Asus have released a new 34″ gaming monitor in their popular ROG Strix line-up. The XG349C offers a 34″ ultrawide display with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 3440 x 1440 resolution. It also boasts a maximum 180Hz refresh rate, variable refresh rate support and Asus’ ELMB-sync technology for simultaneous blur reduction and VRR. It also includes USB type-C connectivity and a built in KVM switch.
Spec wise the 34″ ultrawide screen has a curved ‘Fast IPS’ panel, 3440 x 1440 resolution, advertised 1ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 10-bit colour depth and a wide colour gamut covering 98% DCI-P3 (135% sRGB). The screen comes factory calibrated with a dE <2 as well.
For connectivity there are USB type-C (18W power delivery), DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0 ports provided, along with a headphone jack. PiP and PbP are supported for multi inputs. There are also 2x 2W integrated speakers. The stand offers tilt, height and swivel adjustments.
180Hz Refresh Rate and ELMB-sync
The native panel refresh rate is 144Hz but there is also an overclocking feature allowing up to 180Hz if your system can handle it. Adaptive sync is supported allowing for VRR from both AMD and NVIDIA systems. Asus talk on their website about the screen having a pending ‘G-sync Compatible’ certification as well which if achieved, would give some re-assurances around VRR experience and performance. Asus Extreme Low Motion Blur Sync (ELMB SYNC) technology enables ELMB together with VRR, eliminating ghosting and tearing for sharp gaming visuals with high frame rates.
A familiar range of gaming extras like shadow boost, GamePlus options and various preset modes are included as with other Asus gaming screens. Aura Sync RGB lighting is also included for those who like that.
USB type-C and KVM Switch
USB type-C connectivity supports video transmission in DisplayPort signal; can serve as a USB hub, meaning that you can connect your device to your wired peripherals with clutter-free set-up. It can also use to charge your mobile device.
When two devices are connected to the monitor, the KVM switch lets you control them both using just one keyboard and mouse. This saves the desk space and it’s more intuitive!
No word on pricing and availability yet, we will update this when we know more