A sumptuous screeen for artists, professionals and anyone who demands the truly exceptional.
Along with the Asus PG348Q gaming screen that Bennett has reviewed, above, we’ve been running the latest professional-series monitor in Asus’ range, the ProArt PA329Q. It’s the flagship monitor in Asus’ line-up, and is pitched more at professional users thanks largely to its 100% RGB coverage.
At 32-inches it’s a giant, and with a native 4k resolution of 3840 x 2160 resolution it’s ideal for anyone who needs to work in meticulous detail. I did have to up the mouse DPI settings simply because at that size and res the mouse cursor has a lot of travelling to do.
The ProArt PA329 is pre-calibrated at the factory, and it also ships with a dedicated hardware calibration app that uses the monitor’s hardware to calibrate, and save calibrations onboard thus leaving Windows out of the process completely and ensuring there’s no need to re-make your profiles if you ever switch it to a new computer. Also included is a 6-axis controller to create a colour pallet that matches your own.
The IPS panel is just stunning. It is – by a large margin – the most impressive display I’ve ever used. Unlike most consumer monitors you may notice it seems a little dim compared to what you’re used to, but that’s just the correct colour and brightness calibration at work and of course you can make your own brightness adjustments.
The stand offers particularly generous adjustments, able to move through 60 to 200mm in height and tilt at -5 to +20 degrees. It can also rotate fully through 90 degrees for a portrait view.
A maximum refresh of 60Hz isn’t an impediment to good gaming, and I would personally choose this over a wide-screen (like the screen above) for greater overall viewing area and well, just the sheer immersive size of it all. You’ll need Mini/DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 2.0 for 60Hz. Its response time of 5ms is well above average for a screen of these specs, another gaming plus. The screen also includes four USB 3.0 ports as well as basic speakers and a super-useful 9-in-1 card reader. It can also handle four 1080 HDMI inputs for quad-split screening.
The cost is very reasonable for these specs and sitting in front of it, whether working or playing, is a wonderful PC experience. This is the sort of product you stick with for a decade and upgrade everything else around it when needed.