Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX

MSRP $2,999.00

“The Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX is a superb piece of PC gaming gear, however its flaws are onerous to swallow.”

Professionals

Thoughts-blowing HDR efficiency

Extraordinarily excessive peak brightness

Glorious colours

Thread built-in for digicam mounting

Quick, fluid gaming

Cons

No HDMI 2.1

Has audible cooling fan

Nonetheless not an ideal HDR expertise

Costly

The ROG Swift PG32UQX was first teased round two years in the past, and it overvalued the PC gaming group in contrast to any gaming monitor in current historical past. You’ll discover discussion board threads full of pleasure. And for good motive.

In keeping with Asus, the ROG Swift PG32UQX featured mind-blowing HDR efficiency in contrast to another monitor that’s at the moment in the marketplace. Greater than that, it was additionally the primary 32-inch 4K gaming monitor based mostly on Mini-LED know-how, that includes Full-Array Native Dimming (FALD) for HDR illumination with 1,152 particular person zones and a peak brightness of as much as 1,400 nits.

The catch, after all, was its price ticket. $2,999 is greater than most complete PC gaming setups value, together with PC, monitor, and peripherals. As such, it’s solely practical to anticipate absolute and utter perfection. The ROG Swift PG32UQX does numerous issues amazingly effectively, however excellent it’s not.

Design

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The ROG Swift PG32UQX is kind of a big monitor. That’s anticipated from a 32-inch show, however the PG32UQX is somewhat larger than most 32-inch panels because of its FALD illumination panel, which provides a noticeable thickness to the show.

The design fashion can also be fairly aggressive, with Asus sparing no alternative for the PG32UQX to be acknowledged as a Republic of Players product. The monitor’s stand options the new-but-classic tripod design with a downward-cast illumination stamp, the again of the show has robust shapes and an enormous, RGB-illuminated Asus ROG brand, and the show’s large chin has somewhat OLED panel in it for displaying entertaining visuals or system data, similar to CPU temperature.

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Certainly, there’s a lot to absorb right here. However should you’re not into the styling, it’s straightforward sufficient to shove the again of the monitor in direction of a wall, substitute the stand with a VESA mount, and then you definitely’ll be left with simply the show’s chin that will look somewhat aggressive.

The little OLED show is kind of nifty although – I doubt anybody will thoughts it particularly as a result of it’s customizable.

The show’s energy brick is exterior, which I suppose is an efficient factor as in any other case the PG32UQX would have been even larger, and on the prime of the monitor you’ll discover thread to insert a digicam mount – I attempted, and this monitor will fortunately maintain my mirrorless digicam with an enormous lens. Streamers, are you getting this?

There’s even a USB port on the prime proper subsequent to it for plugging your webcam or digicam into with out having to really feel round behind the monitor.

Ports and controls

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The ROG Swift PG32UQX packs a large host of connectivity choices, however it’s not full. There are three HDMI 2.zero ports, a single DisplayPort 1.4a port, a three-port USB hub, and a headphone out jack.

However certainly, HDMI 2.1 is lacking, and that’s an enormous one. HDMI 2.1 is now the go-to customary for multimedia connectivity, with all of 2020 and 2021’s GPUs and consoles that includes the interface. With out it, your Xbox Collection X or PlayStation 5 received’t be capable of run at 4K 120Hz with full coloration help, and that’s unacceptable for a high-end 4K monitor in 2021 – particularly one which prices $three,000. Most new gaming laptops are even delivery with help for HDMI 2.1.

HDMI 2.1 is lacking, and that’s unacceptable for a high-end 4K monitor in 2021.

There’s a counter-side to that argument, and that’s that there are nonetheless barely any PC screens out with HDMI 2.1 within the first place. That, and the official Nvidia G-Sync module isn’t developed to help HDMI 2.1 but. Regardless, I discover it inexcusable on a monitor of this worth and caliber. For those who plan on utilizing the PG32UQX with a contemporary console, needless to say you’ll be restricted to 60Hz or must make coloration sacrifices: You’ll by no means have an optimum expertise.

The show’s OSD has barely odd controls with a spinning wheel within the center and a button to every aspect, however it’s straightforward to navigate and a lot of the required settings are current.

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Nevertheless, in HDR mode, there is no such thing as a brightness management, which is an issue. One can argue whether or not this issues as brightness in HDR is supposed to be managed by the PC and never the monitor, however I nonetheless favor seeing some type of brightness modifier in any respect in order that the baseline brightness could be adjusted to a snug stage for the room.

There’s a cooling fan

Earlier than wrapping up, there’s another downside that’s value mentioning: the show has a cooling fan. It activates the second the show does, and whereas it isn’t loud, it’s audible. This isn’t an issue should you use headphones or have silent music taking part in, however it might bug you should you get pleasure from a silent room and have an in any other case quiet pc.

