ASUS PA34V curved 100Hz IPS UltraWide
For both work and play, 34” 3440 x 1440 models have a lot to offer. Models in this format have been notably absent from the ASUS ProArt line-up, which focuses primarily on monitors for colour-critical work such as photo and video editing. The PA34V (PA34VC) sets things straight – or sets things to a 1900R curve – with a 34” UltraWide screen. The 1900R curve is designed to make things a bit more immersive whilst also feeling natural; something our experiences with relatively steeply curved UltraWides would agree with. The monitor has a brushed-effect bottom bezel and stand and uses a dual-bezel design with a very slim hard outer component and a thin panel border around the image.
The panel used is a 34” IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel with 1900R curve and 3440 x 1440 (21:9) resolution. The monitor has a native 100Hz refresh rate, with support for AMD FreeSync on compatible GPUs and systems (40 – 100Hz variable refresh rate range with LFC support). A light matte screen surface is employed, delivering fairly effective glare handling whilst keeping the image free from obvious graininess. Specifications for the panel include 1000:1 static contrast and 178°/178° viewing angles. The factory calibrated IPS panel aims for not only consistent but also accurate colours, with a promised average DeltaE of <2 within the sRGB colour space. ASUS ProArt hardware calibration is included, allowing direct calibration of the monitor using a compatible colorimeter (such as Spyder5 or i1Display Pro). A flicker-free WLED backlight is used with 100% sRGB coverage promised. The monitor also offers support for HDR (HDR10), although given the hardware and featureset this will be a fairly limited HDR experience. The monitor also includes a ‘blue light filter’ Low Blue Light settings and PiP (Picture in Picture) and PbP (Picture by Picture). Although not currently specified and potentially very misleading anyway, we’d expect a 4ms grey to grey response time. The ports include; DP 1.2a, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports and 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports. Further information from ASUS, we’ll update this article as more is known.