ASUS ProArt 34″ Review – A Beautiful Widescreen Monitor

ASUS ProArt 34" Display PA348CGV

More and more content creators are entering the space every year, and the need for better equipment is growing. Previously, most high-end monitors were explicitly designed for gaming. However, with the rise of content creators, the need for a versatile display has become critical. ASUS has been a leading display manufacturer for years. The brand recently launched a new range of displays to meet all individual needs. One such display is the ASUS ProArt 34″ Display (PA348CGV).

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Conception and design

When I received the ASUS ProArt 34″ display, I was struck by the size of the packaging. In addition, it was bulky and quite heavy to transport. However, I quickly realized that this weight was not the result of poor design, but quite the opposite.

As with classic monitors, it is made up of a stand, a neck and a screen. These are usually assembled by joining the three elements and laying them on your desk. However, the ProArt Display has a second option, which I immediately tried to install.

Instead of resting the base on a flat surface, it has a second option to attach to the back of your desk. In my current setup, I have a dedicated monitor stand that extends from the desk to raise the monitor above my keyboard or laptop. This is where I attached the clamp. The clamp and collar are the heaviest parts of the device, as they are made of metal and provide excellent stability. Once in place, you can attach the screen to the top and slide it up or down to the perfect height. It works very well.

I attached the collar to an existing monitor stand, but it can also be attached at a lower height on the desk. With the long neck of the unit, you can then raise it relatively high. It's quite flexible.

The screen frame is not metallic. Instead, it has a polymer plastic finish. This does not mean that it is fragile, quite the contrary. It is also robust and gives an impression of robustness.

The buttons are located at the bottom right of the screen. Each button is solid, and a firm press is required to activate it.

Overall, the design of the ASUS ProArt 34″ display is both impressive and minimalist. There are no extraordinary frills, but the job is well done. Once the monitor was installed and set up, I didn't need to touch it up for any reason.

Screen and display

The ideal monitor setup largely depends on individual preferences. However, this can sometimes be dictated by the device itself. For example, the ASUS ProArt Display has a 34-inch panel with a widescreen configuration.

It has a 2K resolution, which can be configured as two 2K ​​displays thanks to its widescreen configuration with a resolution of 3,440×1,440 px and a 21:9 aspect ratio. When reviewing the device, I connected it to my laptop and used a dual-screen approach on the monitor. So I had a three monitor setup. It worked very well.

Unlike most widescreen displays, the ASUS ProArt Display does not have a curved panel. At least, that’s the option for PA348CGV. However, there is another model that offers 1900R curvature if you need this specific approach.

Additional specs include a 120Hz IPS panel, HDR support, 98% DCI-P3 color gamut as well as color accuracy with delta-E of less than 2, which is excellent. Additionally, it offers an impressive 178° viewing angle, even for its wide-angle design.

These are great specs and an awesome read for your next monitor purchase.

Features and options

Even with an excellent list of specifications, the sale of a technological device is not always guaranteed. However, a list of features will go a long way in adding value to potential customers who are considering purchasing your product. The ProArt Display has many features.

The first, and probably most important, are the connectivity options. It has a USB Type-C port with 90W power delivery, as well as DisplayPort 1.4 and x2 HDMI v2.0 options. There are also x4 USB Type A ports and a headphone jack. These items are enough for all your modern devices.

Many menu options are also available. As we already mentioned, the buttons are very crisp and the navigation options also contribute to the ease of use. To navigate the menu, there's a separate miniature joystick at the end, making it a lot easier. The menu aesthetic is excellent with its navy blue gradients and gold text.

In the menu you can configure the full list of settings, including several presets. Additional options include blue light filtering in multiple modes, palette type, picture settings, sound, picture-in-picture, screen adjustment, singular inputs and more. other general settings.

Customizing your screen is therefore intensive. For example, there are four color temperature settings and five gamma modes. In addition, there are also six adjustments for color hue and saturation, gain and shift. These adjustments get technical if you dig into them, but they can be useful if you want to achieve accurate colors.

Real-world performance

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From a more technical point of view, the ASUS ProArt 34″ screen does not have all the modern gadgets. This includes Quantum Dots, a Mini-LED backlight or an OLED panel. However, the actual performance is still great for content creators.

First of all, the device offers excellent brightness and color accuracy. This makes it easier to work on the finest color details. The PA348CGV model offers 100% sRGB and 98% DCI-P3. Also, it is a true 10-bit display. This means the panel can offer a wider color gamut with little or no noticeable color band gradients to achieve true colors.

The screen is a bit oversaturated with its default settings. Many users will prefer this, especially when creating content. However, thanks to all the options available in the menu, you can fine-tune this configuration. The colors are therefore vivid and brilliant when reproduced. During the evaluation period, I spent little time adjusting my color options unless I was experimenting with the gamut for testing purposes.

The maximum brightness is 375 nits, which is enough for most users. In fact, I only needed half the brightness and turned it down accordingly most of the time.

As it is a classic IPS monitor, it does not offer the same level of contrast as an OLED panel. It's still decent overall but doesn't come close to matching more high-end solutions. It boasts a contrast ratio of 1000:1, but real-world testing puts it closer to 1120:1. This is an improvement over the announced ratio and it's not bad, all things considered.

The screen offers a resolution of 3440x1440px on a 34-inch widescreen display. Therefore, it is not the sharpest in terms of image quality, but it is not pixelated either. However, it will be more than ideal for most users.

Another aspect, although geared towards content creators, is its 120Hz refresh rate. This means that even if you are looking to use it for gaming, it will deliver excellent performance. It officially supports AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and also works with NVIDIA's G-Sync when enabled.

Is the ASUS ProArt 34″ display worth it?

If you're a content creator and need a versatile monitor, the ASUS ProArt 34″ Display (PA348CGV) is a great choice. The device has excellent color coverage thanks to its 10-bit panel. Although a 4K panel would have been a great option, the 2K display remains excellent. Content creators will find what they're looking for, particularly thanks to the wide screen, which can be segmented into two distinct workspaces.

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ASUS ProArt 34″

BENEFITS

  • Ultra-wide screen
  • Very good build and support option
  • Customizations
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 90W Type-C

CONS

  • No HDR10 support
  • Speakers are average

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