Eyes-on with ASUS's new 34-inch curved ultra-wide gaming monitor


Serious gamers take their gear seriously, and the new ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q monitor is going to seriously appeal to a lot of them. This display is many things, including being enormous, curved, and beautifully-crafted especially for the gaming crowd.

We'll start with the specs: this is a 34-inch curved IPS LCD display with a 3440x1440 resolution. That puts it into the ultra-wide category, with an aspect ratio of 21:9. A more standard monitor is a 16:9, so the Swift PG348Q offers additional space to the left and right — for gamers, that can be the difference between virtual life and death. An additional bonus for gamers is the blisteringly fast 100Mhz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC for buttery smooth visuals.

Visually, this is a beautiful monitor. It stands out in so many ways, from the etched and angular back side to the gear-like cylindrical stand with tripod legs, to the ROG logo projected onto your desk under those legs. It's a sight to behold. But if you're looking at it from the front, it's the massive 34-inch display that will keep your attention. And though there's a bezel around the screen, the glass panel overlay extends practically right up to the edge of the frame.

We don't have pricing or availability yet for the ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q, but we don't expect it to be cheap. Then again, a big, beautiful, and curvaceous display with specs like this deserves a price tag to match. For more from Windows Central and ASUS, be sure to check out our IFA 2015 hub.

Derek Kessler

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

  • 100MHz is a bit over the top I think :P
  • It's probably the version for bees, notoriously being sensitive to flickering, of course deserving the price tag to match for their queen and all. More seriously, H=1440 is an old wish of mine, This or a 5K will be my decision early '16
  • I laughed while I was reading the article.
  • Lol 100mhz? My monitor does 120 and the last swift did 144mhz. This is hood. It makes for much more smooth game play. Yes, you can very much tell the difference between 60 mhz and 100mhz.
  • Your monitor does 120hz, not 120Mhz. In other words, it refreshes 120 times per second, not 120,000 times per second. If very much doubt can tell the difference between 60,000 frames per second 100,000 frames per second.
  • Wow, I have two 27" IPSs and these make mine look like the old 8" green and black screens of the past. LOL
  • That looks awesome
  • What video card do you need to drive this? Or can you drive it with 2 video cards?
  • My guess, you probably want something with Display Port, and not all that old. Probably around 4GB of memory on it. I'll wait to get a little more info, but I think this is my next monitor.
  • S3 Virge or better ;)
  • Nvidia's G-Sync only works with Displayport so, you've guessed it... you need a video card with Displayport. If you're wondering what kind of video card you need to play at 3820x1440 @ 100 FPS then you're probably looking at triple Titan X in 3 way SLI to run a game like Battlefield 4. This is not going to be a cheap monitor and you should only buy it if you can also afford multiple high end GPUs.
  • When is this monitor releasing considering its still under-development? If its releasing this year, Will 2 980Ti's do it?  Or wait for Pascall at this point?
  • Actually a single 980 Ti can do most games ~100 fps anyway with 1440p. I'm gaming on 4K with a single 980 Ti and considering adding another one for constant 60fps since my monitor is 4K G-Sync and cannot do more than 60hz atm therefore no point for me going above 60fps. This monitor got my attention so I'll be deciding between this one or Acer Predator XR341CKA which is also similar in specs, 34" with G-Sync and IPS Panel. I'll see when this is becoming available and price point for both and ideally a single 980 Ti should do fine but with 100fps and such constatly you'll want 2x 980 Ti otherwise wait for Pascal anyway. I'll sell my 980 Ti(s) and get Pascal as well so you can do that or just wait for Pascal altogether and you'll be fine.
  • What's the game in the last picture? With islands and water?
  • The one before it looks like a new version of The Oregon Trail :)
  • I'm not positive, but it looks like World of Warships to me.
  • "The price is..." *puts pinkie on chin* "...One billion dollars."
  • Nice, have two lg 34", the flat 95 and curved 97 - excellent but the rog with g sync and faster response time is a very attractive proposition. I'm going to keep an eye on this!
  • This is sick
  • Why does everything made for "gamers" have to look like they came out of a 12 year old's sci-fi wet dream? Can't we have stuff that looks normal, classy and/or elegant? I mean come on, the vast majority of PC gamers are adults now.
  • And apparently prefer this.
  • Since the stand with be the only thing visible from the front, I think that I can get over it. This is the reason why I never bought a gaming laptop, although I love the specs. I would have to use it for both work and play, but I don't think that a business would take you seriously with one of those.
  • There's already plenty of 'normal' options available by other OEM's... 
  • I want three of these, it's the only way to game on PC.
  • Weak. You should buy enough to make a giant ball you can sit inside :P
  • Personally I'd love 1 of these, and 2 flats with the same vertical size and resolution. Sadly that's such a difficult combination to find, and an expensive one to power lol.
  • Pictures aren't rendering correctly for me.in the app. They look like giant thumbnails... Anyone?
  • Me too
  • I just upgraded to an ultrawide montior recently, and let me tell you, the extra horizontal viewing space makes playing games look much more cinematic and enjoyable.
  • If anyone is looking for additional information and pictures on the monitor, here is a link to an ASUS webpage: https://pcdiy.asus.com/2015/06/asus-34-ultrawide-qhd-ips-219-curved-g-sync-monitor/. It is updated anytime a new announcement for the monitor is made.
  • It looks nice except the shell on it. I want it in all black!
  • This monitor looks glorious.