ASUS ProArt PA148CTV Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Jul 15, 2021 at 10:32 am
ASUS ProArt PA148CTV Picture
6.7
Mixed Usage
7.0
Office
6.7
Gaming
6.6
Multimedia
6.6
Media Creation
4.9
HDR Gaming
Size 14"
Resolution 1920x1080
Max Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
No VRR

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV is one of the best portable monitors we've tested so far. The 14 inch 1080p screen delivers amazing text clarity and doubles as a 10-point multi-touch screen, but only on Windows PCs. It has a slew of unique features for content creators, including a unique control wheel that you can use to adjust your settings. It comes factory calibrated, and it shows, as it has excellent accuracy out of the box. Although it can display almost the entire sRGB color space, it has only decent coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space, which might disappoint some users. Unfortunately, it's not very good for gaming, with a relatively slow response time, a limited 60Hz refresh rate, and it doesn't support any advanced gaming features like a variable refresh rate. As this is a portable monitor, the stand has terrible ergonomics, but it's a bit better than some of the competition, as the built-in kickstand has a wide tilt range and can also support the monitor in portrait orientation.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed Usage

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV is an okay monitor for most uses. It's marketed mainly as a media creation monitor, but it's alright for watching videos, and it's a decent office monitor with excellent gray uniformity and amazing text clarity. On the other hand, it's not a great choice for gaming, as it has a relatively slow response time and no support for advanced gaming features like a variable refresh rate, and it doesn't support HDR.

Pros
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Excellent text clarity.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Limited 60Hz refresh rate and no advanced gaming features like VRR.
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Terrible ergonomics, as expected for a portable monitor.
7.0 Office

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV is a decent portable office monitor. The relatively small size doesn't deliver much screen space to work with, but the high pixel density results in excellent text clarity. It has decent viewing angles, but the stand has a limited range of motion, as it can only tilt. It has outstanding gray uniformity and very good gradient handling. Finally, it has decent reflection handling and decent peak brightness, but it's not bright enough for a really bright environment.

Pros
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Excellent text clarity.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Terrible ergonomics, as expected for a portable monitor.
6.7 Gaming

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV isn't a very good choice for gaming. It's okay overall, thanks to the low input lag, but it has a relatively slow response time, so motion looks a bit blurry. It also lacks any advanced gaming features like support for a variable refresh rate. The small size of the screen makes it hard to see fine details in modern games, but it could be an okay choice for older games on the go.

Pros
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Limited 60Hz refresh rate and no advanced gaming features like VRR.
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Relatively slow response time.
  • Terrible ergonomics, as expected for a portable monitor.
6.6 Multimedia

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV is an okay monitor for watching videos. The small size isn't ideal for watching movies with a few friends, but it's better than a phone. It has excellent gray uniformity and very good gradient handling. It's best-suited for a moderately-lit room, as it's not quite bright enough for a really bright room, and it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray in the dark.

Pros
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Low input lag.
  • Unique additional features for content creators.
  • Great SDR color gamut and excellent color volume.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Relatively slow response time.
  • Terrible ergonomics, as expected for a portable monitor.
6.6 Media Creation

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV is an alright portable monitor for media creation. It has great colors, with nearly complete coverage of the sRGB color space, but it has limited coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space. It has very good gradient handling, so banding shouldn't be an issue. The biggest limitations of this monitor are its small size and limited ergonomics, but it's okay for making quick edits or if you're looking for an extra screen for quick access to settings or controls.

Pros
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Low input lag.
  • Unique additional features for content creators.
  • Great SDR color gamut and excellent color volume.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Terrible ergonomics, as expected for a portable monitor.
4.9 HDR Gaming

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV doesn't support HDR.

  • 6.7 Mixed Usage
  • 7.0 Office
  • 6.7 Gaming
  • 6.6 Multimedia
  • 6.6 Media Creation
  • 4.9 HDR Gaming
  1. Updated Jul 15, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 13, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)
Weight (with stand)
1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV has a simple design, with a few unique elements that stand out from the competition. While most portable monitors come with a folio-style stand, this one has a built-in kickstand that's nearly the full width of the display, similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro or the ViewSonic VG1655. You can also mount it to a camera tripod for extra flexibility.

Design
Stand
Width
12.3" (31.2 cm)
Depth
3.9" (10.0 cm)

The kickstand at the back of the monitor supports it well. You can adjust the angle of the stand to just about any angle you want, up to a maximum of 70°. The overall footprint depends on the angle of the stand.

