Not All Monitors Are Made the Same
Monitors. They’re not created equally and they have the potential to put a damper on your experience with either your PC or Mac if you don’t find the right fit for you. While we’re hearing more chatter for displays with high refresh rates and low latencies to give you a bit of an advantage when it comes to gaming, there’s certainly a market for screens that cater to professionals; more specifically those in the creative space.
We recently jumped on the chance to review one of these monitors — The ProArt PA27AC.
What Is It?
On the surface, the Asus ProArt PA27AC, is a WQHD 27-inch monitor; which is already pretty awesome if you think about it. It has an IPS panel to make viewing angles extremely forgiving if you need to show colleagues what you’re working on.
What makes it special though is that this particular display is extremely color accurate so if you’re a video editor, photographer, graphic designer, or just need colors to be on point then this should be something on your radar.
How Is Built?
Really well and it should be given its price tag.
The design is really elegant that makes it a piece of art in its own right and is an awesome addition to any desk setup. The bezels are extremely thin — thin enough for the company to call it “frameless” — and provide an interrupted experience whether you’re at work or on a break and watching a TV show or movie.
All the controls are tucked behind the monitor on the bottom right side. It took a while to get used to it but we got the hang of it when we did feel the need to fiddle with the settings.
You’ve got an ample amount of ports on the display as well, should you need to plug in more than one device. The monitor also supports picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture should you feel the need to take your multitasking to the next level.
The stand that comes with the ProArt is height adjustable and can be used in either horizontal or vertical orientation.
The base does take up a fair bit of space on the table but you can still put stuff on top of it if you don’t have a lot of surface area to work with.
So How Is The Panel Itself?
To be completely honest with you guys, I personally haven’t had the chance to try out a display of this caliber aside from the one of the recently launched Asus Zenbook Pro 15 so I have no point of comparison in that regard. What I can say though is that, coming from the panel on my middle-of-the-road notebook with a TN panel, there’s definitely a huge difference in quality and that something that’s extremely evident from the first time you fire it up.
As you may know, I’m in charge of most of the videos you see on our YouTube channel and editing on this monitor has a been an absolute treat. It’s was easy to see when clips didn’t quite match the look I was going for and match them all. If you need the specifics, you’re looking at 100-percent sRGB color gamut and color accuracy at less than 2 Delta E. It also has support for HDR10.
The panel comes pre-calibrated out of the box but should the need to recalibrate ever arise, it should be compatible with some of the most popular tools available in the market and the company claims that it’s easy to well.
Should You Get This Monitor?
The answer is, yes, especially if you move in an industry that can be very particular with different shades of color and it can be make or break. The overall design of the monitor itself is great and the panel Asus used is really incredible. The price tag can be a little intimidating at Php 33,160/$611 but it is really competitive when you compare it to other brands in the market. It was an absolute delight to use the ProArt monitor from Asus and I particularly miss having it around the office.