Excerpt: We have a confession to make (well, several actually, but all the rest date back to our college days, and some secrets are best left untold). Reviewing monitors isn't as fun as it once was. It's not that we've grown jaded over the years, but plain and simple, the monitor market has become stale, lacking the kind of 'gee-whiz' innovations that tend to excite us.
Pros: It's a 4K panel!, Excellent color uniformity, Can deliver 60Hz on a single cable, Gaming friendly, Did we mention it's a 4K panel?
Cons: Expensive, Rotating panel into portrait mode requires re-configuring the base.
ASUS PQ321Q UltraHD Monitor Review: Living with a 31.5-inch 4K Desktop Display
23 July 2013
Conclusion: Coming into this review, I wasn’t totally sure what to expect from the ASUS PQ321Q, or any monitor with this high of a resolution. I love the screen on my iPhone 5 and my retina iPad, but I hold those really close to my face. Since I sit a couple feet away from a monitor, was I really going to notice the difference? Yes, yes I did. Even coming into the office right after a standard 30”, 2560x1600 display, the difference is huge.
Excerpt: Talk to most PC enthusiasts today, be they gamers or developers, and ask them what technology they are most interested in for the next year or so and you will most likely hear about 4K somewhere in the discussion. While the world of consumer electronics and HDTV has been stuck in the rut of 1080p for quite some time now, computers, smartphones and tablets are racing in the direction of higher resolutions and higher pixel densities.
Conclusion: We've established that gaming on a 4K monitor at high- or ultra-quality settings requires a beefy graphics card. Performance in Far Cry 3, for example, barely nudges past 30fps, let alone the desired 60fps, while it's even lower in Crysis 3. The 8.3MP load is substantially higher than the 6.2MP load required for three 1080p screens in a 3x1 surround setup. In fact, simplifying it greatly, the pixel count is worth an extra screen - four vs.
Video Perspective: ASUS PQ321Q 31.5-in 4K Monitor Overview and Initial Testing
12 July 2013
Excerpt: While we are far from ready to post a full review of the display and have lots of more game testing to get to, we did host a live stream for the unboxing and initial testing of the PQ321Q that I think is worth sharing.
Excerpt: Forget about your wide screen displays with room for multiple apps, if you’re working in a finance environment, work with CAD or 3D design, or are editing 4K video footage, then resolution and display size are king. That’s where the Asus PQ321QE comes in, with a 31.5” diagonal screen that packs a staggering 3840x2160 resolution into the 16:9 aspect ratio, delivering 140ppi.
Fantastic resolution delivers incredible detail, excellent colour accuracy, puts out a large amount of light, good contrast, stand swivels, monitor tilts, 10-bit colour, great for video
Expensive, requires high end graphics to produce 60Hz mode, only a single DisplayPort interface, large bevel, slowish 8ms gtg response time, very heavy, colour gamut is some way off sRGB.