Been looking for a reason to upgrade to a large screen monitor? You might finally have one, provided you're willing to drop three and a half large on a display. Starting today, you can pre-order the Asus PQ321Q, a 31.5-inch 4K ultra-high definition display with a 3840x2160 screen resolution, versus the 2560x1600 resolution found on most 30-inch monitors. That equates to four times the resolution of a Full HD 1080p display.
According to Asus, the PQ321Q is the world's first consumer 4K monitor, though it certainly won't be the last. This is a professional panel with an LED backlight, 10-big RGB for deep color, 176-degree (horizontal and vertical) viewing angles, 350cd/m2 brightness, 8ms response time (gray-to-gray), 14-bit Look Up Table (LUT), picture-by-picture support, and a few other goodies.
Asus went with an anti-glare Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) panel instead of the traditional amorphous silicon found on most displays. The benefit of IGZO is that it supports much smaller transistors than amorphous silicon, allowing for smaller pixels and better detail.
Connectivity options consist of a DisplayPort (1.2) and two HDMI 1.4 ports. The monitor also has two 2W speakers, 3.5mm input, and 3.5mm output.
The PQ321Q is available to per-order now at Newegg, Amazon, and TigerDirect at an "introductory price" of $3,500.