ASUS ProArt PQ22UC 4K OLED Monitor: £4699, ~$5150by Anton Shilov on March 22, 2019 5:00 PM EST
ASUS announced its first professional OLED display back at CES 2018 over a year ago. The compact and lightweight 21.6-inch 4K monitor covering 99% of the DCI-P3 color aimed at professionals attracted a lot of attention from various parties, but it has taken ASUS quite some time to perfect the product. Only this month the company began to sell the display on select markets with broader availability expected going forward. Meanwhile, the price of the monitor looks rather overwhelming.
The ASUS ProArt PQ22UC features a 21.6-inch 4K RGB stripe OLED panel produced by JOLED using its printing method. The panel supports a 3840×2160 resolution, 140 - 330 nits brightness (typical/peak), a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, and a response time of 0.1 ms. The monitor features an internal 14-bit 3D LUT (lookup table), can reproduce 1.07 billion colors, and comes factory-calibrated to a Delta E <2 accuracy. The ProArt PQ22UC is said to feature a 95% uniformity compensation to avoid fluctuations in brightness and chromaticity on different parts of the screen. ASUS says that it can cover 99% of the DCI-P3 color space (without specifying whitepoint chromacity) and supports HDR10 as well as HLG formats for high dynamic range content. Meanwhile, ASUS yet has to reveal which other modes the display supports (e.g., REC2020, REC709, etc.).
Besides very accurate colors and a very high contrast ratio, the main features of the ProArt PQ22UC are its compact dimensions, a foldable stand, a foldable protection case, as well as a low weight (about a kilogram or so with the stand). To further save space and make the product thinner, ASUS equipped the the ProArt PQ22UC with two USB Type-C and micro-HDMI inputs (no word on exact protocols, but DP 1.2 and HDMI 2.0x are likely). The compact dimensions and weight enable owners to easily carry it around, which is particularly important for people who need to do post-production outside of their studios as well as various on-set routines. ASUS does not ship the monitor with a light-shielding hood, a common accessory for displays used for cinematography and color-critical workloads, due to its portability.
|Brief Specifications of the ASUS ProArt PQ22UC|
|Native Resolution||3840 × 2160|
|Maximum Refresh Rate||60 Hz|
|Response Time||0.1 ms (black to white)|
|Brightness||minimum: 0.0005 cd/m²
typical: 140 cd/m²
maximum: 330 cd/m²
|Viewing Angles||178°/178° horizontal/vertical|
|Pixel Pitch||0.1245 mm²|
|Pixel Density||204 ppi|
|Display Colors||1.07 billion|
|Color Gamut Support||DCI-P3: 99%
sRGB/Rec 709: 100% (tbc)
Adobe RGB: ?
SMPTE C: ?
|Stand||Tilt and height adjustable|
|Inputs||2 × USB Type-C (DP 1.2?)
1 × mini HDMI (2.0a? 2.0b?)
|Launch Price & Date||Spring 2019
€5000 ~ $5000
The ASUS ProArt PQ22UC display is now available from select stores in Austria and the UK for €5,160 and £4,699 with taxes. TFTCentral claims that broader availability is expected in April, but the official price for the UK will be £4,799 with taxes. If we roughly subtract the UK sales tax from the current retail price and convert the sum to US Dollars, we will get something like $5150, which means that the product will likely carry a ~$5000 MSRP in the US.
- ASUS Unveils ProArt PQ22UC OLED Monitor: 4K, 99% DCI-P3, 0.1 ms Response Time
- JOLED Demos 21.6-Inch OLED Monitor for Gamers
- Dell at CES 2019: Alienware 55-Inch 4K 120 Hz OLED Gaming Monitor Showcased
- New 8K OLED Displays for Tablets and Laptops: 8.3 and 13.3 Inches
Sources: TFT Central, AVMagazine
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euskalzabe - Friday, March 22, 2019 - linkWHY. Why can a 55" be bought for $1500, but a 21" panel cost FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS. (!!!!!!)
imaheadcase - Saturday, March 23, 2019 - linkBecause you and millions of other people still don't understand a TV is NOT THE SAME AS A PC MONITOR.
lowphas - Saturday, March 23, 2019 - linkOkay, I got that this is not rgbw, and smaller in size, and has less features... but what is the point you want to make here?
Valantar - Saturday, March 23, 2019 - link3D LUT support is the key here. Alongside 99% DCI P3, >95% color/brightness uniformity (and factory calibration, even if this is less of an issue for this market) this is extremely close to a reference grade monitor. Those are typically 3-5x the price of this. A bit weird that it doesn't support DCI 4K, but that's probably okay for the price.
bigboxes - Monday, March 25, 2019 - linkYou have decide if you need a monitor or a TV. They're not the same.
Xex360 - Friday, March 22, 2019 - linkThe price doesn't make any sense, it doesn't offer anything special for the price.
imaheadcase - Saturday, March 23, 2019 - linkBesides being OLED and the stuff listed in article..sure...
lilkwarrior - Friday, March 29, 2019 - linkSeems you didn't read the features of the monitor that easily makes it the price it's asking for that's typically in $10,000-$25,000 pro monitors that aren't portable.
sorten - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link$5150? That's crazy ...
lilkwarrior - Friday, March 29, 2019 - linkIt has features like a built-in 3D LUT table. Understandably targeted out of the price range of average joes