Asus: Preorders open for $3,499 consumer Ultra HD monitor; You buying?

Asus: Preorders open for $3,499 consumer Ultra HD monitor; You buying?

Summary: Sure, the monitor is stunning, but the return on investment is a bit fuzzy unless you love counting pixels.

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Asus on Monday said it is taking preorders for the first consumer 31.5-inch 4K Ultra HD monitor through channel partners. If you want to be the first on your block with a 4K monitor all you need is $3,499.

The company said its monitor, the PQ321Q, is "highly anticipated" and features a 3840 x 2160 resolution. That resolution is the equivalent of four full HD screens combined.

So-called 4K UHD TVs were the rage at CES earlier this year, but it's unclear what tech buyer would fork out the money for a monitor. Sure, the monitors are stunning, but the return on investment is a bit fuzzy unless you love counting pixels.

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Asus said the PQ321Q True 4K UHD monitor uses Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) instead of the silicon found in its LCD panels. The PQ321Q can also be used vertically and horizontally and is the thinnest available. Asus is also developing a 39-inch version.

The specs are impressive, but it's unclear if they are $3,499 impressive.

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Topics: Emerging Tech, Tech Industry, SMBs

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  • 100% sRGB?

    Looks good to me.

    Prices will only drop, as time goes along.
    ForeverCookie
  • What kind of video card is needed to drive these?

    Subject says it all.
    alsw
  • People run 5760x1080 setups off of modern cards or older ones in SLI...

    So I would assume most modern cards should handle pushing that many pixels fine.
    Max™‮‮
  • Want.

    nt
    ParrotHead_FL
  • Apple

    And you thought Apple's Cinema Display at 999 was expensive LOL
    Hasam1991
  • Looks Great!

    As with anything new, the price is always premium, and most of us have to wait until the price goes down. My max price for any TV, I cap at about $1500. I could go higher if I wanted to, I just don't want to, I'm patient enough that I can wait for the price to go down.
    wbarr3162
  • Not yet

    I have a 32" 1080p Samsung that I use for a PC monitor I paid $350, that is an order of magnitude.
    calfee20
  • 4K Monitors

    I will wait until they make it to eBay and the price comes down.
    douglas_john_ledet@...
  • Fool & His Money

    Only an IDIOT would buy this thing at this price!
    jimbritttn
    • Or someone with more money...

      ...than they need. At all.
      Cayble
  • Nice Xmas present!

    :-)
    Gisabun
  • Larry you need to get out more

    A quick look at the specs will tell you it's a pro monitor, you can pay $2.5K + for pro monitor now, so yes imaging professionals will buy it - photographers, print pros, anywhere where colour is critical.

    http://www.imagescience.com.au/categories/NEC-Monitors/PA-Series-Monitors/

    http://www.imagescience.com.au/categories/Eizo-Monitors/ColorEdge-Monitors/
    t205
  • Asus won't be selling too many of those any time soon, but, slap the Apple

    logo on it, and it will sell 20 million in a week-end.

    ;)
    adornoe@...
    • Really?

      Are you saying PC users have less money to spend than Apple users or they are more sensible?

      ;)
      Jules_01
      • You must be new to this planet...

        where, anything that Apple puts its logo on, immediately becomes the next must have innovative techno-gadget, which the Apple fanatics will not mind paying a premium price for.
        adornoe@...
      • You must be new to this planet...

        The majority of PC consumers are more practical and more prudent and more frugal than the Mac fanatics who have their nose-in-the-air, and believe that they possess "superior" intellect, and therefore, they need to get the latest more expensive stuff from Apple. Apple has created a perception, and its fanatics have fallen for it, hook, line, and sinker.
        adornoe@...
      • You must be new to this planet...

        No doubt there are a lot more PC users who have more money than most Apple fanatics. That's because the number of people who do use PCs is about 20 times as large.

        But, most of those PC owners who can buy Apple devices, will not do so because, it just makes no sense to pay more for Apple stuff that isn't really worth that much more than regular PCs.

        Now, take that knowledge back to your planet, and tell everyone there that, when they visit planet earth, they don't need to bring a lot of money to afford a PC. ;)
        adornoe@...
  • The First 4K-Capable Phone Camera...

    ...will be on an Android phone.
    ldo17
    • That would be a total waste, and makes no sense,

      and would likely make the phone too expensive to be practical to anybody.

      Besides, if it ever were to happen, it would most likely come from Nokia, who are much better at phone camera tech than anybody that does Android.

      But, even if it were to be on an "Android" phone, it would also be on a WP8 (WP9, etc) phone, since, that phone could also, technically, come with WP8 installed.
      adornoe@...
    • That would be a total waste, and makes no sense,

      Furthermore, and like I've been saying for a while now, Android is a dead-OS walking, since in about 3-4 years, it won't be around anymore. ;)
      adornoe@...