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
  PQ22UC
Panel 21.6" OLED
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
Contrast 1,000,000:1
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: ?
Rec2020: ?
Stand Tilt and height adjustable
Inputs 2 × USB Type-C (DP 1.2?)
1 × mini HDMI (2.0a? 2.0b?)
PSU External
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.

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Sources: TFT Central, AVMagazine

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  • jrs77 - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link

    Awesome display, but a bit pricey. Reply
  • Frenetic Pony - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link

    $5k is a BIT? Doesn't even conform to any HDR brightness standard, which is what any artist paying for an HDR monitor would require.

    What a stupid thing.
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  • quiksilvr - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link

    I have to agree. Considering that OLED 4K TVs cost about 1/3 of this and are much larger the price does not make much sense. It isn't even higher refresh rate, G-SYNC or DisplayHDR certified like their own PG27UQ. The response time of this OLED is pretty sick though. Reply
  • caqde - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link

    Well considering the OLED DisplayHDR certification was only recently introduced in January. It is not surprising this monitor has not gone through the certification process since Display HDR 400/600/1000 are only for LCD panels.

    https://www.anandtech.com/show/13756/vesa-rolls-ou...
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  • bug77 - Saturday, March 23, 2019 - link

    It's not because the standard is recent, it's because this monitor doesn't meet it. The lower standard, DisplayHDR 400 TrueBlack requires 250cd/sqm for full screen and 400cd/sqm for local flashes. This monitor only does 140 and 330.
    It's the age-old problem of OLED and burn in when you crank up the brightness.
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  • dropme - Saturday, March 23, 2019 - link

    https://www.anandtech.com/show/13896/samsung-unvei...

    At least Samsung's meets the standard (if we believe what they're saying)
    Reply
  • Santoval - Saturday, March 23, 2019 - link

    "The response time of this OLED is pretty sick though."
    That is not something unique with that display or due to it being a professional monitor. ~0.1 ms response times are typical for OLED panels. OLED is simply super fast at that.
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  • Brett Howse - Sunday, March 24, 2019 - link

    4K OLED TVs are not RGB OLED but W-OLED which is why they are significantly less money:
    https://www.anandtech.com/show/13054/at-101-unders...
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  • eastcoast_pete - Monday, March 25, 2019 - link

    Thanks Brett! I also asked Anton, but maybe you can answer it, too: Are these RGB OLED monitors significantly more resistant to burn-in than W-OLED displays? I love the color depth and blacks of OLED displays, but have shied away from them for use as monitors. Given the price of the ASUS, I wouldn't touch them unless they are fully warrantied against burn-in for at least 3 years. Reply
  • Brett Howse - Monday, March 25, 2019 - link

    Not sure if would be any different, but also not sure if burn in is a real issue anymore. It's definitely not something I worry about as an OLED TV owner, but I'll admit the static nature of PCs with things like the task bar is a slightly different matter. Reply

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