ASUS ProArt Display 32” 4K HDR Mini-LED Professional Monitor (PA32UCXR) – UHD (3840 x 2160), Built-in Motorized Colorimeter, Dolby Vision, 1600 nits, 97% DCI-P3, ΔE

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$2,999.99

  • 32-inch Mini LED Backlight with 2,304 zones local dimming providing 1600 nits peak brightness & 1000 nits full screen sustained brightness
  • Built-in colorimeter supports Self / Auto calibration, as well as Calman and Light Illusion ColourSpace CMS professional hardware calibration software
  • True 10-bit color depth, 99% Adobe RGB, 97% DCI-P3 wide color gamut
  • Support multiple HDR formats (Dolby Vision, HDR-10, HLG) presents lifelike experience and flexibility
  • Extensive connectivity including dual Thunderbolt 4 USB-C with 90W Power Delivery, DisplayPort, HDMI, USB hub for the most flexibility
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ASUS ProArt Display 32” 4K HDR Mini-LED Professional Monitor (PA32UCXR) – UHD (3840 x 2160), Built-in Motorized Colorimeter, Dolby Vision, 1600 nits, 97% DCI-P3, ΔE
ASUS ProArt Display 32” 4K HDR Mini-LED Professional Monitor (PA32UCXR) – UHD (3840 x 2160), Built-in Motorized Colorimeter, Dolby Vision, 1600 nits, 97% DCI-P3, ΔE

$2,999.99

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Specification: ASUS ProArt Display 32” 4K HDR Mini-LED Professional Monitor (PA32UCXR) – UHD (3840 x 2160), Built-in Motorized Colorimeter, Dolby Vision, 1600 nits, 97% DCI-P3, ΔE

Standing screen display size

‎32 Inches

Screen Resolution

‎3840×2160

Max Screen Resolution

‎3840 x 2160 Pixels

Processor

‎none

RAM

‎DIMM

Card Description

‎Integrated

Brand

‎ASUS

Series

‎PA32UCXR

Item model number

‎PA32UCXR

Operating System

‎Window 10 and 11

Item Weight

‎30.4 pounds

Product Dimensions

‎28.6 x 3.5 x 19.7 inches

Item Dimensions LxWxH

‎28.6 x 3.5 x 19.7 inches

Color

‎Black

Number of Processors

‎1

Manufacturer

‎ASUS

Country of Origin

‎China

Date First Available

‎December 30, 2023

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8 reviews for ASUS ProArt Display 32” 4K HDR Mini-LED Professional Monitor (PA32UCXR) – UHD (3840 x 2160), Built-in Motorized Colorimeter, Dolby Vision, 1600 nits, 97% DCI-P3, ΔE

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  1. Thomas S.

    Writing a review due to a rather strange lack of reviews out there for the PA32UCR-K. It blows my mind this particular model has not been reviewed more.

    Anyway I grade HDR video and use a 13″ M1 iPad Pro with XDR and a 14″ MBP with XDR displays at 1600 nits. Wonderful HDR displays for grading but they are small. I didn’t want to get an Apple Pro Display for $6,000 and have it limited in what it could connect to. So I took a chance n the Asus PA32UCR-K since there are very few comments on using it for HDR grading and editing.

    The short: Buy this damn thing now!

    The long: Buy this damn thing now! Seriously I could not have asked for a better compliment to my smaller XDR displays. the built in HDR standards, the HDR calibration, the 1200 nits, the 87% rec2020 color is all worth every single penny.

    Sure it’s not 1600 nits like my XDR displays but so far I find the Asus PA32UCR-K to sustain 1200 nits very well. Even way above 50% coverage I have not noticed the brightness dip down very much. It all depends how you hook it up. MacOS HDR mode is a bit non standard and seems to limit the display to about 700 nits. Maybe I’m doing something wrong yet. Hooking it up to a BMD video output device for a proper HDR signal however reaches the displays full potential. Even throwing a solid white color on the output and increasing the brightness looks like I’m sustaining about 1200 nits. I have not done a super accurate measurement yet and just eye balling what my scopes read until I no longer see it get brighter. Basically I’m super impressed. I also run both my XDR displays in 1000 nit DCI mode so if the Asus is in fact sustaining 100% 1000 nits thats a perfect match.

    The color on the Asus PA32UCR-K is mind blowing. I’m seeing reds that are just not possible on any other display. Sad thing is I’m now limiting the Asus PA32UCR-K to HDR PQ DCI mode to match the P3 color of the XDR displays. Accuracy first.

