Asus ProArt PA328Q

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More affordable entry from Asus coming to the 32″ segment. The PA328Q is expected on Q4/2014 and price should be around $1700.

Size: 32″

Video inputs: 3xHDMI (one MHL 3.0), 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x MiniDisplayPort 1.2

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Brightness: 350cd/m2

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Price: expected to be $1750.

Availability: Q4 / 2014

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Eizo FlexScan EV3237

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EIZO’s entry to the popular 31.5″ category offers multiple picture-in-picture configurations, allowing splitting the picture into two, three and four  sections.

Size: 31.5″

Video inputs: 2 x DisplayPort 1.2 (60Hz), DVI-D, HDMI

Panel Type: IPS

Brightness:  300 cd/m2

Contrast ratio: 1000:1

Viewing Angle (H/V):  178°, 178°

Response time: 5 ms (Gray-to-gray)

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Availability: September 2014

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Asus PB278Q and MacBook Pro 4K at 60Hz

If search the internets for information about Apple MacBook and 4K monitors, you are probably left with more questions than answers. The situation is not very clear and Apple is not providing too much information.

Apple has a support document which lists a number of 4K monitors they are supporting. The basic message is that with HDMI you can only get 30Hz refresh rate at 4K resolution. If you want to go to 60Hz, you need to go with DisplayPort (which plucks into the Thunderbolt socked in modern MacBook). BUT the thing is not that clear. The support document goes on to talk about how the 60Hz support is used “multi stream transport” (MST). This means the computer is actually sending an image for two displays and the display then combines them.

The older 4K screens support the MST, but apparently PB278Q does not. So the question is: Can you run 4K at 60Hz with MacBook Pro? And the answer at least for MacBook Pro 15″ Retina, late 2013 with the Nvidia, running Maverics 10.9.4, is…YES. 

In order to do this, I had to navigate the (horrible) on-screen menu on the PB278Q to switch the DisplayPort input to 1.2. This is important. By default it was on 1.1 and in this case my MacBook offered only the 30Hz option. Immediately after switch to 1.2, the 60Hz appeared.

Another think I had to figure out was to select the resolution for the monitor. Using the screen with the native resolution makes the display elements too small for my eyes. The trick is to use the OS X feature which drives the display at the native resolution but draws the elements so that they are sized like they were shown in some other resolution. If you want to adjust this in detail, head to the display preferences. First select “Best for display”. Then press the “Alt” key while clicking “Scaled”. This shows the full menu of scaling options. The entries with “low resolution” mean that the pixels go to screen 1:1. The other options mean that the system will scale the images. This makes the UI elements look bigger, but they still look great since they are rendered with full resolution.

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Lenovo ThinkVision Pro2840m

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Lenovo has announced an interesting 4k 28″ display, ThinkVision Pro2840m. The specs are mostly the usual, but price the can be considered very reasonable: $799. On feature side one intresting addition are integrated speakers and MHL connectivity.

Size: 28″

Video inputs: DisplayPort, mini DisplayPort, HDMI, MHL

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Price: $799

Availability: April 2014

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Dell UP2414Q 24″

 

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Quite interesting screen to join the 4k party is Dell’s new 24″ screen. Yes, you read that right. Instead of the industry standard 30″-and-something, this screen only measures 24″, meaning you are looking at much smaller pixels.

The high resolution combined with smaller physical size results in 185 pixels-per-inc (PPI). Just to get some context, iPhone 5s display has 326 PPI (but obviously you are looking your phone screen at much shorter distances).

UP2414Q comes with the premier color technology and Dell is promising “true color accuracy as well as 99% AdobeRGB and 100% sRGB coverage.”

Size: 23.8″

Video inputs:1x HDMI, 1x Mini DisplayPort, 1 DisplayPort (1.2a)

Panel Type: n-plane switching

Brightness: 350 cd/m2

Contrast ratio: 1000 : 1

Viewing Angle (H/V): 178°, 178°

Response time: 8 ms (Gray-to-gray)

Pixels-per-inch (PPI): 185

Price: $1,299

Availability: Available

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Sharp PN-K322B 31.5″ 4K Touch screen

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Shart PN-K322B is a touch screen version of their 4K screen. The screen comes with touch pen with extra small 2mm tip. Sharp claims the combination of high res and small tipped pen is especially suitable for writing directly to screen.

Size: 31.5″

Video inputs:1 x DisplayPort, 2xHDMI, Audio input and output

Panel Type: IGZO

Brightness: 350 cd/m2

Contrast ratio: 800 : 1

Viewing Angle (H/V): 176°, 176°

Response time: 8 ms (Gray-to-gray)

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Phillps 23.8″ 4K monitor

The details are pretty vague at the moment, but earlier this year IT Pro Portal reported that Philips is prepping a 23.8″ 4K display for Q1/2014 release. With this size we are looking at pretty impressive DPI values. The monitor is rumored to hit the sub 1000€ ($1300) range.

Currently there does not seem to be any other sources confirming this information.

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Price: < $1300 (estimated)

Availability: Q1/2014 (not confirmed)

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Eizo DuraVision FDH3601 36.4″

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Eizo FDH3601 36.4″ has already been on market for a while. It is strictly a professional screen with “If you need to to ask the price then you can’t afford it” type price tag.  Eizo web page mentions it as suitable for “Air Traffic Control and Geophysical services”

Size: 36.4″

Video inputs: DVI-D 24 pin x 2, DisplayPort x 2

Panel Type: IGZO LCD

Brightness: 700 cd/m2

Contrast ratio: 1000:1

Viewing Angle (H/V): 176°, 176°

Response time: 8 ms (Gray-to-gray)

Price: $15.000+

Availability: Already available

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Dell Ultrasharp UP3214Q

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Dell teased us with their own 32″ 4K display this summer. Now the beast has officially launced as is available currently at least in China. The display is based on the Sharp’s IGZO panel.

Size: 31.5″

Video inputs: At least HDMI and display port (regular and mini)

Panel Type: IGZO LCD

Brightness: 350cd/m2

Contrast ratio: 1000:1

Refresh rate: 60Hz (DisplayPort 1.2) and 30Hz (HDMI)

Viewing Angle (H/V):  176°/176°

Connectivity: 1 HDMI, 1 Mini DIsplayPort, 1 DisplayPort 1.2a

Price: $3,499

Availability: Available

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