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Asus 4K UHD monitor goes on presale in US for $3,499

The 31.5in display will be released on 16 July
Wed Jul 03 2013, 17:12

TAIWANESE COMPUTER MAKER Asus has announced that the "world's first consumer 4K monitor" is now available for preorder in the US for $3,499.

Announced at Computex in June, the PQ321Q has a 31.5in LED backlit 4K Ultra HD display supporting 3840x2160 resolution at 140 pixels per inch with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Costs over two grand

We figured the 4K monitor wouldn't get a sniff outside Asia, as not all Asus products make it across the pond, but it seems that customers in the US will be able to buy the display for a price of around £2,300.

This is apparently an "introductory price" for those that order the monitor online at Amazon, Newegg and Tigerdirect. The estimated release date is 16 July.

We asked Asus about UK availability of the PQ321Q 4K monitor, but there's no news yet on this front.

If you've got three grand spare to buy one, you'll be interested to know that the PQ321Q boasts 176 degree viewing angles, a 350cd/m² brightness rating and 8ms gray-to-gray response time. It also supports 10-bit RGB "deep colour" for "vibrant images with more natural transitions between hues".

"The ASUS PQ321 True 4K UHD Monitor uses cutting-edge Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) rather than traditional amorphous silicon for the active layer of its LCD panel," Asus said.

The display also supports Displayport connections, with the US model offering dual-HDMI port inputs with "picture-by-picture" support. It's wall-mountable as well, in case you'd like to use the monitor as a TV hybrid.

Rumours online suggest that the Taiwanese firm is also developing a 39in version of the 4K monitor. µ


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