ASUS announced its 31.5-inch "4K" display prior to Computex, but it was at the show that I got a chance to lay eyes on the highly anticipated display. The PQ321 features a 3840 x 2160 Sharp IGZO panel and will sell for $3799. The price point is closely tied to Sharp's panel cost, so as production increases in response to demand we should see prices fall.

Driving the 4K display will require either a DP 1.2 output or two HDMI outputs. ASUS' Computex demo had two of its panels (one 31.5" and a 39" version as well) running off of the same system, both driven off DisplayPort outputs.

Although the demo ran at 30Hz, ASUS claims it has a display setting that will allow 60Hz operation using DisplayPort.

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  • Taracta - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    I would like to see these large monitors with at least half the PPI/DPI (200+) of high end phones, we can dream, so it is good to see some progress after years of regression. 10-bit colors have been around for years now, even though it has not been fully exploited, so I do not have an issue with the order of importance you listed as this is what I believe the industry needs to concentrate on. In the process of doing this they can now standardize and fully exploit 10-bit colors which should help your issue. Reply
  • dragonsqrrl - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    Hey that's not bad. Cheapest 4K monitor yet. The prices are coming down quicker than I thought. Once 4K drops to ~$1000, I'll start considering it. Reply
  • apertotes - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    3840x2160 = 8.294.400, so its 8k, right? 4k is 2560x1600 Reply
  • ingwe - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    4K is approximately 3840. 8.294.400 is not 8k, that is 8 million. Reply
  • apertotes - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    Why then 2560x1600 is called as 4k? Reply
  • Blindsay - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    2560x1600 is not referred to as 4k Reply
  • Sancus - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    Was it possible to determine whether this uses DP 1.2 MST like the Sharp PN-K321, or does it actually present as 1 full 3840x2160 surface over DP? Reply
  • dwade123 - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    Too much just to beta test 4k. Reply
  • ShieTar - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    True, but a 4k$ offer in June from ASUS, one month after the 6k$ offer from Sharp, which came in one month after the 20k$ offer from EIZO ... looks like we might get something for below 2k$ for Christmas this year. Reply
  • jbwhite99 - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    IBM actually brought out a QUWXGA (3840*2160) monitor in 2000 or 2001, if I remember correctly. It was 22", had 2 AC adapters, and ran at 60 Hz. The original list price was around $30,000. Last I remember, it was about $11,000 but that was in about 2004. Reply

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