Asus ROG PG348Q, review: ultra-wide and curved with gamers in mind
Ultra-wide monitors are and will be one of my weaknesses. From those first experiences to the last I have to admit that this is a very end-to-end format for me. Both when working with them and when consuming multimedia content or enjoying the latest PC games. For a few weeks I have been testing the Asus ROG PG348Q, an ultra-wide monitor intended for gamers.
This Asus screen belongs to the ROG (Republic of Gamers) family, which offers different solutions such as the PG278Q monitor or the recent Asus ROG GX7000 laptop that we analyze here. Going back to one of its differential points, an ultra-wide panel may not appeal to some, preferring a 1080p one with lower response times and higher refresh rates. Something totally valid because it is a matter of taste, especially if you are looking to also take advantage of it to play console games. But if you had thought of something different or just don't want to use two monitors for an extended gaming setup then watch out.
Asus ROG PG348Q, specifications
The technical specifications of the Asus ROG PG348Q monitor are very similar to those that other screens on the market of this type offer. The differences are, in addition to the curved panel that not all 21: 9 include, in that improvement in refresh times that can reach 100Hz with the tube mode and the extras at the software level for its configuration. Still, let's review the most important ones.
A very gamer aesthetic
When you sit in front of a monitor of these characteristics, it is logical that at first you are surprised. With its 34 inches diagonal, the Asus ROG PG348Q does not disappoint. It is overwhelming to see that ultra-panoramic image a short distance from our eyes. Of course it also shocks a bit when used to 16: 9 screens.The design of the Asus ROG PG348Q will certainly not leave anyone indifferent. Futuristic lines are added to its curved 34 "panel
What I do not think leaves any doubt is its particular design. With that Republic of gamer On their behalf, it was evident that they would bet on offering a very gamer aesthetic in order to, supposedly, attract more potential clients. As a matter of taste there is nothing written I leave it to each one of you to assess whether you like it or not.
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On the front there is nothing very remarkable, at least not as much as on the back. The edges are reduced to facilitate the possibility of placing several in a multi-monitor configuration - one next to the other. Of course, that forces us to have a desk of at least 170cm if we place two. Imagine if anyone chooses to place three of these screens.
Already in the back we see a drawing with futuristic touches. As if it were a printed circuit, or rather similar to the body of a transformer or spacecraft. An aesthetic that confirms that orientation to the gamer who seems to seek this type of design. Of course it is not the only sample, the base is also worth mentioning.
With three asymmetric legs, the most important thing about the base is that it offers good stability and then, with its support, it allows you to adjust the screen in height, rotation and inclination. So that everyone can adapt the position of the screen as it suits them at all times. As an extra, in addition to details that allow the cables to be grouped, we have a light at the base that will give that gamer point even more when we are playing. Fortunately, this light can be activated or not if we want.
To finish, in the back we find a cover that gives access to the connections, both the video ones with a USB 3.0 HUB that is always very useful. The keypad is also in the back -left area- and has four buttons plus a joystick that makes it very comfortable to move between the different menus and options.
IPS panel and 10 bit color depth. Those two points on your technical sheet basically say it all. Although it is always important to verify for yourself that the quality expectations are met. Because what is promised or expected is not always fulfilled.
In my tests, far from those that would be carried out in a laboratory, I have based on my own experience analyzing screens, so, through simple tests that anyone could perform, I have tried different sections that affect image quality. Being able to draw personal conclusions but which I believe will be shared by the majority who have access to it for use or proof.
In global matters of image quality, there is nothing to object to, it seems to me a screen with a great balance and very adaptable when it comes to achieving that desired image. Colors, as in most IPS panels, are represented with great reliability compared to reality. Which makes it very valid for photo or video editing tasks.
In addition, the level of brightness that is reached is sufficient for the office and home environments in which we move most. If we value its gamer profile, its maximum brightness level no longer attracts as much attention as its minimum level at which the different details of the image are still well appreciated. Important because the most normal thing will be to use it in environments with dimmer ambient light.
Regarding equal contrast. Blacks offer a fairly satisfactory level of depth. In addition, with a little calibration, it is achieved that in more complicated scenes details of less illuminated areas can be seen satisfactorily. Of course, the back lighting of the panel is good but when we put a completely black image it is appreciated that there are areas with a bit of clouding.
That last of clouding I comment it because I think it is my obligation but calm because it is not worrying. What's more, the degree it suffers is similar to that of most screens. Because we already know that there is no perfect panel. Only in OLED panels this "problem" is improved. But OLED is still trying to get competitive prices on TV, so it will take time for them to be used on monitors. Therefore, rest assured that the overall quality offered by the Asus monitor is of remarkable high.
Speaking of gaming experience, of the Asus PG348Q I would dare to say that it is the monitor that every player would like to have today. For many reasons:
- The quality of the panel is remarkable and the 21: 9 format, in games compatible with such an aspect ratio, makes you enjoy the image and experience a lot. We have more horizontal space, which in certain titles is a great advantage
- We are talking about a resolution of 3440x1440 pixels, which results in a pixel density of 109dpi, enough to offer high sharpness for your 34 ”. Also not requiring as much graphics power as a 4K UHD screen would.
- It offers support for Nvidia's G-Sync technology that helps improve image synchronization between graphics and display.It is true that it requires to have Nvidia graphics but most of those who mount a gaming PC usually have it due to the best support by the industry
- In addition to the Nvidia G-Sync support, it allows you to force the refresh of the monitor up to 100Hz. You have to have a good eye and experience to notice the improvement but the experts will appreciate it
To all of the above we can add its complete configuration options, the different image modes to adapt it to your preferences or content that you visualize at any time. Although there is also a negative point.
In games that do not support resolutions with an aspect ratio of 21: 9, they will cause us to see black stripes on the sides. Something that is also appreciated in the kinematics of games. So it is not an attractive screen if you want to take advantage of it in order to play by connecting a console.
As extras, at the software level the screen offers curious things such as a frame counter for seconds, a timer to control the time you have been playing or how long it takes for the game to end as well as the option of placing a peephole on the screen to help you in FPS games like Call of Dutty.
We discussed about how important it is to have QuadHD resolution in a smtarphone, the quality in its representation of color, viewing angles, brightness, contrast, etc. until reaching somewhat absurd levels of discussion. However, the main screen, the one in which we spend several hours a day consulting the internet or simply playing, we forgot.
The Asus monitor, beyond its design and details such as that light that projects an image on our desktop, is a great option if you are looking for a screen to play and even work. It is true that if you want to work there are other options, either in panoramic format or by using multi-monitor configurations with which to boost your productivity. But focusing on the game section, the Asus ROG PG348Q seemed fantastic to me. Somewhat bulky but in options and image quality is remarkably high.
The big downside is the price. The almost 1,300 euros it costs will keep you away from many interested parties. Because it is tall, almost the same as mounting a VR-ready gaming PC. But if you can, why not? You could also take advantage of its design designed to place several screens and thus obtain the ultimate immersive experience.
- - Panel image quality
- - 34 "and its resolution 3440x1440 pixels
- - Nvidia G-Sync support
- - Option to raise the refreshment up to 100Hz
- - Its price, € 1,300
- - Curved panel is not to everyone's liking
- - The curve makes it somewhat bulky on the table
- - Design, although it will depend on tastes
The equipment has been loaned for testing by Asus. Can inquire our policy of relationships with enterprises