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on 20 July 2015
I faffed about for ages comparing various widescreen replacements for my trusted old Hanns G monitor, and settled on this highly rated option from Asus. The monitor was purchased in September 2013, so as I write this nearly 2 years later (I know!) I feel it's time I added my comments.
I would add however, that my initial assessment would only have rated it 3 or 4 stars, as I've been disappointed at how bright and contrasty it appeared. I'd also add that apart from web browsing/emails, I use it for image editing with Photoshop and Lightroom 5.
Straight out of the box, the monitor was easy to set up and use, but (as I mentioned) I found it noticeably brighter and harsher than my old Hanns G. However, I ran with it, thinking maybe my previous monitor was well past it's sell-by date, and that the advantages in terms of clarity and resolution were worth it. I did try to reduce the harshness through the monitor menu and a calibrator, but I was never able to get it "just right".
A couple of months down the line I replaced my old bog-standard Huey calibrator with a spanky new Spyder 4 Pro, but again, I was never able to achieve total monitor nirvana, although to be fair, I was always amazed at how accurately my old Canon Pixma printer reproduced my images. We were getting close, but I wasn't ready to award any cigars. Colour accuracy was fine, it was the underlying harshness of the display.
So, here we are in July 2015, and I just reloaded the software for the Spyder 4 Pro, and lo and behold, it's been updated by Datacolor.
I simply followed the new, updated instructions, and somehow I was able to begin the process of calibration of my Asus from better, and more "neutral" default settings. Several minutes later, I returned from making a coffee to find the option of comparing my calibrated settings with the "old" ones. Sure enough, the old settings were indeed harsh and higher-contrast, whereas the new ones were perfect. Well, as near perfect as I need. Print quality is even closer to what I see on the monitor, and web-browsing is an altogether more pleasant experience.
So, without going into endless technical gobbledegook, I'd say that the combination of updated Spyder 4 Pro calibrator, with the Asus ProArt Monitor, is finally a result that I'm happy to award 5 stars. On it's own, with no calibrator, I doubt you'd achieve this level of performance without a lot of luck. Yes, I know good calibration should link monitor and printer profiles, but I'd say this is as close as you'll get without going that far.
The ProArt itself is built like a tank, with all the physical adjustments you'd expect in a decent bit of kit.
So, finally, after nearly 2 years, through no fault of the monitor, I've achieved nirvana.