Asus unveils a trio of ProArt, Designo, and ROG Swift displays


— 5:16 PM on January 4, 2017

Folks with a penchant for the highest-quality pixels will want to have a peek at the new monitors Asus is showing off. Comprising one monitor from the ProArt series, one from the Designo Curve series, and a new flagship for the ROG Swift family, these three monitors look to offer a feast for your eyes, if not for your bank account.

Asus' ProArt series is aimed at graphics and video professionals. To that end, ProArt monitors focus on rich, accurate colors and high resolutions. The new PA32U is a 32" 3840x2160 display with a full-array LED backlight. Asus says the monitor uses 384 LED zones and quantum dots to achieve an extremely wide color gamut that can reproduce 99.5% of the Adobe RGB colorspace, 95% of the DCI-P3 colorspace, and 85% of Rec.2020. 

That kind of color performance qualifies this monitor better than most for the coveted "HDR" buzzword. The stated 1,000 cd/m² maximum brightness likely implies a pretty solid contrast ratio, too, although Asus doesn't share that specification. The PA32U takes a Thunderbolt 3 connection and supports display daisy-chaining, allowing users to connect up to two more 4K displays from one port. We don't have pictures of this monitor, but PC Perspective took a good look at it at CES.

Like during last year's CES, Asus is also introducing a new Designo Curve monitor. The new model is called the Designo Curve MX38VQ, and it's a 21:9 ultra-wide monitor with a 37.5" diagonal and 3840x1600 native resolution. The monitor's IPS panel has a relatively gentle 2300R curvature. Asus doesn't say much else about this display, but notes that it includes a Qi wireless charger in its stand.


Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ. Source: Videocardz.com

Finally, we have the new ROG Swift PG27UQ. The information about this display actually comes from a leaked press release obtained by Videocardz, so take it with a pinch of salt. According to the release, this 27" G-Sync IPS monitor is the world's first monitor to pair the 3840x2160 screen resolution with a 144 Hz refresh rate. That in and of itself would be pretty excellent, but Asus took things a step further and used the same backlight on this monitor as on the ProArt PA32U.

That means this display has a 1,000 cd/m² maximum brightness and ought to be capable of displaying a wide color gamut, at least for a gaming monitor. The info on hand doesn't contain specifics display's coverage of popular color spaces, but instead says it "supports" DCI-P3. The leak also talks about the monitor's support for something called Nvidia G-Sync HDR, which would mark the first time we've heard of such a thing. Assuming the info checks out, it sounds like that could be a green-team competitor for the recently-announced FreeSync 2. The PG27UQ will take DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 connections.

Like we said at the beginning, these monitors won't come cheap. Asus says the ProArt PA32U will be available in the third quarter of this year for $1,799 to $1,999, possibly indicating that the pricing isn't finalized. The Designo Curve MX38VQ will be available around the same time for $1,099. There's no specific info about pricing or availability for the ROG Swift PG27UQ, but given its spec sheet, we'd expect it to sell for a pretty penny indeed.

 
   
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