Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX evaluation: sensible monitor, terrifying value


From lounge TVs to the newest iPads, Mini LED display screen tech has been catching on. Desktop displays are attempting it out as nicely, just like the Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX: the very first Mini LED gaming monitor in the marketplace when it launched late final yr. As a 32in, 4K, 144Hz show, it does all it will possibly to welcome Mini LED into high-end gamingland, and from what I’ve examined it’s a superb match. All you need to do first is spend what might nicely be a number of occasions the price of your PC itself.

Yep, at £3300 / $2900, it most likely isn’t going to be the monitor for you or me; by comparability, the present costliest display screen on our finest gaming displays record is the £1809 / $2200 Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ. The ROG Swift PG32UQX shares DNA with the PG27UQ, additionally being a speedy 4K monitor with Nvidia G-Sync Final and HDR functionality, however past this newer mannequin’s IPS panel lies a totally completely different system for making video games look as fairly as your PC can deal with. A system that Asus, evidently, believes some folks can pay the even greater bucks to have for themselves.

Mini LED is in the end backlighting tech, albeit with rather more potential for bettering picture high quality than which may make it sound. See, the pixels on LCD panels – even good IPS ones – can’t illuminate themselves, and thus require a light-weight supply positioned behind them. Often this comes within the type of edge backlighting, the place the sunshine sources are positioned across the borders of the monitor, and which may trigger uneven brightness in what needs to be uniformly darkish scenes. This additionally means LCD pixels can by no means obtain good blacks by switching fully off, one thing OLED pixel can do to pleasantly inky impact.

Mini LED doesn’t fairly obtain the identical good blacks as OLED, however it will possibly enable for backlighting to be extra exact and even. It makes use of a lot smaller LEDs (therefore the identify) unfold out throughout the panel, enabling better management of which areas of the display screen are illuminated, whereas additionally making it simpler to succeed in larger brightness ranges by advantage of cramming extra LEDs into the out there house. The ROG Swift PG32UQX takes full benefit of its dinky diodes to assist full-array native dimming (FALD), which means it will possibly flip the LEDs on or off throughout over 1,000 completely different zones, unfold throughout the complete display screen. In comparison with crude edge backlighting, Mini LED is a complete lot smarter, and on paper is a lot better for distinction and HDR.

How a lot better? My colourimeter recorded distinction at 1169:1, which isn’t nearly as good as what you’d get on an OLED TV, however for an IPS gaming monitor that’s loads excessive sufficient. Brightness is even higher: with HDR, the ROG Swift PG32UQX might attain as much as 1056cd/m2 in Closing Fantasy XIV. Immediately, it turns into one of many best-performing 4K gaming displays for HDR particularly, simply beating the vast majority of “HDR” shows that may solely attain round 400cd/m2. Even in SDR, it maxes out at a gleaming 487.1cd/m2.

It isn’t simply blasting out nits for the sake of it, both. That is an totally beautiful monitor for HDR and SDR alike, with wealthy however balanced colors and – sure – finely-applied backlighting. My choose of the six “GameVisual” profiles, Surroundings mode, covers a wholesome 97.6% of the sRGB gamut, and maintains very good color accuracy with a mean delta-E of 1 (the nearer to zero the higher). Should you ever do wish to make tweaks, it’s pretty simple to take action with the underslung dial and buttons on the underside edge; the OSD is sweet and easy too.

In movement, the mix of a zippy 144Hz refresh fee and virtually good G-Sync Final implementation retains video games trying as slick as they’re vibrant, although naturally you’d want one of many finest graphics playing cards to get a constant 100fps-plus at full 4K.

There’s additionally a teensy, tiny little bit of ghosting on fast-moving objects. Whereas that is rather more seen within the Blur Busters UFO check than it’s when working precise video games, it’s there – so for all the brightness and distinction benefits of Mini LED, the IPS panel getting used right here clearly doesn’t have a top-of-the-line response time. LG’s Nano IPS panels stay those to beat on responsiveness, and so they’re out there in rather more inexpensive displays too, together with the 4K / 144Hz UltraGear 27GN950-B.

The ROG Swift PG32UQX is healthier at nearly every thing else, thoughts. And once more, a smidge of ghosting doesn’t remotely make for a smudgy mess. I fortunately performed my sweatfest shooter of selection, Apex Legends, with out feeling impeded by a higher-than-1ms response time.

The design and construct high quality are as much as snuff, too. The stand is each impressively shake-resistant and extremely adjustable, and the all-metal base is without doubt one of the extra aesthetically agreeable I’ve seen on a monitor this measurement. I stay a fan of how Asus ditched the deeply gamerish crimson highlights of earlier ROG displays for a copper end that extra maturely enhances the remainder of the construct. The function record is first rate too, together with USB pass-through and a digicam mount on prime. HDMI 2.1 assist wouldn’t have damage, however that will primarily simply be helpful for a spot of console play on the aspect – DisplayPort remains to be the way in which to go for PC.

Clearly, there’s nothing that would make somebody of sound thoughts take a look at the ROG Swift PG32UQX’s value and assume it’s discount. On a purely technical stage, it’s beautiful – I’m offered on Mini LED as an improve to old-timey backlighting, and it’s true that you just’re normally 4 figures for a 4K / 144Hz monitor anyway. However this a lot? Pretty much as good because the HDR is… ouchies.

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