Asus, without ROG this time, has announced a curvy new 34-inch widescreen monitor. The Asus Designo Curve MX34VQ monitor is a sleek looking affair held aloft by an elegant circular based stand with built-in Qi wireless charger. Other key specifications of note are its 3440 x 1440 pixel 1800R VA panel, with a 4ms g2g response time, and 48 - 100Hz FreeSync support. Rounding off this offering are stereo Harmon Kardon speakers.
If you are looking for a larger curved 1440p screen the Asus Designo Curve MX34VQ might well appeal. This monitor looks nicely designed and the VA panel provides wide viewing angles (178°). Users will enjoy quite a bit more real estate than on a Full HD monitor. Furthermore, the image quality offered by this non-glare panel looks appealing on paper thanks to its 300cd/m² brightness, 300:1 contrast ratio (plus ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio), and a 95 per cent sRGB colour gamut. For colour adjustment there are eight Splendid video mode presets, four colour temperature presets, and three skin tone select modes.
In terms of 'performance' this monitor provides a 4ms grey to grey response time and, via DP connection, refresh rates of between 48 and 100Hz with Adaptive Sync technology. If you are going to game on this you might be happy to know Asus includes its Crosshair/Timer/FPS Counter GamePlus modes.
The equipped 2x 8W speakers with Asus SonicMaster audio technology, co-developed by Harman Kardon, are said to deliver "home theatre quality audio." Speakers are built-into the bottom edge of the monitor bezel facing down. Furthermore there are AudioWizard modes covering Gaming/Movie/Music/User activities.
Asus has built some useful features into this monitor for greater appeal. It has Low Blue Light tech with four filter settings, and Flicker-Free tech to help keep your peepers fresh and comfortable. The aforementioned built-in Qi wireless charging pad in the base has built-in LEDs and emits an aurora-like glow during charging. For connectivity users have access to 3x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.2, (with PiP modes) and a headphone jack. A 5-way OSD navigation joystick facilitiates OSD selections and adjustments.
Unfortunately the fancy stand doesn't provide much adjustment, you're limited to just +15°~-5° tilting it seems. Also notable for its absence are any kind of USB connectors/hub.
The Asus Designo Curve MX34VQ will be available in the UK from the week commencing 20th March. The monitor's RRP is set at £749.99.