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We tend to cover a lot of the gaming monitor market here at TFTCentral, and that’s always an exciting and interesting range of screens to test and review. A lot of our audience are interested in this space too. Not everyone is looking for a high refresh display though, and not everyone wants all the modern gaming aesthetics, RGB lighting, blur reduction backlights, VRR support and the likes. There are those who might need a monitor for their work and for professional use, whether that’s colour critical work, photography, content creation or colour grading. There’s a few popular ranges of monitors available in this professional space, and one manufacturer who is investing a lot in this market is Asus. Their ‘ProArt’ range of professional displays has been around for many years, but there has been a decent selection of new models announced and released recently, along with new and exciting technologies in this space.
Asus asked us to talk about their ProArt range and provide a run-down of their current, recently released and forthcoming ProArt range. We felt this would be a useful guide to anyone considering a new monitor for professional use, or for anyone just interested in the latest displays and technologies that have a different focus to your typical gaming screens. We will provide an overview of some of the new models and talk about the key features, benefits and markets for each.
Here’s a quick overview of the models discussed and compared in this article, plenty more information below in the relevant sections:
|PA32DC OLED monitor|
31.5″ 4K with an OLED panel. Aimed at content creators and on-set and post-production workflows. OLED panel benefits with excellent contrast, true blacks, near-instant response times and per pixel dimming. This screen has a normal RGB subpixel layout unlike many other OLED options, along with convenient usability and manoeuvrability features. These include a built-in colorimeter for hardware calibration, carry handle and two stand options.
[Available from Amazon]
|PA32UCG Mini LED monitor|
32″ 4K with an IPS panel and 1,152 zone Mini LED backlight. Aimed at game developers, cinematographers and colourists, this screen also offers a high 120Hz refresh rate and VRR support. It has has HDR 1400 certification along with a 1600 nits peak brightness, HDMI 2.1 and the usual range of ProArt colour modes, wide gamut and hardware calibration.
[Available from Amazon]
|PA348CGV Ultrawide monitor|
34″ ultrawide with a flat format and 3440 x 1440 resolution IPS panel. Ideal for increasing productivity and multi-tasking, it is aimed at content creators, photography and design primarily. It also has a 120Hz refresh rate and VRR which makes it suitable for game creators or just general play alongside work. It has a wide colour gamut and factory calibration and is “Calman Verified” but lacks hardware calibration support on this model. It’s HDR capabilities are also limited compared with the OLED and Mini LED options here. USB type-C and two provided stand options make this versatile.
[Available from Amazon]
|PA148CTV Portable monitor|
A small 14″ sized portable monitor with a touch screen. It is designed for content creators including photographers, video editors and graphic designers who might need to move the screen around. It’s small, light, has an integrated metal adjustable kickstand and fits easily in a backpack to move around. Standard gamut only and without hardware calibration, it still features accurate factory calibration which is Calman Verified, and offers intuitive Dial controls and touch screen interaction.
[Available from Amazon]
|PA279CV 4K monitor|
27″ IPS monitor with 4K resolution and a standard colour gamut. Aimed at creative professionals working with SDR and sRGB content with Calman Verified factory calibration featured. Convivence features including USB type-C, PiP and PbP and a fully adjustable stand are provided.
[Available from Amazon]
|PA278CV 1440p monitor|
27″ IPS monitor with a 1440p resolution and standard colour gamut. Basically a lower resolution version of the PA279CV with a few minor feature changes. Aimed at creative professionals working with SDR and sRGB content with Calman Verified factory calibration featured. Convivence features including USB type-C and a fully adjustable stand are provided.
[Available from Amazon]
|PA247CV smaller sized monitor|
23.8″ IPS monitor with a 1080p resolution and standard colour gamut. For those after a smaller sized screen it is basically the same as the PA278CV but in a more compact size and with a lower resolution. Aimed at creative professionals working with SDR and sRGB content with Calman Verified factory calibration featured. Convivence features including USB type-C and a fully adjustable stand are provided.
[Available from Amazon]
|ProArt A1 LED Projector|
If you’re after a projector instead of a monitor then the A1 offers the World’s first Calman Verified colour accurate projector. It has a Full HD resolution and a 3000-lumen LED light source, with up to 30,000 hours lifespan.
