angles, 10-bit colour depth and >95% DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage. Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) is also mentioned in the features on taobao.com too although not yet confirmed by Asus specs.
Multiple textures on the back of the display, separated by a subtle diagonal chrome strip, signal that this monitor isn’t your average screen. An Aura Sync-enabled RGB LED ROG logo lets you coordinate the PG32UQX with your other Aura-enabled components for a fully synchronized battle station. And an ROG logo projector in the base of our trademark twisted stand lets you show off your allegiance to the Republic of Gamers or display your own logo using the included blank discs.
Interestingly the product page on taobao.com lists the screen as having a DisplayPort 1.4 connection AND an HDMI 2.1! We initially took this on face value but later had an update direct from Asus confirming that this is NOT included on this screen. We are not sure where this error came from at taobao, but that’s what we were told by Asus as a correction to this news piece.
Acer announced their equivalent Predator X32 at CES as well, so expect the ROG Swift PG32UQX to be released at a similar time. The Acer model was originally listed for Q2 release at a price of $3,599 although it is still nowhere to be seen, impacted by COVID and delays no doubt. Likewise with this Asus model.
The latest AU Optronics panel information we had recently in Oct 2020 suggested that the 32″ IPS-type panel being used for this screen was due to go in to mass production in October, and so with a bit of luck we should see this screen available a few months from then, probably around early Q1. Taobao have it listed as starting shipment on 8th January 2021.
Taobao have it listed at ¥42999.00 on their site which is a whopping $6400 USD approximately! That surely can’t be right. Asus have confirmed to us that the pricing is definitely incorrect too. We don’t have official pricing yet but it’s not going to be as crazy as $6400!
More information when we have official details from Asus, including regional pricing and availability.