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Standard high-definition 1920 x 1080 resolution monitors have become commonplace nowadays. These workhorse monitors have served us well, especially when viewing movies, playing videos games, or carrying out everyday tasks like web surfing, writing, or maintaining spreadsheets. But as everything else in the computer industry goes, so goes high-definition viewing. Get ready for 4K: super high-definition viewing.
This 4K resolution is showcased by ASUS in the PQ3214K monitor, on display this week at Computex. With a whopping 3840 x 2160 resolution on a widescreen 16:9 display, this monitor produces 140 pixels per inch—four times the clarity of a traditional HD monitor. ASUS has also done away with the traditional amorphous silicon that is usually used in HD LCD monitors and has replaced it with Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide. This semiconducting material possesses forty times more electron mobility than amorphous silicon, resulting in a much higher reaction speed within the display.
While many current PC configurations aren’t capable of producing or handling 4K content just yet, the PQ321 comes equipped with inputs including one DisplayPort and dual-HDMI inputs with picture-by-picture support, each capable of handling 4K content as it evolves. Aside from the high-end inputs, this ASUS 4K monitor maintains enhanced 176-degree vertical and horizontal viewing angles as well as an 8 ms response time, with a 350 cd/m2 brightness level. All of these features are packed into a monitor measuring in at 35mm at its thickest point, making it one of the thinnest 4K monitors available.
When the computer industry is ready to debut native 4K content, they will have one of the first monitor 4K monitors aimed at the consumer market, thanks to ASUS. The 31.5-inch model will start shipping in June, and a rumored 39-inch model (same specs, except for pixel density) will ship sometime in the third quarter.