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Sharp unveils 4K 32-inch IGZO LCD monitor, yours for just $5,500

By Shawn Knight
Nov 28, 2012
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  1. Sharp has unveiled a new monitor powered by their ultra-thin IGZO technology that delivers an incredibly high resolution in a very sleek looking package. The professional-grade 32-inch (when measured diagonally, of course) PN-K321 display features a 4K resolution of 3,840...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 1,913   +362

    Since 1080p was often the used number, why are they calling it 4k? its more like 2k... whatever. Its misleading to the less savy people who think the picture quality is 4 times as good.
  3. Thats good news, already the prices are getting lower :)

    I really would love to get one but with all new markets there must be a pile of problems.

    Maybe in 2 years time, I hope it gets rushed into mainstream like "3D" has,

    This is something I'd actually consider getting on a quality, size and energy efficiency stand point.
  4. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Enthusiast Posts: 399   +35

    No kidding... technically this is 2K, not 4K. They should just call it 2160p and be done with it. This is false advertising as far as I'm concerned. Unfortunately I think whatever standardization entity out there (IEEE?, ISO?) says that 2160p is a MINIMUM resolution for a display to be called "4K", even though technically, it isn't 4K. Kind of a rip off...

    I really only see this resolution being useful for some of us hardcore users who want tons of desktop space, want to play games at that res, or are graphics/video artists. otherwise your general consumer will not even be able to discern the difference between 1080p HD and 2160p Ultra HD.
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT TS Evangelist Posts: 1,806   +542

    Pointless gadget, useless and over-priced.

    If I had that kind of money I would buy 3 x 30" Monitors, which would create a far superior visual effect, and still have a chunk of cash to spare.
  6. It reminds me of the time when HDTVs were just starting to become available to mainstream consumers and were a bit pricy. Too many suckers bought Enhanced Definition Set Plasmas (480p) thinking it's close enough to having an actual HD set.
  7. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,953   +900

    Man u must need like 2 680s to game on that lol
  8. Jesse

    Jesse TechSpot Staff Posts: 369   +40

    AWesome!!! I know what I want for Christmas!

    Yeah, the 4k moniker will be less common soon. It's Ultra HD now.
  9. Holyscrap

    Holyscrap TS Rookie Posts: 39   +12

    If you count pixels as picture quality then 3,840 x 2,160 is 4 times better than 1080p

    3,840 x 2,160= (2*1920)x(2*1080)= 2x2x1920x1080=4x(1920x1080)
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  10. soldier1969

    soldier1969 TS Booster Posts: 244   +43

    I have 2 x 4gb 680s for my 30" 2560 x 1600 ips display but this one is kick ***. Cant wait till they make a stand alone PC display with this res for under 2 grand I'll grab one!
  11. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,953   +900

    that is just cheesy lol
    how many frames do you get on a game like BF3 on ultra? also does the 4GB help?
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  12. Slytek

    Slytek TS Rookie

    Until There is content created in this high resolution its useless
  13. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,160   +174

    Some people like high PPI.
  14. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,160   +174

    Um ike... did you read his post?

    1920x1080 has 2,073,600 pixels

    3840 x 2160 has 8,294,400 pixels

    So 1080p vs 4K... 4K has 4 times the number of pixels.
  15. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 1,913   +362

    Im really stupid. Ignore me. :D
    Think ill go sleep now...
  16. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,953   +900

    ^
  17. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,160   +174

    It's a computer monitor. You can render content at that resolution. E.g. games, photo & video editing, desktop applications etc. More useful than a 4K TV.
    ikesmasher likes this.
  18. So, how much gtx 680 must I have to run Crysis (ultra high quality with not less than 30fps) on this monitor? :D
  19. thewind

    thewind TS Rookie Posts: 65

    Thank god you said something cuz I was like "are you flippin' kidding me? 4k or what ever you wanta call it is 4x the pixels so 4x as good! but Yes they call it 4k so the average joe knows its 4x its a good marketing ploit.
  20. thewind

    thewind TS Rookie Posts: 65

    Given Hitman Absolution cant even run on Ultra at 1080p ( Now when I say that I mean when everything is on ultra and I turn MSAA up to 8x I only get an average of 24FPS) If you turn MSAA to 4x then it runs fine) Anyway given this game is the most demanding game I have seen so far I would like to know how many it would take to run it at 4k! I'm gussing 2 690's or 3 680's. any gusses?
  21. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 970   +84

    They should have called it 4x then. Calling it a 4K monitor when it's really a 2K is very misleading. Like that silly Apple 4G phone, which wasn't a 4G phone, but only a 4th generation product.
  22. "Given Hitman Absolution cant even run on Ultra at 1080p ( Now when I say that I mean when everything is on ultra and I turn MSAA up to 8x I only get an average of 24FPS) If you turn MSAA to 4x then it runs fine) Anyway given this game is the most demanding game I have seen so far I would like to know how many it would take to run it at 4k! I'm gussing 2 690's or 3 680's. any gusses?"

    Hey, how about we wait for 2-3 years waiting for gtx 780 or gtx 880, also waiting for Sandy Bridge-F (next gen of SandyBridge-E) perhaps? :D
  23. Jesse

    Jesse TechSpot Staff Posts: 369   +40

    Yes, what Darth said. This is a monitor ya bozos. Go troll in the 4k tv threads.
  24. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 1,913   +362

    in its defense, it was called the iphone 4, not the 4G. :p
  25. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,953   +900

    I bet it is just not optimised. It is like metro 2033 and witcher 2, it was a killer until AMD and nvidia fixed the drivers to run it great


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