Asus PQ321Q review - eyes-on with the first 4K PC display

Eurogamer:While the next generation of consoles are finally set to deliver 1080p gaming to the masses, the consumer electronics industry is rapidly gearing up for a full-scale push towards 4K - the next standard in high definition viewing. 4K, or 3840x2160 Ultra High Definition as it is officially called, delivers four times the resolution contained in the current standard of 1080p, approaching the maximum amount of video information resolved in a high-quality 35mm film print. The result is not only the potential for a staggering increase in detail, but also a smoother image and the complete elimination of the screen door effect visible when sitting closely to large HDTVs and PC monitors.

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SlapHappyJesus1682d ago

The difference is definitely there, but with few gamers even taking advantage of 2560x1440 due to the cost of even those monitors, let alone the cost of hardware to really take advantage of it, this won't be for gaming for some time.
Definitely see it for movies before anything, and that will only be with the drop in cost of televisions that would support it.

Bolts1682d ago (Edited 1682d ago )

1440p is definitely worth every penny and it's a logical step up from 1080p which is a bit too boring these days. While the performance requirement is considerable, once you start playing games in 1440p its hard to drop down to 1080p.

4K however should only be used for TV since web browsing in 4K is hilariously bad. The internet simply isn't formatted for this resolution.

SlapHappyJesus1682d ago

Been using 1440 for a couple months now. I agree that it is worth the cost. With people finding proper 1080p monitors in the $150 range though . . . it's not surprising that are still aren't too many adopters.

Eonjay1682d ago

You too can own a 4k monitor for the low low price of...

FlyingFoxy1682d ago (Edited 1682d ago )

1080p 120hz is actually pretty nice for performance. you see the difference in fluidity at 120fps, not as big as from 30->60 but it is there.

1440p though is literally the max to go if you want performance, higher makes the frame rate too low.

4k might look sharper, but its only double full HD anyway. the difference from 1440p to 4k would look even smaller.

mewhy321682d ago

4k looks amazing but did you read the amount of GPU that was needed to get good framerates??? Wow.

CyrusLemont1682d ago

@FlyingFoxy, 4K is actually double the amount of pixels on 1440p monitors, and quadruple the amount on 1080p monitors. But yes, I do believe it's not really viable at this stage unless you want to pay through the roof. It will probably be a waste as well when you'll be able to spend less in a year from now on the next gen GTX and AMD cards.

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B-radical1682d ago

Good thing is though when 4k is ready for gaming the monitors will be cheaper

Drekken1682d ago

I was shopping for a monitor that did over 1080p for my PC and the cheapest you can find is about $700.00 and I refuse to pay that much for a computer monitor.

JsonHenry1682d ago

My nvidia certified 3D acer monitor cost me about $600 and it is only 1080p. It is 27inches but still. I can only imagine what this monitor will cost.

Hassassin1682d ago

@drekken my 1440p monitor costed U$350... more than a year ago.
(IPS panel is also a plus)

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DarkZane1682d ago

Most gamers don't even have a 2560x1440 monitor. 4K isn't gonna be used for PC gaming anytime soon. I'd say 6-7 years.

Letros1682d ago

It's used just need a pretty beefy GPU, but every 6 months GPUs drop in price.

steve30x1682d ago (Edited 1682d ago )

1080p Is still a lot more common than 2560 x 1440 because those monitors are still very high in price

This is the cheapest one I can find

Letros1682d ago

So you're saying because 1080p is popular, no one will game at 4k? The ones that can afford it will..

MidnytRain1682d ago (Edited 1682d ago )


This one is way cheaper. Practically half the price. Not cheap, but much cheaper.

Pandamobile1682d ago

It's like Steve doesn't realize that 1080p used to be an exotic resolution.

Remember when we were all using 4:3 1280 x 1024 monitors?

MidnytRain1682d ago

Whoops, for some reason I thought that link you posted was in pounds, but the one I linked to is still a lot cheaper.

steve30x1681d ago (Edited 1681d ago )

@ Hassassin : That catleap monitor is no good to me because it only has DVI input. I use my computer and Xbox 360 on my monitor.

@ MidnytRain : Newegg doesnt ship to Ireland. That's no good to me

@ Pandamobile : I do realise 1080P used to be an exotic resolution. I remember very well the headaches I used to get from using a 60Hz CRT monitor that was 1024 x 800 for years. What has that got to do with the fact that 1080P is more common than 2560 x 1440 at the moment.

@ those who disagreed. You guys are living in some type of fantasy world if you think 2560 x 1440 isn't less common than 1080P monitors right now. The price of those 2560 x 1440 monitors will eventually go low enough for everybody.

MidnytRain1681d ago (Edited 1681d ago )


Well, it's not like there's reason to concern yourself with a 4k monitor for a 360 anyway...

Also, what graphics card are you using that's capable of 4k but doesn't have a DVI output?

steve30x1680d ago

@ MidnytRain : I really don't know where you are getting the Idea that I want a 4K monitor. I am just saying that 1080P is more common than 2560 x 1440.

MidnytRain1680d ago


Oh, you posted a link for the cheapest one you could find, and then said another link was no good because it didn't ship to Ireland, so I just thought you were looking...

steve30x1678d ago (Edited 1678d ago )

Yes I do want a2560 x 1440 monitor and thats 2.5K not 4K and I want a 2.5K monitor for playing PC games on. I will be using the monitor for my Xbox 360 too

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WarThunder1682d ago

Awesome looking monitor!

Higher res means less aliasing, this way games will not require Anti aliasing. But $3000! very expansive...

digger181682d ago (Edited 1682d ago )

I've been using these for awhile now (3 at work/ 1 at home).

They are ok, but at 60Hz they hurt my eyes a little.

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