Probably not, unless you’re a designer, animator, or video editor with the power to really drive this thing.
At $4400, the premium applied here is staggering, and given what it can do, we’re not surprised.
You can find other 4K panels for computers in the market now for much cheaper price points, and we’d cite Samsung and AOC for that, since both manufacturers have models just under the $800 mark, which the Sharp PN-K322B really towers over in price.
But Sharp’s 4K monitor has a lead on its competitors not just in dollar signs, but in size and versatility. While we’ve yet to see either of the Samsung or AOC displays, the differences come from panel type and size, with the Sharp coming in at 32 inches, not the 27 or 28 inches either of the other models use.
Panel type is also a factor, and while the AOC doesn’t list its panel type, our money is on the same Twisted Nematic (TN) technology used by Samsung. Not that it’s bad, but it just doesn’t have the colour fidelity that creative specialists demand, more in line with what gamers are after, thanks to the fast screen response time.
Sharp differs in this regard, relying on indium gallium zinc oxide, or IGZO for short, which is a smaller and thinner semiconductor technology generally paired with the high-grade In-Plane Switching (IPS) LCD technology that appears on displays with solid viewing angles from every direction.
The technology on offer also differs because unlike a conventional display, the 4K screen that id the PN-K322B is a touchscreen with 10 point multitouch, which is something so few Ultra HD displays offer, making it ideal for Windows 8 users. The stand is pretty special too, thanks to its versatility, and the monitor’s inclusion of a digital pen makes it really useful for designers, as well.
Those features alone make it a stand out product for people who need them, since they’re harder to find, but we do need to stress that you will need a great computer to really drive this monitor, because without it, the screen really feels wasted, like it was on us.