Asus’ latest portable monitor looks as if someone accidentally sat on it and powder down into an awkward wide shape. It’s called the Asus ProArt Display PA147CDV, It has a 14-inch panel with a 32:9 aspect ratio, giving it a look similar to a second screen on the laptop maker’s Zenbook Pro Duo laptops.
While Large 32:9 aspect ratio monitors market their ability to function as two separate regular-size monitors, and ProArt Display aims to function more As a companion screen for creative professionals, similar to (But hopefully it will be more useful than) Touch Bar or Elgato Stream Deck.
The ProArt monitor has a 14-inch, 1920 x 500-pixel IPS touch screen that is mounted on a mechanical stand that can be positioned horizontally or vertically. Asus says the screen covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut and is Calman verified for color accuracy. For now, we’re left in the dark as to how bright the panel should be. On the side of the base there are two USB-C ports and an HDMI port.
Another unique feature of this quirky accessory is the dial on the side, which is similar to the Microsoft Surface Dial where you can customize the tool to access certain functions within creative apps like Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom Classic. Any app that Microsoft Surface Dial supports will work with the Asus Dial. The screen also supports Microsoft’s Pen 2.0 protocol for those who don’t want to smudge the screen or from Need more precision when making fine adjustments.
You might be wondering why anyone would need an ultra wide screen. While this likely won’t replace Wacom or the iPad, ProArt allows creators to separate their tools from content being edited on a larger screen. In this setup, the screen acts as a customizable control panel for applications such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. It can also house your timeline or be positioned vertically next to your monitor or laptop for notes or web pages.
Asus has not provided us with pricing or release date details, indicating only that ProArt is “available for media review” and will be released in the second quarter of this year. And yes, we’ve already sent our Asus representative a test run for a review unit and we’ll let you know what we think of this hot dog.shaped screen.
“Typical beer trailblazer. Hipster-friendly web buff. Certified alcohol fanatic. Internetaholic. Infuriatingly humble zombie lover.”