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ASUS PG35VQ 200Hz 3440 x 1440 UltraWide with G-SYNC HDR

Many users have embraced the ‘UltraWide’ 21:9 aspect ratio and the experience it brings when gaming, watching movies or simply for desktop productivity (and so-called productivity). Users are then faced with a choice between the stronger colour consistency and superior pixel responsiveness of IPS models or the superior contrast and potentially slightly lower price of VA models. For those who appreciate strong contrast and vibrant-looking colours, the ASUS PG35VQ of the ROG SWIFT series may well deliver just the right experience. Aesthetically it shares some styling elements of the PG348Q, but looks somewhat more subdued with blended matte black and grey plastics used at the front. There are certainly some vibrant elements, should users wish to make use of them, such as the red LED projector at the bottom. This projects a ROG motif (or other pattern customisable using an included stencil kit) onto the desk. At the rear there appears to be a psychedelic rainbow style ROG motif. This is ‘Aura Sync’ lighting and can be controlled and coordinated alongside other ‘Aura Sync’ peripherals using ASUS software. Although not shown in the current materials available, we expect the OSD (On Screen Display) control system to be similar to the PG348Q. With a combination of joystick and pressable buttons allowing fairly intuitive interaction with the menu system.

A mean machine

The current information is a bit thin on the ground in terms of specification, but we’re prepared to add what we do know to a bit of educated speculation. The panel is a 35” 3440 x 1440 (21:9 ‘UltraWide’) model from AU Optronics with a native 200Hz refresh rate and support for Nvidia G-SYNC HDR (30 – 200Hz variable) to keep tearing and stuttering in check. The other aspect of this is the HDR (High Dynamic Range) capability, with support for HDR10. This model features an FALD (Full Array Local Dimming) solution with 512 zones on the backlight, allowing some sections of the screen to be very bright and some to be very dim. This compares favourably in terms of contrast performance to most LCD monitors, which simply have a single backlight controlled as one unit. As with all G-SYNC models, the backlight will almost certainly be ‘flicker-free’. It also makes use of Quantum Dots (specifically Nanosystem QDEF) to enhance the colour gamut and hence potential range of shades and vibrancy potential offered by the monitor. The DCI-P3 colour space is supported, so a colour gamut of at least 125% sRGB is expected. Finally, 10-bit colour will be supported as this is another ‘G-SYNC HDR’ and HDR10 requirement. Last but not least, the maximum luminance output of the monitor is 1000 cd/m².

We would expect a light matte (and relatively smooth-textured) matte anti-glare screen surface to be used. The panel itself is curved, with a 1800R curvature – fairly steep but as per our reviews of models with such a curvature something we feel is quite natural to use. We also expect the panel type itself to be VA (Vertical Alignment), which would be beneficial in cutting down on the ‘halo’ effect that is more prominent on IPS-type models with local dimming on the backlight. A 4ms grey to grey response time is likely in this case, although specified response times mean very little in practice so that’s neither here nor there really. The stand appears to offer height, swivel and tilt adjustment for a bit of ergonomic freedom. DP 1.4 (supports G-SYNC HDR) is offered alongside an HDMI port for wider compatibility with non-PC devices. Further information can be found on this product page. We’ll bring you further news on this as we can and would like to review it if a sample can be made available to us. Pricing and exact availability information is still forthcoming, but current estimates based on panel production suggest a Q4 2018 release is likely. An initial price tag of possibly ~$2000 USD if not slightly more is also expected.