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Asus’ latest HDR gaming monitor is rated to an eye-searing 1,400 nits brightness

Excuse the hyperbole, but Asus’ ROG Swift PG32UQX gaming monitor is capable of matching the newly-introduced DisplayHDR 1400 standard. Plenty enough to make any game visuals pop (and hopefully not your eyes, too).

Introduced at CES 2020, the ROG Swift PG32UQX is a 32-inch IPS gaming monitor fit for 144Hz and G-Sync Ultimate, ensuring you won’t have to forgo any loss in clarity or speed in order to enjoy HDR content at its very best. The panel also features 1,152 local dimming zones to deliver High Dynamic Range content at a stunning, and spicy, 1,400 cd/m2 brightness.

VESA announced the DisplayHDR 1400 standard last September, with stringent guidelines on how manufacturers can go about delivering a consistent and customer-friendly HDR experience. Monitors labelled with the DisplayHDR 1400 badge are now able to deliver incredible contrast and colour. That holds true with the ROG Swift PG32UQX, too. It’s quite stunning, at least on the prototype modelled during our CES 2020 tour, and similarly it offers fantastic colour reproduction at 90% DCI-P3 gamut as per the required spec.

The only question is when PC’s HDR implementation will catch up. Many of today’s most popular games now offer HDR sliders in the options menus, allowing for some degree of granular HDR control, however, the overall Windows implementation is far from perfect. Hence why many of the best gaming monitors remain SDR fare.

Asus ROG Swift PG32UQX

ROG Swift PG32UQX ROG Swift PG43UQ
Size 32-inch 43-inch
Resolution 4K 4K
Panel IPS VA
G-Sync Tick Tick
Refresh rate 144Hz 144Hz
HDR DisplayHDR 1400 DisplayHDR 1000

The second monitor from the Asus team over at CES 2020 is the ROG Swift PG43UQ. This 43-inch VA 4K gaming monitor is capable of hitting 144Hz and maintaining a tear-free experience with a helping hand from Nvidia G-Sync. Its banner feature, however, is Display Stream Compression (DSC) for unfettered 10-bit UHD content, ensuring exceptional colour free of subpar chroma subsampling.

The ROG Swift PG43UQ is rated to DisplayHDR 1000.

Asus ROG Swift PG43UQ

Both gaming monitors are still waiting on official pricing from Asus, but expect to hear more in the very near-future.

Bear in mind our pictures from CES 2020 are not representative of the final panel image in person and have been edited for clarity. They’re so much better live, yeah? We’d also like to award Asus the unofficial CES 2020 “worst sign” accolade for that gamer at work monstrosity. It’s only the first day of the show but we’re certain we won’t find any worse.

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