Asus ROG Swift PG49WCD 49-inch gaming monitor review: The most colorful OLED yet

49-inch 32:9 OLED with DQHD resolution, 144 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR and wide gamut color.

Asus ROG Swift PG49WCD
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There are many ultra- and mega-wide OLED screens available, ranging from 34-inch 21:9 to 49-inch 32:9, like the PG49WCD. For this review, I’ve included Samsung’s OLED G9 and G8, Corsair’s Xeneon Flex, Philips’ 34M2C8600, and Alienware’s AW3423DWF.

Pixel Response and Input Lag

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It’s hard to ignore that the PG49WCD is 144 Hz while the others are 165, 175 and 240. While OLEDs provide smoother motion than an LCD at a given rate, the PG49WCD is a tad softer than the others. Frame rates do matter. WithItd, it will be smoother than an LCD running at 144 Hz. Looking at Blur Busters patterns, the moving UFOs are slightly short of perfectly rendered.

In the lag test, the PG49WCD also gives quarter to the faster screens. 31ms is still plenty quick for casual players and I never felt like it couldn’t keep up. Better gamers may feel differently and will want to opt for a 240 Hz monitor.

Test Takeaway: I have yet to meet an OLED I didn’t like for gaming. Though the PG49WCD is a tad slower than other ultra and mega-wide screens, it is still better than any LCD running below 360 Hz. Input lag isn’t life-changing, but it is low enough to provide gaming free of perceptible delay. I found it every bit as addictive as every other OLED monitor I’ve gamed on.

Viewing Angles

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If you’re shopping for a 49-inch 32:9 monitor, the PG49WCD provides ample justification for paying the OLED premium. The viewing sweet spot is large enough that there is no wrong place to sit. You’ll see the same brightness and color no matter where you look. There is no change in brightness at 45 degrees horizontal and color shifts barely to warmer tones. The top view maintains its gamma and has no appreciable color change. This is as good as it gets.

Screen Uniformity

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OLEDs usually perform well in my uniformity test, and the PG49WCD, though a tad over the 10% line, is no exception. I could not see any issues when viewing a 10% gray field in a dark room. Black patterns shut off all pixels, so there is no way to measure uniformity. This is a premium monitor and, as such, has received premium quality control.

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Christian Eberle
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Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.