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Asus PA34VC monitor review

 


Review of the ASUS ProArt PA34VC monitor
Published on April 16, 2019  |  Updated on December 01, 2019


Using the same panel as the Dell U3419W, the numbers after calibration of the Asus ProArt PA34VC display are, as expected, of the same order, i. e. very good. It is therefore on details... and on the price difference (summer 2019) that you will most certainly make your choice.


This new Asus display, released in the last quarter of 2018, is a 34-inch display with WQHD definition (3440 x 1440 in the 21:9 panoramic ratio). It is rather high-end at Asus because it has a ProArt series panel (a synonym of Delta E below the 2 bar, so favourable to precise color retouching). Its resolution is already interesting since it is 108 ppi, as on 27-inch QHD monitors. Its panel is matt, with IPS technology (white LEDs), 14-bit LUT table and sRGB gamut. Classic +++ in 2019. The finish and ergonomics are in line with this. Finally, it can be noted that this monitor has the famous connector full of future: the USB-C (Thunderbolt 3.0) and that it uses the same panel as its competitor, the Dell U3419W, previously tested on this site.


 
 

In a few words...

 

Asus PA34VC

$940.99


Using the same panel as the Dell U3419W but positioned significantly more expensive at the time of this test (April 2019), it is a favorite display in this format for those who know that a monitor displaying "only" the sRGB is not a brake. Certainly the homogeneity is not perfect but the precision of the colours is remarkable, as is the finish or the state-of-the-art connectivity - Read my conclusion  

 
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$940.99
CDN$ 1,349.81
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Introduction to the Asus PA34VC monitor

Here are some illustrations of this beautiful panoramic monitor:

   
Asus PA34VC   The Asus PA34VC display seen from above. Its panel is curved
Rear of the Asus PA34VC monitor   Connectivity of the Asus PA34VC
   
  Technical specifications
  Asus PA34VC Average price : $940.00
Panel size
34 inches 21 : 9 - 3440 x 1440 - 108 ppi
 
Panel technology
IPS white LED (satin panel)
  Panel curve Yes - 1900R
  Gamut 100% sRGB (Measured), 100% REC 709
  HDR10 Compatibility Yes
 
Brightness/contrast
350 cd/m2 / 766:1 measured at 90 cd/m2
 
LUT table
14 bits
  Response time 5 ms
 
Dimensions / Weight
820 x 532 x 226 mm (stand) - 17 Kg
  Border widths 10 mm only!
  Color calibration software No, but factory calibration (Delta e <2)
  Inputs DP 1.2 + HDMI 2 + USB-C (TB 3.0) + USB 3.0
  VESA compatibility Yes - 100 mm
  Hood No
  Warranty 1 year
  Company asus.com
 
 

You'll find in the box...

The monitor is sold with:

  • The power cord... of course!
  • A Display Port > Display Port cable
  • An HDMI cable > HDMI
  • A USB 3.0 > USB-C cable
  • One USB-C > USB-C cable (60W recharge)
  • The factory calibration report
  • The CD supports
   
 
 

Important note! Asus displays do not have a built-in colorimeter

This Asus PA34VC does not have an inbuilt colorimeter so you will need to use your sensor or buy one.

My puchasing advice: ColorMunki Display or SpyderX PRO.


Datacolor SpyderX Pro Colorimeter

 
     
   
 

The monitor and its panel

1 - Definition/resolution - This matt IPS panel displays the 21:9 WQHD panoramic format (3440 x 1440 !). Its resolution is therefore 108 ppi. It is therefore not a "Retina" display, but the micro-contrast offers a very high level of sharpness, above average. The images will be shot on this display! In addition, any graphics card will do.

Asus PA34VC monitor
 

2 - The panel and its anti-reflective coating  - Its panel, obviously matt for any self-respecting photographer, has an anti-reflective coating in the high standards of 2019, as on the Dell U3419W (normal, it's the same panel!). Nothing to complain about.

Thickness of the display edges

Ultra-thin - 10 mm overall - they easily allow you to integrate your monitors in a multi-monitor configuration even if the screen is already large enough as it is.

   
Edge thickness of the Asus PA34V
   
 

To be read! My advice to choose your photo monitor - Updated nov. 2019 - 8 pages

Ergonomics: screen movement and curvature 

1 - Ergonomics and finishing are at their best on this Asus. You will find all the adjustments allowed by such a panel (+-30° on the sides, -5° to +23° in inclination and +- 120 mm in height), a cable cover, a cable tray are also welcome. This panoramic panel has the standard VESA 100 mm wall mounting standard.

