Tech Review: ASUS Pro Art 329

The nice folks over at ASUS lent over this amazing monitor for me to test out for a couple of weeks. To start things off, I was never really the super technical reviewer of any gadget. You have websites like Tom’s Hardware to provide you with more precise numbers. I’m writing this out of experience working with the display, and its importance in my line of work. Some run of the basic specs:

  • Panel: 32” 16:9 IPS panel
  • Resolution: 4K UHD 3840 x 2160
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.1845mm (138ppi)
  • Viewing angles: 178°(H)/178°(V)
  • Color Saturation: 99.5% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB(Rec. 709), 90% DCI-P3, support Rec. 2020
  • Display Colors: 1.07 Billion (10-bit)
  • Refresh Rate: 4K at 60Hz via DP and HDMI (v2.0)
  • Response time: 5ms(gray-to-gray)
  • Brightness: 350 cd/m² (max.); 300 cd/m² (typ.)
  • ASCR: 100,000,000:1
  • Flicker-free
  • Low Blue Light (Blue Light Filter)

Having a good monitor is a worthy investment especially when you do this for a living. Larger displays gives you all that real estate work with instead of having to shove Photoshop panels half the time when you’re editing images. It may seem like mundane and simple dilemma, but that problem compounds when you’re crunched on a deadline, and have to work on several images. This is probably one of the larger PC monitors I have come across with, topping at 32″. Of course that size wouldn’t look as good unless it’s matched with a 4k resolution too. Imagine running through thumbnails almost as large as seeing them in the preview screen (check out the video below for that).

One of the main features of the Pro Art 329, isn’t so much on the physically, but in color management. Your workflow would get a tad bit complicated when you turn on your inner OC-mode as you move into the professional space of things. So asides from a monitor, you also need to start tending to color calibration to ensure you monitor matches up with the gamut you are using. To be able to get accurate skin tones, true blue skies and lush greens is more than crucial when you have clients going anal over them. Off the factory, Adobe RGB and sRGB are already included in the picture modes. Also important to note is the 95% uniformity compensation in luminance. Which means the display brightness is the same for practically the entire length of the screen. Without it, you would have slight vignetting on the corners, and a bad monitor can have the creep up towards the center too. A nifty feature I might add is the ability to save the color calibration profile (after you’ve used a calibrator like a DataColor Spyder) in the monitor natively instead of a file in your PC. This means, you can transfer the display to another unit without having to worry about recalibrating all over again.

On the aesthetics side though, the bezel design is thin at first glance, giving you more monitor per border ratio. Just because it’s for work, it doesn’t have to lag in the looks department. The swivel and tilt mechanisms for the stand work via “zero gravity” which makes pushing and adjusting so easy.. even a kid could do it… which can be a double-edge sword if you do have a kid playing around with your stuff in the room. If you’re working for a post-production facility, imagine linking 3 of these on a rig. Its antiglare feature enables it to display quite well despite brightly lit areas and against light bulbs dangling behind you.

To add bells and whistles of convenience, ASUS basically threw in a USB 3.0 expansion port and SD card reader, which you could find in the left side panel of the screen.

There was a noticeable difference between resolutions when plugged via HDMI and DisplayPort. The latter comes off more crisp and response time is faster. This all boils down on the format capability. Mind you that resolution may vary, but the quality of the signal doesn’t since they are all digital connections now. Most HDMI can reach to about 3,820×2,160 in pixel resolution at 30 FPS, but it was only as of late where they reached about 60 FPS. Since the monitor is Ultra HD (meaning 4k), that was matched with an older video card (my setup as of writing), I had to use the alternative HDMI connection. Like I said, even though my card could still handle the 4k resolution, the crisp edges of fonts and images just didn’t match up with my previous monitor connected via DVI. Moral of the story: DisplayPort is the way to go, so just make sure your video card is also upgraded if you get this monitor. They had to forego the DVI connection since that connection could only handle half the resolution (1,920×1,200).

Quite a hefty investment? Yes. Then again, this isn’t your garden variety monitor either. This is part of their professional line, and is really aimed for professionals who want to get the best of their display.

Curious at the differences of connection types? You can read up here.

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Watch my review ramblings over the monitor…

The official ASUS PH website would have the specs and details here.


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