[Available from Amazon]
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Calibration Support Explained
Before we get in to the model round-up there’s a couple of key things you might want to consider when looking for a professional monitor when it comes to calibration and colour accuracy. Colour professionals rely on color-accurate displays to ensure that their creations look exactly as intended. The models discussed below fall in to three tiers of calibration support which are:
Factory Calibration with ‘Calman Verified’ Certification
All of these ProArt screens come factory calibrated where Asus have spent time and effort to get the screen set up to offer you an accurate and reliable performance out of the box. Every ProArt display undergoes stringent, meticulous testing to ensure smoother color gradation. Consumer of pro, you’re assured color-accurate viewing and content-creation experiences.
The more mainstream monitor models here (excluding the PA32DC OLED and PA32UCG Mini LED) include an additional “Calman Verified” badge where the factory calibration has been completed in conjunction with Portrait Displays and passed their certification and achieved a colour accuracy with dE <2.
Enhanced Factory Calibration
The top end PA32DC OLED and PA32UCG Mini LED displays do not carry this “Calman Verified” certification as they go a step further than factory calibration. These ProArt displays are factory pre-calibrated using a new, three-scale process to guarantee industry-leading color fidelity. The display then undergoes stringent testing using ASUS advanced grayscale tracking technology to ensure smoother color gradations, better uniformity and high color accuracy with a Delta E < 1 color difference value. Each grayscale level is also carefully measured and set to ensure compliance with the precise DICOM standard for medical use. These displays also get a step beyond factory calibration with their support for hardware calibration, explained further below.
Hardware Calibration support
All the monitors with a factory calibration will help ensure a certain level of accuracy in some of the modes and for different common usage types. As a user if you need further control over things like gamma curves, white point, colour space mapping etc then you would need a separate calibration device which can profile your monitor and create a common ICC profile. This is then used for further corrections and accuracy improvements in colour-aware applications.
The next tier up would be monitors that feature hardware calibration support. These monitors allow you to calibrate the screen itself, accessing its internal Look Up Table (LUT) and making the corrections and changes to the monitor itself. You do not need to rely on or worry about ICC profiles, your application support or anything else – the settings are saved at the monitor level. This is a much more flexible calibration option and almost exclusively reserved for professional monitors. You very rarely find this support on more general consumer or gaming displays. Two of the models discussed in this round-up (PA32DC OLED and PA32UCG Mini LED) support hardware calibration.
For the ProArt monitors with this feature you can use Asus’ free calibration software, or the screens are also “Calman Ready” and “Light Illusion” ready whereby you can use these high-end pieces of software to carry out your calibrations. You will need your own calibration device for most monitors with hardware calibration still including the PA32UCG talked about here. The PA32DC is a little different…
In-built calibration device with hardware calibration
The next tier up would be monitors that feature the enhanced factory calibration and support for hardware calibration explained above, but also include a built-in calibration device. This can negate the need to have a separate (and often expensive) calibration device of your own, and allows all kinds of useful automated activity. This is included with the PA32DC monitor discussed below and can help maintain professional-level accuracy over the long term. A built-in motorized flip colorimeter moves into place when required, even with the display hood is mounted. This can even be scheduled to run at different times of the day, or out of hours when the screen is not needed.
31.5″ PA32DC 4K OLED Monitor
Asus announced only last week that the brand new PA32DC OLED monitor would be available to buy in July. This model is 31.5″ in size and aimed at creative professionals and media content studios and offers a range of impressive features, along with cutting edge OLED technology panel. For filmmakers and video editors, designed and photographers, it’s very much focused on providing exceptional performance for on-set and post-production workflows, while retaining features that make traditional desktop monitors so convenient. If you’re looking to do colour-accurate work in a controlled environment, on-set monitoring, or just want a high end OLED reference monitor on your desk, this is well worth a look.
Convenience and Form Factor
The PA32DC is designed with convenience and ease of use in mind. It is easy to move around on-set, with a built-in metal carry handle at the top. The screen is lighter than many other colour grading monitors of this type too, weighing in at only 8Kg with the mini stand, 12.14Kg with the regular monitor stand as well.
