Asus have this week announced their new ProArt PA32DC monitor. Aimed at professional users and colour critical work, especially for photographers, videography, HDR content creation and 2D/3D work. The PA32DC will be Asus’ first 31.5″ sized OLED monitor. It follows in the foot steps of the LG 32EP950 we tested earlier this year, offering features like a 4K 3840 x 2160 resolution, 1 million:1 contrast ratio, a range of colour spaces and a focus on colour accuracy and performance.
Asus ProArt PA32DC Specs
The screen is 31.5″ in size and uses an OLED technology panel from JOLED. It has a 3840 x 2160 “4K” resolution, 0.1ms response time, 1 million:1 contrast ratio, 10-bit colour depth and a wide colour gamut covering 99% of the DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB colour spaces, and 80% of Rec.2020 according to the released specs. And yes, we would expect a 60Hz refresh rate only here given the available OLED panels in the market, and the focus on this being a professional monitor in the ProArt range.
Colour accuracy and the built-in calibration device
The screen comes factory calibrated with a dE <1 in various SDR and HDR modes. We would expect to see a range of emulation modes including sRGB, Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 available in the menu. Whether you’re colour grading, video editing, or manipulating photos, you can switch and match your needs easily.
There is also a built-in calibrator which features a simple colour calibration process using the free Asus ProArt 2.0 calibration software, offering seamless integration with popular third-party (paid for) software such as Calman and Light Illusion ColourSpace CMS. This allows you to quickly and easily keep the screen calibrated to your liking, without needing separate calibration tools. This simply moves into place when you need it, even with the display hood mounted. Asus talk about it being the World’s first OLED display to have a built-in feature, although LG already announced similar models in their OLED monitor range a while back.
ProArt Display OLED PA32DC is designed to give a wide range of content creators the very best. For professional studios, PA32DC can be tuned to reference monitor mode for a traditional reference monitor setup. Like other ProArt displays professionals, creatives and hobbyists have an outstanding range of options to tailor the design to the preference and workflow, and output.
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 on-screen menus. There are also two-point grayscale sliders for all six colors, providing greater color adjustment flexibility
The screen is certified under the VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black scheme and thanks to the OLED panel will offer per-pixel level dimming for exceptional HDR performance. This is combined with the wide colour gamut and 10-bit colour depth we discussed earlier, which should make for an excellent all round HDR experience. “When it comes to HDR, the PA32DC meets VESA display HDR 400 true black specification and outshines all LED televisions by achieving full-screen luminance of 250 nits indefinitely and peaks well above 400 nits,” the company also said.
You might want to read our LG 32EP950 review for more details about how OLED desktop monitors perform, and what to expect from this Asus screen.
Design and ergonomics
The PA32DC features a classic black colour and an aesthetic that complements a professional workspace. Further complementing professional wants and needs, it comes with a wide stable base ensuring that the stand operates smoothly and with stability especially when leveraging the ergonomic adjustments such as height and swivel. The base integrates a cable routing pass-through hole and there are rear-mounted cable management clips that work with the horizontally mounted IO for reduced cable tangles and improved flexibility when setting the monitor in your workspace. For environments whether in the office or on set that need to reduce glare, you can utilize the included monitor hood. OSD controls are also easily accessible with large easy to feel buttons that are front-facing and optimally located in the bottom right-hand corner of the display.
The PA32DC features a flexible base design allowing for a low profile dual foot design to be set up when additional stability is needed, this configuration is commonly used when on set. Furthermore, when moving the display you can leverage the integrated rear-mounted handle, which is optimally placed at the top. This makes moving the display easier and safer.
There will be a “wide range of connectivity options” and the screen also features advanced Picture in Picture or Picture by Pictures modes allowing for flexibility in how content is displayed onscreen.
More information about specs, features, pricing and availability when we get it. Some information is available in the Asus #CreatTheUncreated online launch event from 2 September 2021 here:
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