ASUS ProArt PA32UCX: a professional monitor with mini-LED backlighting

ASUS was at NAB 2019 to show its solutions for professionals involved with video production, 3D design, photography and graphic design. Here are some of the highlights of their NAB.

ASUS ProArt PA32UCX: a professional monitor with 1,200 nits and mini-LED backlighting

Designed for studio workflows, the new ASUS ProArt PA32UCX is the world’s first 32-inch 4K HDR monitor with peak brightness of 1,200 nits and mini-LED backlighting. Revealed at NAB 2019.

ASUS took to Las Vegas with some of its newest solutions in terms of monitors, including the include ASUS ProArt PA32UCX and PA27UCX with mini LEDs, a high-density backlighting technology that delivers, says the company, supremely consistent illumination for enhanced brightness and contrast. ASUS also had on show its comprehensive lineup of displays, mini PCs, workstations and laptops to provide the world-class content-creation experiences for professionals.

“We are incredibly excited and proud to launch ASUS ProArt PA32UCX, PQ22UC and PA27UCX,” said Vincent Chiou, Associate Vice President of the ASUS. “We know that color accuracy is important both to professional designers and today’s demanding consumers, and our new ProArt displays with up to mini LED backlighting and support for multiple HDR standards ensure that both user bases are not only satisfied but will be treated to experiences beyond their expectations.”

ASUS ProArt PA32UCX: a professional monitor with 1,200 nits and mini-LED backlighting

Monitors with mini-LED backlighting

The very best LED-backlit LCDs employ full-array local dimming, a technology which has been adopted by ASUS ProArt series monitors, to achieve high contrast ratios and stunning visual performance. The backlight LEDs can be controlled by zones, with each zone corresponding to part of the screen, and dimming individual LEDs makes it possible to display contents with bright and dark areas while preserving detail in both.

At NAB 2019, ASUS exhibited two new ProArt PA32UCX and PA27UCX to build on the leading display technology with mini-LED backlighting, which are physically smaller than conventional displays’ backlight LEDs, and therefore can be packed in more densely – enabling increased brightness and uniformity. In addition, ASUS Smart HDR technology features multiple PQ curves to fit different content-creation needs. It also supports multiple HDR formats to exude the most accurate HDR performance on ASUS ProArt monitors, delivering exceptional onscreen clarity and detail.

ASUS ProArt PA32UCX: a professional monitor with 1,200 nits and mini-LED backlighting

A new 27-inch ProArt with HLG and HDR10

At the top of the list appears the ASUS ProArt PA32UCX, announced as the world’s first 32-inch 4K HDR monitor with peak brightness of 1,200 nits and mini-LED backlighting. This enables 1,000+ zones of local dimming control and supports the most HDR formats, including both HLG and HDR-10, enabling the display to produce the deepest blacks and the brightest whites with sharper, more detailed visuals. With true 10-bit color and quantum-dot technology that support DCI-P3, Rec. 709, Rec. 2020 and Adobe RGB wide color space and a rich selection of connectivity, including dual Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort and three HDMI 2.0 ports, PA32UCX is perfectly designed for studio workflows.

The second monitor in the list is the ASUS ProArt PA27UCX, a new 27-inch 4K display that also employs mini-LED technology, delivering 1,000 nits of peak brightness and 576 zones of dynamic dimming control, for, according to ASUS, “stunning HDR performance across multiple formats, including HLG and HDR-10”. ProArt PA27UCX also supports true 10-bit color, DCI-P3, Rec. 709, Rec. 2020 and 99.5% Adobe RGB color gamut. ASUS ProArt Hardware Calibration technology offers advanced of color accuracy and uniformity, while DisplayPort 1.2, dual HDMI, USB-C and four USB 3.0 ports ensure that ProArt PA27UCX is ready to integrate with any modern setup.

