ASUS ROG Strix XG43VQ Review9.5/10 (Expert Score)
ROG Strix XG43VQ Super Ultra-Wide HDR Gaming Monitor — 43-inch 32:10 (3840 x 1200), 120Hz, Freesync Premium Pro, DisplayHDR 400, DCI-P3 90%, Shadow Boost
ASUS ROG Strix XG43VQ Review
The ASUS ROG Strix XG43VQ is one of the most expensive gaming monitors available right now. One look at the monitor, and it isn’t hard to see why. The screen measures an impressive 43inch diagonal display with HDR, 4K availability, and AMD. The monitor is also designed to serve console and PC gamers along, which is hardly surprising given that it’s the size of a TV.
Our ASUS ROG Strix XG43VQ review will look at the ins and outs of this behemoth – and answer the question of if it’s worth buying or not.
Any monitor of this quality and caliber has plenty of features and design points that need to be closely examined. Let’s take a look at some of the most important;
Every monitor in the ROG Strix line is a sight to behold. We love the gun-metal gray look of the XG43VQ, and we appreciate that the design isn’t as fluffed up as you usually see with ROG. There’s no RGB flashes or garish logos to take away from the monitor’s look, which is always nice to see.
The stand for the monitor uses a three-pronged design to support the extra-long monitor. The frame is surprisingly stylish. It sticks with the same gray appearance and comes with built-in cable management cutouts.
Customers have come to expect a certain level of build quality from ASUS. Even lower-end ASUS monitors are built to last for years. The Strix XG43VQ performed well in terms of build quality. The monitor looks and feels well-built. The casing for the panel is made with robust plastic with absolutely no give. We poked and prodded the monitor but couldn’t get any creaks out of the frame, so we think it is as reliable as it looks.
The stand’s base is mostly metal with excellent weight, offering the support and weight distribution needed for such a large screen. The stand might be as wide as a car, but it takes up surprisingly little space on the desk.
The panel on the XG43VQ comes with an anti-glare, matte coating. This coating works well to mitigate external light sources such as daylight while working or playing games. You won’t be bothered by office lights or light from the window when using this monitor.
On a purely visual level, the stand is one of the best we’ve seen with computer monitors. It’s just what you need for an ultra-wide monitor like this, and it does more than just look good. The ASUS ROG has plenty of accomodating adjustment options that let you position the monitor how you want for peak gaming performance. You get a range of 120mm when adjusting the height and can swivel the monitor up to 16 degrees left and right. You’ll have a perfect view of your screen from anywhere in your room. The monitor also offers tilt adjusting, with up to 20 degrees of upward tilt or 5 degrees of downward tilt.
The monitor offers a relatively standard number of connection ports. The monitor has 2 HDMI ports and a DisplayPort 1.4 connection. We prefer the DisplayPort connection because it provides better bandwidth and frees up an HDMI connection. Using this combination opens up the FreeStyle two technology, HDR gaming, and a 120Hz refresh rate.
The monitor also includes standard 3.5mm in and out ports, two USB 3.0 downstream ports, and one USB 3.0 upstream port. You should be able to connect all the peripherals and devices you need.
ASUS monitors typically come with a user-friendly OSD. The ROG Strix XG43VQ takes this to the next step and simplifies things to the point you can control everything with a single button. The on button/joystick is the ideal size to move through the menus on the screen. Moving the joystick in any direction opens the shortcut menu.
You can open the main menu by pushing up twice to open the ROG OSD menu. This menu connects you to the GameVisual, GamePlus, Image, Color, Input Select, PBP Settings, and the System Startup options.
GameVisual lets you choose from some preset color modes for an excellent display. There’s a wide variety of presets, including FPS Mode, Racing Mode, and Cinema Mode. We recommend you go through the settings and find the right one for you, so you don’t have to calibrate everything individually.
If you feel like calibrating and poking around, check the Image options to alter Sharpness, adjust blue light filter settings, and turn on HDR and FreeSync.
Pros and Cons
- Well-designed adjustable stand
- Excellent refresh rate
- Accurate colors
- Not suited for all games – best for single-player games and simulator games
- Colors need to be calibrated
If you love big immersive games and simulators or want to watch a movie in excellent quality, then this monitor would be a perfect addition to your setup. Our initial tests on the ASUS ROG Strix color performance weren’t incredible, but with so many presets to choose from – and so many calibration options – you’ll have no problem creating the ideal color profile. The changes are noticeable as soon as you calibrate the colors.
As a gaming monitor, the Strix has plenty of great gaming features packed in. It’s no surprise ASUS marketed this to the gaming crowd, but many designers will appreciate the super-wide bezel-free display for what it is.
In terms of gaming, expect immersive and smooth performance with 4ms G2G and 1ms MPRT response times. The monitor offers an impressive 120Hz refresh rate that works well with the adaptive sync technology for immersive single-player games. You’re sucked into the curved display before you know it.
If you have the space for it – and you’ll be surprised by how little space it manages to take up – then we highly recommend the ASUS ROG Strix XG43VQ.
- High Refresh Rate
- Adjustable Stand
- Not the Cheapest Monitor Around
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