ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ and Acer Predator X35 Preview: Curved Ultra-Wide 200Hz Monitors With G-Sync HDR

ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ

Introduction

Besides announcing a bunch of new awesome laptops at Computex 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan, ASUS has demonstrated a revolutionary 200Hz ultra-wide gaming monitor with G-Sync HDR and quantum dots, the ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ. This ultimate gaming machine will take video games to a whole new level yet it will require significantly lesser graphics power than the other ground-breaking monitors with 4K 144Hz and G-Sync HDR. Acer’s counterpart model, the Acer Predator X35, was also showcased at Computex offering the same ultra-wide 200Hz HDR gameplay experience.

Specifications

  • 35 Inches Screen (Curved)
  • 3440×1440 Resolution (UWQHD)
  • Aspect Ratio: 21:9
  • AMVA Panel (?)
  • Response Time: Not Specified
  • 200Hz
  • Nvidia G-Sync HDR
  • Quantum-Dot Technology
  • Peak Brightness: 1,000 cd/m2
  • Pixel Pitch: 0.2384 mm
  • Pixel Density: 106.55 PPI

Features

The ASUS PG35VQ display is the dream monitor that many have been waiting for. Not so long ago when the Acer Predator Z35P was announced, we’ve mentioned how we’re eager to see an ultra-wide display capable of reaching 144Hz. And now, ASUS bewilders us with a whopping 200Hz in addition to G-Sync HDR support and quantum-dot technology.

Allegedly, ASUS uses the same AMVA (Advanced Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment) panel developed by AU Optronics that’s used in the soon to be released Acer Predator Z35P monitor. The panel specifications of the Z35P model include 4ms response time speed (gray to gray) and true 8-bit color depth.

The ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ, however, will use the quantum-dot technology as well as HDR10 support for a wide color range and superior contrast and brightness. The panel will cover the cinema-standard DCI-P3 color space although it’s not specified to what extent. The DCI-P3 color gamut is 25% wider than the standard sRGB.

Using its 512-individually controlled LED zones and local dimming, the ASUS PG35VQ G-Sync display manages to deliver such stellar brightness without affecting the depth of darker tones but rather providing a superior contrast range. The same process is used in the upcoming 4K 144Hz HDR displays except that their 27-inch screens utilize 384 zones.

Thanks to the HDR, quantum dots, and the giant curved 35-inch screen, the image quality will undoubtedly be otherworldly while G-Sync and 200Hz refresh rate ensure smooth and fluid performance. However, we’re still eager to see how the ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ will perform in terms of viewing angles and ghosting due to its VA panel. The Acer Predator Z35P, for instance, specifies 172-degree horizontal viewing angles unlike 178-degree of IPS panels.

Design

ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ Amazon

The ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ 200Hz display features thin bezel design and a curved screen for a cinematic viewing experience and immersive gameplay. As of yet, we have no information regarding the ergonomics, but we do know that the model will offer ASUS AuraSync RGB LED lights at the rear side which you will be able to customize and match with the rest of your AuraSync gear from ASUS. We also don’t know anything about whether there’ll be built-in speakers nor what kind of connector ports will be available, although the DisplayPort 1.4 bandwidth is adequate for 3440×1440 at 200Hz.

Price & Availability

The official ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ price is unknown at the moment, but it’s well-known that it won’t be cheap and certainly at least $1,500. The Acer Predator Z35P also features the same resolution and G-Sync, although without HDR support nor quantum-dots, yet it’s available for preorder for $1,100. The ASUS PG35VQ release date is expected to be sometime by the end of the year, just in time for the Christmas holidays. 😉

As an equivalent to the ASUS PG35VQ, Acer has their own 35-inch model in the works deemed as the Acer Predator X35 with similar specifications, or even identical – as we still don’t have all the information about these gaming beasts.

Acer Predator X35
Acer Predator X35

Conclusion

That’s all the information we have to share with you so far. Although it may not be much, it’s more than enough to cause excitement. Just a week ago we were thrilled to see ultra-wide displays getting 120Hz refresh rate with the Acer Z35P, and now we’re anticipating a whopping 200Hz at 3440×1440 resolution.

Fortunately, the ASUS PG35VQ and the Acer X35 won’t require as demanding gear as their 4K HDR relatives, the Predator X27 and the ASUS PG27UQ; although it’s still quite an expensive high-tech gaming setup in the end. The monitor will most likely be priced as much as the 4K 144Hz models which brings us back to Ultra-Wide vs 4K pros and cons for gaming.

Either way, video games will be getting a whole new world of details with these cutting-edge displays we can’t wait to see in action. Whether you prefer ultra-wide displays or 4K for gaming, by the end of the year you’ll be able to obtain your dream monitor.

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