Content creators – these creator-centric monitors are tools of our trade as we require a monitor to show us the colors correctly so that we can edit videos or pictures to look natural. But, the ASUS ProArt PA27AC is more than just a great content creator monitor.
The ASUS ProArt PA27AC is of great value too, at only RM2,199, I can highly recommend it. Let’s go through the reasons.
This ASUS ProArt PA27AC is a 27-inch IPS LCD screen with 1440p in resolution that can go up to 75Hz. For some reason, the specs sheet says 60Hz is the maximum but for some reason – it ran at 75Hz without overclock.
For content creators
What’s crucial for content creators here is the color accuracy – and the ASUS ProArt PA27AC has it all. It supports 100% of sRGB, color accuracy ΔE < 2, all of that good stuff – pre-calibrated out of the factory. It also has HDR 10 support so we can edit HDR videos using this monitor too.
Speaking from personal experience – although it is definitely not advisable – I managed to eye-ball one video’s white balance. I didn’t see any issue with another monitor that I have, but this monitor showed me the difference.
But over the months, the monitor’s colors will drift and lose some of its accuracies and we’ll have to recalibrate it once again. But, ASUS also included something called the ASUS ProArt Calibration Technology and accompanying software. It is compatible with most color calibrators and also saves the calibrated color profile into the monitor itself.
But since we do not have a color calibrator ourselves, we can’t test it.
An immense amount of ports
Now, let’s talk about the ports. There are a lot of ports at the back of this monitor. We have:
- 3x HDMI
- 1x DisplayPort
- 1x Thunderbolt 3 for input
- Another Thunderbolt 3 for output
- USB hub:
- 2x USB 3.0 Type-A
- 1x USB 3.0 Type-C for downstream
- 1x Headphone passthrough
- 1x Service port
The service port is used for firmware updates – which I highly recommend you to do so since it improves things like Thunderbolt 3 support because when we first got the monitor, it was using firmware version 1 which did not work when I plugged in the Thunderbolt cable from the laptop to the monitor, but only worked when I updated the monitor to the latest version 5 firmware.
And since this monitor has Thunderbolt 3, you can plug in an ultrabook use the monitor while charging the laptop.
You can also get multiple of these ASUS ProArt PA27AC monitor and daisy-chain them with just a single Thunderbolt 3 cable.
This monitor also has 2x2W speakers built-in, by the way. It works fine but they’re…. facing backwards.
Monitor’s elegant design
Now, in terms of features. It’s a sleek-looking monitor that screams “elegance”. This monitor has tilt, swivel, and pivot for both clockwise and counterclockwise directions, and also the smoothest height adjustment slider that I’ve encountered so far.
I appreciate the fact that ASUS didn’t put any sort of branding on the screen itself. This means that if you ever want to use another monitor arm, then there’s literally no way to tell that this is actually an ASUS while looking from the front.
It has an equal black bezel around all sides with just a little power LED indicator at the bottom right. This can be disabled in the OSD as well.
Now speaking of the OSD, let’s briefly go through all options that are available here. I do want to highlight the multiple different color profiles built-in. There’s standard, sRGB, Rec.709 (which does have some slight difference in terms of yellowness). Other than that, the OSD features available on this monitor are pretty standard.
There are also PiP/PbP if you want to use that. I mean, since it has so many ports for display, might as well make use of them.
Should you buy the ASUS ProArt PA27AC
Now, as tools for trade – I think that the ASUS ProArt PA27AC at the price of RM2,199 (which you can get at a lower price elsewhere) is very good – given that the colors are already great out of the box, though you need to get your own color calibrator to maintain that accuracy.
Also, it has great I/O ports in terms of amount and selection – especially Thunderbolt 3. And lastly, the long-term support via firmware updates. We get improved compatibility and performance by just updating it – and we don’t usually get such privilege – especially on monitors.