ASUS has announced that "the world's first consumer 4K monitor" is now available for pre-order. The ASUS PQ321Q True 4K UHD monitor features a display with four times the resolution of a Full HD monitor at 3840 x 2160 pixels. The introductory price is $3,499 when ordered online at Amazon, Newegg and TigerDirect. The estimated release date is 16th July 2013.
This new UHD monitor features Sharp's anti-glare LED-backlit IGZO panel technology. The use of Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) in the LCD panel allows the PQ321Q be very thin, being only 35mm at its thickest point, also the tech helps reduce energy consumption. As well as the huge amount of pixels on show, the monitor uses 'deep' 10-bit RGB (over a billion colours).
This 31.5-inch 16:9 aspect monitor offers viewers a pixel density of 140 ppi, 176-degree wide viewing angles, 350cd/m² brightness rating and 8ms gray-to-gray response time. Looking at the inputs of offer the ASUS PQ321Q features DisplayPort and dual HDMI ports with Picture-by-Picture support. Additionally ASUS has fitted this monitor with 2W stereo speakers for your convenience. This monitor offers full height, swivel and tilt adjustments with the supplied stand or can be wall-mounted using the standard VESA mount.
For powering this monitor with Intel integrated graphics - only the latest 4th generation GPUs are up to the job - allowing 60Hz refresh rates at 3840 x 2160.
Looking at the physical aspects of this monitor; its dimensions are 750 x 489 x 256 mm (with stand). The height adjustment on offer is between 0 and 150 mm, it can be swivelled 45 degrees either way and tilted between 25 degrees and -5 degrees. It weighs 13Kg. The ASUS PQ321Q uses less than 93W when in use, under 6W on standby and under 1W in its low power setting.
ZDNet reports that ASUS is also developing a similar 39-inch monitor.