Mini-LED and HDR

If there’s one motive you’re concerned with shopping for the PG32UQX, it’s Mini-LED and its HDR efficiency. I’ll begin with the great things: When utilizing correct HDR content material, the visuals the PG32UQX is ready to produce are nothing wanting astonishing. As if the monitor wasn’t value its asking worth this complete time, it out of the blue was, virtually.

LCD panels are unable to dam out all the mild, even on black, which means the flexibility to dim choose areas (HDR on PC screens, defined) is important to attain full black ranges. Dimming choose areas additionally permits the show to extend peak brightness in a small space with out over-illuminating your entire show. Most PC screens are edge-lit, with one lamp illuminating your entire show. On ‘higher’ HDR screens this edge-lighting shall be cut up right into a minimal of eight zones, illuminating choose columns of the show as demanded.

Nevertheless, as you possibly can think about, this illuminated column impact is undesirable, which is why producers are experimenting with Mini-LED: an illumination method that fairly than edge-lighting the show, locations an array with an enormous variety of individually controllable LEDs immediately behind the panel. This illumination method is named Full-Array Native Dimming (FALD), and within the PG32UQX’s case, that’s 1152 zones, providing lavishly high quality native dimming management.

In a method, FALD truly fixes the most important drawbacks of IPS panels: Backlight bleeding and IPS glow are now not an issue as a result of the troubled space simply isn’t illuminated when displaying black. The static distinction ratio isn’t as related both once more, as a result of the realm merely wouldn’t be illuminated when displaying a black picture.

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Particular person zones can peak at as much as 1,400 nits of brightness when displaying highlights, and though I used to be unable to check this quantity because of my tester’s limitations, I’ll take Asus’ phrase on it: Vivid lights, the solar, fires, and different highlights actually popped off the display screen in virtually eye-searing brightness, which was actually a sight to behold when simply to the left of stated object an space could be absolutely darkish, displaying an inky-black evening sky.

This type of practical luminosity management is precisely what HDR is all about, and the PG32UQX greater than delivers. Particularly in video games operating at larger framerates with G-Sync enabled, the PG32UQX is a pleasure to make use of. It’s not the quickest panel, however it’s a lot quick for non-competitive gameplay.

Fireplace up a recreation that does HDR correctly, and also you’re in for a spectacle.

However the know-how isn’t excellent. The IPS panel is barely able to blocking a lot mild, and though 1,152 zones is magnitudes superior over an edge-lit show with eight zones (which barely seems like HDR in any respect after experiencing the PG32UQX), they’re nonetheless seen zones, particularly on darker scenes. Plain desktop use is the worst offender to this — take a black or darkish background, and hover your mouse over it: You’ll see a spherical halo of blue mild nervously following across the mouse because it jumps between zones. Or seize a white dialogue field on a darkish background, its edges can have an odd yellow sheen on them. You will get used to this impact, however ignoring it’s troublesome and you’ll at all times be reminded of how the know-how continues to be imperfect.

Nevertheless, desktop use isn’t actually a good take a look at, as particular person parts are sometimes far too small for the zones. It doesn’t tackle the upper peak brightness ranges, and Microsoft’s HDR implementation nonetheless wants refinement. However with dynamic content material, similar to video games, films or television exhibits, the halo impact is way much less distinguished. That’s as a result of particular person vibrant parts are sometimes larger, but in addition as a result of there’s simply way more motion occurring on-screen.

Fireplace up a recreation that does HDR correctly, go into the settings and correctly calibrate the height darkness and peak brightness ranges in order that the sport engine appropriately addresses the HDR brightness responsivity of the monitor, and also you’re in for a spectacle. Belief me, you’ll overlook all in regards to the halo-effect with video games and movies.

Picture high quality

Because of its IPS panel, the PG32UQX has nice coloration efficiency, which paired with the 4K decision on the 32-inch measurement make it a dream as an enhancing show, particularly should you produce HDR content material.

We examined the monitor in SDR mode as our tester doesn’t do HDR, and the panel’s coloration efficiency does impress. Initially of testing, I bumped into the sRGB coloration clamp pinning coloration protection at an ideal 100% of sRGB, which is a much-appreciated function: unclamped sRGB colours can usually look over-saturated on wide-gamut screens, so it’s good to see the inclusion of this limiter.

With the clamp off, the panel coated a tidy 100% of the AdobeRGB and 97% of the DCI-P3 coloration areas, with coloration accuracy rated at a Delta-E (distinction from actual) of 1.77. Any Delta-E below 2 is taken into account adequate for skilled work. Calibrating the show didn’t yield any vital enhancements, however its efficiency is a lot good out of the field.

Gamma efficiency was additionally excellent, although I used to be unimpressed with the panel’s native static distinction ratio. Whereas IPS panels, particularly flat samples typically pin a results of about 1000:1, the most effective recorded distinction ratio I achieved in testing this pattern was 810:1, which is what I’d anticipate from a curved IPS panel that bleeds somewhat extra as a result of strain. However it is a flat panel.

