ASUS Build Quality - When you're spending a chunk of cash on a new monitor you want it to at least look good, right? ASUS doesn't make the ProArt monitor stand out, but it still makes a statement without RGBs going off everywhere. The simple black/silver theme running all through the monitor looks great, and very Dell-like in a professional setting.
Larger 32-Inch Panel - This is the biggest win against the 27-inch panel, the increased display size really is a better home for 4K compared to the smaller sibling in the ProArt family. The 32-inch model is what you should be buying if you can afford it, and you won't be sorry with the upgrade to the larger panel. If you're spending as much time in front of displays that I am, the ProArt PA32U is definitely going to be great for your eyes.
4K + HDR - There's nothing better than 4K and HDR right now unless you leap up to 8K, which is a ridiculous price increase that most people wouldn't benefit from. HDR support isn't just thrown in, with the ASUS ProArt PA32UC having an Ultra HD Premium certification. You're not going to get second grade anything with this monitor.
IPS Quality + Color Calibration - What else helps with your eyes is the quality of the display, so the IPS panel works beautifully here as ASUS isn't just going to throw some low-quality panel into the mix. We have a gorgeous IPS panel that pops in all the right areas and provides sharpness that will satisfy anyone. The factory calibration color calibration is another win for ASUS, giving professionals ease of mind when buying the ASUS ProArt PA32U.
Connectivity Heaven - The picture above does most of the talking for me - 4 x HDMI, 1 x DP, 3 x Thunderbolt/USB Type-C, USB 3.0, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Really... what more could you ask for? Considering Thunderbolt 3 allows daisy chaining of displays, you have near unlimited options for connectivity with this display.
Workstation Use - You're not going to have a problem sitting in front of the ProArt PA32UC for your entire workday, everyday, of every week. It's a gorgeous panel with IPS quality and color calibration looking after your retinas, while the larger 32-inch panel makes using 4K a much easier experience. As I said various times through the article, the 32-inch panel at 4K is much better than the smaller 27-inch panel.
Staggering Price - At a huge $2999, ASUS isn't messing around when it comes to the ProArt PA32UC. The type of people buying this will either have enough money to be curious enough to test out the ASUS panel over a more established monitor brand in Dell. ASUS isn't trying to skimp out on display quality, color calibration and accuracy, and the slew of connections and features so the price has to meet that.
This particular monitor and the others like it are very subjective, one person might buy this and work with a certain video setup and their workflow just blends in with the ProArt PA32CU, while another enjoys the look of a competing panel. I think if you're shooting videos with $100,000+ rigs then you should (if not already) have invested in a true high-end display for at least one of the editors, if not all of them.
$2999 sounds crazy, but then there's 8K. Heh.
When ASUS told me that the PA32UC would be a better display than the PA27UC, I knew I could trust this tease as they've never been wrong with monitor recommendations. ASUS has been dabbling in the professional display market for a little while now and with the continued success they're seeing, I can envision more and more people using ASUS displays in the workplace.
There's plenty of features that you can use on the display from the picture-by-picture and picture-in-picture modes, the QuickFit Virtual Scale, or the million-and-one technical highlights of the display. The gorgeous IPS-based 4K panel is a joy to look at for hours and hours, and while the 60Hz refresh rate isn't mind blowing, professional workstation users don't want or need 144Hz.
ASUS uses an Ultra HD Premium-certified 4K IPS panel with up to 1000 nits of brightness, plenty of support for various industry standards in color space, and HDR all on top. Thanks to its factory pre-calibration, you know you're in safe hands with ASUS. With support for both Windows and Mac, ASUS is hitting Apple at its own game by making a display that would work perfectly on a Mac, and its magnitudes cheaper.
All-in-all, ASUS has stepped it up a notch over the ProArt PA27UC with its larger PA32UC display. 4K, HDR, Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C, color calibration, an IPS panel... there's plenty of stuff to love here. Workstation users should dive at the opportunity to buy the ASUS ProArt PA32UC, a true tour de force of a workstation monitor. To ASUS: keep this up, I'm loving the direction you're headed with these awesome workstation displays. Now give me a super-high-end UltraWide monitor donned in the ProArt energy... and I'll be a happy man.
Imagine the price, $4999 maybe? A huge 38-inch UltraWide panel with a native resoluition of 3840x1600. Just make it already, ASUS... my body is ready.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: You'd want to have one of the best displays on the market for $2999... and the ASUS ProArt PA32UC does NOT disappoint. If you're serious with your workflow, check out the PA32UC right away.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Availability & Price]
- Page 2 [Specs + Detailed Look]
- Page 3 [Test System Configuration]
- Page 4 [Connectivity]
- Page 5 [Everyday/Workstation Use]
- Page 6 [The Kitchen Sink]
- Page 7 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
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