ASUS has announced the availability of the ProArt PA32UCG-K display in Italy.

PA32UCG-K is referred to by the manufacturer as the world’s first HDR monitor with a peak brightness of 1,600 nits and a variable refresh rate (VRR) of 120 Hz. It features a 32-inch mini-LED 4K panel with 1,152 local dimming zones and boasts a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1.

The PA32UCG-K supports various HDR formats, including Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG), and features Quantum-dot technology promising “exceptional color reproduction” with true 10-bit color depth. It covers the following colour gamuts: 98% DCI-P3, 100% Rec. 709, 85% Ref. 2020, 99.5% Adobe RGB and 100% sRGB colour space. It also features a Delta E < 1, a parameter indicated by the manufacturer as an “industry-leading reference”, “offering exceptional color fidelity”.

Calibration can be performed via proprietary ProArt Calibration 2.0 software or using Calman and Light Illusion ColourSpace CMS hardware calibration software.

The PA32UCG-K is compatible with third party hardware calibration systems from X- Rite, Datacolor and Klein Instruments.

On the connectivity side we have a USB hub, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 ports and an HDMI 2.1 port that supports 4K images at 120 Hz.

The PA32UCG-K also includes the X-Rite i1 Display Pro monitor calibration device.

The 32″ mini-LED 4K backlit panel offers 1,152-zone local dimming to achieve a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. It boasts a maximum brightness of 1600 nits and a standard full-screen brightness of 1000 nits.

Multiple HDR formats are supported, including Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG), several HDR10 settings, including hard clip PQ, PQ Optimized and PQ Basic, compatible with various existing video streaming services and HDR-enabled gaming titles.

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The manufacturer still reports HLG support enabling use with satellite TV broadcasts, allowing users to view and create content for streaming platforms and satellite TV channels including BBC iPlayer, Japan NHK TV and DirecTV.

HDR Preview is also useful with video editing software, allowing creators to view the final output and offer a more streamlined editing process.

Quantum-dot technology offers a colour gamut of 98% DCI-P3, 99.5% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB, 100% Rec. 709 and 85% Rec. 2020 for video editing and post production.

The factory pre-calibration process uses a new three-scale system promising color fidelity that “sets the industry benchmark.” The display also undergoes rigorous testing using advanced manufacturer-built grayscale tracking technology promising “more consistent color gradations, better uniformity and exceptional color accuracy” with a Delta E < 1 value for sRGB and Adobe RGB gamuts.

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Mini LED panel with wide viewing angles

Most mini LED monitors experience color accuracy issues when viewing the panel from wide, off-center angles, which is a problem when collaborating with clients or colleagues on color-critical projects. The PA32UCG-K’s Off-Axis Contrast Optimization (OCO) technology solves this problem with a compensation layer that controls light transmission, according to the manufacturer. This technology reduces the halo effect by 80% and improves the contrast ratio of the darker parts of the screen to ensure that on-screen content is accurately displayed from various viewing angles.

Easy calibration

All colour parameter profiles are saved on the monitor’s built-in IC chip, rather than on the computer. The monitor can be calibrated and the color lookup table can be rewritten, allowing the monitor to be connected to devices with different operating systems or applications without having to readjust the settings. Signal distortion between the IC and the LCD optical spectrum is also reduced. Saved color profiles are easily accessible via the hotkey on the monitor.

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SDR and HDR calibration is supported with adjustable brightness, color gamut, color temperature and other parameters to ensure consistent and accurate colors.

ProArt displays are compatible with most major calibration systems, including those from X-Rite, Datacolor and Klein. They also work with Calman and Light Illusion ColourSpace CMS professional hardware calibration software.

High frame rate

The PA32UCG-K offers a variable refresh rate (VRR) of up to 120 Hz. The HDMI 2.1 port with 4K 120 Hz support also makes the PA32UCG-K ideal for video editors, allowing them to work with detailed, high quality images at high frame rates. The aforementioned connectivity options are also rich, including a USB hub, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, DisplayPort 1.4 and two HDMI 2.0 ports.

The ASUS PA32UCG-K is available with a retail price of £5,999 including VAT. At the time of writing, it is available on Amazon for €5,844.11 including VAT.