The new Asus ProArt PA348CGV (opens in new tab) ultra-wide monitor (opens in new tab) focuses entirely on content creators. But it also has a broader appeal to general productivity, plus a refreshing twist that adds a dose of after-hours fun.
As you’d expect from an Asus ProArt monitor, at the heart of its appeal is a high-quality 34-inch ultra-wide IPS panel with wide color coverage, including 98 percent of the DCI-P3 digital cinema gamut. Undoubtedly less expected is the refresh rate of 120 Hz. High refresh rates are not a strict priority for content creation or other productivity tasks. But it’s still a welcome feature in terms of overall responsiveness and giving this screen a bit more usability bandwidth.
Of course, as with any ultra-wide panel, there are obvious productivity benefits to the form factor. A wider panel can be great for viewing application tools like video editing timelines, as well as a boon for multitasking in general. What the Asus ProArt PA348CGV does not deliver, however, is a really high pixel density. The native resolution of 3,440 by 1,440 pixels provides a fairly large pixel pitch.
You also don’t get any true HDR capabilities, although HDR signal processing is supported. Connectivity is another strong point, with USB Type-C in the mix, and the ergonomics look good with both a bundled stand and desk clamp. All in all, the feature set looks promising, albeit with a few fairly obvious limitations. As for pricing, at $689 in the US or around £650 in the UK, this isn’t exactly a cheap option given its relatively modest 1440p-class resolution. But given the excellent color accuracy, it can still be a decent value depending on your workflows.
Asus ProArt PA348CGV: design and features
- Great build quality
- Strong feature set
- Excellent ergonomics and connectivity
In characteristic Asus ProArt fashion, the Asus ProArt PA348CGV is a nice physical copy. It is beautifully built, looks expensive and the stand is very nicely designed. Strictly speaking, it lacks support for turning to portrait mode. But 100x100mm VESA mounts are supported, so you have the option to add that capability.
Unusually, Asus also bundles a clamp that attaches to the underside of the stand and secures the monitor securely to a desk. It’s arguably a feature with niche appeal, and it lacks a so-called ergo arm and so the display should be mounted centrally on a desk rather than to one side. But it may come in handy depending on your specific needs. The stand also supports tilt, height, and swivel adjustments.
Panel Size 34-inch
Panel type IPS
Resolution 3,440 x 1,440
Brightness 400 cd/m2
Pixel response 2 ms
Color coverage 100% Adobe RGB, 98% DCI-P3
Refresh rate 120Hz
Vesa 100mm x 100mm
Inputs DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0 x2, USB-C with 90W power delivery
In terms of connectivity, you get DisplayPort 1.4, a pair of HDMI 2.0 ports and a USB-C interface, complete with 90W power, plus a USB hub. The latter means that you can connect a laptop (opens in new tab) Charge the laptop with one cable and connect peripherals such as mouse, keyboard and external storage (opens in new tab) and card readers. Once you go for USB-C, you definitely won’t want to go back to that rat’s nest of cables and connectors. It makes life with a laptop so much slicker and easier.
In addition to the 120Hz refresh, the panel also supports variable refresh and is factory calibrated with Calman Verified sub-2 Delta Es, ensuring excellent accuracy. The display is also VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified. That’s a very basic level of HDR support, though. There’s no local dimming and the peak brightness is 400 nits, so expectations in that area need to be kept in check.
Asus ProArt PA348CGV: Performance
- Good factory calibration
- Really nice color balance and accuracy
- Not a real HDR panel
- Relatively low pixel density
As a monitor focused on productivity, the Asus ProArt PA348CGV has all the features on paper you could wish for. There’s 100 percent Adobe RGB coverage, 98 percent of DCI-P3, and the aforementioned Calman Verified sub-2 Delta E factory calibration. The rest of the specs are predictable for a last day monitor based on IPS technology, including 1,000:1 contrast and 2ms response times.
Out of the box, first impressions are of a very nicely laid out panel, with punchy, accurate colors, but without oversaturated theatrics. Test images show no compression and the gradients are super smooth, just as you’d expect from what a 10-bit panel is.
It’s worth noting that if you choose one of the preset gamuts, such as sRGB, you won’t be able to adjust the brightness, which may or may not be an issue depending on your workflows and the light levels in your work environment.
Less impressive, predictably, is the HDR performance. With no local dimming and that relatively modest 1,000:1 panel contrast ratio, this isn’t a monitor capable of truly high dynamic range. Still, the Asus ProArt PA348CGV supports HDR content and will process an HDR10 signal so it can be used for HDR workflows in no time.
More generally, the size and shape of the panel is great for multitasking and also great for some application tools like video production (opens in new tab) timelines. The only minor issue is the relatively low pixel density of 110 DPI. If you like sharp fonts and really detailed visuals, you’ll be better off with a 27-inch or 32-inch 4K monitor.
As for the 120Hz refresh, while it’s not a direct benefit for most workflows, it makes everything feel slicker, smoother and more responsive. If you do want to play a bit, then the high refresh and response of 2 ms will certainly provide a great experience. It is a much more viable option to use as well as productivity (opens in new tab) workhorse and gaming panel than just about any other professional monitor we can think of.
Asus ProArt PA348CGV: verdict
There aren’t many 34-inch ultra-wide panels that are completely focused on productivity in general and content creation in particular. The Asus ProArt PA348CGV is therefore a welcome addition to the market. It’s nicely calibrated, has a strong feature set including USB-C with 90W power delivery, and is beautifully built. Add to that 120Hz refresh and 2ms response times and you have a monitor that can turn its hand for just about anything from content creation to gaming.
Of course it’s not perfect. Without local dimming, the HDR experience is disappointing. The 110 DPI pixel density doesn’t deliver very sharp fonts or really crisp image details either. But then it’s a matter of alternating the multitasking benefits of the ultra-wide aspect with the tighter pixel pitch of a more conventional 4K panel. You pay your money and you make your choice.
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