A mere month after ASUS unveiled its 31.5-inch 4K monitor to the world, and the humbly-named PQ321 is already available for pre-order on Amazon, Newegg and TigerDirect. As a reminder, the Ultra HD display boasts a jaw-dropping 3840 x 2160-pixel 10-bit RGB (a billion colors) IGZO panel with LED backlight, 176-degree viewing angles, a maximum of 350 cd/m2 in brightness and 8ms GTG response time. Built-in stereo speakers sweeten the package, as does a 3.5mm audio jack, DisplayPort connectivity and dual HDMI inputs. Oh, and did we mention it's also apparently the thinnest 4K monitor on the market at only 35mm thick? However, you'll have to pay a pretty penny for all that awesomeness: it has an introductory price of $3,499.99. That's about $300 less than what was announced a month ago, but it's still not exactly cheap. The PQ321 is set for a July 16th release date, so you still have a couple weeks to bribe relatives, rob a bank or sell off any unwanted organs.
ASUS Announces PQ321Q Pre-Order:
The World's First Consumer 4K Monitor
31.5-inch 4K Ultra HD Monitor features four-times the resolution of a Full HD display for incredibly detailed and lifelike images
Fremont, California (July 1, 2013) - ASUS, a worldwide leader in high performance large screen displays, today announced the exclusive pre-order for the highly-anticipated PQ321Q True 4K UHD monitor. Starting July 1st, US consumers will be able to pre-order the world's first consumer 4K monitor through Newegg, Amazon, or TigerDirect at an introductory MSRP of $3,499 USD. The PQ321Q True 4K UHD Monitor, a desktop display with a stunning Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution, delivers a screen resolution equivalent to four Full HD displays combined. It has a 31.5-inch LED-backlit 4K Ultra HD display (140 pixels-per-inch) with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and supports 10-bit RGB 'deep color' for vibrant images with more natural transitions between hues.
Introducing Cutting-edge IGZO Panel Technology
The ASUS PQ321Q True 4K UHD Monitor uses cutting-edge Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) rather than traditional amorphous silicon for the active layer of its LCD panel. IGZO panels support much smaller transistors than amorphous silicon, enabling much smaller pixels. This allows the PQ321Q to have four times the amount of pixels compared to a 1920 x 1080 Full HD display. Despite the increase in pixels, the PQ321Q offers peace of mind by coming with a 30-day Zero Bright Dot warranty.
To ensure the ultimate visual experience, 176-degree wide viewing angles on both vertical and horizontal planes minimize onscreen color shift, while the 350cd/m² brightness rating and 8ms gray-to-gray response time ensure smooth, bright, and vibrant moving visuals. IGZO technology also gives reduced energy consumption compared to amorphous silicon and reduces bulk, maximizing your available space. At 35mm at its thickest point, the PQ321Q is not only the first True 4K UHD consumer monitor but also the thinnest available today.
Comprehensive Video Inputs for UHD Content
The ASUS PQ321Q True 4K UHD Monitor features DisplayPort and dual HDMI ports with Picture-by-Picture support. DisplayPort's Multi Stream Transport mode allows 60Hz refresh rates at 3840 x 2160 resolution using graphics cards from NVIDIA, AMD, and integrated video from 4th Generation Intel® Core™ processors. Built-in 2W stereo speakers remove the need for additional desktop clutter and, in addition to being wall-mountable, the monitor stand offers full height, swivel, and tilt adjustments.
31.5" (80.1 cm), 3840x2160, IGZO WLED Backlit, 0.182mm Pixel Pitch
1073.7 million colors /100% sRGB/80% NTSC CIE1976 / 72% NTSC CIE1931
Min < 80cd/m2 Max: 350cd/m2
VIEWING ANGLE (CR ≥ 10)
Horizontal: 176° / Vertical: 176°
14 bit LUT
COLOR AND GAMMA
Standard, Vivid, and sRGB color modes. 18 levels of color temperature 3K-10K in 500K increments.
5 Gamma Modes: 1.8, 2.0, 2.2, 2.4, Standard
DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 1.4, RS-232C
2W x 2 stereo, 3.5mm In, 3.5mm Out (for HDMI and DP only)
0 ~ 150mm / 0 – 5.9"
PIVOT / SWIVEL / TILT
Swivel +45° to -45° / Tilt +25° to -5°
Picture-by-Picture, Screen/OSD Rotate, Kensington Lock
VESA WALL MOUNT
100mm x 100mm
750 x 489 x 256 mm (with stand) / 29.5 x 19.2 x 10 inches (with stand)
13Kg / 28.6lbs
UL/cUL, FCC, ICES, RoHS, WEEE, Windows 7 and 8 WHQL
MAX. POWER CONSUMPTION
Operating ≦ 93W / Standby < 6W / Low Power < 1W
DisplayPort cable, Power Cord, RS-232C conversion cable, Warranty card, Cable Tie