    Now the elephant in the room. The 576 local dimming zone blooming. Yeah so what. All mini LEDs bloom. Even my 2048 local dimming zone XDR displays. This topic is way over exaggerate and I find blooming a much smaller compromise than OLED. I’m frankly baffled so many think OLED is superior. Its not. Just because you have blooming doesn’t mean you can’t grade HDR. Anyone experienced should know what the black levels would really be and not be influenced by the blooming. Honestly I hardly notice it on either of my HDR displays. I have a lot of HDR displays as well. A Samsung 1500 nit 50″ TV, A Vizio 500 nit 65″ TV with 83% rec2020 color, Two XDR displays, Now the Asus 1200 nits display, a LG 32″ 350 nit display and a small portable 400 nit 13″ OLED. I hardly ever notice blooming compared to the OLED in any real life material. The only shots I ever see blooming are space scenes or Disney+ title screens on a solid black background with a lot of glow. The glow throws off the blooming. Anyway it’s grossly over exaggerated. Yeah it’s there but it takes a sliver of imagination and understanding to not let it get in the way. OLED has its own negative issues like crappy brightness and dimming of static content to reduce image retention and burn in. It’s completely unpredictable and all over the place. Plus tone mapping down to 200 nits kills colors and values in skin and other normal ranges in video and I find that to be completely worthless for grading.

    Dimming zones are kind of like megapixels as well and you need 4k the amount to really have a decent impact on the blooming. Even then it’s there no matter what you do. 576 local dimming zones could divide the width of the screen into 24 zones. I say could because I don’t know the exact shape of each zone on each display. I’m using simple math where it can be 24×24 zones. 1152 zones on the $3,400 Asus display is only 34×34 zones. While better and slightly smaller the blooming is still there. Even my 2048 zones XDR displays are only about 48×48 regions. Better yet but still clearly they’re around the edges. Nothing will get rid of blooming. Even if Apple jumped up to over 8,000 local dimming zones (96×96) thats still clearly visible zones around bright objects on black. Even dividing a screen into 96 regions across still uses 40 pixels wide zones. Again thats much smaller but it’s still there.

    We always want as many zones as we can get but don’t let the 1152 zone $3,400 Asus fool you into thinking it’s worth 3x the cost of the 576 zone Asus PA32UCR-K. Don’t get me wrong I would have loved the $3,400 model instead but I just couldn’t justify that cost right now.

    A few others thing missing from the highest end $3,400 Asus. 144hz vs 60hz. Yeah to some gamers thats a big deal. Personally I have always gamed at 60hz and I love it. Jedi Fallen Order, Diablo 3, Witcher 3 and too many other time sucks I’m guilty of to list all look great at 60p. Still I get it and some competitive games want 144hz. Honestly I would question using a grading display for that. Seriously get the Asus PA32UCR-K for grading and color critical work and a gaming 144hz 4k display for that. Wear out the cheaper display first and save the expensive display for what matters. Innocen makes some killer HDR 32″ panels now that are still visually great but cost much less to game open and wear out vs $3,400.

    The Asus PA32UCR-K also lacks Dolby Vision which was something I factored but honestly I’m perfectly fine working with HDR10 and, puke, HLG. Maybe someday I will specifically need Dolby Vision. I can still create Dolby Vision with a bit more guess work. For now I don’t need it however so I’m fine spending 1/3 the amount. I personally find the Dolby Vision and HDR10+ situation a bit frustrating anyway. I prefer to stick with HDR10 as a universal standard.

    The Accuracy compared to my XDR displays is stunning. Yes it works perfectly fine with MacOS. Those that say it does not do not know what they are doing or just hates Macs. It is the perfect complement to the XDR displays. This is also the only solution I know of to calibrate for HDR without buying special $2,000 software. That may not matter to casual users but it really matters to me. No I’m not talking about the crude manual HDR calibration tool Windows 11 has to set brightness an contrast. That does nothing for the color. Thats not even calibration. It’s a contrast helper tool.I have used calibration hardware on displays for a long time and they are currently really limited in calibrating color for HDR. The hardware is capable but the software is greatly lacking. Plus using a computer profile for calibration is not always optimal and it’s better to have the calibration on the display itself.

    The Asus PA32UCR-K so far has been worth every single penny. Would gladly buy a second one its that good. I will likely hold off however and wait to see what we get in a few years or just get one of the new HDR models coming out of China at 144hz if I ever decide to get into higher FPS gaming. I really only need my video output display to have perfect HDR so I don’t need a second one just yet.

    One last point about the 4k vs Apple 6k. It doesn’t bother me at all just like using a 4k 27″ vs the 27″ 5k iMacs. I use my 32″ displays with Mac scaling at 3008 wide (6016) or essentially the same 6k as the Apple Pro Display. Don’t believe the hype and myth that it impacts performance. It does not. Only like a 1% hit on resources. A frame buffer is designed to handle resizing with hardly any hit on the system. In terms of quality its stil retina. Maybe not 2x retina and more like 1.5x retina but still retina. The visual difference is almost non existent and totally worth spending $1,200 vs $6,000.

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  2. Andrew P. Peters

    It’s a very pleasant picture to work with. I bought it to mitigate eye and posture strain and it helps. It’s also decent for casual gaming.

