It’s pretty clear that Asus has produced another winning addition to its Republic of Gamers line of monitors. The PG348Q fits in nicely with a premium group of displays that can complement any high-end gaming system with accurate color and a bright sharp picture, plus must-have special features like G-Sync and a factory-overclockable (warranty-preserving) 100Hz refresh rate.
At a price of over $1100 at this writing, expectations for this display are understandably high. You should get a monitor that’s accurate out of the box, solidly built, distinctively styled, and ready to mate with an equally expensive gaming rig equipped with the latest in high-performance graphics processing. The PG348Q checks those boxes. In fact the only thing preventing it from being calibration-free is the contrast control. That’s a minor flaw and it’s easily corrected. And we think it’s important to make that adjustment in order to maximize image quality.
There are some that may miss the ULMB feature found on other ROG screens. Frankly, we just don’t think it’s worth giving up G-Sync to use it. Tearing is a far more distracting artifact than motion blur. And that problem is mostly solved when refresh rates exceed 60Hz.
Stacking the PG348Q and other IPS curved monitors up against the 35-inch AMVA crowd is an obvious comparison. AMVA will get you better contrast and a higher refresh rate for sure. But those extra pixels along with a superior overdrive implementation makes IPS displays like this well worth their extra cost. It should also be noted that you won’t need as much graphics horsepower to drive a 3440x1440 panel as you would for one that runs at 3840x2160. When connected to identical systems, we’re seeing almost double the framerates on the 21:9 screens.
There are now many choices in curved ultra-wides, and gamers have obviously taken to them in sufficient numbers to keep new products coming. Prices haven’t dropped much since we first saw the category two years ago, but the gaming experience they offer is a unique one. And if you compare it to the cost of three decent flat screens, the curved ultra-wide comes out as more budget-friendly.
The PG348Q is well-worthy of both the ROG designation and a higher price. For its excellent image quality, accurate color, impressive feature set, and distinct styling, we’re giving it our Tom’s Hardware Editor Recommended Award.