Consumer-grade curved monitors have been available for years now, however professional curved monitors are a rarer sight. To that end, at IFA ASUS demonstrated its professional-grade curved ProArt PA34V display aimed at CAD, graphics, and video professionals. The monitor will ship factory-calibrated.

The ASUS ProArt PA34V is based around a 34-inch IPS panel that features a 3440×1440 resolution, a 21:9 aspect ratio, a 1900R curvature, and sporting a maximum refresh rate of 100 Hz. ASUS claims that the display covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut and is calibrated to Delta E < 2 accuracy. To make the display more attractive to prosumers who work and play using the same tools, the ProArt PA34V supports VESA’s Adaptive-Sync technology with a 40 – 100 Hz range and will eventually get AMD’s FreeSync certification.

ASUS officially positions its ProArt PA34V for CAD engineers, video editors, and photographers. Meanwhile, since video and photo professionals usually require wider color gamuts than what the PA34V supports (e.g. DCI-P3), it looks that the PA34V will be a better fit for CAD and web designers (assuming that CAD engineers find a curved display accurate enough).

When it comes to connectivity, the ProArt PA34V has one DisplayPort 1.2 input, two HDMI 2.0 headers, as well as two Thunderbolt 3 ports. The latter is to enable professionals to daisy chain the display with storage and other TB3 devices used in their workflow. Meanwhile, the monitor can be used with up to four PCs and supports PbP and PiP features.

The market of professional monitors is not as saturated as the market of mainstream displays and while it is relatively conservative – making it uneasy for new entrants to expand their presence – it can absorb rather unique solutions. Having launched multiple “regular” ProArt-series monitors designed for professional use, this year ASUS is targeting niches with its 21.6-inch ProArt PQ22UC OLED monitor for on set routines, as well as this new 34-inch curved ProArt PA34V for those who need an ultra-wide display.

ASUS does not disclose when it plans to ship its ProArt PA34V monitor and how much will it cost. Since the display is positioned as a professional solution, I'm expecting it will be priced higher than similar consumer UWQHD LCDs.

ASUS ProArt Curved Professional Display
  PA34V
Panel 34" IPS
Native Resolution 3440 × 1440
Refresh Rate Range 40-100 Hz with Adaptive-Sync
Response Time ?
Brightness ?
Contrast ?
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Curvature 1900 R
Pixel Pitch 0.2382 mm
Connectors 1 × DP 1.2
2 × HDMI 2.0
2 × TB3
USB Hub ?
Audio ?
Color Gamut 100% sRGB calibrated to Delta E < 2 accuracy

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Source: ASUS

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  • Chaitanya - Wednesday, September 05, 2018 - link

    Curious to find out what power consumption is like on this new monitor. Reply
  • mobutu - Wednesday, September 05, 2018 - link

    Curved for CAD? I don't think so. Reply
  • Dug - Wednesday, September 05, 2018 - link

    Although there are plenty of cad designers that don't mind, because of the width you need a curved screen or the edges look distorted. Reply
  • boeush - Wednesday, September 05, 2018 - link

    This is where the 'ultrawide' trend has officially crossed the line into stark raving ludicrous. Look at that sample picture at the top of the article. With all those timeline editing widgets along the bottom of the screen, the actual video display area is now squished into - what - super-duper-hyper-wide?!?

    If you're going to edit ultrawide videos, you'll want a monitor that's actually significantly taller (or more square) than an ultrawide - to fit in all that 'chrome' around the video. Pitching form-factors like these at the 'professional' market is some sort of a sign - indicating congenital stupidity, perhaps, or maybe the onset of dementia...
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  • Dug - Wednesday, September 05, 2018 - link

    Although the picture is obviously fake, why wouldn't you want a 21:9 aspect ratio for editing? No matter what software you are using, you will have bars of tools either on the bottom or on the side, or both like in the picture. Reply
  • boeush - Sunday, September 09, 2018 - link

    Because of the ultrawide aspect ratio, reserving 100 pixels on the top or bottom of the screen for 'toolbars' equates to simultaneously 'reserving' 100 * 21 / 9 = 233 pixels on the sides. There's just no way around that. Yet for things like video editing, sound editing, or animation, the timeline/channel/motion-curve widgets are typically laid out horizontally because that naturally affords them the best information density as balanced against usability. Which already puts vertical space at a premium before even contemplating the atrocity of these 'ultrawide' displays in a 'pro' setting... Reply
  • Morawka - Wednesday, September 05, 2018 - link

    As a photography, I wish it was 100% Adobe RGB instead Reply
  • milkod2001 - Thursday, September 06, 2018 - link

    Professional and curved don't go together very well. Wonder who is designing them monitors, 13 years old kids using random generator of specs? Reply
  • Drazick - Thursday, September 06, 2018 - link

    Is there any decent 32" monitor with 2560 x 1600 resolution on the market?
    I really miss 16:10 aspect ration (Wouldn't mind 3:2 as well).
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  • Vatharian - Thursday, September 06, 2018 - link

    Sooooo, looking at the specs, ROG PG348Q didn't sell that good, so they change device's case and try market it to crowd that won't benefit from it?

    I have PG348Q and it is fine monitor, but definitely far from usable in enterprise environment - buggy software, lack of inputs, no PbP and external power brick.
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