Asus is poised to launch a 32-inch ultra-high-definition 4K (UHD 4K) monitor at Computex 2013, which kicks of on 4 June. The Asus PQ321 is the company’s first 4K monitor and as a bonus it will fit on your desk too!
2013 is the year of new standards in high-definition media, split into two resolution camps: UHD 4K (3840 × 2160) and Digital Cinema Initiatives 4K (4096 × 2160). This calls for calls for new display technologies to build screens capable of showing four times more detail than 1080p.
In addition to the 32-inch PQ321, ASUS is also planning to announce and launch a larger 39-inch monitor as well, which would be directly competing with whichever 4K monitors Sony will be displaying, as well as the Seiki SE50OUY04, which is the only other 4K monitor currently available to consumers.
|ASUS 32-inch PQ321|
|Display size||31.5 inches (80.1cm) with 16:9 aspect ratio|
|Display type||IGZO (IPS) LED backlit|
|Resolution||3840 x 2160 (4K)|
|Pixel pitch||140 PPI (pixels per inch)|
|Display colours||1.07 billion (10-bit RGB)|
|Viewing angles||176 degrees (H) / 176 degrees (V)|
|Response time||8ms (grey to grey)|
|Colour temperature selection||Yes|
|Inputs/Outputs||DisplayPort, 2x HDMI (optional), RS-232C, 3.5mm audio-in, 3.5mm audio-out|
|Built-in speakers||2W Stereo|
|Mechanical design||Tilt, swivel, height adjustment and VESA wall -mountable|
|Accessories||AC adapter, power cable, DisplayPort 1.2 cable, RS-232C conversion cable, warranty card|
|Size||750 x 489 x 256mm with stand|
ASUS hasn’t mentioned how much it’ll retail for, or when, but judging by the 10-bit colour support I’d guess this will be above the R15,000 mark.
The 4K standard is absolutely amazing and almost as immersive as the best example of an Eyefinity display. As more manufacturers support it, you can expect PC hardware to scale up similarly – a few years from now, we’ll be laughing and wondering at how on earth we thought the Radeon HD7970 or GTX680 would be enough horsepower for gaming on paltry 1080p resolutions.