The ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ and XG35VQ boast sprawling curved displays and AMD FreeSync
Updated on 2 February 2018: The ROG Strix XG32VQ and XG35VQ cost S$939 and S$1,559 respectively. The XG32VQ is already available to buy, while the XG35VQ will arrive in the middle of February.
Originally published on 22 November 2017:
ASUS has announced two new ROG Strix gaming monitors, both of which feature 1800R curved panels and Aura Sync lighting. These are expansive screens meant for a more immersive experience, but they also support AMD’s FreeSync variable refresh rate technology that helps eliminate screen tearing and stuttering.
More importantly, they both boast VA panels, so you should get improved color reproduction and viewing angles over cheaper TN displays.
The stand on both displays also projects the ROG logo onto the table, while the back of the displays feature customizable Aura Sync RGB lighting. In addition, you get two ROG logo covers to tweak the light projection, and blank covers that will let you customize your own.
The ROG Strix XG32VQ was first unveiled at Computex 2017, but it hasn’t seen a formal launch until now. This is a 32-inch screen with a 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution, so it isn’t the crispest display around.
However, it’s more than sufficient for gaming, and ASUS is also claiming 125 per cent coverage of the sRGB color space. In addition, you get a speedy 144Hz refresh rate, which is probably the most important part of any gaming monitor.
The 35-inch ROG Strix XG35VQ takes things up a notch with its ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio and 3,440 x 1,440-pixel resolution.
It offers a 100Hz refresh rate, so you should still get a relatively fluid experience.
The display characteristics on this model are also slightly different from those of its smaller sibling. For instance, ASUS is citing 100 per cent of the sRGB color space and a slightly lower 2500:1 contrast ratio instead of the 3000:1 on the ROG Strix XG32VQ.
That said, these are subtle differences that the lay person probably won’t notice, and it’ll mostly come down to whether or not you want an ultra-wide viewing experience.
We should also point out that FreeSync will only work over HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort, so you’ll want to be sure that you’ve got the right ports linked up. Finally, you’ll also find two USB 3.0 ports for connecting your peripherals.