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) !
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.