Speaking of the mini-stand, this allows you to remove the regular monitor stand and screw in two metal feet to the bottom of the frame, creating a form factor you usually only find in high end production monitors from the likes of Sony or Flanders. With these mini stand feet attached you can also pack the entire screen as a flat rectangle as the feet can be rotated to be flush with the panel (approx. size 74 x 48 x 7 cm). A traditional monitor stand is also provided including a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments (portrait mode supported), or you can also VESA 100mm mount the screen if you’d rather.
The connection ports have been positioned to be side facing for easier access and the power supply is built in so you don’t need to worry about additional power bricks if you do want to move the screen around the studio or your work space.
OLED panel benefits
From a panel technology point of view the key selling point here is the OLED panel. The screen is 31.5″ in size and its panel is produced by JOLED, offering a 3840 x 2160 “4K” resolution but importantly also with a normal RGB sub-pixel layout. This avoids any issues with colour and text fringing that you may find a problem on alternative OLED technologies, including the WRGB layout of OLED TV’s (e.g. the LG 42C2) and the strange triangular RGB layout of QD-OLED panels (e.g. Dell Alienware AW3423DW).
The high resolution provides a sharp and clear image on a screen this size, improving the pixel density significantly over even the smallest (42″) OLED TV options, while also allowing for an improvement in desktop real-estate compared with 4K on a 27″ sized display. Text size is perfectly usable at 125% scaling, creating a decent desktop space to work in.
Of course OLED panels are well known for their basically infinite contrast ratio, with true blacks being possible as the panel can turn individual pixels off fully. This per pixel dimming also means that you avoid any issues with blooming and halos that you will see on even the best Mini LED / FALD backlit monitors. Near-instant response times are also a characteristic of this technology (0.1ms G2G spec, 60Hz only refresh rate), although of course that’s less of a concern in this professional market. Still, it’s useful to reduce blur on any moving content.
Brightness, HDR and Image retention mitigation
OLED panels cannot get as bright as monitors with backlights, including FALD and Mini LED options. The PA32DC reaches a peak brightness of 500 nits in HDR (10% APL / patch size), or around 250 nits at full screen (100% APL). Like all OLED panels the panel relies on an “Automatic Brightness Limiter” (ABL) to control power distribution across the panel, allowing the increased peak brightness for smaller areas, but meaning your max brightness would be lower for larger areas. If you want to know more about ABL and how it works, check out our recent article here. If you want to use the screen without the ABL ever being needed, Asus provide a handy “uniform brightness” mode in the OSD that basically caps the brightness at 250 nits to therefore prevent any of this ABL dimming being needed.
For SDR content creation and grading the PA32DC is an excellent choice and the OLED panels capabilities provide you with an exceptional image quality. The fairly limited peak brightness means that the screens usage for HDR content creation and grading is a little bit complicated as there are various HDR brightness and gamut standards to think about. On the positive side you get the incredible contrast ratio from OLED, the per-pixel dimming to avoid blooming and halos, and an excellent image in darkened and light-controlled environments which is how HDR content is supposed to be viewed. It can handle content mastered up to 500 nits very nicely, and you can also set the PQ curve to hard clip, following the standard curve precisely up to the maximum brightness before clipping the highlights above that.
It should also be noted that the screen supports both HDR10 and HLG formats for HDR content, and Asus also plan to add Dolby Vision support via a user-updatable firmware update around Q3 2022. The screen also passes VESA’s ‘DisplayHDR 400 True Black’ certification. Several HDR10 curves are supported, including the PQ hard clip curve, PQ Optimized and PQ Basic – all to suit the specific needs of content creators and ensure compatibility with existing video streaming services and a growing list of HDR-enabled games. The PA32DC’s support for HLG means it’s ready for professional use in the TV industry too, allowing users to view and create material for broadcast and satellite TV platforms such as BBC iPlayer, Japan NHK TV, and DirecTV.
Some people may worry about the risks of image retention and burn in from using an OLED panel. Asus have included a typical range of mitigation features including an ASBL setting called “screen protection” on this monitor, which can be turned off thankfully; and a pixel shifter you will see on most OLED screens. As well as these common panel features Asus have included a proximity motion sensor to turn the screen off when you’re not using it. An ambient light sensor can also help dynamically control screen brightness if you want for changing room lighting.
