ASUS OLED & QD-OLED monitor buyers guide

The best monitors ASUS offers in 2024 if you’re looking for premium image quality Updated: Jun 10, 2024 4:37 pm WePC is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Prices subject to change. Learn more Table of Contents Table of Contents ASUS are one of the market leaders when it comes to gaming monitors, and their ever-expanding OLED range is the best of the bunch. Below we’re going to take a look at the different OLED and QD-OLED models on offer from the Taiwanese tech giant, their key features, and help you pick which is the right model for you. If you’re new to the world of OLED monitors, look further down this page for the OLED panel explainer section for some general information to get you started. Otherwise, let’s dive right in! What features make ASUS OLED monitors among the best? The chief determinant of image quality on OLED monitors are actually the panels themselves, which are usually made by LG, Samsung, Panasonic etc. and then sent out to third-party brands (such as ASUS) to build a monitor around. The same OLED panels are often used by multiple brands, and where this is the case they typically have very similar image quality, however differently branded monitors distinguish themselves from each other in other areas. We’ve reviewed many an ASUS monitor here at WePC and there are a few things you can typically expect from the brand’s products. Great build quality, at least on the higher budget products, is one of the brand’s calling cards. ASUS displays typically have great user interfaces which are easy to navigate and offer a lot of options and settings you can tweak to get your image just how you like it. Finally, ASUS gaming monitors are particularly feature rich when it comes to settings designed for gamers, though the specific features differ depending upon the model: read below for the details of the ones we’ve selected. The latest generation ASUS ROG Swift OLED monitors In Q1 2024 ASUS released three new OLED gaming monitors in the ROG Swift line: the PG32UCDM, PG34WCDM, and PG49WCD. The ASUS Swift line are the most premium of the ASUS monitor range. Although different in size and some of their other features, the three devices have several things in common that have impressed us. All three are HDR capable in some capacity, with the first two models having VESA DisplayHDR and the ability to control brightness levels whilst within HDR mode, at least on what setting (not something you typically see, particularly in gaming monitors). They all come with the standard image quality adjustments: gamma, color temperature etc., but also allow for changing color space and color temperature tweaks. Support for both Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync is present in all three, which is nice to see, as you often only get one or the other. Finally all three monitors have USB-C (with DisplayPort) inputs with 90W power delivery, which gives nice flexibility in your setup and again isn’t something you’d usually find on a gaming-focused model. ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG32UCDM Specifications Refresh rate: 240Hz Response time (claimed): 0.03ms (gray-to-gray) Screen size: 31.5″ Resolution: 3840 x 2160 Panel technology: QD-OLED Adaptive Sync: FreeSync Premium & G-SYNC Weight: 15.2kg / 33.51lbs Connectivity: 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.1, 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack Show more The ROG Swift OLED PG32UCDM is a lightning quick 4K QD-OLED monitor with a 240Hz max refresh rate and a superb 0.03 ms grey-to-grey response time: ideal for gaming at this resolution (assuming your rig is powerful enough), or color-accurate work in the sRGB space or within the 99% DCI-P3 gamut. In addition to the custom heatsink present in all three of these displays, it has a graphene film layer to further dissipate heat and minimise burn-in. The monitor has a great number of connections and ports, to the point where you can effectively have your computer, a separate laptop, and two game consoles plugged into it at the same time and just switch between whichever you fancy at any given moment. Finally the aspect ratio control feature is a good option for serious competitive players of first-person shooters, as it effectively lets you shrink the used portion of your screen to 24.5”/27”, allowing for the entire screen to be in the centre of your view. ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM Specifications Refresh rate: 240Hz Response time (claimed): 0.03ms (gray-to-gray) Screen size: 26.5″ Resolution: 2560 x 1440 Panel technology: OLED (matte coating) Adaptive Sync: FreeSync Premium & G-SYNC Compatible Weight: 6.9kg / 15.21lbs Ergonomics: Tilt (+20° ~ -5°), Swivel (+30° ~ -30°), Pivot (+90° ~ -90°) Connectivity: 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 3.5mm headphone jack Show more The ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM is a non-curved, 27-inch monitor (excluding the bezels, 26.5” of viewable screen). It comes with the standard QHD resolution (2560 x 1440), and the same 240Hz refresh rate, 0.03ms G2G response time, and 99% DCI-P3 coverage as the above display plus high color accuracy. It comes with an OLED panel, rather than a QD-OLED one, but it’s of superb quality. Finally, the screen also has a matte coating which does a great job of minimizing glare/reflections. If you’re after a glossy version you can always check out the Strix OLED XG27AQDMG below, which is very similar but with a different stand. ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG49WCD Specifications Refresh rate: 144Hz Screen size: 49″ Resolution: 5120 x 1440 Panel technology: QD-OLED Curvature: 1800R Adaptive Sync: FreeSync Premium & G-SYNC Response time (claimed): 0.03ms (gray-to-gray) Weight: ‎25.7lbs Connectivity: 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.1, 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack Show more The ROG Swift OLED PG49WCD is a true behemoth of a display. This QD-OLED panel monitor is a whopping 49-inch, super-ultrawide beast, with a 1800R curved screen, offering maximum immersion in games.  It has the same graphene layer as the PG32UCDM, a 144Hz max refresh rate, and 0.03ms grey to grey response time. Plus a new ROG Strix OLED monitor for your consideration The ROG Strix range of products are all gaming-focused, mid-to-upper tier products. Although the below ROG Strix OLED monitor doesn’t quite match up to the above picks in terms of aesthetics or features (though it’s not very far behind with the latter), it’s still a high-quality display. ASUS ROG Strix OLED XG27AQDMG Specifications Refresh rate: 240Hz Response time (claimed): 0.03ms (gray-to-gray) Screen size: 26.5″ Resolution: 2560 x 1440 Panel technology: MLA WOLED (3rd Gen) Adaptive Sync: FreeSync Premium & G-SYNC Compatible Weight: 6.7kg / 14.77lbs Ergonomics: Tilt (+20° ~ -5°), Swivel (+45° ~ -45°), Pivot (+90° ~ -90°) Connectivity: 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 3.5mm headphone jack Show more The ASUS ROG Strix OLED XG27AQDMG is an exceptional display on a bang-per-buck basis; we haven’t seen an OLED gaming monitor of this level of quality before at this price, which is why we gave it 5/5 in our recent review (click the link to take a look yourself). We’d encourage you to read more about it there, however to quickly summarise, it has a 240Hz refresh rate, the same near-perfect response times, black point, and contrast ratio you get on any other OLED panel, and a great peak brightness of just below 434 cd/m2. It comes with the first glossy WOLED panel on the market, specifically a 3rd generation MLA WOLED panel from LG. OLED panel explainer Who are OLED monitors suitable for? OLED monitors are as ideal for gamers as they are for creatives, or those after a great display for watching video media and films. All OLED and QD-OLED monitors effectively have an infinite contrast ratio, which means you’ll get maximum detail in dark scenes and images, as well as nice inky blacks: great for watching movies or any creative video work.  Response times are also extremely fast in OLED monitors, which makes them ideal for competitive fast-paced gaming: you’ll see basically no ghosting on screen, even at high FPS. Screen burn-in was a risk on older OLED panels when gaming: where any image constantly on the screen for an extended period of time (e.g. an in-game HUD) could permanently leave its mark on the display, but developments in anti-burn-in tech have effectively minimised this problem. The color replication OLED monitors offer is quite varied, though many of the latest ROG Swift range have 99% DCI-P3 gamut coverage, or at least over 100% sRGB coverage, and high color accuracy, making them suitable for color-accurate work in this range. OLED and QD-OLED panels Whereas conventional LED panels use a separate backlight to illuminate the pixels, which can cause negative effects like backlight bleed, OLED panels use individual Light Emitting Diodes (made from Organic materials: hence OLED), that provide more precise control and can turn off completely – allowing for perfect blacks. QD-OLED is a further development of this technology that utilises Quantum Dots to give a more vibrant picture: typically being brighter and more colorful.

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