2.7
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
0.0" (0.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape Yes, Clockwise
Swivel Range No swivel
Tilt Range -70° to -15°

As expected for a portable monitor, the ASUS ProArt PA148CTV has poor ergonomics. The stand has a wide tilt range, and it can also support the monitor in a portrait orientation, but only on one side, due to the inputs and controls on the left. If you're looking for a bit better flexibility, you can also mount it to a camera tripod.

Design
Back
Wall Mount Mounting Hole With 1/4" Screw Thread

Somewhat surprisingly, the monitor can be attached to a 1/4" camera tripod mount, as shown here. Unlike the ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHPE, the mounting port is along the bottom bezel, not on the back. Naturally, there's no cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.8 cm)
Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
7.4" (18.9 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
0.5" (1.2 cm)

We measured the thickness with the stand at its maximum incline. The minimum thickness is the thickness of the display itself, with the kickstand closed.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

Overall, the ASUS ProArt PA148CTV has good build quality. It feels sturdy, with very little flex in the body. The kickstand is very stable, and the tilt is very smooth and easy to adjust. The front bezels are a bit loose around the display, though, which is a bit disappointing.

Picture Quality
6.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
985 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

As expected for an IPS monitor, the ASUS ProArt PA148CTV has a mediocre contrast ratio, resulting in blacks that tend to look gray in a dark room. Note that contrast can vary between units, but these results are about average for an IPS panel.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only, so you can see how the backlight on this display performs and compare it to a similar product with local dimming.

7.4
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
281 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
276 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
300 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
300 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
301 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
301 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
276 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
300 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
300 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
300 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
301 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.006

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV has decent peak brightness in SDR. There's almost no variation in brightness with different content, but small highlights are dimmed slightly, though this shouldn't be noticeable with regular content.

These measurements are taken after calibration, in the 'Standard' Picture Mode, with the backlight at max. The peak brightness can change depending on which mode you're using.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV doesn't support HDR.

6.8
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
26°
Color Washout From Right
27°
Color Shift From Left
42°
Color Shift From Right
46°
Brightness Loss From Left
29°
Brightness Loss From Right
32°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
28°
Gamma Shift From Right
30°

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV has okay horizontal viewing angles. The image degrades at a narrower angle than most IPS monitors, but it's in line with other portable monitors we've tested, like the Lepow Z1. The biggest issue is a sudden decrease in brightness and gamma, causing the image to fade and appear washed out.

7.0
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
26°
Color Washout From Above
31°
Color Shift From Below
49°
Color Shift From Above
47°
Brightness Loss From Below
28°
Brightness Loss From Above
32°
Black Level Raise From Below
70°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
33°
Gamma Shift From Above
36°

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV has decent vertical viewing angles. The issue is the same as the horizontal viewing angles; brightness decreases at a relatively narrow angle, gamma shifts, and colors fade, causing the image to appear washed out.

8.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.036%
50% DSE
0.110%
5% Std. Dev.
0.359%
5% DSE
0.061%

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV has excellent gray uniformity. There's a bit more variation across the entire screen, with the sides noticeably darker than the center, but there's very little dirty screen effect in the center. Near-dark scenes are much better, with no noticeable uniformity issues. Gray uniformity can vary between units, but most monitors we've tested have excellent gray uniformity.

5.2
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.555%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Unfortunately, the ASUS ProArt PA148CTV has disappointing black uniformity. The entire screen appears cloudy, with blotches of backlight bleed spread throughout. Black uniformity varies between units, so let us know if you get one with better uniformity than this.

8.6
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
sRGB
Luminance
90 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
N/A
Contrast Setting
N/A
RGB Controls
Default
Gamma Setting
Default
Color Temperature
6,988 K
White Balance dE
2.02
Color dE
1.65
Gamma
2.17

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV has amazing accuracy out of the box. Colors are extremely accurate, with no noticeable issues, and the white balance is a bit off, but not noticeably so. The color temperature is just a tad cool, giving everything a slightly bluish tint. Gamma is closer to a flat 2.2 instead of the sRGB target curve we aim for, so bright scenes are brighter than they should be, and darker scenes are darker.

Note: The accuracy out of the box normally varies between units, but as this model comes factory calibrated, we don't expect much variation.

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Standard
Luminance
106 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
91
Contrast Setting
80
RGB Controls
50-44-37
Gamma Setting
2.2
Color Temperature
6,549 K
White Balance dE
0.65
Color dE
0.62
Gamma
2.19

After calibration, the ASUS ProArt PA148CTV has even better accuracy. Gamma is almost spot-on our target sRGB curve. Colors and the white balance are even better than they were out of the box, and there aren't any noticeable issues. Finally, the color temperature is almost spot-on our calibration target of 6500K.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit due to manufacturing tolerances, even for the same model.

