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Asus ROG Swift OLED monitor hands-on: vibrant, daring home windows right into a attainable PC gaming future

Asus ROG Swift OLED monitor hands-on: vibrant, daring home windows right into a attainable PC gaming future

First impressions of the ROG Swift PG48UQ and PG42UQ


For those who’ve drooled over the OLED panel in your cellphone or TV and determined you’d like the identical tech to your PC video games, you principally have the selection of a single mannequin every from Gigabyte and Alienware. Asus, then, are about to extend the variety of OLED gaming screens in the marketplace by 100%, with the ROG Swift PG48UQ and ROG Swift PG42UQ. And I’ve simply had a quick, however usually spectacular, mess around with them.


OLED, should you’re not acquainted, differs from extra widely-used LCD panel sorts (together with the IPS kind utilized by many of the best gaming monitors) in that it’s self-emitting. An OLED panel relies round a skinny layer of electroluminescent natural compound that lights up when a present is utilized to it – whereas LCD screens use a cumbersome backlighting system to provide pictures, this natural compound layer can straight gentle up every sub-pixel itself. Or just flip them off by eradicating the present, for excellent blacks. Often, this implies OLED shows have excessive response occasions, higher distinction and finer lighting management than LCDs, and are thinner (with smaller bezels) as well.


I didn’t have my color calibrator at hand, so haven’t taken very scientific measurements of the ROG Swift PG48UQ and PG42UQ. However just about all the qualities you’d affiliate with OLED had been on, and apologies for the phrase selection, show. Each are extremely vibrant screens, with out a trace of haloing or backlight bleed. As a result of, after all, there isn’t one. On the rear they’re bulked out considerably by the port housing, twin 10w audio system and 15w woofer, to not point out a twin heatsink system (one draw back of OLEDs is their toastiness), however they’re a lot slimmer across the edges than some other gaming monitor I’ve used.


Each fashions are 4K, with a most refresh fee of 138Hz over DisplayPort 1.4. Which seems to be odd to my 144Hz-accustomed mind, however comes shut sufficient. Making the most of these specs will naturally demand one of many best graphics cards, although taking part in the likes of Halo Infinite and MotoGP 22 advised these screens can sustain on velocity too. Movement is slick and ghosting-free, a selected aid given how my OLED TV at residence tends to scramble the pixels on fast-moving objects. None of that right here, fortunately.


Three Asus ROG Swift PG48UQ gaming monitors arranged in front of a racing sim rig.
That is the ROG Swift PG48UQ (three of them, actually). That is the ROG Swift PG42UQ, full with stand, within the header picture.


Nvidia G-Sync works fairly too (AMD FreeSync can also be appropriate), and whereas I couldn’t measure the display brightness, each the ROG Swift PG48UQ and PG42UQ can supposedly hit as much as 900cd/m2. That’s promising for HDR-supporting video games, and at the side of OLED’s pure means to create excellent, inky blacks, distinction seems to be good too. The distinction ratio, additionally in line with Asus, is 1000000:1, or about 2500 occasions larger than an honest IPS monitor.


And the most effective half is that they’re so affordabahhhh simply kidding. There’s no confirmed launch date past “quickly” however you’ll be able to anticipate to pay £1500 for the 48in PG48UQ or £1400 for the PG42UQ, which within the present financial local weather is what you would possibly name “I don’t truly need lights or meals” cash. At any fee they’re pricier than your present OLED choices, the £849 Gigabyte Aorus FO48U and the £1099 Alienware AW3423DW, although on paper are usually better-specced as effectively.


A close up on the ultra-thin bezel of an Asus ROG Swift PG42UQ gaming monitor.
OLED panels aren’t comprised of as many various part layers as LCD, so these screens are wafer skinny with barely-there bezels.


With that in thoughts, there are much more wealth-withering gaming screens on the market, together with Asus’s personal £3299 ROG Swift PG32UQX. That makes use of Mini LED tech that, whereas nonetheless nailed to an IPS panel, is technically newer and extra futuristic than OLED. Which makes me marvel – is that this OLED’s time to shine? This tech is a step ahead over most options, the PG48UQ and PG42UQ persuade as proof of its gaming credentials, and TVs and telephones have proven that it will probably get cheaper in time – however on the similar time, it’s not bleeding edge, so gained’t be the only reserve of the hyper-enthusiast crowd.


Possibly in a few years, OLED gaming screens would be the go-to selection for anybody prepared to spend a bit for optimum image high quality. Suppose we’ll discover out finally – and within the meantime, I’ll be seeking to spend just a little extra high quality time with Asus’s efforts. And my calibrator.

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