The Asus ProArt PA32UCX was recently introduced as the brand’s premium flagship display for professionals at the recently concluded CES 2019. The monitor includes essential features such as Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and a wide-gamut screen, but its main highlight is its unique backlight. The Asus ProArt PA32UCX aims to improve on the PA32UC’s capabilities regarding image quality, so let’s take a closer look at what it offers.
Asus ProArt PA32UCX Specifications
- Screen Size: 32 Inches
- Resolution:3840 x 2160 4K UHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: In-Plane Switching (IPS)
- Refresh Rate: 60Hz
- Response Time: TBA
- Contrast Ratio: TBA
- Brightness: 1200 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: TBA
- Stand: Height – Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot – No
- VESA Compatibility: Yes
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.4x 1, HDMI 2.0a x 1, USB-C Thunderbolt 3 x 2 (In/Out), USB 3.0 x 2, 3.5mm Audio Jack
- Dimensions with Stand(WxHxD): TBA
- Weight: TBA
Design and Features
The Asus ProArt PA32UCX takes the PA line’s design and refreshes it into a bolder looking and devilishly sexy piece of art. The monitor sports an all matte-black aesthetic that has discrete gold accents such as the Asus logo and the ring on the upright. The monitor is bezel-free on three sides like its predecessor, save for the thicker bottom strip.
Dimensions and proportions for the Asus ProArt PA32UCX are currently unknown, but it looks like we have to deal with a slightly thicker chassis. The market’s trend is always to go thinner, but FALD-equipped displays like this model need the extra space for the array. The product is a 32-inch display with metal parts, so its weight will probably be higher than most models.
Another exciting aspect of the Asus ProArt PA32UCX is its connectivity layout which includes the latest standards. You will find a DisplayPort and HDMI slot for video inputs, but what stands out is the dual USB-C Thunderbolt 3 connectors. This kind of plug can provide up to 100W of charging power along with a massive bandwidth limit for UHD HDR signals.
It’s worth noting that only the DisplayPort and the USB-C TB3 slots are capable of DCI-4K with 4:4:4 subsampling at 60Hz. The HDMI 2.0 slot is limited to 4:2:2, which isn’t bad if you use it for a gaming console like the Xbox One X. We’re not sure if the two Thunderbolt 3 connectors can be used individually for two separate host devices, but it’s mentioned that they can be utilized for daisy chaining multiple PA32UCXs.
The monitor’s black and gold-clad stand provides height, tilt, and swivel adjustments for convenience. Of course, VESA mounting options will come standard just like most of the Asus professional monitors we have seen and tested.
Display and Performance
The Asus ProArt PA32UCX boasts a 32-inch IPS panel with a 3840 x 2160 resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, along with impressive gamut coverage. Response time and contrast are yet to be specified, but we can expect a massive improvement in the latter. The screen’s brightness is listed to reach 1200cd/m2 which is considerably higher than what is offered by the current DisplayHDR 1000 monitors in the market.
What makes the Asus ProArt PA32UCX special aside from its exceedingly high brightness is its one of a kind full-array local dimming unit. FALDs seen on monitors like the PG27UQ have 384 local dimming zones, but this models’ implementation packs 1000 zones into a 32-inch screen. According to Asus, this new technology took months of development and close cooperation with panel and scaler manufacturers.
Asus achieved this feature by using mini LEDs which enabled them to be placed more densely than regular LEDs. This results in more granular lighting control for remarkably improved detail. Small objects can be highlighted more accurately, plus black backgrounds will improve along with resulting contrast ratio.
The 1000-zone FALD of the Asus ProArt PA32UCX makes it a very formidable HDR monitor compared to the current versions. As such, the firm is advertising multiple HDR standard compatibility to cover a wider audience. The list includes HDR10 and HLG, but there is no mention of Dolby Vision support as of this time.
Of course, the Asus ProArt PA32UCX isn’t just an entertainment monitor that’s ideal for HDR videos. The product’s ProArt line gives away its dedication to creators and designers who usually want the best color vibrancy and fidelity. The IPS panel on this model will be able to produce 97% DCI-P3 or 89% Rec. 2020 standards which cover several editing formats.
We can expect the product to ship pre-calibrated, but the Asus ProArt PA32UCX will most probably have hardware calibration capabilities like its predecessors. Asus did not disclose any specifications, but might be able to access a 24-bit 3D LUT for this model. The latter is substantially more accurate than 14-bit versions most are familiar with.
Gaming specs and features are not mentioned in the original announcement nor at CES 2019, but the model’s capabilities certainly make it an interesting candidate. If the Asus ProArt PA32UCX falls below 25ms input lag and includes FreeSync at least, it would be a fantastic HDR display for a high-end PC or consoles like the Xbox One X.
Thoughts on the Asus ProArt PA32UCX
The Asus ProArt PA32UCX is shaping up to be a class-leading display product that pushes the boundaries of display technology. The mere mention of a 1000-zone FALD is impressive, but we’re very curious as to how these specs will come together. We know that superb performance is pretty much guaranteed, but can it exceed the PA32UC’s excellence in its imaging qualities?
The Asus ProArt PA32UCX is scheduled for a Spring release, but the brand did not disclose any specific dates. Premium offerings like this model take time to perfect, so we can expect delays and stock shortages when it starts selling. The retail price is currently unknown, but expect to pay two to three grand for this level of tech.