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Asus ROG Swift PG43UQ 4K Gaming Monitor Review: Jumbo Screen, Extra Bright

A massive gaming monitor with 1,000 nits, HDR, Adaptive-Sync and 144 Hz.

Asus ROG Swift PG43UQ
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We’ve seen some impressive large format gaming monitors. They all come with premium prices, but playing games on them is truly addictive. There is a reason why consoles connected to big-screen televisions outnumber PC and monitor rigs by a substantial margin, and it isn’t just the price difference. Short of the best VR headset, there is no more immersive way to play video games than on a big screen. 

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The Asus ROG Swift PG43UQ strikes an excellent balance between gaming display, computer monitor and television. It is first and foremost a gaming monitor, and at that task, it beats nearly anything currently available. Response is about as good as it gets with only a handful of smaller screens offering better input lag scores.  

The PG43UQ also delivers superb HDR with either FreeSync or G-Sync Compatibility. Your games, be they SDR or HDR, will get an image quality boost. Thanks to its superb contrast and over 90% coverage of DCI-P3, we’ve only seen a few other displays that look as good.

As a computer monitor, the PG43UQ works well though users will have to decide if they want such a large panel on the desktop. It’s a bit awkward to use at the typical 2-3-foot viewing distance. The stand and overall form factor make it more suitable for installation in a media room on a bench or entertainment unit. Asus has provided the proper ergonomics for this with a handy remote and large on-screen menu readable from across the room.

As a movie display, the PG43UQ is flawed, as Blu-ray suffers from some horizontal judder in certain scenes, but this is a minor issue that could be corrected with a firmware update. Additionally, when using the Dynamic Dimming feature, the picture is too bright for darkly lit rooms. 

But as a gaming monitor, the PG43UQ has few equals. And though it sells for a premium price, it isn’t as expensive as you might expect. A 50-inch television will cost less but won’t offer Adaptive-Sync, fast refresh or the large color gamut and this level of HDR quality. If you’re looking to buy a premium gaming monitor and the large format works for you, the Asus ROG Swift PG43UQ should be on your short list.

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  • PapaCrazy
    Extremely tempting but price needs to go (way) down and GPU power up for such awesomeness to be readily adopted.
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  • Kridian
    $1,500?!Nope
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  • uwhusky1991
    Seems that TV manufacturers are missing an opportunity. TCL sells a 43" 4k tv for about $200. You can't tell me that it costs 9X more to make a 144hz 43" tv. Asus sells it for that much because there aren't any mainstream options. TV companies see the 43" TV size as a low end product whereas it's a high end price point for PCs.
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  • Tanquen
    VA / W-LED, edge array for $1500 when TVs of this size can be had for $300-$400?

    You can get the XG438Q now for like $1000 why get this?
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  • shemsureshot
    Looks awesome and probably something I would have bought had I not recently purchased the LG CX 48 inch TV as a gaming display. As someone who uses a large display with my pc I would say the size isn’t much of an issue and after a while even the 48” screen stops looking too big. I’m currently looking for a good deal on a lap board for the keyboard and mouse, there aren’t too many on the market at the moment even though these large displays are creating a need for them.
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  • CliveStaples
    How do you think this monitor might be better than your CX? I thought the CX was a shoo-in for best gaming display with with the OLED screen, g-sync, 120hz, but I would love to understand where this Asus monitor compares favorably.
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