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Look, desktops may be on the decline, but if you're still using one, you're going to want this monitor. Asus has just opened up pre-orders for its PQ231Q monitor -- the world's first consumer 4K LCD. It's a 31.5" screen with four times the resolution of a typical 1080p panel. Starting now, US consumers will be able to pre-order the world's first consumer 4K monitor through Newegg, Amazon, or TigerDirect at an introductory MSRP of $3,499.

It has a 31.5-inch LED-backlit 4K Ultra HD display (140 pixels-per-inch) with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and supports 10-bit RGB 'deep color' for vibrant images with more natural transitions between hues. Here's a bit more from the company itself:

"The ASUS PQ321Q True 4K UHD Monitor uses cutting-edge Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) rather than traditional amorphous silicon for the active layer of its LCD panel. IGZO panels support much smaller transistors than amorphous silicon, enabling much smaller pixels. This allows the PQ321Q to have four times the amount of pixels compared to a 1920 x 1080 Full HD display. Despite the increase in pixels, the PQ321Q offers peace of mind by coming with a 30-day Zero Bright Dot warranty.

To ensure the ultimate visual experience, 176-degree wide viewing angles on both vertical and horizontal planes minimize onscreen color shift, while the 350cd/m² brightness rating and 8ms gray-to-gray response time ensure smooth, bright, and vibrant moving visuals. IGZO technology also gives reduced energy consumption compared to amorphous silicon and reduces bulk, maximizing your available space. At 35mm at its thickest point, the PQ321Q is not only the first True 4K UHD consumer monitor but also the thinnest available today."

So, who is going to be cutting into the college fund to nab one of these?

I would love to get one of these but don't think my 2 Titan's can run games at 4k resolution :\


I would rather do 3x 1080p/1200p monitors at that price. I have a hard time gaming below 120frames as well...


That's a lot of mula


You and me both. When it comes to high-end gaming, I'll take 3x1 any day... the wider perspective is much more impressive than more pixels at the same aspect ratio.

For non-gaming uses though, this thing is amazing. I could see these selling well to photographers and videographers.


I think I just nerded in my pants.

HH, can we be expecting a review anytime soon? :P


I'm a little confused as to how this works. It appears that the movies are still 1080p, but are "optimized" for 4K somehow.

"The Blu-ray “Mastered in 4K” collection is optimized so that 4K Ultra HD TV owners can take full advantage of the new 4K upscaling technology, delivering an outstanding near-4K experience. “Mastered in 4K” Blu-rays also work with all 1080p HDTVs for spectacular high definition picture and sound. "

Note "4K upscaling"


It's definitely cool to see a 4k monitor but I could never bring myself to spend that kind of money for one.