Asus’ latest laptop screen looks like someone accidentally sat on it and squeezed it down into an awkwardly wide form. It’s called Asus ProArt Display PA147CDV, and it has a 14-inch panel in a 32: 9 aspect ratio, giving it a similar look to the second screen of the laptop manufacturer’s Zenbook Pro Duo laptops.
Whereas large screens with a 32: 9 aspect ratio market their ability to function as two separate screens in normal size, ProArt Display is intended to work more as a companion screen for creative professionals, e.g. (but hopefully more useful than) Touch Bar or an Elgato Stream Deck.
The ProArt monitor features a 14-inch, 1920 x 500-pixel IPS touchscreen mounted on a mechanical stand that can be placed horizontally or vertically. Asus says that the screen covers 100% of the sRGB color scale and is Calman-verified for color accuracy. For now, we have been left in the dark as to how bright the panel will be. On the side of the base there are two USB-C ports and an HDMI port.
Another unique feature of this strange accessory is the dial on the side, which is similar to the Microsoft Surface Dial, allowing you to customize the tool to access certain features of creative apps like Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom Classic. Any app supported by Microsoft Surface Dial works with Asus Dial. The monitor also supports Microsoft Pen Protocol 2.0 for those who do not want to smear the screen or who need more precision when making fine edits.
You might be wondering why anyone should use such an ultra-wide screen. While this is unlikely to replace your Wacom or iPad, ProArt Ads separates their tools from content edited on a larger screen. In this setup, the screen acts as a custom control panel for apps like Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro and After Effects. It can also accommodate your timeline or be placed vertically next to your screen or laptop for notes or web pages.
Asus did not give us prices or details about the release date, which only indicates that ProArt is “available for media review” and will be released in the 2nd quarter of this year. And yes, we have already pinged our Asus representative for a review device and will tell you what we think of this sausage bun-shaped screen.