ASUS announced its first professional OLED display back at CES 2018 over a year ago. The compact and lightweight 21.6-inch 4K monitor covering 99% of the DCI-P3 color aimed at professionals attracted a lot of attention from various parties, but it has taken ASUS quite some time to perfect the product. Only this month the company began to sell the display on select markets with broader availability expected going forward. Meanwhile, the price of the monitor looks rather overwhelming.

The ASUS ProArt PQ22UC features a 21.6-inch 4K RGB stripe OLED panel produced by JOLED using its printing method. The panel supports a 3840×2160 resolution, 140 - 330 nits  brightness (typical/peak), a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, and a response time of 0.1 ms. The monitor features an internal 14-bit 3D LUT (lookup table), can reproduce 1.07 billion colors, and comes factory-calibrated to a Delta E <2 accuracy. The ProArt PQ22UC is said to feature a 95% uniformity compensation to avoid fluctuations in brightness and chromaticity on different parts of the screen. ASUS says that it can cover 99% of the DCI-P3 color space (without specifying whitepoint chromacity) and supports HDR10 as well as HLG formats for high dynamic range content. Meanwhile, ASUS yet has to reveal which other modes the display supports (e.g., REC2020, REC709, etc.).

Besides very accurate colors and a very high contrast ratio, the main features of the ProArt PQ22UC are its compact dimensions, a foldable stand, a foldable protection case, as well as a low weight (about a kilogram or so with the stand). To further save space and make the product thinner, ASUS equipped the the ProArt PQ22UC with two USB Type-C and micro-HDMI inputs (no word on exact protocols, but DP 1.2 and HDMI 2.0x are likely). The compact dimensions and weight enable owners to easily carry it around, which is particularly important for people who need to do post-production outside of their studios as well as various on-set routines. ASUS does not ship the monitor with a light-shielding hood, a common accessory for displays used for cinematography and color-critical workloads, due to its portability.

Brief Specifications of the ASUS ProArt PQ22UC
  PQ22UC
Panel 21.6" OLED
Native Resolution 3840 × 2160
Maximum Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time 0.1 ms (black to white)
Brightness minimum: 0.0005 cd/m²
typical: 140 cd/m²
maximum: 330 cd/m²
Contrast 1,000,000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Pixel Pitch 0.1245 mm²
Pixel Density 204 ppi
Display Colors 1.07 billion
Color Gamut Support DCI-P3: 99%
sRGB/Rec 709: 100% (tbc)
Adobe RGB: ?
SMPTE C: ?
Rec2020: ?
Stand Tilt and height adjustable
Inputs 2 × USB Type-C (DP 1.2?)
1 × mini HDMI (2.0a? 2.0b?)
PSU External
Launch Price & Date Spring 2019
€5000 ~ $5000

The ASUS ProArt PQ22UC display is now available from select stores in Austria and the UK for €5,160 and £4,699 with taxes. TFTCentral claims that broader availability is expected in April, but the official price for the UK will be £4,799 with taxes. If we roughly subtract the UK sales tax from the current retail price and convert the sum to US Dollars, we will get something like $5150, which means that the product will likely carry a ~$5000 MSRP in the US.

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Sources: TFT Central, AVMagazine

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  • Brett Howse - Monday, March 25, 2019 - link

    Not sure if would be any different, but also not sure if burn in is a real issue anymore. It's definitely not something I worry about as an OLED TV owner, but I'll admit the static nature of PCs with things like the task bar is a slightly different matter. Reply
  • eastcoast_pete - Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - link

    Brett, thanks for the reply! Any chance you, Anton or somebody else from AT can ask ASUS or JOLED about how resistant their displays are to burn-in? You might get an answer, a simple end-user like me won't. A pretty recent longer-term test by rtings found that (W)OLED TVs (the tested an LG) are definitely vulnerable to burn-in if used with static display items, i.e. as monitors, and that gives me and others pause here. Reply
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Monday, March 25, 2019 - link

    >Doesn't even conform to any HDR brightness standard

    Love it. When I read an article here the other day, people were doing their usual complaining that consumers were getting passed the buck for display manufacturers wasting money on stupid HDR 400 certifications, and here we are on a display that manufacturers presumably didn't "waste money" on HDR certifications, and here people are complaining about it not conforming to any kind of HDR standard or certification.

    Love it. Keep up the whining.
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  • airdrifting - Friday, March 22, 2019 - link

    What is this good for to be exact? Gamers want a 144Hz, Professionals are going to want a bigger 4K, Laptop is going to want something less than 22'', People are paying five grand just for the OLED name? Reply
  • dropme - Saturday, March 23, 2019 - link

    144Hz one will come out too in a year from now. And the reports say that it will be made in Joled, the panel maker of this one. Reply
  • haukionkannel - Saturday, March 23, 2019 - link

    Color accuracy! This is pro monitor for those who like to get the colors exactly right. And those Are expensive. 10000 to 20000 easily in bigger size! Reply
  • Valantar - Saturday, March 23, 2019 - link

    Really? There's no mention of 3D LUT support, which is a must for use as a video monitor. No mention of hardware-level calibration options at all, actually - which means that you're stuck with the measly adjustments available through software. This isn't sufficient for color critical work. Reply
  • FullmetalTitan - Saturday, March 23, 2019 - link

    "The monitor features an internal 14-bit 3D LUT (lookup table), can reproduce 1.07 billion colors, and comes factory-calibrated to a Delta E <2 accuracy." Reply
  • Valantar - Saturday, March 23, 2019 - link

    Wow, I do read too quickly some times. That does indeed change the value proposition of this (even if DeltaE <2 is a bit weak for this application). Reply
  • Spunjji - Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - link

    That's Delta£=E <2 out of the box - it's a safe bet you can get that lower with better calibration, which anybody who actually needs that kind of accuracy will already have a device for. Reply

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