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ASUS XG349C 180Hz 3440 x 1440 IPS UltraWide

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The 34″ 3440 x 1440 UltraWide resolution brings with it attractive benefits for both work and play. The ASUS XG349C, of the ROG Strix series, features this resolution and screen size. With a gaming-focused IPS panel. The monitor has the somewhat pared-back ‘gameresque’ styling associated with the Strix series, with black plastics rather than colourful elements. And the usual artistically-styled stand neck. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim hard plastic outer component and an inner panel border flush with the rest of the screen. A ‘Light Signature’ lighting feature projects a ROG logo of customisable colour down onto the desk (‘Aura Sync’ compatible), although this can be disabled if preferred. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by buttons and a joystick at the rear of the monitor, towards the bottom right as viewed from the front.

Strix styling

The monitor uses a 34″ 3440 x 1440 (21:9 UltraWide) LG Display Nano IPS panel with 1900R curve, designed to draw you in a little without feeling unnatural. The LG DisplayLM340UW6-SSA3 more specifically. A 180Hz refresh rate is supported via internal overclock, with Adaptive-Sync also supported. This includes Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’, with a 48 – 180Hz VRR range plus LFC. A 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and 10-bit colour (8-bit + FRC) is specified. The monitor is factory calibrated with a DeltaE <2 specified and a light matte anti-glare screen surface is employed. A flicker-free WLED backlight provides a 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut and 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. Basic HDR10 support is offered via VESA DisplayHDR 400, allowing the 10-bit colour processing and colour gamut to be put to good use. But not requiring particularly high brightness by HDR standards or local dimming. 'Dynamically Local Dimming' is listed as a feature, so some basic edge-lit dimming with relatively few zones should be included. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified. A strobe backlight setting is included, ELMB Sync, which can be used at the same time as Adaptive-Sync. The included stand attaches via a quick release mechanism and offers tilt, swivel and height (100mm or 3.94 inches) adjustment. 100 x 100mm VESA holes are included for alternative mounting. The ports face downwards and include; DC power input (external ‘power brick’), HDMI 2.0, DP 1.4, 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream), USB-C (DP Alt Mode, 18W PD and upstream data) and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 2 x 2W speakers are included.

The rear view

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