ASUS announced its 31.5-inch "4K" display prior to Computex, but it was at the show that I got a chance to lay eyes on the highly anticipated display. The PQ321 features a 3840 x 2160 Sharp IGZO panel and will sell for $3799. The price point is closely tied to Sharp's panel cost, so as production increases in response to demand we should see prices fall.

Driving the 4K display will require either a DP 1.2 output or two HDMI outputs. ASUS' Computex demo had two of its panels (one 31.5" and a 39" version as well) running off of the same system, both driven off DisplayPort outputs.

Although the demo ran at 30Hz, ASUS claims it has a display setting that will allow 60Hz operation using DisplayPort.

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  • EnzoFX - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    Drool. What more is there to say. This is pure hotness for desktop/business use.
  • Kevin G - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    Tempting. Price out of reason but do not care. When does it ship?
  • chubbypanda - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    This 4k LCD was the first thing I went to see at Asus booth! If I remember correctly, it was two miniDP outputs with an adater (at least it seems like it).
  • jeffkibuule - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    Hopefully Apple and Dell use slightly smaller versions of this panel (I'm thinking 24"-27") so that they can start shipping those panels in much higher volumes.
  • dishayu - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    That was my first thought as well. For me, personally, 31 inch is just WAY too big for a computer monitor. 24-27 sounds just about right. Now if only they could mass produce them and get them in the < 500$ range that would be great :D
  • EnzoFX - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    <$500 for 4K monitor? Not even the name brand current 27"s go for that. If this ever comes down to more consumer oriented prices, it'll be $1000+ like the 30" Dell/Apple's and stay that way prob.
  • JDG1980 - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    4K is being pitched as the next big thing in the TV market. That means that prices will eventually come down to consumer levels. The reason that 1080p is so much cheaper than 2560x1440 or 2560x1600 is that it's a much more widely used resolution. But there is a good chance that 4K will be mainstream in another few years and will therefore be the new 1080p - cheap and easily available.
  • UltraTech79 - Saturday, June 15, 2013 - link

    I find it gimmicky. What does TV need with 4K when 1080p approches what human vision can resolve at the distance most people watch TV? 1600 itself would be more than enough. I dont see it actually gaining anything except trying to revitalize the TV market for people with more money than sense.

    For PC more resolution the better even past what a human can resolve as smooth due to the nature of the PC environment. More room for windows, better font rendering (goodbye cleartype), etc etc.
  • w_km - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    $500 4K is at least 2 years away :(
  • web2dot0 - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    You know what would be great? If they start handling it out for free. :-D

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