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Joining Acer, LG, and BenQ, Asus has released an enormous curved-screen gaming monitor suitable for serious gamers. The 34-inch ROG Swift PG348Q ($1,299) is a cool-looking In-Plane Switching (IPS) display that gives outstanding gaming performance, accurate colors, and a sharp UWQHD (3,440-by-1,440) picture. Its performance is on par with this Editor’s Choice for big-screen, ultra-wide gaming monitors, the 34-inch Acer Predator X34, but its 2-watt speakers are way underpowered for a display of the size.
Design and Features
Using its lightly textured gray cabinet, copper accents, slick, bezel-free design, and built-in lights, there’s little doubt that the PG348Q is made for gaming. The 34-inch IPS panel includes a native resolution of 3,400 by 1,440, a 5-millisecond (gray-to-gray) pixel response, a 21:9 aspect ratio, and peak brightness of 300 cd/m2. Much like the Acer Predator X34, the PG348Q includes a 3,800R curvature radius which makes you feel somewhat nearer to the action than you do with a normal flat-panel display. (This ensures that in the event that you put these monitors edge to edge to make a complete circle, the circle’s radius will be 3,800mm.) The LG 34UC98-W supplies the most pronounced curve we’ve seen (1,900R), accompanied by the two 2,000R curvature radius of the Acer Predator Z35 and the BenQ XR3501.
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There are no buttons on leading of the PG348Q. Instead, the energy switch, a five-way toggle button, and two hot keys can be found on the right-rear of the cabinet. One hot key launches the Turbo Mode feature, where you could choose among seven refresh rates, which range from 60Hz to 100Hz. The other button is a GamePlus hot key that launches a menu, where one can select among four crosshair-aiming targets, set game timers, and permit a Frames-Per-Second (FPS) counter.
The five-way toggle button helps it be simple to access and navigate the settings menu system. Here, you can permit the Overclocking feature, that allows you to improve refresh rates using the above-mentioned Turbo Mode key; select among six picture presets, such as Scenery, Racing, Cinema, RTS/RPG (REAL-TIME Strategy/Role Playing Game), FPS (First-Person Shooter), and sRGB modes; and choose among four Blue Light filter settings to help ease eyestrain. Color settings are made of Brightness, Contrast, Color Temperature, and Saturation adjustments, but there are no advanced 6-Axis color adjustments, as if you get with the Acer Predator X34 and Z35 monitors.
The cabinet is supported by a three-legged stand with a sliding-hinge mechanism that provides you 4.5 inches of height, 25 examples of tilt, and 100 levels of swivel maneuverability. In addition, it has four VESA-compliant holes for mounting the cabinet on a wall. A couple of red LEDs in the bottom of the stand could be set to three different brightness levels or switched off completely.
Each of the PG348Q’s I/O ports can be found guiding the cabinet, facing downward. They include one HDMI input, one DisplayPort input, three USB 3.0 ports (one upstream, two downstream), and a headphone jack. The downstream USB ports and headphone jack will be a lot much easier to reach if indeed they were mounted privately of the cabinet.
Surprisingly, the PG348Q has a relatively weak couple of 2-watt stereo speakers that lack bass and volume. Other big-screen gaming monitors, including the Acer Predator X34 and Z35 and the LG 34UC98-W, offer 7-watts speakers.
The PG348Q has a three-year warrantee on parts, labor, and backlight. Contained in the box are DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB cables, aswell an instant Start Guide and a resource CD containing drivers and a User Guide.
The PG348Q is a good performer. As proven on the chromaticity chart below, its out-of-the-box color accuracy is fairly good, with all color measurements (represented by the colored dots) landing very near their ideal CIE coordinates (represented by the boxes). The IPS panel produced robust colors and dark blacks in my own tests, and there is no proof color shifting when viewed from an extreme top, bottom, or side angle. In addition, it delivered excellent highlight and shadow detail in my own test images, and aced the DisplayMate 64-Step Gray-Scale test, displaying every shade of gray accurately.