At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2019 trade show this week, ASUS announced that it had added support for Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) transport to its professional ProArt PQ22UC and ProArt PA32UCX monitors. The screens will be among the first displays in the industry to support this technology.

Dolby Vision is a high dynamic range content production and delivery format that supports wide color gamut (Rec. 2020 or 2100) with color depth of up to 12 bits at all stages and can encode colorimetry information using static (SMPTE ST 2086) and dynamic metadata (SMPTE ST 2094-10) for each scene. Dolby Vision supports luminance from 0.0001 nits all the way to 10,000 nits, yet the current  Dolby’s Pulsar reference monitor for Dolby Vision post-production features a peak brightness level of 4000 nits. To support the format properly, monitors have to support a wide color gamut (at least Rec. 2020), feature a very high contrast ratio, and brightness on par with modern high-end Ultra-HD televisions.

Being aimed at graphics and video professionals (with a special emphasize on cinema industry) the ProArt PQ22UC is based on an OLED panel, whereas the ProArt PA32UCX that uses an IPS panel with a mini-LED backlighting featuring quantum dots. Because of these advanced technologies both monitors offer a wide color gamut as well as high contrasts. Meanwhile, only the latter features 1200 nits brightness.

The addition of Dolby Vision support to ASUS’ professional ProArt PQ22UC and ProArt PA32UCX monitors will naturally be welcome for professionals and prosumers who need this HDR format for their work or entertainment. In the meantime, it remains to be seen when ASUS and other display makers support this technology on their consumer monitors that do not cost several thousands of USDs.

Specifications of the ASUS ProArt Mini LED Display
  ProArt PA32UCX
Panel 32" IPS
Native Resolution 3840 × 2160
Maximum Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time unknown
Brightness 1200 cd/m² (peak)
Contrast high
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
HDR HDR10, HLG
Backlighting Mini-LED-based 1000-zone FALD
Pixel Pitch 0.1845 mm²
Pixel Density 138 ppi
Display Colors 1.07 billion
Color Gamut Support DCI-P3: 98%
Adobe RGB: ?
Rec. 2020: 80%
sRGB: ?
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Stand Hight, Tilt, and Swivel adjustable
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort
2 × Thunderbolt 3
1 × HDMI 2.0
USB Hub ?
Launch Date Spring 2019

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Source: ASUS

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  • dontlistentome - Thursday, April 18, 2019 - link

    <posts obligatory monitor story comment about no 240,000Hz refresh and 0.0001 ms response times so must be rubbish> Reply
  • imaheadcase - Thursday, April 18, 2019 - link

    Also no RGB. Complete fail am i right? lol Reply
  • LukaP - Thursday, April 18, 2019 - link

    I'm *fairly* sure it is RGB... Reply
  • boeush - Thursday, April 18, 2019 - link

    Wrong. As clearly illustrated by the color volume graph, this monitor is in fact RGBY*W.

    :P
    Reply
  • edzieba - Thursday, April 18, 2019 - link

    "HDR: HDR10, HLG"

    Erm, isn't there a rather critical headline feature missing from that table line?
    Reply
  • nathanddrews - Friday, April 19, 2019 - link

    Seconded. Reply

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