Workstation Use: A Joy To Use
I thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks or so with the ASUS ProArt PA34VC, so much so that I really didn't want to give it back. I sat in front of the monitor for 12-16 hours per day, 5 days per week -- during my crunch time getting AMD Radeon RX 5700 series and NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER series reviews out the door.
Over the weeks with the ProArt PA34VC, I became accustomed to it and its IQ and feature set. I was charging my Google Pixel 3 XL smartphone with rapid charging through the USB-C ports on the monitor, and using the blue light filter at night to reduce eye strain. My eyes haven't felt that good in front of a monitor in a while.
So much so that I kinda pushed my chair back after a few hours thinking 'wow, is it that good' -- it just 'felt' that good on my eyes after hours. I've sat in front of displays for the better part of 20 years solid, so it takes a lot for me to really take it all in and have that wow factor but the ASUS ProArt PA34VC does that.
I had it sitting next to the 8K-capable Dell UP3218K which has absolutely gorgeous color quality and sharpness, and while the ASUS ProArt PA34VC doesn't look as good - it also doesn't cost $3700. Still, the last monitor that made me really say 'wow' was the Dell UP3218K, but so it should for the cost and being a native 8K display.
100Hz native refresh over the 60Hz on the Dell 8K panel is also another win for ASUS and the ProArt PA34VC, something that I would actually prefer with 3440x1440 over the 7680x4320 resolution. The faster refresh rate really goes a long way into providing not just a sharp and beautiful standout color quality, but the smoothness of using 100Hz everyday is a game changer in itself.
Most professionals have been stuck on 60Hz forever, but we now have high quality 100Hz (and beyond) panels finally hitting the market. The move will not go unnoticed, once you go 100-120Hz and beyond, you simply won't ever return to the 60Hz realm ever again.
The inclusion of the 100Hz refresh rate means you can also use the ASUS ProArt PA34VC as a gaming monitor and it won't be capped at 60Hz like other professional monitors. On the side gaming with 3440x1440 at 100Hz puts it into the same category as the first higher-end 3440x1440 panels offering 100Hz before they jumped up to 144Hz and even now 200Hz with the ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ.