At CES, Asus unveiled two new high-end 4K gaming displays that will join its ROG Swift product line later this year. The more impressive of these new specimens is the ROG Swift PG32UQX, which features a mini LED backlight to minimize light bleeding and produce high contrast images.
The ROG Swift PG32UQX’s 4K panel measures 32 inches diagonally. Thanks to the mini LED backlight, Asus was able to create 1,152 local dimming zones spread across the panel. This enables the monitor to control the panel’s lighting with exceptional accuracy. In addition to reducing light bleeding, this also improves contrast between colors on-screen. Added to that is support for HDR 1400 content and coverage of 90 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut.
With such a well-rounded list of image-enhancing features, the ROG Swift PG32UQX comes off sounding more like a business-oriented display, and it’s overall similar in many ways to Asus’s ProArt PA32UCX. Don’t let you fool you though, as the ROG Swift PG32UQX also comes loaded with excellent gaming features. The ROG Swift PG32UQX operates at 144Hz and comes equipped with Nvidia’s G-Sync Ultimate technology to smooth out the image refresh rate.
With its wide range of high-end features, the ROG Swift PG32UQX should have excellent performance and image quality, but until we get the chance to test one first-hand we can’t say so for sure.
Asus didn’t disclose how much this monitor would cost, but it will likely be fairly expensive. The company’s similarly specced ProArt PA32UCX retails for around $3,999. That’s not to say the ROG Swift PG32UQX will cost the same, but it will likely be one of the more expensive 32-inch gaming displays when it is released.
Asus also announced the ROG Swift PG43UQ display, which is essentially an incremental update to the company’s 2019 ROG Strix XG438Q. The PG43UQ is almost identical to the XG438Q in terms of features. Both utilize 4K panels with a 120Hz refresh rate. The most notable difference between the two displays is the addition of support for AMD’s Display Stream Compression (DSC) technology in the new PG43UQ monitor. This helps to improve performance and image quality when gaming at 4K with high frame rates.
In my review of the ROG Strix XG438Q, I found it to be a highly competitive gaming solution thanks to its large 43-inch display panel, fast refresh rate, and relatively low price tag. Other large-format gaming displays such as HP’s Omen X Emperium 65 that costs $4,999.99 compared poorly with the ROG Strix XG438Q, but this was mostly due to the rather large difference in price.
Asus didn’t disclose the price for the ROG Swift PG43UQ display, however, which makes it difficult to weigh against existing products on the market. If it launches with a similar price as the $1,099 ROG Strix XG438Q, then it should serve as an even more competitive alternative to other large-format displays. If Asus pushes the price up too much, however, then it would likely be best to avoid the ROG Swift PG43UQ in favor of the ROG Strix XG438Q, as the differences between them are relatively small.
The ROG Swift PG43UQ will reportedly be available sometime in Q2, but we will have to wait until later in the year to get an exact launch date.
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