ASUS announce first Mini LED Monitor - the ProArt PA32UCX.
Mini LED - Maxi HDR
Announced as the first PC monitor to use Mini LED as a backlight, the ProArt PA32UCX is a 32” 4K monitor designed to really take advantage of HDR.The ProArt PA32UCX from ASUS, recently announced at CES, is a flagship 4K monitor that uses a 10bit, 32-inch IPS panel which stands out from the crowd by using a Mini LED backlight to create 1000 dimming zones and which is said be capable of reproducing HDR up to 1200 nits peak brightness. It also features two Thunderbolt 3 and one HDMI 2.0 ports for connecting to a range of other input and output devices.
Designed for use by professional content creators, the ProArt is a 32-inch screen with a 3840 x 2160 (4K) native resolution. The screen is capable of reproducing 97% coverage of the DCI-P3 colour space used by Hollywood filmmakers and 89% of the Rec. 2020 colour space, which is the colour space for ultra-high definition television.
Most PC monitors use edge backlighting which limits the extent to which HDR can be implemented and even those LCD monitors with Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) are limited by the number of dimming zones that can be implemented.
Micro LED still uses zones but the LEDs are smaller and packed more tightly together which means that the number of zones can be increased, thus enabling greater control over areas of brightness and darkness, especially if those areas are very close together (a candle flickering the dark, or a black cursor on a white background, for example). The halo effect that’s common with coarser LED arrays normally manifests as light bleed around bright points, but that’s minimized when there is a higher number of smaller LEDs.
The ProArt PA32UCX has support for HDR10 and HLG High Dynamic Range (HDR) formats to take advantage of this precision brightness control enabled by the 1000 zones.
Connectivity comes in the form of two USB Type-C ports that support Thunderbolt 3 for data transfers at 40 Gbps. You can daisy-chain external storage or even multiple monitors from those connectors. Alternatively, attach the PA32UCX to your graphics card through a more traditional HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort interface - the monitor supports both.
It will be interesting to see how other manufacturers react to the use of Mini LEDs as a backlighting solution for computer monitors.
Available in the spring with a price tag expected to put it out of the range of most non-professional users.
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