The ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q is an absolutely huge screen that comes in a huge box.
Inside you get the usual array of a video cables for each type of connection (HDMI, DisplayPort), USB upstream for the hub, and a power cable with external supply. There’s also an analog minijack audio cable, plus a remote control. The final inclusion is a little lighting device for projecting the ROG logo via ASUS Aura Sync system.
The fixed stand makes the XG438Q look more like a TV than a gaming monitor. There is Republic of Gamers branding strategically placed front and rear, but the design is completely overwhelmed by the size of this panel.
The only adjustments available are tilting five degrees forward or ten degrees back.
On the side of the screen, in a place that’s more convenient to reach, can be found the analog audio mini-jacks for input and output for headphones or external speakers. The upstream and two downstream ports for the USB 3.0 hub are also located here. Finally, one of the HDMI 2.0 ports is available facing sideways, making temporary connections easier. The remaining two HDMI 2.0 connections, DisplayPort 1.4, MiniUSB for AuraSync devices and power input are found beneath a plastic cover.
The menu is operated by four large buttons on the rear right corner of the panel, with a joystick at the top.