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ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQX Review – 4K 144Hz w/ HDR 1400

Rating: 8.5.

Announced back at CES 2020, the ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQX is billed as the world’s first mini LED 4K HDR gaming monitor. It’s certainly not short on features, with a 32in 4K 144Hz panel from AU Optronics, DisplayHDR 1400 certification, 1152 local dimming zones, as well as a hardware G-Sync Ultimate module. On paper, it looks to have it all, including an exorbitant price tag of $2999.99. Is it as good as it sounds, or is there more to the story?

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4K 144Hz screens have been around for a little while now, with ASUS’ own PG27UQ being one of the first to hit the market in 2018. Until now though, high refresh-rate 4K gaming has been limited to the 27in form factor, which, personally speaking, has always felt too small to justify the resolution increase over a 1440p screen.

With the ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQX, however, 4K resolution is delivered in a screen measuring 32in across. Not only that, but the panel is split into 1152 local dimming zones, each housing four mini LEDs, to enable a much more granular approach to full array local dimming than previous screens.

Factor in the DisplayHDR 1400 certification, G-Sync Ultimate and a claimed 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut, the PG32UQX looks very strong on paper. Let’s dive in and see if it can live up to its billing.

Specification:

  • Panel Size (inch): 32
  • Aspect Ratio 16:9
  • Color Space (DCI-P3) : 98%
  • Color Space (sRGB) : 160%
  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Panel Backlight: Mini-LED
  • True Resolution: 3840×2160
  • Display Viewing Area(HxV): 708.48 x 398.52 mm
  • Display Surface: Non-Glare
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.185mm
  • Brightness (Max):500cd/㎡
  • Brightness (HDR, Peak): 1,400 cd/㎡
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
  • Contrast Ratio (HDR, Max): 400,000:1
  • Viewing Angle (CR≧10): 178°/ 178°
  • Display Colors: 1073.7M (10 bit)
  • Flicker free: Yes
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) Support: HDR10
  • Dynamically Local Dimming: Yes
  • Refresh Rate(max): 144Hz

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