Colour Capabilities and Specs
The PA32DC has a wide colour gamut with 100% sRGB, 99% Adobe RGB, 99% DCI-P3 and 80% Rec.2020 quoted, allowing you to work in a range of different reference spaces. There is also a true 10-bit colour depth with 1.07 billion colours, supporting 10-bit content and helping ensure smooth gradients. ProArt displays are factory pre-calibrated to guarantee industry-leading color accuracy, in this instance it offers a color accuracy with a dE < 1. They undergo stringent and meticulous testing to ensure smoother color gradation, and each grayscale level is carefully measured and set to comply with the DICOM standard for medical use. There’s also a wide range of adjustments and controls in the OSD menu if needed and a shading hood is provided with this model to help shield the screen from light and provide even further control over your working environment.
When it comes to keeping the screen accurately configured, one of the key features of the PA32DC is it’s built-in colorimeter. Housed in a small protrusion at the top of this screen this can flip down to automatically measure and recalibrate the screen for you, including scheduling out of hours to avoid disruption to your working day. This built-in device avoids the need to buy expensive additional equipment in many cases, and the built-in colorimeter integrates nicely with Asus’ free ProArt Calibration software. A wide range of external meters are supported as well of course if you have one and want to use that instead.
The calibration software can control and calibrate the monitors hardware 3D LUT so settings are stored directly to the monitor as you will find on some professional-grade screens. There’s no need to worry about ICC profiles and software support, and it affords a more versatile and accurate control of your display. This can be calibrated using the built-in device, Asus’ ProArt Calibration software or third party software from Calman and Light Illusion as well. The wide range of preset and customisable modes mean you can set the display up at different settings for different use-cases and the user modes can be assigned to OSD shortcuts as well, for simple and quick switching between modes.
Some other features of note:
- For the energy conscious (or the energy bill conscious) the PA32DC has a low power consumption at 46W in SDR mode at 250 nits brightness, and 75W in HDR at full brightness.
- An important additional note to many will be that the screen does not include any active cooling fans, and so remains silent.
- Connectivity includes 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x USB type-C (65W power delivery and DP Alt mode), 3x HDMI 2.0, 4x USB ports, headphone jack
- Integrated 2x 3W basic speakers
- PiP and PbP modes
More Information and Pricing
Usually displays that are designed for media production studios are positioned at the extreme premium end of the market with massive price tags that even professionals find hard to justify. While obviously still a very expensive monitor, the ProArt PA32DC provides cutting-edge technology and premium features at a somewhat more attainable price point. The screen is expected to appear for purchase in the near future and we will update the article when we have further detail. If money was no object, the Sony BVM-HX310 is an impressive reference display but retails for >$30,000 USD so even if the PA32DC costs several thousand dollars (which it will) you can see why this screen would be considered a lot more “affordable” than something like that. Like the LG UltraFine 32EP950 Pro we reviewed in May 2021 this should offer exceptional performance unlike anything you can really get from a traditional LCD monitor, with the added benefits here on the PA32DC of the unique form factor and stand options, and the integrated colorimeter and automated calibration process that will no doubt be extremely useful.
The ProArt PA32DC OLED is available to buy now in some regions from Amazon (affiliate link).
More information: Asus PA32DC product page
32″ PA32UCG 4K Mini LED Monitor
The ProArt PA32UCG monitor provides an interesting combination of upper-end professional-grade monitor features, with a high 120Hz refresh rate panel. It falls very much in to the professional monitor bracket despite this high refresh rate, with Asus offering alternative gamer-focused models from their ROG Swift and ROG Strix ranges instead. The alternative gamer version of this screen for instance would be the ROG Swift PG32UQX we reviewed previously but that lacks the professional-oriented features and capabilities of the PA32UCG model here. Because this PA32UCG includes a high refresh rate though it is also aimed at game developers, as well as cinematographers for HDR content creation and viewing, and of course those interested in colour accuracy and reliable colour reproduction.
