Asus is showing off several new members of its ProArt line of professional displays at the NAB show this week, including a very unusual portable monitor with an ultra-wide display with support for pen input and a built-in Asus Dial that can be used to control functions in apps that support Microsoft’s Surface Dial.

While Asus first introduced the ProArt Display PA147CDV last fall, it’s still not available for purchase yet. But perhaps its appearance at the NAB show indicates that a launch may be imminent.

The portable monitor features a 14 inch, 1920 x 550 pixel IPS LCD display panel with 10-bit color, 100 percent sRGB color gamut and Delta E < 2 color accuracy.

That screen, which is similar in size and resolution to the secondary displays the company uses for some of its “Duo” series dual-screen laptops, has a 32:9 aspect ratio that seems like it would be awkward to use for running full-blown apps, but which could come in handy if you’re looking for a surface that can be used to display controls or other secondary content while an app is taking up space on your primary display.

It could also be used to display chat apps, web browsers, or other apps while leaving your primary display uncluttered. Or you could use it as an input device, thanks to support for 10-finger capacitive touch input, pen input (any digital pen that supports Microsoft’s Pen Protocol 2.0 should work) and the Asus Dial positioned in the base behind the display.

There’s a built-in kickstand that allows you to adjust the angle of the display for use in horizontal or vertical orientations, or anything in between. And the display has an HDMI 1.4 input and two USB-C ports, which should allow you to connect just about any PC or mobile device.

Asus hasn’t announced pricing or availability details for the ProArt Display PA147CDV yet.

via Tom’s Hardware

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7 replies on “Asus ProArt Display PA147CDV is a portable 14 inch 32:9 display with pen and dial input”

    1. Uh….because this is a monitor. Why would anyone put either of those interfaces into a monitor that doesn’t need remote control? Or did you just see the word “dial” and think it was talking about dial-up? It’s an actual physical dial you turn with your fingers.

  1. Uh…no. If I’m going to use an external display as a doodle pad, I’m going to want it to have an aspect ratio pretty similar to a piece of paper since such a rectangle is usually the easiest to fit most of anything someone might want to draw on. And I think I’d be running the pen off the edge a lot from the size of the smaller dimension.
    It’s not like it can’t be used, but software basically has to be, or be able to be, rearranged around it, for a decent workflow.
    I think this, and all the others like it, is something they’re putting out just because panels with that aspect ratio are cheap all of a sudden for some reason, possibly overproduction: they’re supposed to go in cars as gauge clusters, but cars aren’t being made for want of silicon, and/or perhaps they’re being made differently due to increasing supposition by idiotic marketing departments that everyone wants giant ipads in their dashboards.

    1. Exactly. Humans don’t draw images in consecutive horizontal lines like a printer does, so unless you are designing an actual banner, the aspect ratio of this screen seems unfit for art purposes which is kinda dumb for something with “art” in its name. That aside I can see it being useful in niche markets for controls, chats, and other such stuff (which they actually mention) but despite my love for multi-monitor setups I don’t see myself investing in this kind of thing. Especially since it would require additional software as keyboard touch input on Windows is limited to the monitor where the active window is (the floating keyboard can be moved around but the “anchored” one is only in the monitor with the active window, even if that monitor does not have touch input (or at least this is how it works for me using a Legion 5 laptop hooked up to a lenovo m14t portable monitor and another monitor).

      1. Sure, but if you just want a dedicated chat monitor there are other such displays that probably shouldn’t cost near as much because they don’t have all the drawing focused features this thing does.
        Meanwhile this has just about every drawing-related feature I’ve heard of except a decent aspect ratio.

        1. Exactly. I think they are positioning it as an art accessory to justify what will inevitably be a high price tag despite it being better suited for all the other secondary uses they mention (which don’t justify a high price tag by themselves)

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