Asus ProArt PA32UC Review – Stunning 32" 4k HDR Editing Monitor


The Asus Proart PA32UC is perfect on paper, STUNNING for HDR, and on a massive sale! But is that enough to be the best monitor for editing?
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  1. How even are the leds? I have the previous generation (ProArt PA328Q). I had it for a year now, but I want to move on. I think for what the asking price is, they could have done a better job at minimizing uneven lighting. I was working on a dark scene last night, and remembered how bad the edges are.

  2. Really annoying that this expensive monitor doesn’t have a setting to switch to limited RGB. A setting that most cheap monitors and TVs have. I guess they’re thinking that all users will only use it with PCs but I’m using it with some older devices that can only output limited RGB so I had to buy another device that does the conversion from limited to full RGB.

  3. There’s a trick to tuning HDR Settings: the Settings you are in before switching to HDR mode actually influence display in HDR mode (yes, even the settings that become locked in HDR mode). Drove me insane before I figured that out. It’s a very weird behavior. For example It’s a huge difference if you start HDR mode from the sRGB or DCI-P3 mode

  4. The sequel to this monitor is already out PA32UCX which has even better specs (over 1000 dimming zones, miniLED, Dolby vision, even better color space coverage, 1200 nits) and they improved some of your complaints like including a hole in the stand for cable management and a hood, but it’s $1000 more

  5. At 10:37 you say that the PA32UC panel is not really 10-bit, but something else? Do you mean 8-bit plus FRC (dithering)? Many budget displays offer that. The displayspecifications site indicates that the PA32UC is "10-bit". The Asus site itself furnishes few specs at all. Ditto for the Amazon listing. Is it untrue that real 10-bit is necessary for real HDR 1000? Or, if real 10-bit depth is preferable, how can a buyer know?

  6. Good overview, though I wish you had shown the mouse moving on a black background so we can see how good the HDR is.
    I have the LG 5K2K and it suffers from a fierce glow in those high contrast HDR moments, I love it otherwise.
    My 11 y.o. Dell 30" is dying and I'm looking for a replacement, this Asus is a maybe, especially since it's $300 off at the moment.

  7. Good video man, but you "complain" about technically inaccurate viewing conditions. For rec709 which essentially is srgb, viewing should be between 80-120nits. Once you crank above the spec, you are out of the proper gamut.

  8. Thanks Dan, this was really useful. I am replacing my whole system at the moment and I wondered what recommendations you may have for desktops/laptops as well. I'm an MS Windows user and I realise that we have now moved into a world of SSD drives rather than HDD but I find it difficult to make sense of it all.

  9. My old (and ultra-cheap) Asus died a month back – full smoke and flames job! Took a while to get an Eizo CS2730. I'm only a hobbyist but I found colour quality out of this world, ease of use also generally excellent. Cabling took a bit of an effort – when screens are all so thin I guess engineers have only so much tiny space to work with. It also has some nifty software which pairs the colour on the screen to your printer and paper combination so what you see is what gets onto the paper. Thanks for a very honest review.

  10. Thank you for the video, been looking to change to this. I have the Acer BX320HK 32" 4k monitor. My spyder 5 also gives my monitor a slight magenta as well as my laptop. So to me its more to do with Datacolor


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