The PA32UCG is based on a 32″ sized IPS panel which is the go-to choice for LCD panel technology in this space and offers excellent picture quality, wide viewing angles and a stable image. The IPS panel is combined with a high end 1,152 zone Mini LED backlight. This means that it can offer excellent local dimming capabilities, and while it can’t ever be as accurate and finite in its dimming as an OLED panel like the PA32DC, it does allow for some very impressive brightness and a high contrast for HDR content. The screen actually has a 1600 nits peak brightness spec (1000 nits sustained) and conforms to the VESA DisplayHDR 1400 certification (they don’t yet have a tier with a higher brightness than this).
If you’re working with or viewing high brightness HDR content then this will offer some impressive performance, beyond that which you can get from OLED panels. The trade off is fewer dimming zones and therefore more chance of blooming and halo artefacts. The PA32UCG like the PA32DC OLED monitor will also support multiple HDR standard including HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision.
There’s a full range of colour modes and a wide colour gamut available with 100% sRGB, 98% DCI-P3, 99.5% Adobe RGB and 85% Rec.2020 covered. This is slightly larger than the other ~32″ model discussed here, the PA32DC OLED display (80% Rec.2020). The screen comes factory calibrated with a dE <1, and includes hardware calibration support for the internal LUT via Asus’ own software, or through comprehensive third party software from Portrait Displays and Light Illusion. This helps provide a better control for calibration and more accurate results. A detachable shading hood is also provided with this model.
As we said earlier, this screen also has a high refresh rate with 120Hz available, and support for adaptive-sync VRR (FreeSync Premium Pro certification, 48 – 120Hz range). It even includes modern HDMI 2.1 connectivity making it a more viable cross-over display if you also want to PC or console game from it, in between your work that is of course. There’s even a Thunderbolt connection along with the normal DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0 and USB hub ports.
Asus promotional video demonstrating “Off-Axis Contrast Optimization technology”
One other important feature of note considering this is an IPS technology panel is the added “Off-Axis Contrast Optimization technology”. Basically this is a special film, akin to older “A-TW polarizer” films you may have heard about, which helps improve image quality when viewing darker content from an angle. Asus talk about how it can “reduce halo effects by 80%” and how it “provides 7X contrast ratio enhancement for dark parts of the image when viewing the screen off-center”. This is an important addition to this ProArt display to help reduce the effects of IPS glow and improve off-angle viewing, especially on darker content and in darker room conditions.
The ProArt PA32UCG is available to buy now in all regions from Amazon (affiliate link).
More information: Asus PA32UCG product page
34″ PA348CGV Ultrawide Monitor
The PA348CGV is a 34″ ultra-wide monitor with a rare flat format (not curved) IPS panel, designed to satisfy the needs of creative professionals, from photo and video editing to graphic design. It offers a larger screen size with 21:9 aspect ratio to make multi-tasking easy, and along with the usual colour-focused capabilities it has a 120Hz high refresh rate and adaptive-sync VRR (FreeSync Premium Pro certified). This 120Hz support allows creators to work with fast-rendering games and conduct quality checks all on a single display, or indeed allows you to play as well as work if you want.
The ultrawide format with 3440 x 1440 resolution will make this screen attractive for anyone looking for a replacement for dual screen sets and makes multi-tasking and side by side work easier. Features like Picture in Picture (PiP) and Picture by Picture (PbP) are more practical and useful on an ultrawide screen like this and are included.
A wide colour gamut is offered as you’d expect from a professional tier monitor with 100% sRGB and 98% DCI-P3 coverage offered. It comes factory calibrated and is “Calman Verified” with a dE <2. The screen’s presets provide multiple modes for quick color-gamut adjustment. Whether you’re color grading, video editing or manipulating photos, you can switch and match your needs easily. There is no hardware calibration support or shading hood on this model.
The HDR capabilities of the PA348CGV are more limited than models like the PA32DC (OLED panel) and PA32UCG (1,152 zone Mini LED panel) and so this is not really aimed at HDR content creation or consumption. It carries only the VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification so has a low peak brightness (400 nits) and lacks any advanced backlight local dimming. This is a screen more aimed at SDR work but with wide colour gamut for working in other colour spaces if needed, as well as 10-bit colour depth and a high 120Hz refresh rate.
