Asus ROG Swift PG348Q; An In-Depth Review

Asus have successfully established their Republic Of Gamer’s (ROG) line as one of the best gaming monitor lines in the market today. The high-end spectrum is a fiercely competitive market, but their series have no trouble going up against the best of the best. One of their latest their product Asus ROG Swift PG348Q remained true to the brand’s commitment to excellence as just when we thought they couldn’t get any better from their models, they have once again, set the bar higher with the massive 34-inch ultra-wide screen along with gaming-centric features. But is it worth the expensive price tag? Let’s know more about it in this in-depth review form Dual Monitors Guide.

 

Who is it for?

As with other monitors under the ROG line, the Asus PG348Q not your run-of-the-mill monitor. Rather, it’s a high-end gaming monitor designed for the most discerning gamers. It packs the latest hardware and specs for the competitive and immersive gaming experience.

 

Benefits

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q (image from Amazon)


A couple of years ago, we were introduced to Asus ROG Swift PG278Q, the first one to feature NVIDIA G-Sync technology for variable refresh rate. Since then, the line has been synonymous to gaming excellence, as we have seen it even get better with the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q. Now, we have their monster version in Asus ROG Swift PG348Qas it sports a 34-inch IPS panel overclocked up to 100Hz refresh rate from the native 60Hz support. It also kept the Nvidia G-Sync technology for the same brand of high-end gaming. Of course they have made some significant improvements as well.

 

 

WQHD Resolution for Sharper Gaming Images

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q (image from Amazon)


Asus ROG Swift PG348Q runs in WQHD resolution (3,440 x 1,440), which is on par with its biggest rival - Samsung S34E790C. This high pixel count on a broader screen means this Asus gaming monitor delivers 110ppi pixel density, which is considered an excellent figure for gaming standards. 1440p is far more dense than the standard 1080p, which means games look sharper and better, with more rooms for work, even though it is not as detailed as we want it to be. You can of course, use Windows 10’ scaling options to make texts look more legible.

The 110ppi may not be as good as the 4K, but this also means the monitor is not a demanding display for GPUs as compared to 4K, which means there’s no need for expensive out-of-this-world type of graphics card.

 

Great Image Quality Right Out of the Box

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q laid out solid out-of-the-box performance, thanks to good factory settings. Brightness level is at 285 nit, which is pretty standard, while black is at reasonable level of 0.27. Combining those figures will give you a contrast of 1,055:1, which is another good indication of punchy colors at the top end of the scale, as well as decent variation in darker areas.

It packs all the good stuff, though its rival Samsung S34E790C may have the edge in terms of benchmark results, as the Samsung monitor has brighter screen out of the box with 320 nit back light level, and better black level with 0.15, which makes 2133:1 contrast ratio. The average Delta E of 1.65 is also way better than Asus’ 2.18 gamma.

Both monitors however, deliver good sRGB coverage level, as Asus scored 98.6% (though Asus claimed to deliver 100%), while Samsung has 97.3%. Asus on the other hand, have better colour temperature of 7023K, which is closer to the ideal 6500K.

To compare the two, Samsung easily beats Asus in terms of quality of factory settings. But that’s not surprising, since the former is designed to work and while, which means you can’t expect no less than near-perfection in colour aspect. Asus on the other hand, is a dedicated gaming display.

 

Packs Excellent Gaming Features

The Asus ROG Swift PG348Q is far more expensive than its Samsung counterpart, but this is mainly because of the extras and impressive technology it packs inside its cabinet.

For starters, it comes with Nvidia G-Sync technology, which means it can amp refresh rate and get rid of stuttering and tearing, and it works smoothly, providing games smooth and more immersive gaming experience. It can run up to 100Hz refresh rate, which is usually more than enough. For ultra high-end gaming displays, they sport 144Hz is of course, a little better.

Also, it packs tons of gaming screen modes; such as the default option, which is best used for racing games, as it is designed to dramatically reduce Input Lag. Also, there’s the RTS/RPG game mode which ramps up contrast and colour saturation for better gaming environment.

The FPS game mode even amplified the contrast, while Scenery option adjusts colour saturation for blue and green hues. For the best settings for watching photos, you can switch to sRGB option to get warm and cool colour options.



Uses IPS Panel with True 10-Bit Screen for More Beautiful Colors

As if IPS panel in gaming is not impressive enough, Asus PG348Q uses a true 10-bit screen capable of rendering 1.07 billion colors. That’s definitely a giant leap forward than the standard 16.7 million colors we normally find in many good quality monitors out there.

Also, the manufacturer rate the screen with 100% sRGB colour gamut

 

Decent Uniformity and Good Input Lag, As Expected for a High-End Gaming Display

Most of us may expect poor uniformity performance for huge widescreen screen monitors, such as the 35-inch screen of this Asus display. Well, the Asus ROG Swift PG348Q simply exceeded this expectation.

It only scored 10% brightness loss on its top-left corner, and not more than 12% on the top-right. Both figures mean it’s better than many of its competition, even against the Samsung S34E790C. The bottom two corners have around 7% brightness loss. The center however, improves nicely, as it never goes lower than 8%.

The Asus monitor also maintained decent colour temperature. There is a little backlight bleeding on both the top right and bottom left corners, but these were pretty minor, and only noticeable in pitch black static screen. They don’t interfere gaming at all.

As expected, Input Lag is excellent, scoring 13.2ms. It’s a great spec for gamers who play twitch-heavy competitive games. Samsung however, is slightly better in this area, scoring 10.9ms.

 

Design and Features

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q (image from Amazon)


Aesthetic wise, the Asus ROG Swift PG348Q comes in a beautiful gaming design. It comes in a silver (Armor Titanium) and black design, with a trim of “Plasma Copper” on the backside of the cabinet. The front side is even more impressive, as the screen comes in a bezel-free design with using only 2mm thin black plastic bezel, making it a perfect candidate for dual monitor setup. The inner panel border measures 11.5mm, which means there’s about 13.5mm around the top and sides before we see the image.

 

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q (image from Amazon)


The bottom bezel is a little thicker, measuring 22mm and comes with brushed aluminum finish and some contouring to give pretty sleek and modern look. The shiny silver Asus logo is nicely placed in the middle of the bottom bezel.

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q (image from Amazon)


The backside of the cabinet is dominantly matte black, but it features some nice patterns as well as air vents for heat dissipation.

The screen comes with a light anti-glare coating, which is common among many IPS-panel monitors. Fortunately, it doesn’t result to heavy grains, and it is light enough to retain its anti-glare properties and keep unwanted reflections and glares.

Materials and build wise, there’s nothing to complain about this display. It’s made up of high quality components and it feels solidly built. Also, the whole monitor will remain cool, even after long hours of gaming.

 

Buttons and Controls

The On-Screen Display (OSD) menu is accessible through the three buttons and a joystick. All of which are well hidden at the back right hand edge of the monitor, along with the Power button. This means you need to be careful on pressing the buttons so as not to accidentally turn off your display, which also means it requires some learning curve to get used to.

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q (image from Amazon)


The control button on top of the Power button opens up the Turbo mode, which gives quick access to the display’s refresh rate, allowing users to switch from 60Hz to 100Hz. The next button pops up the GamePlus menu that also features crosshair options and timer, perfect for First-Person-Shooter games, as it provides an overlay, similar to other ROG Swift models.

To access the main on-screen display menu, press the joystick button. The joystick obviously provides easy and convenient navigation for the menu, and it feels intuitive to use.

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q (image from Amazon)


The menu of Asus ROG Swift PG348Q is split into 7 different sections, namely Overclocking (shows the overclock refresh rate of 100Hz), Game Visual, Blue Light Filter, Color (for Brightness, Contrast, Saturation and Color Temperature controls), Image (includes Overdrive control), Input Select (to choose between HDMI and DisplayPort intputs) and System Setup.

 

Connectivity Options

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q (image from Amazon)


The backside of Asus ROG Swift PG348Q has all the basic connectivity options you need, though limited. This is due to the G-sync module. It offers DP 1.2a and an additional HDMI 1.4. For the digital interface, the box includes HDCP certified encrypted content and video cables for DisplayPort and HDMI, as well as USB cable. For the USB hubs, there are four USB 3.0 ports nicely located at the backside of the cabinet, next to the video inputs and power connections.

The monitor comes with an external power supply brick as well as a power cable.

 

With Integrated Speakers to Help Gamers Save Precious Desk Space

For audio, Asus is generous enough to include a pair of 2W RMS integrated speakers in the monitor. Though there’s nothing extraordinary about it, as many built-in speaker, it’s a convenient addition for gamers who’re trying to save precious desk space, especially to accommodate monitors as big as Asus PG348Q.

 

Unique Three-Pronged Stand that Keeps the Massive Screen Stable

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q (image from Amazon)


Asus really invested in the concept of Asus ROG Swift PG348Q, and you can see it right from the design, including the stand. The base of the stand is a three-pronged foot made up of aluminum. It provides quite an interestingly stable support for the massive 35-inch screen. The stand also comes with copper trims both in its base and at the top part of the mounting stand. The dark titanium color of the stand perfectly matches with the bottom bezel of the screen, and they both complement each other.

Asus ROG Swift PG348Q (image from Amazon)


The stand itself is quite deep, measuring 300mm, which means you definitely need a desk deep enough to support this display. Otherwise, you will be staring at a massive screen too close for your comfort.

The good thing about the unique stand is it can be detached to reveal the 100mmx100mm VESA compliant mounting holes, which means easy wall mounting for the big monitor. Something many gamers would prefer for a monitor like this one.

The stand offers good adjustment options, such as tilt, swivel and height adjust. However, it doesn’t offer pivot function, which means you can’t rotate the screen from landscape to portrait (and vice versa) mode.

 

Tech Specs

Package includes the Power cord, Power adapter, DisplayPort cable, USB 3.0 cable, Quick start guide, HDMI cable, Support CD, Warranty Card.

 

Bottom Line

There is no doubt that Asus ROG Swift PG348Q really amped the reputation of its series line, and Asus have done a great job in both the design and performance of this product. It definitely feels like a premium high-end monitor worthy of the Republic of Gamers name. The titanium silver design and copper accents provide excellent gaming feel. While the ultra-wide screen format and high resolution makes great combination for a high quality work and play display.

There are quite few gaming monitors out there with as many features as Asus ROG Swift PG348Q, plus, it comes with an excellent curved screen that runs games in sharp and absorbing fashion. Of course, 4K gaming monitors have their advantages over this one. However, this Asus monitor also has lots of hardware advantages too, as it requires less graphical grunt.

It packs Nvidia G-sync, comes with built-in speaker, lots of ports, and versatile feature, alongside with its outlandish design. Performance wise, it never fails to deliver excellent scores in every benchmark, particularly in uniformity.

All in all, it’s hard to find something as feature-packed as Asus ROG Swift PG348QShould you buy it? Well, it comes down to your personal preferences and priorities. If you’re looking for an excellent gaming monitor that can give you an edge and would complement to your gaming setup, then this is the one for you. If you have something with slightly better performance in majority of areas, then Samsung S34E790C comes out on top, and it is way cheaper.

For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!



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