Asus crams every feature possible into its new curved gaming monitor

asus rog pg348q available asusrogpg348q
As monitor resolution and refresh rates swell, manufacturers are always looking for an edge that sets its own products above the rest. One of the display styles that’s grown from that is the 21:9 ultrawide, and now Asus is bundling Nvidia’s G-Sync into that form factor, too.

The 34-inch PG348Q joins Asus’ already extensive Republic of Gamers line, in the Swift series of high-end, gaming-oriented displays. Its curved display packs in 3,440 x 1,440 resolution, which is sure to impress gamers while demanding top performance from their rigs.

Its flashy gaming heritage also means flashy, over-the-top style. The multi-metal color scheme with copper and titanium was introduced on the G752 gaming laptop, and this one even packs a downward-facing LED into the base for extra effects and ambiance. For connectivity, the screen packs in a four port USB hub, plus DisplayPort and HDMI for video.

But it doesn’t stop there. Even the beefiest systems will struggle to push the PG348Q at its full 100Hz refresh rate, but tearing is going to be particularly noticeable on the extravagantly sized display. To combat that, Nvidia’s G-Sync keeps the screen and GPU locked in terms of framerate, preventing tearing while reducing input lag, without the follies of traditional V-sync. It’s compatible with Nvidia cards from the GTX 650 Ti Boost and up, as long as it’s over DisplayPort.

If you haven’t checked out a curved ultra-wide monitor yet, we highly recommend that you do. These displays are the height of immersion, and despite their high price tag, every one that passes our test bench does so to rave reviews.

While the Asus ROG Swift PG348Q isn’t yet available at all major retailers, some of Asus’ brand partners have already begun selling the display as an add-on. System builder iBuyPower is currently offering the display as a $1,200 add-on, so it’s fair to say the screen will likely fall high in the $1,000 range as a standalone unit.

Wearables

Lack of regulation means wearables aren’t held accountable for health claims

As fitness trackers become more like health monitors, some physicians are concerned they can lead to over-diagnosis of non-existent problems. It’s already happening with wearable baby monitors.
Computing

Dell’s 75-inch monitor is a Surface Hub competitor built for the classroom

Dell's new 75 4K Interactive Touch Monitor is a 75-inch display that's built for classroom collaboration. With multi-touch and pen input support, Dell is positioning its new display as an alternative to Microsoft's Surface Hub.
Product Review

Making a smart home can be a DIY job, but security should be left to the pros

Sure, you can DIY a smart home system, but when it comes to security, you should seriously consider professional monitoring and service. That’s where Vivint comes in. Is it worth the lofty price?
Computing

Work and play anywhere with these portable, large-screen monitors

Via a recent and successful Kickstarter campaign by Unick, a new line of portable, large-screen monitors has been announced. The Gemini Taihe line of monitors offers two models: the Gemini FHD and the Gemini UHD.
Product Review

The Digital Storm Aventum X is an unstoppable gaming PC. Trust us, we tried

Packed with dual-Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti graphics card and a 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, the Aventum X is an infinitely upgradeable gaming PC that’s capable of far more performance than you’ll ever need.
Computing

It took Dell years to fix 1 problem on its best laptop. Here’s how it did it

The new Dell XPS 13 moves the webcam from the below the screen to the top, finally vanquishing the one obstacle facing thin, sleek laptop displays. We have the exclusive story on how it was done.
Computing

‘Flexgate’ is the latest controversy plaguing some MacBook Pro owners

iFixit recently uncovered a new "Flexgate" issue with MacBook Pros after some consumers reported a "stage light" effect, where the backlighting on the device would fail and cause the bottom of the display to become slightly distorted.
Computing

Breeze through security with these checkpoint-friendly laptop bags

Getting through airport security is a drag, but your laptop bag shouldn’t be. Thankfully, these checkpoint-friendly laptop bags will get you and your gear to your destination with ease.
Computing

Ditch the backdrop from your photos with these handy tools

Need to know how to remove the background from an image? Here's how, whether you prefer to use a premium program like Photoshop or one of the many web-based alternatives currently in existence.
Computing

Think someone's leeching off your Wi-Fi connection? Here's how to find out

It's important to find out immediately if anyone is stealing your bandwidth. Here's how to tell if someone is stealing your Wi-Fi using a few simple tools, along with some suggestions on improving security.
Computing

Open RAR files with the greatest of ease using these awesome applications

Few things are more bothersome than not being able to open a file when you need it most. Check out our quick guide about how to open RAR files in Windows and MacOS. We will walk you through the process, step by step.
Web

Google Chrome’s latest decision could prevent most ad-blockers from functioning

Google Chrome's newest change is cited as a step forward for speed and security, but could profoundly alter how the majority of ad-blocking extensions operate. The move potentially gives Google more control over which ads can be blocked.
Computing

Samsung permits peek at an eye-popping, 15-inch 4K OLED laptop display

Samsung is now preparing for the new OLED laptop trend and is providing a look at an eye-popping 15.6-inch 4K OLED panel that is expected to power larger premium laptops in the new year.
Music

Here's our head-to-head comparison of Pandora and Spotify

Which music streaming platform is best for you? We pit Spotify versus Pandora, two mighty streaming services with on-demand music and massive catalogs, comparing every facet of the two services to help you decide which is best.