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

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Update: Article updated to include new pictures and information. News piece below initially published 30th May 2017.

 

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. The OSD (On Screen Display) control system includes a joystick and pressable buttons, allowing fairly intuitive interaction with the menu system.

A mean machine

The panel used is a 35” 3440 x 1440 (21:9 ‘UltraWide’) VA (Vertical Alignment) model from AU Optronics. A light matte (and relatively smooth-textured) matte anti-glare screen surface is 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. This model supports a 200Hz refresh rate, alongside 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.

Being a VA (Vertical Alignment) panel with 512 dimming zones, you can expect a significant reduction in the ‘halo’ effect that is more prominent on IPS-type models with local dimming on the backlight. A 2500:1 typical static contrast is specified (5m:1 HDR). A flicker-free backlight is used which 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 monitor covers 90% of the DCI-P3 colour space, whilst the backlight provides a typical maximum luminance of 500 cd/m² (1000 cd/m² HDR). Additional aspects to note include 10-bit colour reproduction and a 4ms specified grey to grey response time (to be approached with caution). ‘Ultra Low-Blue Light’ Low Blue Light (LBL) settings also feature to enhance relaxing viewing. The included stand offers height, swivel and tilt adjustment for a bit of ergonomic freedom. Ports include; DP 1.4 (supports G-SYNC HDR), HDMI 2.0 (for wider compatibility with non-PC devices) and a 3.5mm heapphone jack. If preferred, the included stand can be removed and an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution used.

Aura SYNC RGB lighting at the rear

Further information can be found on this product page. The monitor is available with an MSRP of £2699.

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