Asus’ Revolutionary New Monitor Features Mini 4K LED and Dolby Vision

New $4,000 Asus ProArt PA32UCX Gets You Dolby Vision Certification at an Unexpected Price

The latest version of the Asus ProArt PA32UCX is one of the first PC monitors to support Dolby Vision and the world’s first 4K monitor with mini-LED backlighting, making it a serious option for color grading .

When it comes to color grading, anyone who wants to work at the high end has a choice between expensive or very expensive monitors. The software may be available for free or not much above these days, but the kit you need to run it and view the end results is anything but long ago.

Netflix maintained a short list of approved monitors that started at the $18,000 Canon DP-V2420 level and ruled much of the early days of HDR production. But it stopped naming specific monitors just over a year ago, just specifying that they had to be Dolby Vision certified.

Part of the reason for this democratization of approach is that Dolby has also expanded its certification program, and the result is that monitors like the new $4,000 PA32UCX look set to shake up this industry sector.

Even without Dolby Vision certification, this looks like a monitor with performance to savor. These micro LEDs give the 10-bit display a dynamically controlled local dimming capability across 1152 zones, meaning it can reproduce brighter whites and deeper blacks. It also has a peak luminance level of nearly 1200 nits, earning it VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification and additional HDR standards, including critical Dolby Vision. Quantum-dot technology provides a wide color gamut of 99% DCI-P3, 99.5% Adobe RGB, 89% Rec. 2020, 100% sRGB and Rec. 709 for high-end video editing and post-production.

An ergonomic stand offers numerous swivel, tilt, and height adjustments to provide flexibility in viewing position. Connectivity is supported via HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, Thunderbolt3 USB-C and a USB hub, while each PA32UCX is also pre-calibrated to ensure Delta-E (∆E)

Edward N. Arrington