ASUS PG348Q 34" ROG Swift Monitor Review
Published: 19th February 2016 | Source: ASUS | Price: £999 @ OCUK |
We know that, like carpet or white goods, monitors aren't the type of thing that you buy on a regular basis. Even so we think that most of us have a fair idea about how big the average display is and thus you get a real feel for the size of the PG348Q when you first see the box. We really needed to put something in the shot for comparison, but thankfully the next pair of screenshots will really let you grasp the width of this thing.
The height is standard monitor height, hence the extra width provided by ASUS choice of resolution becomes much clearer. Unlike televisions, which have currently moved towards reflective coatings again, monitors demand the least reflective coating possible because you're always sitting in front of it. This is doubly the case with a monitor of such dimensions, but as you can see from the photo on the right with the most light we can possibly subject it to, it's all diffused wonderfully.
The stand is a work of art, but for the moment we're concentrating on the adjustability of it. There is enough height, as you can see above, for all but NBA players to be comfortable, and the 90° swivel adjustment is enough to show anyone what's on your screen, or if you're particularly rich to let you run three of these beauties and hide away from the rest of the world behind a wall of displays.
The reverse is just as gorgeous as the front. So often monitors are plain and boring on the reverse side. Maybe you'll get a manufacturer logo but that's about it. The PG348Q Swift shatters this with one of the best designs of anything we've ever seen. It's frankly orgasmic. The colour scheme matches the ASUS ROG move towards silver and orange, something we approve of, whilst also not being so dominating that it wouldn't match any other colour scheme you'd chosen. It's fabulous.
As well as the menu buttons being both tucked away round the back and yet accessible, the same can be said of the connectivity options. The PG348Q Swift has the cables routed up the stand and behind a removable panel. There are the regulation DisplayPort and HDMI inputs, as well as USB 3.0 ports.