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ASUS MX38VC 37.5 inch IPS UltraWide

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UltraWide monitors provide a nice experience for both work and play, where content allows. Whether it’s enhanced Field of View (FOV) in game or movie or lots of horizontal space for multi-tasking. Some users find the relatively common 34 – 35” options just a bit too small, particularly vertically. The ASUS MX38VC is one of a crop of monitors adopting a 37.5” UltraWide panel, with a 21:9 aspect ratio. This means the screen is around an inch taller than a 27” 16:9 monitor and significantly wider. The monitor is a member of the ‘Designo’ range and has an overall aesthetic shared with the likes of the MX34VQ . The bottom bezel is silver plastic with a brushed effect and the bezels have a dual-stage design, with slim panel border around the image and a slim hard plastic outer component as well. The stand base houses a Fast Qi Wireless Charger (15W) complete with ‘aurora lighting’. A gentle turquoise glow that can of course be disabled if preferred. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick beneath the central ASUS logo.

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A 37.5” LG IPS (In-Plane Switching) panel with 3840 x 1600 (UWQHD) resolution and 2300R curve is used. This curve is reasonably gentle and is designed to draw you into the experience a bit more and potentially enhance viewing comfort, rather than feeling odd or unnatural. The resolution on a screen of this size yields a similar pixel density to a 27” 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) model or a 34” 3440 x 1440 model. A light matte screen surface is employed to offer good glare handling without imparting obvious graininess. The monitor can be run at up to 75Hz at the native resolution and supports Adaptive-Sync – meaning AMD FreeSync can be employed on compatible GPUs and systems via either DP or HDMI. The variable refresh rate range for this is 52 – 75Hz. The monitor supports 10-bit colour (8-bit + FRC), has a 1000:1 specified static contrast and 178°/178° viewing angles. A flicker-free WLED backlight is used which offers good sRGB colour space coverage (and some extension beyond) and a 300 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to enhance viewing comfort and there are the usual ‘GamePlus’ on-screen features; crosshair, timer and ‘FPS counter’. The ‘FPS counter’ displays the refresh rate of the display and therefore corresponds with frame rate if FreeSync is enabled and it’s within the variable refresh rate range. A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified with flexible ‘Trace Free’ pixel overdrive.

The rear of the monitor is minimalistic. Matte black plastic and silver plastic for the stand. The stand is really an integral part of the monitor and includes the Qi Charger. As usual for Designo models, VESA mounting is not supported and the included stand offers tilt as the only ergonomic flexibility. The ports face backwards and include; DC power input (external ‘power brick’), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.2a, USB Type-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The integrated audio experience is also a key feature of Designo models. This one has two 10W Harman Kardon (ASUS SonicMaster) down-firing speakers which you can expect a relatively rich and full sound from. The OSD includes an ‘AudioWizard’ section to allow you to customise the sound output. Another trick is support for Bluetooth streaming at a range of up to 10m, so you can easily play tracks from a smartphone or similar device.

The minimalistic rear

Further information on the monitor can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$900 USD.

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