10-bit color, DisplayPort, and IGZO all mean business.
ASUS has announced the IGZO-based PQ321 monitor. At 31.5 inches the display supports a 3840 x 2160 resolution. Positioned as a monitor, this 4K UHD device has some distinct advantages to other offerings.
Unlike UHD TV sets, the PQ321 is meant to reside mere inches from the viewer's eyes. With its lone DisplayPort, the PQ321 can handle both high resolutions and high frame rates. The monitor also hosts two HDMI ports. and can handle Picture-by-Picture support.
The ASUS high resolution capability comes virtue of its Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) LCD design. In short with IGZO, the likely Sharp-derived panel packs in the pixels. The monitor's size positions it at the extreme of desktop displays, typical reserved for creative production or for applications that require four displays in one. Naturally, enthusiasts, including gamers tend to favor beefy displays.
The monitor is rounded out with a pair of bare essential 2W speakers. Pricing has not been announced, but is expected to be around $5,000 to $7,000.
Author: Brian Hoss