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  3. Aaron

    I’ve been researching monitors for months. I’m developing apps presently and I wanted something that was easy to look at, had excellent picture quality, and was easy on the eyes. I had previously purchased the Asus MX27UC (27″ 4k, now discontinued and unavailable) and the LG UltraFine 32″ 4k Monitor 32UL500-W (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B088G1PKKN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1).

    The Asus MX27UC is a wonderful monitor. No eye strain, beautiful picture quality, and it has USB-C as well. No complaints apart from the price at the time of purchase.

    In the case of the LG, the picture quality was significantly less. Colours were bright but washed out and it induced eye strain. It was also too large for my needs – too big for one window, but too small for two – if that makes sense. The price was good though.

    I had considered other options:
    1. LG 34WN750-B: https://www.amazon.com/LG-34WN750-B-Technology-Multi-Tasking-Borderless/dp/B08BCR1SJS/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3FZB2N1GRKDEN&keywords=lg+monitor+34%22+4k&qid=1697398016&sprefix=lg+monitor+34+4k%2Caps%2C220&sr=8-3&ufe=app_do%3Aamzn1.fos.c3015c4a-46bb-44b9-81a4-dc28e6d374b3
    2. LG 28MQ780-B 28 Inch SDQHD (2560 x 2880): https://www.amazon.com/LG-28MQ780-B-DualUp-Monitor-DCI-P3/dp/B09XTD5C7H/ref=sr_1_10?crid=NF1H7ECFCW04&keywords=lg%2Bmonitor&qid=1697397968&sprefix=lg%2Bmonito%2Caps%2C231&sr=8-10&ufe=app_do%3Aamzn1.fos.2b70bf2b-6730-4ccf-ab97-eb60747b8daf&th=1

    But ultimately, the Asus picture quality was the deciding factor. Having two 27″ screens side-by-size was the ideal setup for me, with my laptop being the third screen. The windows were perfectly viewable in the 27″ screens, and the picture quality/colours/ease of readability made the experience that much better. This ProArt monitor delivers in all respects. And because I don’t live in the US, I’m basically buying these without seeing them first. I’ll highly recommend this monitor. The user experience, in the end, is what ultimately matters to me.

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  4. Aditya Sardana

    So, if you are planning to buy this, there are a few things you need to know beforehand:
    1. It does not work with Type C, right out of the box. I got September 2021 make and ASUS still hasn’t updated the factory firmware, so you’ll either have to manually update the thing or get ASUS to do it for you by registering a complaint and then you just gotta wait, for I guess a year or some for them to respond? That brings me to my second point.

    2. I called up ASUS Customer support when I got this, and I told them I need to update the firmware in order for it to work with my Macbook with a Type C, I then had to explain to the customer support human where exactly on ASUS’s website was the solution to this, but it required a Windows machine which I didn’t have. After wasting like 4 hours with them, they said a technician will visit my location to fix it and I’ll receive a complaint number on my registered email in the next 24-48 hours, fair enough I guess.

    It’s been 14 days since the delivery and the whole customer support thing, I still haven’t received the complaint number and any support from their tech team, I ended up figuring out the solution for this by borrowing a windows machine in order to update the firmware.

    Point is, If you are on a tight budget like me, and you can are okay with the whole ASUS after-sales service thing (which I am not, not anymore), feel free to get this monitor, it’s a good display, but If you can, get a BenQ or an Eizo Monitor instead, especially if you are in India.

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  5. Amazon Customer

    I’ve had a smaller, non-4K, wide spectrum monitor for years. This one is overwhelmingly better. Haven’t recalibrated it yet but it used the same Xrite product line my other one uses so it should be simple to use. Have used it for about 15 hours so far in regular and hdr modes. Very impressive. The menu system will take getting used to but this monitor offers a large number of gamut options. Instructions are not great but I will get by and eventually master it.

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  6. Jean-Christophe

    Rien à dire, on a un haut de gamme à petit prix

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  7. Sam

    I have owned this monitor for many months now, and have to share just how great it is.
    The way I use it is as a secondary monitor to my laptop. The 32in screen gives you a lot of real-estate to work with, so it definitely enhanced my home computing experience.

    The picture quality and color is great! No artifacts of any kind, and no inaccuracies. I found it to be suitable for both productivity work like editing documents and writing code, as well as for entertainment such as watching movies.

    The only drawbacks I can think of is the fact that it takes ~5s to turn on (which is not a big deal), and that it’s not as bright as my laptop screen. But my laptop screen gets really bright, so it’s not necessarily a bad indication of this monitor. I find the brightness perfectly acceptable (at least for indoors).

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  8. Patricia

    This was recommended to me as I’m a very keen photographer. My pictures look great and a huge difference from my old monitor which was over 12 years old. If it wasn’t for the photos I might have chosen a less expensive monitor, but for me, it’s wonderful!

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