ASUS ProArt PA32UCX: a professional monitor with 1,200 nits and mini-LED backlighting

A portable monitor, the ProArt PQ22UC

Despite also being designed as a film and post-production solution with an HDR edge, the ProArt PQ22UC is a completely different offer. This 21.6-inch OLED portable monitor with 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution and HDR technology supporting both HLG and HDR-10,  is also designed to deliver accurate color reproduction with exceptional contrast and detail, but is also built for photographers, video editors and any professional content creators with color-critical workflows on the go. Including a micro HDMI and dual USB -C ports, its compact, portable design with an easily detachable stand and smart cover enables professionals to work on location or showcase their work to clients without sacrificing visual quality.

The ProArt PQ22UC features an advanced OLED panel with billions of independent, pure-RGB, self-illuminating pixels and a outstanding 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, It is able to reproduce truly lifelike images with 99% DCI-P3 gamut coverage in deep blacks and tonally accurate highlights. Its 4K resolution panel with a pixel density of 204 ppi provides up to 300% more on-screen space that other Full HD monitors of a similar size, giving users more room to work while displaying content with incredible detail. With a response time as low as 0.1ms, ProArt PQ22UC is the fastest monitor in the market and delivers outstanding, blur-free performance when displaying videos and other animated content with fast action.

ASUS ProArt PA32UCX: a professional monitor with 1,200 nits and mini-LED backlighting

Workstations and laptops

Multiple solutions for content creators were also available from ASUS at NAB 2019 with everything from powerhouse mini PCs and high-performance traditional workstations to tricked-out laptops that deliver the serious processing grunt need for those who live to create on the go.  One example is the ASUS Mini PC ProArt PA90, a workstation-class PC that’s perfectly suited for professional content creation. It features 9th Generation Intel Core processors, NVIDIA Quadro graphics and support for Intel Optane technology for fast transfers of large files or boosted storage capacity.

The ASUS Mini PC ProArt PA90 is also equipped with Thunderbolt 3, ensuring fast transfer speeds and enabling connections to multiple displays or devices. A quiet and efficient liquid-cooling solution ensures stable performance and eliminates distracting fan noise. It’s perfect for photo and video editing, computer-aided design (CAD) workflows for architecture, engineering and ASUS ProArt PA32UCX: a professional monitor with 1,200 nits and mini-LED backlightingmanufacturing as well as media and entertainment.

For those who need to edit video on the go,  ASUS introduced the StudioBook S (W700, which) brings together the power of Intel Core i7 and Xeon processors with NVIDIA Quadro graphics in a compact 15-inch chassis with a larger NanoEdge display that gives creators more room to work and provides better mobility. With PANTONE validation and 97% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage, the 16:10 display delivers better color accuracy and meets cinematic standards. StudioBook S is the first entry in a brand-new laptop series tailor-made for creative professionals, such as designers, animators, architects and programmers who need outstanding performance to handle professional applications ranging from complex renderings to 3D blueprints.

ASUS ProArt PA32UCX: a professional monitor with 1,200 nits and mini-LED backlighting

A photographer’s workstation

For photographers and design professionals ASUS showcased at NAB 2019 the ProArt PA329C, a 32-inch 4K IPS HDR monitor with exceptionally-wide color gamut technology of 98% DCI-P3, 100% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB and 84% Rec. 2020 color spaces. Each ProArt monitor is pre-calibrated and tested under ASUS standardized procedures in the manufacturing process and shipped out with its unique certificate report for excellent color accuracy (ΔE < 2) and consistency, as well as featuring advanced gray-scale tracking technology to ensure smoother color gradation – making it ideal for high-end video and image editing.

HDR-10 support delivers, says ASUS, exceptional onscreen clarity and detail, as well as certified by VESA DisplayHDR 600 standard. The monitor includes USB-C, DisplayPort and HDMI inputs, and the integrated USB-C port supports signal transmission of DisplayPort, high speed data transmission and up to 60W power delivery via just one small and reversible USB-C cable.

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