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That being stated, this was examined with out HDR and the panel’s variable backlight function switched off. We take a look at like this to correctly decide the panel’s native distinction ratio with out automated adjustments within the backlighting interfering with the end result. With variable backlighting switched on, the distinction ratio was a lot better, genuinely producing deep blacks even in SDR mode – and I reckon that most individuals utilizing this monitor will need to depart the variable backlighting function enabled. The one exception could be when doing color-critical work as dimmed backlighting does trigger coloration shift within the adjoining areas.

This raises the query of how a lot it actually issues that the panel’s distinction efficiency isn’t nice, which is a troublesome query to reply. On the one hand, it shouldn’t matter with this type of backlighting, however a panel with higher static distinction efficiency would do a greater job at blocking mild, and thus do a greater job at combatting the haloing exhibited by the PG32UQX.

Do needless to say distinction efficiency is one thing that varies vastly from pattern to pattern, and provided that I really feel this pattern carried out on the backside finish of the spectrum with different reviews stating a lot larger distinction ratios, likelihood is you’ll have higher luck.

What about OLED in its place?

For those who’re searching for the proper HDR expertise that doesn’t have any haloing below any circumstances, likelihood is that you simply’re pondering one thing alongside the strains of ‘what about simply getting an OLED panel as a substitute?’ and I wouldn’t blame you for it. Actually, that’s a good suggestion, however OLED panels do include their very own units of perils.

The attraction could be that every pixel is its personal mild supply. One pixel may very well be lit at peak brightness, and people immediately adjoining to it pitch black. No halo-ing, simply pure and excellent luminosity management throughout the panel. HDR would look nice within the home windows desktop and in all films and video games with no visible sacrifice.

However, there are just a few catches. Initially, there aren’t any OLED PC gaming screens, and the smallest OLED TV’s at the moment are available in at about 48-inches in diagonal. That’s somewhat large to be used on a desk as a PC monitor, particularly with no curve. They’re additionally all shiny, burn-in is a possible threat particularly with the quantity of static content material PC desktop use pertains, and to mitigate burn-in, peak brightness can also be restricted so that you’ll by no means fairly get that “I’ve to look away as a result of it’s so vibrant” stage of immersion.

On the finish of the day, the selection between Mini-LED and OLED is considered one of concessions: Which is able to you be capable of tolerate, and which can you not. However should you’re asking your self whether or not you must get the PG32UQX or an OLED TV for content material consumption, then the PG32UQX might be not for you – an OLED TV may not final as lengthy, however it prices lower than half as a lot – and I’ll wager that the PG32UQX will depreciate sooner than an OLED will attain $zero in worth.

Our take

The Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX is an incredible piece of kit. With an array that includes 1,152 Mini-LED illumination zones, it produces an HDR expertise that’s in contrast to another PC monitor at the moment in the marketplace. There already aren’t many 32-inch 4K gaming screens in the marketplace within the first place, so sitting in entrance of 1 that not solely is available in that measurement, but in addition has FALD illumination is like sitting in entrance of a unicorn. No less than at the moment, the PG32UQX gives probably the most beautiful HDR efficiency obtainable on PC with out turning to an OLED tv.

The PG32UQX is on the cusp of what PC monitor know-how can do these days, and should you’re after an HDR spectacle to your desk, it’s the device for the job. However like all cutting-edge know-how, it’s removed from excellent and in that respect, the PG32UQX feels a bit like a prototype: there is no such thing as a HDMI 2.1 so it’s not precisely future-proofed and I really feel the Mini-LED know-how, whereas it appears good now, will quickly be outdated because of new developments. Add to that the same old panel efficiency lottery, no baseline HDR brightness management and an annoying cooling fan, and it rapidly turns into a really difficult proposition to spend $2,999 on a monitor.

Are there any options?

No. There are at the moment no different PC screens that provide quick, 4K gaming efficiency paired with FALD and this stage of coloration efficiency. Your different finest wager is an OLED TV like LG’s 48-inch C1 mannequin, however that comes with its personal set of compromises, offered you’ve the desk area for it in any respect.

How lengthy will it final?

From a purposeful perspective, I see no motive why the ROG Swift PG32UQX couldn’t final a minimal of 5 years. However between the dearth of HDMI 2.1 and quickly creating different show applied sciences, you’ll possible itch to exchange it lengthy earlier than it breaks, particularly should you’re somebody that likes to reside on the forefront of know-how.

Ought to I purchase it?

For many players, no. It has just a few flaws which might be assured to be dealbreakers for big teams of patrons, particularly at this worth.

In case you have deep pockets, and simply need the most effective HDR gaming monitor you possibly can at the moment purchase proper now, then the ROG Swift PG32UQX is nearly as good because it will get However for many of us it’s like an unique sports activities automotive: I’d wish to lease it, simply to expertise it, however I wouldn’t need to personal it.

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