As well as the normal monitor stand (with tilt, height and swivel adjustments) a convenient mounting bracket is included with the PA348CGV to help free up desk space. The bracket can clamp to the edge of almost any flat work surface, and the mounting arm of PA348CGV slips right into it. Connectivity is simplified via a USB type-C connection with DP Alt mode and 90W power delivery. There are more common DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0, 4x USB hub and headphone connections provided as well.
The ProArt PA348CGV OLED is available to buy now in some regions from Amazon (affiliate link).
More information: Asus PA348CGV product page
14″ PA148CTV Full HD Portable Monitor
Not your typical desktop monitor, the ProArt PA148CTV is a small 14″ sized portable display with an anti-glare IPS panel and 10-point multi-touch support. It is designed for content creators including photographers, video editors and graphic designers. It’s small (326.1 x 204.4 x 12.0 mm) and light (0.74Kg with stand) form factor are geared towards those who might need a portable display to move around their workspace and for a variety of different environments. It fits into a travel bag or backpack, so you can easily take it on location. An integrated adjustable metal kickstand props it up to provide comfortable viewing angles and working positions, anywhere while the touch screen makes it simple to use.
The PA148CTV has a standard sRGB colour gamut with 100% coverage (no wide gamut support) and is “Calman Verified” with a factory calibration offering dE < 2. There’s no hardware calibration support on this model but the ProArt Preset provides multiple modes for quick color-gamut adjustment. Whether you’re grading colors, editing videos or manipulating photos, you can switch and match your needs easily. Asus “ProArt Palette” lets you customize numerous display parameters, including color hue, temperature and gamma adjustments, via intuitive on-screen menus. With two-point grayscale sliders for all six colors, it provides greater color-adjustment flexibility than many competing monitors. ProArt Palette empowers you to produce quickly and consistently, and makes it easy to keep your color management in check.
There is a user-friendly design including an intuitive OSD control via “Asus Dial”, a metal kickstand and tripod socket. Asus Dial is a physical dial at the rear of the display that works seamlessly with compatible Adobe software and Microsoft Surface Dial controls, allowing you to make adjustments while keeping focused on the task at hand. Turning the dial gives you access to customized shortcuts for tasks such as zooming in and out of images and adjusting brush size or brightness settings. You can even tailor the default interface to suit your own work style. The integrated on screen display (OSD) controller allows you to make monitor adjustments quickly and easily.
Without the space for other larger interfaces, the connections include 2x USB type-C ports (DP Alt mode) and 1x Micro HDMI for connection of a variety of devices. There are also some basic integrated 2x 1W speakers.
The ProArt PA148CTV is available to buy now in all regions from Amazon (affiliate link).
More information: Asus PA148CTV product page
27″ PA279CV 4K Monitor
The PA279CV is a 27″ sized monitor with a “4K” 3840 x 2160 resolution IPS panel and is designed to satisfy the needs of creative professionals, from photo and video editing to graphic design. This model is all about offering a high pixel density and sharp, detailed image for your work. Unlike some of the other models discussed here, the PA279CV has a standard colour gamut only (100% sRGB / 100% Rec.709 coverage) but it still comes with a “Calman Verified” factory calibration and a dE <2. The Asus “ProArt Palette” lets you customize your display via a wide range of parameters, including color hue, temperature and gamma adjustments – all easily accessed via intuitive OSD menus. There are also two-point grayscale sliders for all six colors, providing greater color-adjustment flexibility than many competing monitors.
There’s limited HDR support from the monitor and being standard gamut only it is aimed primarily at users wanting to work with typical SDR / sRGB content, without the complications that wide gamut support could bring for those uses. The screen is 60Hz only, although VRR is still supported via adaptive-sync for a 40 – 60Hz range.
Convenient USB type-C connectivity is provided which includes DP Alt mode and 65W power delivery, along with normal 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x headphone and 4x USB hub connections. PiP and PbP are supported for multi-inputs and the fully ergonomic stand provides tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments.
The ProArt PA279CV is available to buy now in all regions from Amazon (affiliate link).
