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Asus’ massive 43-inch HDMI 2.1 display is half TV, half gaming monitor

Asus is joining rival Acer in embracing the new HDMI 2.1 standard, which will allow desktop monitors to be used for either PC or console gaming. HDMI 2.1 support makes Asus’ new gaming displays versatile enough to be used with either Sony’s PlayStation 5 or Microsoft’s Xbox Series X consoles, as well as on desktop rigs supporting Nvidia’s RTX 3000 series graphics cards or AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 GPUs, as well as laptops. Standout features for the ROG Strix, ROG Swift, and TUF Gaming displays from Asus include 144Hz refresh rate, fast response times, and HDR support.

“ASUS is introducing 28-, 32- and 43-inch 144 Hz HDMI 2.1 gaming monitors for PC and console gamers,” the company stated in a press release. “Ideal for PC gamers, these displays support the newest graphics cards for stable 4K gaming with refresh rates beyond 100Hz.”

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In addition to HDMI 2.1 support, the monitors also support the DisplayPort 1.4 Display Stream Compression (DSC) standard. You can see more of the best new monitors at CES from our larger roundup to see how these compare.

Up to 43 inches of gaming bliss

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The largest display in Asus’ lineup is the ROG Strix XG43UQ, which measures 43 inches diagonally. Essentially a small television for your desk, the screen of the XG43UQ supports a 4K UHD resolution and comes with a number of features that will delight gamers and creatives. For gamers, it includes HDR support, with DisplayHDR 1000 compliance, and creatives will appreciate that the panel can cover 90% of the wide DCI-P3 color space.

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If 43 inches is too big for your room or man cave, scaling down to the 32-inch ROG Swift PG32UQ will still give you a high resolution 4K UHD panel with 133Hz refresh rate. Asus claimed that the panel is able to support a refresh rate of 1ms moving picture response time (MPRT). Designed with GeForce gamers, it features G-Sync technology with Reflex Latency Analyzer to better measure the delays between inputs from your mouse and keyboard with what you’re seeing on the screen.

The panel supports VESA DisplayHDR 600 and Asus’ Extreme Low Motion Blur Sync technology. For creatives, this panel covers up to 98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.

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Though not the smallest display in the lineup, the TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A is the Asus’ smallest HDMI 2.1 4K gaming monitor announced at CES this year. The 28-inch panel comes with a UHD 4K resolution screen with 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. It also features variable refresh rate technology for even smoother gaming.

The panel is capable of covering 125% of the sRGB color space or 90% of the DCI-P3 gamut for creative edits, supports VESA DisplayHDR 400, and ships with Asus’s ELMB Sync technology.

And the smallest panel in size is the ROG Swift PG279QM, a 27-inch monitor that ships with a WQHD resolution screen. Sacrificing the 4K display with this ROG Swift will give you even faster refresh rates — up to 240Hz with 1ms gray-to-gray response time. This monitor features Nvidia G-Sync support with Reflex Latency Analyzer, DisplayHDR 400 support, and up to 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 gamut. Asus gamers with RGB backlit systems will appreciate that this monitor ships with Auro Sync lighting for a more unified look. The company claimed that the faster refresh rate on this panel makes it ideally suited for e-sports gamers.

And something for professionals, too

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In addition to gamers, Asus also announced a new ProArt Display PA329CV for creative professionals who demand color accuracy from their monitors. This 32-inch IPS panel supports a 4K resolution screen that supports 100% of the wide sRGB color gamut. The company claimed that the panel has been Calman Verified and factory pre-calibrated for a Delta E color accuracy rating of less than two. The panel supports VESA DisplayHDR 400, 90-watt power delivery, and super-fast data transfers. The ergonomic stand can be adjusted four ways and it also features a C-clamp table mount stand. The display can also be swiveled into portrait mode for greater versatility.

For the ProArt monitor, connectivity can be done through either of the two HDMI ports, the single DisplayPort, or the USB-C port, Asus stated. Additionally, creatives can use the ProArt Preset and ProArt Palette software for easy color adjustments.

All of Asus’ monitors will launch during the second quarter. Pricing details were not immediately available at the show.

In addition to these desktop displays, Asus also announced a number of portable displays under its various brands that can connect to laptops via a USB-C cable.

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