The Asus ROG Swift PG348Q is the company’s first 21:9 ultra-widescreen gaming display, entering a nascent section of the displays market, but one that’s growing rapidly. It could make quite a splash though, as it has a 34-inch IPS screen and a native resolution of 3,440 x 1,440, with Nvidia G-Sync support and a maximum overclocked refresh rate of 100Hz. Not to mention a highly unusual, eye catching design.
Asus has recently adopted an interesting approach to the appearance of some of its products. The safe and same approach has gone out of the window, and a new design language has taken over that really makes some of its products stand out.
We’ve already seen the Asus RT-AC5300 (Review HERE), which is a rather bizarre looking 802.11ac router. Now we have the ROG Swift PG348Q, a curved 34-inch ultra-wide display with a 21:9 aspect ratio, and what is possibly the boldest looking monitor design we’ve seen.
Decked out in a mid grey and orange colour scheme, christened ‘Plasma Copper’ and ‘Titanium Armor’ by Asus, there are metal sections that look like cylinders and a stand that’s shaped like a blade, all of which gives contributes to a strikingly futuristic and industrial appearance.
Display technology is going through something of a renaissance right now. Advancements in panel quality, affordable 4K screens and refresh rates beyond 60Hz mean a monitor is the centre of a PC specification, no longer the last thing to be added to a shopping cart when buying a PC.
Manufacturers are simultaneously paying more attention to the design and appearance of displays as well. Acer in particular is stepping up to the mark, with the aggressive red and black appearance of the Acer Predator Z35 (Review HERE). Asus is clearly trying to match, or even beat its arch rival’s bold design.
Besides its unusual appearance, the Asus ROG Swift PG348Q has a specification that hits the high notes. It has an IPS panel capable of 10-bit colour processing, achieved with FRC (frame rate control) or dithering, applied to an 8-bit panel. It has a response time of 5 ms and a native resolution of 3,440 x 1,440.
And it supports Nvidia G-Sync, with an overclocked refresh rate that goes up to 100Hz via a setting in the menu.
– Screen Size Class (diagonal): 34″ Curved
– Panel Type: IPS
– Aspect Ratio: 21:9
– Resolution: 3440×1440
– Refresh rate: 100Hz (G-SYNC)
– Brightness (typical): 300 cd/m2
– Contrast Ratio(Original): 100M:1
– Response Time: 4ms
– Viewing Angle (CR>10): 178/178
– Connectivity: 1x HDMI & 1x DisplayPort
– Speakers: 2x 2W
– Tilt: Yes
– Height Adjust: Yes
– USB 3.0 Hub
– VESA: 100 x 100
– Warranty: 3yr