More information: Asus PA279CV product page
27″ PA278CV 1440p Monitor
The PA278CV is an alternative to the PA279CV model discussed above, and rather than offering a 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, this model offers a more typical 1440p (2560 x 1440) resolution IPS panel from its 27″ screen size. This also has a standard 100% sRGB colour gamut, along with “Calman Verified” factory calibration and a dE < 2. It’s aimed at the same audience of creative professionals, from photo and video editing to graphic design. This model won’t provide the same super-sharpness and pixel density of the 4K version, but will avoid the need for any operating system and software scaling and may be more accessible for older systems as a result. There is no PiP or PbP support on this 1440p version given the lower resolution though.
It’s specs and features are largely the same as the 4K version (PA279CV) with USB Type-C (DP Alt mode and 65W power delivery) being promoted along with its full adjustable stand (tilt, height, swivel and rotate all available). It has a slightly higher refresh rate of 75Hz with adaptive-sync supporting a 48 – 75Hz VRR range. Daisy Chaining is also featured on this version with up to 4 monitors supported via the DisplayPort connections as there is now a DP out connection included which isn’t featured on the 4K model. For other connectivity there is 1x DisplayPort 1.2 (input), 1x HDMI 1.4, 4x USB ports and a headphone jack.
The ProArt PA278CV is available to buy now in all regions from Amazon (affiliate link).
More information: Asus PA278CV product page
23.8″ PA247CV Full HD Monitor
For those who are after a smaller sized screen and lack the space for something larger, there is also a 23.8″ sized model in the ProArt range available. The PA247CV offers a similar feature set to the 27″ 1440p PA278CV model discussed above and is again aimed at creative professionals, from photo and video editing to graphic design. Being smaller it has a lower 1920 x 1080 (Full HD / 1080p) resolution IPS panel. The screen comes “Calman Verified” factory calibrated with a dE < 2 offered and has a standard 100% sRGB colour gamut making it well-suited to SDR / standard gamut content work. The refresh rate goes up to 75Hz again with adaptive sync offering VRR range of 48 – 75Hz.
USB type-C connectivity has been included still with DP Alt mode and 65W power delivery, along with 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x HDMI 1.4, 4x USB ports and a headphone jack. A DisplayPort output also provides daisy chaining functionality like on the 27″ PA278CV. The fully ergonomic stand provides tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments.
The ProArt PA247CV is available to buy now in all regions from Amazon (affiliate link).
More information: Asus PA247CV product page
ProArt A1 LED Projector
This isn’t our usual bag as it’s obviously not a monitor, but also worthy of a short mention is Asus’ ProArt A1 LED projector. This is the World’s first “Calman Verified” projector and the focus on colour accuracy is being incorporated in to this other niche of products now. There is a standard colour gamut here with 98% sRGB coverage offered and a factory calibration with dE <2 quoted.
There is a bright 3000-lumen LED light source with up to 30,000-hour lifespan used here, with the LED light source designed to help ensure fade-free projections over the course of its life, improving on conventional lamp projector lighting sources. The A1 LED offers Full HD (1080p) resolution as well. There are a range of other usability features like wireless mirroring from compatible devices, and easy colour management where Asus’ ProArt Preset and ProArt Palette software enable quick access to programmed settings and color parameters.
The ProArt A1 LED is available to buy now in all regions from Amazon (affiliate link).
More information: Asus A1 LED projector product page
Free Adobe Creative Cloud subscription with all ProArt monitors
Adobe products are central to creative work in many industries. Asus has partnered with Adobe to empower creative workflows with the renowned Creative Cloud suite of apps and services. Every purchase of a ProArt monitor (and the projector discussed here) in selected regions includes a free three-month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud (worth up to $238.47). This gives creators access to over 20 apps, including Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects, along with 100 GB of cloud storage.
The Creative Cloud subscription can be applied to a new or existing account and can be redeemed via the registration site. The redemption period ends November 15, 2022. For full details, visit https://www.asus.com/content/asus-offers-adobe-creative-cloud.
ProArt 5 Year Warranty Available in EMEA and UK
An additional benefit worth mentioning is that in EMEA and the UK, ProArt display buyers are eligible for a free warranty extension of 2 years, taking the warranty period from the default 3 years up to 5 years. You just need to register for it within 3 months of purchase at the following links where more information can also be found:
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