It’s frequent data OLED is the king of impeccable distinction and deep, inky blacks, whether or not we’re speaking smartphones or front room TVs – nevertheless it has taken the desktop monitor crowd a short time to catch up. Gigabyte, Alienware and OLED panel producer LG have all examined the water, however now Asus’ ROG sub-brand is doing a proverbial cannonball with not one, however two new fashions.
The 42in ROG Swift OLED PG42UQ and 48in PG48UQ are correct, gaming-grade shows that promise greater refresh charges than any rival, adaptive sync tech to play properly with video games consoles in addition to PC graphics playing cards, and beefed up inside cooling to assist maintain peak brightness with out dashing up pixel burnout.
We bought an early take a look at each displays at Asus’ latest Apex occasion, testing out a mix of console and PC gaming, and strapping in to a three-screen sim rig to see whether or not you must plan to improve your outdated LCD.
Design & construct: critically skinny
Asus may have taken a super-slim OLED panel, slapped a stand on it and known as it a day – however that’s not what you’re getting right here. Each fashions are actually very slim in locations, however there’s a bit extra of a bulge out again than you’d discover on a similar-sized OLED TV. That’s to make room for the uprated inside cooling, which ought to assist the panel pump out a most 900nits peak brightness, and maintain it for longer with none burn-in. We actually couldn’t spot any ghosted logos or proof of static photographs on present.
The chassis additionally holds a good set of audio system. Two Harman-tuned 10w drivers are paired with a 15W woofer, which promise extra impactful sound than the weedy audio system normally present in desktop displays. They sounded clear and quantity bought fairly excessive, though we have been hardly listening in a managed atmosphere. We’re anticipating “good TV” ranges of audio, fairly than one thing that’ll make your sound bar redundant.
From the entrance, each screens have actual visible impression, with show bezels which are virtually non-existent, and a slim stand that doesn’t take up a lot room on a desk. Essential, given the smaller mannequin remains to be a big 42in. There’s no peak, rotate or swivel adjustment, however a welcome +/- 5° tilt vary.
Gaming gear producers normally can’t assist themselves with regards to slapping RGB backlighting on the whole lot, however Asus hasn’t gone mad right here: the ROG brand on the backside centre up, however that’s about it – and you’ll flip it off via the menus if it’s distracting.
Options & connectivity: pondering like a gamer
Asus is aware of its target market, so has added a handful of gamer-friendly niceties in addition to a wide variety of ports. Up high, there’s a tripod thread for fixing a webcam or key gentle, together with a USB port (two on the bigger mannequin) to wire it in with out snaking cables throughout your desk.
A lot of the ports are hidden behind a detachable cowl, which channels all of the cables in a single course. You’re taking a look at two console-friendly HDMI 2.1 ports, together with DisplayPort 1.4 (not a given on OLED TVs of this measurement) and two HDMI 2.0s for PC gaming, plus a handful extra USB3 ports and a 3.5mm headphone port.
The five-way joystick for controlling the on-screen show is sensibly positioned so that you don’t need to stretch uncomfortably to achieve it, however Asus additionally bundles a distant management within the field. It’ll be helpful for console players not sat instantly in entrance of the display screen.
What you received’t discover are any TV options, like a tuner round again or sensible streaming capabilities built-in. That additionally means no movement smoothing or different picture processing, which some may respect.
Picture high quality: peak efficiency
We will’t consider a 4K, HDR-friendly OLED that didn’t look good, however on first inspection Asus seems to have achieved a very nice job with the PG42UQ and PG48UQ. Each look pin-sharp, with vibrant colors and impactful shadow element, blended with shiny highlights and slick movement.
Every covers 98% of the DCI-P3 color house, and comes with its personal manufacturing unit calibration report within the field, so inventive varieties ought to be capable of plug in and get straight to work. The anti-glare display screen labored wonders beneath the tough spotlights of Asus’ demo space, letting us clearly see the darker areas of Halo Infinite’s opening skirmishes.
The panels have an adaptive 120Hz refresh price for console players, together with Auto low latency mode (ALLM), however PC gamers can overclock to 138Hz when attached over DisplayPort. It’ll take higher eyes than ours to identify the distinction, as each regarded gloriously easy and responsive, however demanding FPS players specifically will respect the advance – there are only some rivals that may match it for pace. FreeSync and G-Sync help cuts out display screen tearing in case your GPU can’t sustain, too.
OLEDs have close to immediate pixel response, so the mixture of panel and refresh price fully eliminates ghosting from quick motion. Each screens held up effectively with quick movement, too – avoiding smears or blurry pixels in Mission Automobiles 2 and MotoGP 22. In addition they use sub-pixel rendering to make textual content clearer than rival OLEDs, which ought to make a giant distinction for desktop duties.
Distinction is a claimed 1,000,000:1, which is nearly as good as something you’ll discover to suit in your desk, and the 900 nit peak brightness bodes effectively for giving HDR video correct impression, in addition to video games.
Asus ROG Swift OLED PG42UQ Preliminary verdict
There’s no doubting OLED’s potential to provide very good photographs, and Asus seems to have achieved a superb job in combating the tech’s weaknesses. Extra strong cooling meant not one of the screens on show on the agency’s launch occasion have been compelled to run at diminished brightness, regardless of being on for prolonged durations over a very balmy August day.
ROG has included loads of the gamer-friendly options you’d discover on extra mainstream displays, which supplies the PG42UQ and PG48UQ an edge over an everyday OLED TV for desktop use, and it has all of the panel tech exacting gamers demand.
In fact no OLED is affordable. The PG42UQ is out there to pre-order from Amazon UK now for £1399, and the PG48UQ will set you again £1499, additionally from Amazon. That just about undercuts the miniLED alternate options, although, so each screens stand a superb likelihood of changing into a favorite for well-off PC players. Count on each fashions to begin transport within the coming weeks.