The Asus ROG Swift PG348Q, to give this monitor its full name, is a high spec ultra wide screen gaming monitor for the next generation of gamer. It’s a QHD 1440p screen stretched over 34″ inches of ultra wide goodness, when connected up to a compatible video card you get to take advantage of 100hz G-Sync anti tear goodness or ULMB blur reduction technology. All this on a beautiful IPS based panel too.
There are some good things going on in the gaming sector now and this 34″ monitor is one of a new generation. The ROG brand (Republic Of Gamers) is the gaming wing of ASUS, dedicated to pushing the boundaries for high spec buyers looking for the best products to support their hobby. As an IPS based screen this monitor will actually look amazing on the desktop too, but let’s face it, the high refresh rate and adaptive sync technologies are only worth buying into if you like running the latest fast action games too.
The PG348Q is clearly a premium monitor at a premium price, and it does ooze quality. The styling is clearly aimed at what they think gamers want out of a monitor and perhaps this one is down to personal taste. Personally, as a 30 something year old, I need something that looks professional on my desktop and not something that belongs in a teenage bedroom. But that aside, the monitor otherwise looks the business and the ultra thin bezel is very smart.
And then there’s the size and quality of the large curved 34″ screen itself. The jury is out on curved screen, perhaps again it is down to personal taste. I think it’s a good look but have to admit I haven’t had hands on gaming experience yet so I’m not in a position to pass judgement.
The monitor stand comes in two pieces, so some very basic construction is required, but don’t fret, it’s a simple job to screw the parts together, no tools required. The stand itself is large, it needs to be to support this beast, but that does mean it has to sit quite far forward. It should be obvious but you’re going to need a big desk for this display. The stand offers height, tilt and swivel options, and for obvious reasons there is no portrait rotate option!
It does include built in speakers but even at this premium price, as is typical with computer monitors, they are not going to replace your gaming headphones or HiFi any time soon. But, they will do the job for the odd video etc.
The Swift is a 1440p screen that will need a decent graphics card to get the best out of this screen. At the time of writing, entry level and even mid range cards struggle above full HD 1080p. The monitor runs at 75hz, or 100hz with G-Sync, so you’ll need a high end card to get that level of performance. Of course the beauty of G-Sync is that you can maintain a smooth gaming experience even if you do drop below that 100hz maximum. Setting this up is as easy as ever, just plug the monitor into a compatible card and a Nvidia control panel will pop up and offer you the chance to switch the feature on.
Cranking up the refresh rate is also fairly straight forward but be aware that you are effectively over clocking the panel and pushing above the normal rate, this does mean that results can be variable but owners are reporting positive experiences in general. Once you get used to G-Sync and the faster frame rates you’ll struggle to go back to a standard 60hz monitor!
Should I buy the ASUS PG348Q?The Asus is a premium gaming monitor but for your money you get all the gaming goodness you could want right now in a massive 34" curved package. If you are having some doubts about this purchase then why not read some real owner reviews and see what other buyers think.
- Amazon.co.uk: UK shoppers, buy the ASUS PG348Q
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- ROG : Republic Of Gamers
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ASUS PG348Q Specification
|Adjustability||Height · Swivel · Tilt|
|Connections||Display Port · HDMI|
|Resolution||3440 x 1440|
|Speakers||Built in Speakers|
|Buy Now: £941.13|
Model number: 90LM02A0-B01370
Price Updated: 19 Mar 2018 15:07