32" 4k screen recommendation for new 14" M1 Pro/Max MacBook Pro?

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Re: 32" 4k screen recommendation for new 14" M1 Pro/Max MacBook Pro?

Eyal wrote:

Just purchased the new 14" MacBook Pro with M1 Max chip to replace a late 2015 27" 5k iMac

I was running the iMac with a second 25" monitor (Dell Ultrasharp UP2516D - 2560x1440 which does 100% Adobe RGB). Now looking to upgrade to a 32" monitor. Budget: under $2k.

First some basic questions:

1. Should I be looking at a monitor that does 99%+ Adobe RGB or be okay with 100% sRGB for the 'main' 32" monitor since I can use the Dell 25" for proofing in Adobe RGB for prints? If I understand correctly, the proper setup is to process the photos in the maximum color space (ProPhoto RGB) on an sRGB monitor for most of my images as they start off on the web and mobile devices. Then switch to processing on an Adobe RGB monitor for any prints.

Perhaps but these days most mobile phones support wide gamut color (e.g. DCI-P3 for iPhones) so you may want to have a similar color space coverage as well.

I spent quite a bit of research looking into a photo editing monitors, as far as I can tell, the uniformity of backlight across the monitor as well as the uniformity of color are very much important. A lot of monitors will claim to support 99-100% of AdobeRGB but it's pretty useless if all those colors were inaccurate by 5~10% depending on where you look at the screen.

Also, you may already know this but it's extremely important to regularly calibrate your monitor using a calibration tool like i1 Display Pro or Datacolor SpyderX. Because LED monitors reflect some ambient light and your perception of color is affected by the ambient light, each monitor has to be calibrated at a given lighting situation before any color critical work is done.
macOS has something called TrueTone which tries to mimic color calibration based on ambient light, and you can toggle it in Display settings to see the effect of it. If you monitor it carefully, it changes throughout the day as light from a window, etc... changes its brightness, color, and other light sources in your room such as a lamp start or stop emanating lights. (Don't rely on TrueTone to calibrate your external monitor for obvious reasons.)

3. Ideally, would love a single cable connection to the MacBook Pro that would then be able to connect to an OWC RAID, external SSD and the Dell 25" monitor.

So here is what I have as options so far including some Pros/Cons related to use with a MacBook Pro specifically. All are 32" 4k monitors with IPS screens:

1. Asus PA32UC - $1500
Matte screen
99.5% Adobe RGB; 100% sRGB
14 bit LUT; 10 bit depth
1 USB-C/TB3 input; Power up to 60W

This screen seems to have an excellent uniformity at least according to this site:

2. Asus PA329CV - $800
I think this is their newest version
100% sRGB but NO MENTION of Adobe RGB anywhere
USB-C with 90W power delivery
Only thing going for the one (besides price!) is the promise of a single cable to connect to the MacBook Pro and be good to go with power, etc and (I believe) be able to send data to/from RAID, external drive and drive second monitor

Looks like this is 100% Rec. 709? The fact they don't mention Adobe RGB probably means it has less than 99% Adobe RGB coverage.

3. Asus PA329C - $1150
I believe this is the older (2019) version vs the new PA329CV
Glossy screen with anti-reflective coating
100% Adobe RGB; 100% sRGB
14 bit LUT; 10 bit depth
1 USB-C 3.2 gen 1; Powers up to 60W

4. Viewsonic XG320U - $1000
Just announced as 'Gaming Monitor'
144Hz; IPS; 99% Adobe RGB; 99% sRGB
Inputs: USB 3.2 type B and HDMI 2.1
Unclear to me if can power MacBook Pro with single USB-C cable
10 bit color depth

I wouldn't get a gaming monitor like this. The uniformity of backlight & color of gaming monitors are most certainly not calibrated & adjusted at the factory.

5. BenQ SW321C - $2,000
60Hz; IPS; 99% Adobe RGB; 100% sRGB
Inputs: USB-C with up to 60W charging and data transfer up to 5 Gb/s
16-bit LUT; 10 bit color depth
BenQ seems to have better reviews than the Asus ProArt but also have read some 'horror stories'

I have a BenQ monitor (SW270C) and I'm pretty satisfied with its color reproduction. The uniformity of backlight / color is pretty good as well. I can charge my laptop while I'm using the monitor and I can hook up a bunch of devices to the monitor so that's pretty convenient.

6. Eizo Flexscan EV3285 - $1850
Limited to 100% sRGB

I wouldn't get a Flexscan for your budget & use cases. ColorEdge is what Eizo is known for. I used to own a Flexscan back when I was a student. It was an excellent monitor for what it was, but I wouldn't pay $2k for it.

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