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ASUS PG32UQX 144Hz IPS model with VESA DisplayHDR 1400

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Update: Update on availability. News piece below initially published 6th January 2020.

 

The ‘4K’ UHD resolution can be enjoyed on a range of screen sizes. But as we cover in our reviews, ~32″ is something of a sweet spot in terms of immersion and pixel density. The ASUS PG32UQX takes this size and resolution combination and adds in plenty of extra magic. On the outside, the monitor looks much like other ROG Swift series members. A powder-coated metal stand with ‘plasma copper’ plastic elements for a bit of visual interest centrally. The top and side bezels have a dual-stage design, with slim panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen plus a thin hard plastic outer component. The bezels are not as slim as they appear in the image below, which has a superimposed image that covers the bezels. The centre of the bottom bezel includes a ‘LiveDash’ 2-inch OLED panel, able to display a range of useful information or customisable graphics. There’s also a ‘Light Signature’ light projector that projects a ROG logo or design of your choice in colour of your choice onto the desk – customisable with ‘Aura Sync’. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a dial and pressable buttons which face downwards underneath the centre of the bottom bezel.

A Swift monitor

A 32” IPS-type (In-Plane Switching or similar) panel is used, specifically the M320QAN02.6 AUO AHVA (Advanced Hyper Viewing Angle). This has a 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution, 1000:1 typical static contrast, 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles and ‘light’ to ‘very light’ matte anti-glare screen surface. A 144Hz refresh rate is supported alongside Nvidia G-SYNC, with the full hardware module included to offer advantages such as variable overdrive. This is a ‘G-SYNC Ultimate’ monitor, which marries G-SYNC technology with strong HDR performance. ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) features as a strobe backlight alternative to G-SYNC. The monitor has a flicker-free Quantum Dot Mini LED backlight (FALD – Full Array Local Dimming) with 1152 individually controlled dimming zones. This offers a peak luminance of 1400 cd/m² (500 cd/m² SDR) and a 98% DCI-P3 (160% sRGB) colour gamut. This very capable backlight solution is coupled with true 10-bit colour support, allowing the monitor respond to HDR10 content in a very dynamic fashion – it is VESA DisplayHDR 1400 certified, the ‘highest level’ currently certified for by VESA. A 4ms grey to grey response time is specified, but as usual approach with caution.

The ROG styling is continued at the rear, with patterned matte black plastic separated from smoother matte black plastic elements with a chrome strip. Additional grey coloured and orange elements are also included. There is a ROG ‘eye’ logo towards the top right, an RGB LED feature that can be controlled in the OSD (‘Aura RGB’) or using Software (‘Aura Sync’). The stand offers full ergonomic flexibility and based on similar designs should be detachable to make way for an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA solution if preferred. The ports face downwards beneath a removable port cover and include; DP 1.4, 3 HDMI 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.1 ports (plus upstream) and a 3.5mm headphone jack. A USB 2.0 port is located at the top of the monitor alongside a tripod socket for easy camera connectivity and mounting. DSC (Display Stream Compression) is included to allow the full feature set to be simultaneously supported via DP 1.4 – Full Range RGB 10-bit colour at up to 3840 x 2160 @144Hz, with HDR and VRR active as well if desired. VRR support (Adaptive-Sync) is included via HDMI, too. 3840 x 2160 @120Hz is supported via HDMI 2.0 for the Xbox Series X using 4:2:2 reduced chroma (chroma subsampling). This will work just fine for SDR gaming on the console, however.

An intricately designed rear

Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor was briefly listed for pre-order on the ASUS store in the US for $2999.99, with the monitor due for release by the end of May 2021.

ASUS PG32UQX