 

Ergonomics of the ASUS PA34VC


Cable trays of Asus PA34VC

 

Curvature of the Asus PA34VC monitor


The curvature of the panel of the Asus ProArt PA34VC (1900R according to the standard) is very pleasant in practice.

The buttons of the monitor menu

The keys of the monitor menu are hidden behind the screen on the right and you will also find an original cursor (photos below). This cursor is clickable and especially multidirectional. I say original because this is the second time I have seen this type of setting buttons on a display (the first was on the Asus PA24AC). In practice, I found it really almost awesome because it's fast and there's no need to look for the cursor that allows you to go up and down!

   

Asus PA34V buttons and menu cursor

Connectivity of the Asus PA34VC

We are in the high standards of 2019. Everything is there: HDMI in version 2.0, Display Port 1.2, USB 3.0, USB-C (Thunderbolt 3.0 with 60W charge) !

Connectivity of the Asus PA34V

 

 

What is the value of the Asus PA34VC display after calibration with the i1Display Pro and SpyderX Elite?

I calibrated this monitor - like all the monitors I test - with the i1Display Pro + i1Profiler software (version 1.8.3) and the SpyderX Elite (v5.3) in order to locate this new monitor in relation to other monitors on the market and especially its direct competitor using the same panel, the Dell U3419W. You will see that it is not only wide-screen gamut displays (Adobe RGB) that display " right " colours!

Important note! Important note! I connected this display in HDMI for practical reasons but since there is no difference in the color display accuracy between these three connectors (USB-C, DP and HDMI) - just a question of how much information can flow every second as I explain on my page dedicated to choosing the graphics card and connectors - it doesn't matter. Just a word of advice though: if you choose the HDMI connection, I have been told at least three times that there are problems only due to the poor quality of the cable. So in HDMI, buy yourself a good cable... otherwise, plug it into the Display Port!

As display settings, I chose:

  • Color mode (Splendid): Standard
  • Brightness: 90 cd/m2 (screen value: 22/100)
  • Contrast: 80% (not 100%)
  • Color temperature: 6500K.

And as target values in the i1Profiler 1.8.3 software in advanced mode...

  • Display technology: Choose white diodes,
  • D65 or possibly a little less if you want a slightly warmer screen. (Note that at D55, the screen is really hot but not yellow like on the low end screens),
  • Luminance: 90 cd/m2 or more depending on your main use (printing or web) and especially the brightness of your room,
  • Contrast: Native,
  • Gamma: 2.2,
  • ADC function disabled,
  • ICC standard: V2 (to avoid incompatibility problems with some image viewing software (images too dark) and obviously V4 if you know what you are doing.

Make sure to reset the factory settings AND select the generic profile before calibrating! Once the reset is complete, choose the generic screen profile from the MacOS system preferences or the sRGB profile as below on Windows 10 since the display vaguely displays the sRGB space.

 

generic ICC profile of Asus PA34VC in MacOS

This screenshot concerns the PA24 so you will see PA34V or PA34VC if you install this display of course.

 

And the result is?

Well as the brand states on its communication, the results are really very good and we are dealing with a very serious and precise mid-range display to retouch our photos or make our video montages for Youtube.

Objective data: what does the final report say after calibration?

1 - Contrast and Color Temperature: Before switching to Delta E, it is interesting to record the color temperature values achieved and the contrast.

Final report after the calibration of the Asus PA34V with the i1Display pro

 

My opinion! Achieving a colour temperature (CT) of 6488 K for 6500K required is excellent even if expected on an Asus ProArt display. 760:1 contrast is classic and that's it in 2019. My record of 2600:1 (in March 2019) on an IPS panel display with a measurement at 90 cd/m2 is very far away... but, again, never embarrassing in the practice of a retoucher. It is only on viewing threads with dark shots that you would have appreciated deeper blacks but you will then activate HDR10.

2 - Delta e : Now, let's move on to the famous Delta E after calibration according to the 2000 standard which I use for the calibration of all the monitors on this site:

 

Delta e after calibrating the Asus PA34V with the i1Display Pro

 

My opinion!  The average Delta E standard 2000 is 0.43 which is obviously excellent! The worst patch (23, a very dark blue-cyan species) with a Delta E of 1.82 remains below the 2 level so this Asus allows itself to do significantly better than the Dell U3419W which uses the same panel. Is it a question of luck, then, of serial number or of a better designed electronics? Whatever happens, my test copy is a very good "sRGB" monitor. All the other patches are always around 0.50 !

