Preordered the Asus ProArt 32UCX-K!

Not sure whether I wouldn’t be better off getting the PA32UC instead, but I went ahead and preordered the PA32UCX-K anyhow. The PAUCX-K boasts 1,200 nits compared to 1,000 nits for the PA32UC and it’s got 1,152 local dimming zones compared to 384 in the PA32UC. Not having done a side-by-side comparison – or even seeing either machine for that matter – it’s impossible to know whether I’d even be able to tell the difference. The increase in brightness is probably negligible since it requires a doubling of brightness in well-lit scenes for the eye to detect any real difference. In contrast, my LG OLED barely reaches 700 nits peak brightness, which is why movies are best watched in a darkened room. The PA32UC is able to handle HDR10 but not HLG or Dolby Vision, and while HDR10 is the single most commonly preferred flavor of HDR, I will undoubtedly be working with more HLG for YouTube delivery in the future. The PA32UCX-K also includes an i1 Display Pro calibration device, which comes in handy.

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In order to use the monitor with a Mac, an external capture device is required. I’ll be using the recently released Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K Mini, connected as follows:

iMac -> ThunderBolt 3 -> UltraStudio Mini -> HDMI -> ProArt 32UCX

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Given its bright screen (as high as 1,534 cd/m2), it should come as no surprise that the PA32UCX-K consumes record-breaking levels of power: as much as 221 watts, according to PRAD. The one saving grace is that it consumes 0 watts in standby mode, according to the same reviewer. In addition to outrageous energy consumption and loud fan noise, the review also notes that their unit had to warm up for a good hour before the color temperature could be regarded as relatively stable. Considering that I snagged a 30% discount on the monitor and that professional HDR reference monitors start at around $30,000, I can live with a few inconveniences. I’m told the monitor should arrive by the end of next month or the first week of January.

Now just waiting patiently for Sony to release a mirrorless camera that records 10-bit!

 

About to Pull the Trigger on this Puppy

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The upcoming Apple XDR has 1,600 nits brightness, but only the 2019 Mac Pro can display the full 6K resolution; the panel has just 576 zones of local dimming compared to Asus’s 1,152; and it will cost upwards of $6,000 including stand: nearly double what I was quoted for the PA32UCX-K here in Vietnam. I’m told the Asus should be available in the first half of January.