8.3
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
95.1%
Adobe RGB xy
71.3%
sRGB Picture Mode
Standard
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Standard

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV has a great SDR color gamut, much better than most portable monitors we've tested, but not quite as good as the Lepow Z1 Gamut. It covers almost all of the sRGB color space used by most desktop and web content, but it can't quite display the full range of reds and greens. Coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space is decent but probably not good enough for most professionals.

8.5
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
93.9%
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
76.3%
sRGB Picture Mode
Standard
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Standard

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV has excellent color volume in SDR. In sRGB, it's limited by its inability to display saturated colors at low luminance levels due to the low contrast ratio. Like most LCDs, blues aren't as bright as pure whites, but this isn't that noticeable. In the Adobe RGB color space, it's limited by the incomplete gamut, and again it can't display dark colors due to the low contrast ratio.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV doesn't support HDR. ASUS advertises a DCI P3 mode for this monitor, but we don't currently measure DCI P3 color gamut on displays that don't support HDR.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

9.6
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.12%
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.04%
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.04%
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00%
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00%

There are very minor signs of image retention on our unit, but it's not noticeable with regular content. It's almost not even detectable after a few seconds, which is why our system detects some at 4 and 6 minutes, but not after 2 minutes. Note that image retention can vary between units.

7.9
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV has very good gradient handling. It can only accept an 8-bit signal, and other than normal 8-bit banding, there are no significant issues. There's some banding in darker shades, but it's not really noticeable.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.002%
Pixel Column Error
0.001%

There are no noticeable signs of color bleed on the unit we bought, but this can vary between units. It's rarely noticeable, though.

7.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.0%
Indirect Reflections
2.4%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.6%

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV has decent reflection handling. The matte finish absorbs and diffuses direct lights well, but bright lights can still be distracting, so it's not a good choice for outdoor use.

8.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

The small size and relatively high pixel density of this monitor results in amazing text clarity. Even with ClearType off (bottom photo), text is clean and sharp. Running the ClearType wizard (top photo) sharpens text a bit, but it's not really necessary.

Motion
6.7
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
40
Rise / Fall Time
8.7 ms
Total Response Time
20.4 ms
Overshoot Error
5.5%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
9.2 ms
Dark Total Response Time
20.9 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
6.8%

Trace Free SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
0ChartTablePhoto
20ChartTablePhoto
40ChartTablePhoto
60ChartTablePhoto
80ChartTablePhoto
100ChartTablePhoto

The ASUS ProART PA148CTV has an okay response time. It's better than some of the other portable monitors we've tested, like the MSI Optix MAG161V, but still not good enough for serious gamers.

The level of overdrive can be adjusted by changing the Trace Free setting. We recommend the '40' setting, as it delivers the best balance of a fast response time with the least amount of overshoot, but some people might prefer '60', as it's slightly faster, but has noticeable inverse ghosting. Higher overdrive levels aren't as effective at further reducing the overall response time, but they add significant overshoot, causing inverse ghosting behind fast-moving objects. The '80' and '100' settings are nearly unusable.

6.7
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
40
Rise / Fall Time
8.7 ms
Total Response Time
20.4 ms
Overshoot Error
5.5%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
9.2 ms
Dark Total Response Time
20.9 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
6.8%

Trace Free SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
0ChartTablePhoto
20ChartTablePhoto
40ChartTablePhoto
60ChartTablePhoto
80ChartTablePhoto
100ChartTablePhoto

This monitor's max refresh rate is 60Hz, so these results are the same as the max refresh rate section.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight is completely flicker-free, which is great as it can help to reduce eye-strain.

0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No BFI
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A

The ASUS ProART PA148CTV doesn't have an optional black frame insertion feature.

5.9
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
60 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC
No
VRR Maximum
N/A
VRR Minimum
No VRR
VRR Supported Connectors No VRR

Unfortunately, the ASUS ProART PA148CTV is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, and it doesn't support a variable refresh rate.

Inputs
8.9
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
9.1 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.1 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
N/A
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

Despite the lack of advanced gaming features, this monitor has outstanding low input lag, ensuring a very responsive gaming experience.

6.8
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 2.1 MP
Pixel Density
157 PPI
Screen Diagonal 14.0"
Screen Area 84 in²

The small size and relatively high resolution of this display result in a very high pixel density, about the same as a 28 inch 4k display. While it doesn't give a lot of screen space to work with, the image is very sharp.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort No
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 1 (Micro-HDMI)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB No
USB C 2 (2x DP Alt Mode, PD)
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm No
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply Internal

The two USB-C ports support DisplayPort Alt Mode and can be used as inputs or power the display.

Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
No
Speakers
Yes
HDR10 No
Multiple Input Display
No

The ASUS ProART PA148CTV has a few additional features available, most of them intended for content creators. Some of them include:

  • Touch screen: the screen itself is also a 10-point multi-touch screen. The touch screen only works with Windows PCs, and the PC must be connected over one of the two USB-C ports. We don't officially test touch-screen capabilities at the moment, but during testing, we found that it wasn't the most responsive, with a noticeable delay when moving a window around, for instance.
  • Control Panel: The available ProArt Creator Hub allows provides a control panel-like interface for supported software, including Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Classic.
  • ASUS Dial: You can use the jog wheel on the left-hand side of the monitor to adjust customized shortcuts for compatible software, including Adobe Photoshop. It also supports Windows Surface Dial features, allowing you to quickly adjust volume, scroll through web pages, or adjust the zoom. The dial also serves as the controls button to navigate the OSD.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

The on-screen display is very similar to other ASUS monitors we've tested.

Features
Controls

You can use the unique controls wheel to navigate around the OSD and make quick adjustments. You can also repurpose it as a sort of control wheel for supported software.

Features
In The Box

  • User manuals
  • Factory calibration report
  • Power supply
  • Travel case
  • USB-A to USB-C adapter
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • HDMI to Micro HDMI cable
  • USB-C to USB-C cable

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 14 inch ASUS ProArt PA148CTV, which is the only size available. ASUS has other portable monitors available, but they're completely different models, and we don't expect our results to be valid for them.

Model Size Native Resolution Max Refresh Rate Panel Type
PA148CTV 14" 1920x1080 60Hz IPS 

If you come across a different type of panel or your ASUS ProArt PA148CTV doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

Our unit was manufactured in February 2021; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV is one of the best portable monitors we've tested. It has a better response time, higher peak brightness, and better color accuracy than most similar portable monitors on the market.

For more options, check our recommendations for the best budget monitors, the best USB-C monitors, and the best office monitors.

Gigabyte M27Q

The Gigabyte M27Q and the ASUS ProArt PA148CTV are very different types of monitor, so the results aren't really comparable. The Gigabyte is a desktop gaming monitor with a high refresh rate, fast response time, and low input lag. The ASUS is a portable monitor designed for portable productivity. The ASUS is much smaller, with very limited features and a 60Hz refresh rate.

ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV

The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV and the ASUS ProArt PA148CTV are very different monitors, with different intended uses, so they're not really comparable. The PA278QV is a desktop office monitor designed for media creation. The PA148CTV is a portable monitor designed for productivity on the go.

ASUS ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT

The ASUS ProART PA148CTV is better than the ASUS ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT. The ProArt has much better colors, with a much wider color gamut in SDR and better color volume. The design is a bit different between them, as the ProArt has a built-in kickstand, but the ZenScreen Touch relies on a folio case. The folio case doubles as a screen protector when folded but doesn't support the monitor as well.

MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD

The ASUS ProArt PA148CTV and the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD are very different products with different intended uses, so the results aren't really comparable. The MSI is a desktop fixed gaming monitor with a high refresh rate and advanced gaming features. The ASUS is a simple portable monitor designed for extra productivity on the go.

Lepow Z1 Gamut

The ASUS ProART PA148CTV is a bit better than the Lepow Z1 Gamut for most users. The Lepow has better gradient handling and better colors, and it supports HDR, meaning it might be the better choice for some media creators. On the other hand, the ASUS is a lot brighter, and it has a much better response time, so motion, even when on the desktop, looks much clearer with less blur behind moving objects.

Lenovo ThinkVision M14

The Lenovo ThinkVision M14 and the ASUS ProART PA148CTV are nearly identical, but the ASUS is better overall. The ASUS has a much faster response time, resulting in less blur behind moving objects. The ASUS is also a bit brighter, and it's more accurate out of the box. They both have two USB-C inputs that both support DisplayPort Alt Mode, but the ASUS is a bit better for connectivity, as it also has a Micro HDMI port.

MSI Optix MAG161V

The ASUS ProART PA148CTV is much better than the MSI Optix MAG161V. The ASUS has a much faster response time, significantly better colors, and amazing accuracy out of the box. The ASUS is a bit smaller but significantly lighter, making it a slightly more portable option. The ASUS is also quite a bit brighter than the MSI, and it has slightly better reflection handling, meaning it can handle a bit more glare or a brighter environment.

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