Note! This display belongs to the Asus ProArt series and is therefore calibrated and certified Delta e < 2 at the factory. If you have to spend your entire budget on the monitor, it goes without saying that you should choose this type of monitor better because the factory calibration is already very good visually. However, a proper calibration will go even further, especially with the latest SpyderX Pro or Elite Datacolor and the old but still excellent i1 Display Pro from X-Rite.

Now the luminance uniformity tests:

Important! It is essential to activate the option "Display > Uniformity compensation > On" in the OSD menu of the monitor otherwise we will not obtain such results.

 

Uniformity compensation on Asus PA34V display

Luminance uniformity after calibration of the ASUS PA34V with uniformity compensation

 

Apart from the Eizo displays of the ColorEdge series and the Dell U3419W which uses the same panel, it is rare to find such measured values, especially since it is a panoramic display! We are at the level of the Eizo displays (except for low luminances.... unlike the Eizo!) if we activate the uniformity compensation of the display on its OSD menu. On a 34-inch vehicle, it's a big surprise, but, I repeat, only if you activate the "Display > Uniformity compensation > Run" function of the monitor properly, otherwise the results are those of a common office display. We just have to hope that it will last a long time.

... and color temperature:

 

Color temperature uniformity after calibration of the ASUS PA34V with uniformity compensation

 

This time, the results are significantly worse... without this being embarrassing in any way. But since Man loves to prioritize.... So if we compare them with Eizo it is significantly less homogeneous and regular but if we compare them with the other Dell Ultrasharp of the summer of 2018 that I tested, it is largely sufficient because just above 2 (highest value: 2.2 threshold of sensitivity of the human eye, on the right edge). Yet another great feat to put to the credit of this Asus PA34VC.

Which gamut displays the Asus PA34VC?

As promised, this Asus PA34VC displays 100% of the sRGB.

Note! This measurement was made with the SpyderX Elite colorimeter, (released in February 2019) excellent for calibrating this monitor.

   
100% sRGB range measured from the Asus PA34V
 

And my subjective data: what does my eye see?


At the first display and even more so after calibrating it with my two favorite colorimeters, I liked this display especially because the images and texts are very sharp in Photoshop. It is therefore a favorite around $1000 for those, and there are many of them, who, in my opinion, should rather choose an "sRGB" display rather than an "Adobe RGB" one, and a panoramic one as well.

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  Asus PA34VC  
Color fidelity 9,5/10
Uniformity of the panel 8,5/10
Resolution 8,5/10
Ergonomic design 9,5/10
Inputs 10/10
Manufacturing quality 9,0/10
Value for money 8,0/10
  I like it very much...  
 
  • A very nice and good panoramic sRGB display, curved with the right curvature, around 1200 €!
  • Matt IPS panel,
  • 14-bit LUT table synonymous with beautiful progressive gradients,
  • HDMI 2.0 + Display Port 1,2 + USB-C + Thunderbolt 3.0 + 60W load in TB 3.0 + USB 3.0,
  • HDR10 compatible,
  • Very nice finish,
  • OSD settings with the convenient rear multidirectional slider,
  • Factory calibration already very correct for those who do not have a colorimeter,
  • Calibrates even better with all the latest sensors on the market!
  • Very thin edges for the multi-monitor if necessary,
  • VESA 100mm,
 
     
  What I regret...  
 
  • Maximum height adjustment a little short,
  • Homogeneity of my test copy not perfect when the brightness of the images decreases but I almost flicker,
  • "Only" sRGB but is that really a problem?
  • Price compared to its competitor, the Dell U3419W.
 
     
  My overall rating...  
  8,5 / 10 (due to price)  
     
  My conclusion...  
 

It is difficult to conclude the test of this panel without mentioning the competitor's monitor which uses precisely the same panel: the Dell U3419W, because it still costs 200 dollars less. However, my Asus test copy also showed significantly better values after calibration. Whatever happens you have here a very good monitor very practical in its format to edit photos and edit videos. Below 800 dollars it would have been the favorite!

My advice before buying! Dell offers the same panel for 200 dollars less but with significantly worse figures after calibration. It's up to you....Mon conseil avant achat ! Dell propose la même dalle pour 400 euros de moins mais avec des chiffres après calibrage sensiblement moins bons. À vous de voir... Dell U3419W

 
     
   
 
Asus PA34VC

$940.99

$940.99
CDN$ 1,349.81
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£1,144.63
 
   
 
 
Here is my complete review of the Asus PA34VC monitor
 
- Complete review of the Asus PA34VC monitor
  - Introduction to the Asus PA34VC
- What it the Asus PA34VC monitor worth after calibration?
- My rating and conclusion
 

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