Earlier this year ASUS announced two ProArt displays featuring Mini LED-based backlighting supporting full array local dimming (FALD) aimed at professionals. The ProArt PA32UCX with 1152-zone FALD was introduced at CES, whereas the smaller ProArt PA27UCX with 576-zone FALD was quietly unveiled later on. At Computex, the company provided an update regarding their availability.

The large 32-inch ProArt PA32UCX display with a 1152-zone FALD is nearly ready and will be available sometimes in late June, according to an ASUS representative at the company’s booth. The smaller 27-inch ProArt PA27UCX monitor with a 576-zone FALD is several months behind the flagship, so it is still being polished off. The same rep assured that this LCD will still be available by the end of the year, but refused to reveal any more precise information.

While the ProArt PA32UCX and the ProArt PA27UCX displays are different when it comes to diagonal sizes and the number of FALD zones, they have a lot in common. Both are based on 10-bit IPS panels featuring a 3840×2160 resolution, 1,000 – 1,200 nits peak brightness, a high contrast ratio, and a 60 Hz refresh rate. The monitors are factory calibrated to ΔE < 2 accuracy, they cover 99% of DCI-P3, 89% of Rec. 2020, 99.5% of Adobe RGB, and 100% of sRGB color spaces used for video post-production as well as graphics design nowadays.

Besides, both Mini LED-enabled monitors from ASUS support numerous HDR formats, including HDR10, hybrid log gamma (HLG), and Dolby Vision (the 32-incher only, so far). The two LCDs also meet or exceed requirements for VESA’s DisplayHDR 1000 logo. Last but not least, both displays feature either Thunderbolt 3 or USB Type-C connectivity with 60 W Power Delivery.

Specifications of the ASUS ProArt Mini LED Displays
  ProArt PA27UCX ProArt PA32UCX
Panel 27" IPS 32" IPS
Native Resolution 3840 × 2160
Maximum Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time unknown unknown
Brightness 1000 cd/m² (peak) 1200 cd/m² (peak)
Contrast high high
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
HDR HDR10, HLG HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision
Backlighting Mini-LED-based
576-zone FALD
1152-zone FALD
Pixel Pitch   0.1845 mm²
Pixel Density   138 ppi
Display Colors   1.07 billion
Color Gamut Support DCI-P3: 99%
Adobe RGB: 99.5%
Rec. 2020: 89%
sRGB: 100%
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Stand Hight, Tilt, and Swivel adjustable
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort
1 × USB-C
1 × HDMI 2.0
1 × DisplayPort
2 × Thunderbolt 3 (in/out)
1 × HDMI 2.0
USB Hub     USB hub
Launch Date Late 2019 June 2019

Pricing of the ProArt PA32UCX and the ProArt PA27UCX is something that remains to be seen. Evidently, Mini LED-based backlighting is a new technology and costs more than traditional units. Furthermore, both monitors belong to professional pedigree, so expect them to be priced accordingly.

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  • edzieba - Saturday, June 15, 2019 - link

    Not only is dual-panel more expensive than FALD backlights ('mini' LED or just regular LED) - due to the panel being the most expensive component in the display and double-panel doubling that cost - it also requires a truly monstrous backlight to drive peak brightness values through two panels. A monstrous backlight that, unless it is also FALD, will burn through both 'off' pixels of your stacked panels and kill your contrast anyway. Plus make the whole display unsuitable for any application where power draw and/or heat are a concern.
  • ABR - Sunday, June 16, 2019 - link

    "Proper solution is Dual cell LCD". No, the proper solution is OLED. Local dimming is a low-res hack trying to add high contrast to a technology that just doesn't support it.
  • skavi - Monday, September 2, 2019 - link

    OLED can't get the same brightness levels. Especially as PPI is reduced.
  • FXi - Monday, June 17, 2019 - link

    I wouldn't call it a mistake so much as a technology that has limitations in cost and ability that set in pretty quickly. Cost is already high at 60Hz and only gets less durable, less quality of image, and even MORE costly at 120-144Hz. So for professional uses it gets the job done, but OLED gets it done cheaper but with other issues in how it gets there. In the end I suspect only individual pixel lighting technologies will prevail, but there are a lot of reasons for using a steady light source and a varying aperture to achieve a good image. And of course, "best" varies in nature by price and just how much anyone can notice the improvement in quality.
  • JEmlay - Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - link

    Halos and trailing are moot with this many zones and with this type of back light.
  • Bulat Ziganshin - Friday, June 14, 2019 - link

    I expect price of $1000 for the stand :)
  • ksec - Friday, June 14, 2019 - link

    Their previous model were $2K to 3K. This could easily be 4K+. Now people could at least compare what value Apple's Pro XDR is offering.
  • imaheadcase - Friday, June 14, 2019 - link

    including the stand? ZING!
  • PeachNCream - Friday, June 14, 2019 - link

    Excluding the stand and then charging extra for it is trendsetting. I'd say it's a new idea, but f---ing Cisco has been doing it for years by not including rail kits with RACK MOUNTED networking equipment.
  • Flunk - Saturday, June 15, 2019 - link

    Pro monitors quite often come without a stand, but they do come with a VESA mount. Without either is a scam.

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