NEC PA322UHD-2 blends a 4K IGZO panel with pro features

NEC has released its PA322UHD-BK-2, a 31.5" 4K monitor with features targeting the graphics or video professional. The monitor uses an IGZO panel that delivers 99.2% of the Adobe RGB color space, 10-bit color support, maximum brightness of 350cd/m2 and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. Those professional chops are backed up by support for Open Pluggable Specification expansion cards, which can be used to add broadcast-oriented inputs like HD-SDI.

The PA322UHD-2 is loaded with input options, including two DisplayPort 1.2 ports, one HDMI 2.0 input, and up to four HDMI 1.4 or two DVI-D inputs. It also features a built-in KVM switch that NEC calls "DisplaySync Pro," which allows users to connect two PCs to the display and control them using one keyboard and mouse. While this display does support multiple refresh rates from 24Hz all the way up to 120Hz, those looking to game during off-hours will not find support for variable-refresh-rate technology.

There is a price to be paid for these advanced features: the PA322UHD-2 will carry a suggested price of $2,999.  NEC expects the monitor to be available this month.

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    • brucethemoose
    • 7 years ago

    What’s the TR downvote record anyway? -71 is as low as I’ve seen.

    • torquer
    • 7 years ago

    The Internet: Enabling Dickheadedness on a Massive Scale.

    • WhatMeWorry
    • 7 years ago

    So much ego crammed into a tiny mind.

    • Redocbew
    • 7 years ago

    I have an HPC oriented 8k cabbage that’s Rec.2020 capable using Quantum Dots, and supporting a bunch of three letter acronyms.

    Yes, that’s right. A cabbage. With buzzwords. Want to buy it?

    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    I will be waiting for you to trip up. Someday. Somehow.

    • GrimDanfango
    • 7 years ago

    You might have inspired a little less ire if you’d decided to arbitrarily s**t on someone who didn’t have an entirely reasonable and valid point.

    • qasdfdsaq
    • 7 years ago

    Dell announced one at the beginning of January.

    • qasdfdsaq
    • 7 years ago

    Yes. 120Hz 4K monitors have already been announced and are due to go on sale next month.

    • BlackDove
    • 7 years ago

    Ok since there are so many downvotes, perhaps the people downvoting can explain the usefulness of an Adobe RGB monitor with SDI inputs to everyone?

    Its absolutely useless for digital cinema work, since that uses DCI-P3 and is moving to Rec.2020 currently for 4K, with movies already being made and shown in theatres in Rec.2020. This monitor supports neither gamut that a professional would need.

    As far as broadcast work goes, Rec.2020 is the only ITU standard for UHDTV(4K or 8K), so its useless once again.

    So if it cant do anything useful for cinema or broadcast, and it supports a niche STILL PHOTOGRAPHY color gamut, whats the real point of the SDI inputs or even of making a 4K “broadcast” focused monitor that doesnt support the only 4K broadcast standard?

    • juzz86
    • 7 years ago

    Spot on. IGZO is a backplane for the LCD crystals. It allows the electrons to move quicker, and is thus thought to provide better pixel response than aSi 🙂

    • Laykun
    • 7 years ago

    “That was up to his daddy and he failed to wear protection”

    Oh sweet irony.

    • BlackDove
    • 7 years ago

    With all the quantum dot and OLED stuff coming that will do Rec.2020, and 99% Aodbe RGB being irrelevant to broadcast, this seems like a lot of the other really expensive recent monitors. Pretty pointless and not worth the money.

    Rec.2020 is the next broadcast and digital cinema standard and the current digital cinema standard is DCI-P3, so a monitor like this having SDI is confusing.

    • ozzuneoj
    • 7 years ago

    There are OLED IGZO screens though. That’s what makes it important to mention what kind of panel technology is being implemented, beyond the type of material used in its construction.

    • TopHatKiller
    • 7 years ago

    bloomin’ ‘ell. are you trying to pee people off even more then me?
    If so, this is a great start.

    • faramir
    • 7 years ago

    I cannot fix stupid. That was up to his daddy and he failed to wear protection.

    • iBend
    • 7 years ago

    yeah right, by that logic Cortex A52, A57, and A72 is just improvement of the old A7, A9, and so on -_-
    even if its slightly different, its still different.. just like superAMOLED and P-OLED is just LED screen, but its been improved alot compared to the old LED screen..

    its not just a buzz words like retina screen, retinaHD, and stuff

    • blastdoor
    • 7 years ago

    wow, you’re a real jerk. I’m going to quote it below, in case you decide to edit your post later:

    [quote<] Wow, so much ignorance crammed into a single post. [/quote<]

    • EndlessWaves
    • 7 years ago

    It’s a material choice. IZGO (something zinc gallium oxide) replaces the usual a-Si (amorphous silicon). I’m not entirely sure which bit of the transistor/electrode/whatever it’s used for but I believe it’s still the same LCD design. This one has been produced with an IPS pixel structure but I guess they can be produced using other pixel structures too.

    In short, it’s a slightly better/different way to control the liquid crystals and like most other buzzwords is at least as much about the individual implementation as the technology itself.

    OLED is a completely different technology that does away with the liquid crystal matrix entirely.

    • I.S.T.
    • 7 years ago

    You could correct him instead of being a jerk, you know.

    • faramir
    • 7 years ago

    Wow, so much ignorance crammed into a single post.

    I’m going to quote it below for others to see just in case you decide to edit it some more:

    “Okay, so as I understand it, IGZO is simply an improvement of existing LCD display technology and is not a new alternative to it.

    Is this monitor OLED, IPS LCD, IGZO LCD or something else entirely? It bugs me that IGZO is plastered onto product advertising as if it is all that matters about the panel. Is it possible to have an IGZO TN panel?

    Less buzz words, more information. Please. 🙂

    (this is rhetorical, the link says it is IPS, but that seems like something worth mentioning in news articles about a product)”

    • EzioAs
    • 7 years ago

    Ahh, too bad. I thought you could also get 2560×1600 or 2560×1440 at 120Hz as well on this monitor.

    • mczak
    • 7 years ago

    Yes, and the next wave of graphic chips arriving in a couple of months will support it (at least AMD even officially said so) so from that side it should be possible soon. However, traditionally monitor manufacturers were much slower to adopt such new standards (or rather, the makers of the scaler chips), so it might take a while…

    • ozzuneoj
    • 7 years ago

    Okay, so as I understand it, IGZO is simply an improvement of existing LCD display technology and is not a new alternative to it.

    Is this monitor OLED, IPS LCD, IGZO LCD or something else entirely? It bugs me that IGZO is plastered onto product advertising as if it is all that matters about the panel. Is it possible to have an IGZO TN panel?

    Less buzz words, more information. Please. 🙂

    (this is rhetorical, the link says it is IPS, but that seems like something worth mentioning in news articles about a product)

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    Displayport 1.3 at least has the theoretical capability.
    [url<]https://techreport.com/news/27054/displayport-1-3-supports-5k-displays-4k-at-120hz[/url<]

    • Krogoth
    • 7 years ago

    Not going to happen. DP 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 do not have the bandwidth to drive 4K at 120Hz and beyond.

    • chuckula
    • 7 years ago

    Lame, but not unexpected.

    Will we see a 120Hz 4K monitor this year….?

    • Jeff Kampman
    • 7 years ago

    1080p, 1080i, 720p, 1024×768, 1280×1024, 1400×1050, and 1440×900, according to the manual. 3840×2160 is limited to 60Hz.

    • EzioAs
    • 7 years ago

    120Hz is only for resolutions below 3840×2160, right?

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