Asus PG348Q Review
 
by Lim, May 2, 2017 10:15 pm
 

Asus PG348Q Review - The competition to HP Omen X 35. How good is the Asus compared to the HP and which disadvantages and advantages we will find within the PG348Q?


Introduction

Ultrawide QUAD HD (3440x1440), 100 Hz overclocking, G-Sync, and IPS. While the HP Omen X35 is a VA panel, we want to find out which one of them is the better choice for which games or purpose. After I've tested the Omen I really was curious to find out everything within the Asus PG348Q. Compared to the Omen the Asus have a native 60 Hz refresh panel which can be overclocked while the Omen has 100 Hz without overclocking. This, unfortunately, causes an issue called "pixel inversion" in form of horizontal scan lines. I've tried to capture these scan lines on camera which you can find at review updates, but on camera, they are pretty hard to notice. In the video review, I'm trying constantly to compare with the Omen, to give you the best opportunity within your buying decision. At the end, of course, you have to decide with which disadvantages you can live rather. Everything else you will find out in the YouTube video review to the Asus PG348Q and within the review updates within this written review. 

Updates and new information around the Asus PG348Q can be found at the bottom of the article or in the table of contents (if available). Also available within the forum (click here).

 

 

Specifications

Panel Type IPS (LG)
Backlight EDGE LED / W-LED
Display size and Aaspect ratio 34 Inch / 21:9
Max. resolution 3440x1440 (UWQHD)
Pixel density 109.68 ppi (pixel per inch)
Refresh rate 60 Hz native / Overclock 100 Hz
Native color depth and color space 8-bit + FCR / sRGB
Response time (GtG) 4 Ms
Brightness 300cd/m2
Integrated speakers Yes
Video inputs 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x HDMI 1.4, 4x USB 3.0
Audio 3.5mm Kopfhörer Ausgang
USB Hub Yes
Power consumption bis
34" Panel dimensions WxHxD with foot stand 829 x 558 x 297 mm
34" Panel dimensions WxHxD without foot stand 829 x 373 x 109 mm
Frame width 1,3mm
Weight 11.2 Kg
Warranty 3 Jahre
Ergonomics Height, Swivel, Tilt
Adaptive Sync G-Sync
G-Sync Range 30-100Hz
Contrast (Nativ) 1000:1
Vesa Yes 100mm
Curved Yes (1800R)
 

 

Alternatives

Alternative ultrawide 100Hz UWQHD (3440x1440) IPS and VA monitors to the Asus PG348Q:
(All other alternatives are listed in the Gaming-Monitor-List. Future releases can be found here)

 

Find the Asus PG248Q here: Buy on Amazon

 

With G-Sync:

- VA Panel

HP Omen X 35 Review / Buy on Amazon

AOC Agon AG352UCG Buy on Amazon

Acer Z35P Buy on Amazon

 

- IPS Panel

Acer Predator X34A Buy on Amazon
Dell Alienware AW3418DW not released yet.

 

With Freesync:

- VA Panel

HKC NB34C Buy on Amazon

Samsung C34H890 Buy on Amazon

Samsung CF791 Buy on Amazon

Asus MX34VQ Buy on Amazon

Asus ROG Strix XG35VQ not released yet

 

IPS Panel

No IPS Freesync Ultrawide QHD monitors released yet


YouTube Video Review

 
 


Measurement data

The response time of 4 Ms and the overdrive function on the Asus PG348Q works very well. Compared to the Omen, on an IPS panel, you won't have smearing (slow GtB "Grey to Black" response time). 100 Hz vs 144 Hz? Well, you can see a difference. Some people see a very clear difference, some people less. What I really would wish, that the Asus would support ULMB, but as the Omen, it doesn't.

 

Contrast, Brightness, and Black Point:

 

Presets and Measurements:


 

Measurements with optimal settings (without calibration):


 

Measurements after calibration:

 
 
 

Ufo-Test

Asus PG348Q Ufo Tests

 

Comparison charts

Maximum brightness in cd/m2
Asus Rog Swift PG348Q
367
HP Omen X35
353

Maximum contrast x:1
HP Omen X35
2218
Asus Rog Swift PG348Q
1172

Black point with optimal settings (120 cd/m2 , 6500K)
HP Omen X35
0,06
Asus Rog Swift PG348Q
0,11

 

Review Updates

1. Update: Pixel Inversion (horizontal lines on 100 Hz)

Pretty hard noticeable (for me) but still an issue of the pg348q. It's also hard to see on photos and not easy to show how this looks in person, but in general, you have @overclocked modus very fine lines in uniform and brighter / medium image content such as the sky from the Nvidia g-sync pendulum. Thanks for the post@ youtube. I'm also only human and as I mentioned, updates will be posted here in this forum. The link will be in future under every of my reviews to avoid such problems.

 

2. Update: coil whistle

some users have problems with coil whistle when overclocking in combination with bright images. I tested this with OC to 100 Hz, Brightness 100 and a full white screen. I couldn't notice anything. I also hold my ear directly to the backside of the monitor.

Sollten weitere Updates folgen, wird der Artikel hier bearbeitet.

 

Pros & Cons

 

Pro:

- Good and very stable colors
- G-Sync with a range from 30-100 Hz
- Maximum brightness of 367 cd/m2 (300 cd/m2 on data sheet)
- USB hub with 4x USB 3.0 ports
- Very good sharpness - "sweet spot"
- 100 Hz with overdrive for a smooth gaming experience
- Solid build quality (design of course personal taste)
- Very good viewing angles
- Very good grayscale and good color banding abilities
- Very low input lag
- No frame skipping

Neutral:

- Build in speakers

 

Contra:

- No gamma settings in the OSD :(
- Viewing angles in darker image content (IPS Glow / BLB).
+ The IPS glow issues on the PG348Q are very noticeable
+ In addition, the IPS glow is "yellowish" compared to AUO panels with a brown/blue Glow
+ Still a lottery, but I couldn't find any person who has a PG348Q with few IPS Glow
- Horizontal scan lines
- coil whistle (It can vary in each individual unit)

 

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1    Hugo    December 19, 2017 11:06 am
Good review :)

But if you had to choose between the both, Which one will you chose ?
Answer from Lim's Cave - December 30, 2017 5:36 am

Personally, the Asus. But maybe even rather the new Alienware AW3418DW, which I hopefully will review soon, because of less IPS Glow issues :)