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ASUS PA329CV 32″ 4K IPS with USB-C

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The 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’) UHD resolution spread out across a ~32″ screen can be particularly attractive for those seeking a good level of desktop ‘real-estate’ and strong pixel density. The ASUS PA329CV of the ProArt series is built around this, with colour-critical such as photo and video editing in mind. The monitor has a smart look, with a combination of matte black plastics and powder-coated metal elements. The top an side bezels are dual-stage, with a slender panel border flush with the rest of the screen plus a slim hard plastic outer component. The OSD controls face forwards towards the right side of the bottom bezel.

Smart styling

A 32″ 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) IPS-type panel is employed, likely an AUO AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) part. A light to very light matte anti-glare screen surface is employed, with 1000:1 static contrast and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles specified. A 60Hz refresh rate is supported, alongside Adaptive-Sync – with a 40 – 60Hz VRR range. 10-bit colour output is supported, whilst the monitor includes a ‘Calman Verified’ factory calibration with a claimed DeltaE <2. A flicker-free WLED backlight offers a 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance (400 cd/m² HDR peak) and 100% sRGB colour gamut. Low Blue Light settings are included to aid relaxing viewing. VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification is included, allowing the monitor to respond to HDR10 content with the inclusion of 10-bit colour processing. The colour gamut is very restrictive by HDR standards, whilst the peak luminance is not particularly high. This HDR level doesn't necessitate local dimming, although some degree of local dimming is supported via the 'Dynamically Local Dimming' feature. A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified with adjustable 'Trace Free' pixel overdrive.

Other features of note include a 5 gamma settings (1.8 – 2.6), 6-axis colour adjustment and a ‘rapid rendering’ strobe backlight setting. The monitor includes a range of gamma settings rear of the monitor includes a central matte black plastic area with a relatively smooth finish, surrounded by matte black plastic with a corrugated texture. The included stand attaches centrally via a quick-release mechanism, with removal of the stand revealing 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. The included stand offers full ergonomic flexibility, including 130mm (5.12 inches) height adjustment. The ports mainly face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter with ‘zero watt’ switch), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.2a+ (HDR feature set) USB-C (90W PD, DP Alt Mode and upstream data), a 3.5mm headphone jack and 2 USB 3.1 ports. At the left side, as viewed from the front, there are 2 further USB 3.1 ports. 2 x 2W speakers are also include, for basic sound output

Mixed textures at the rear

Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$800 USD.