Subject: Displays | June 4, 2018 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: VG49V, ultrawide, PA34V, freesync, computex 2018, CG32UQ, asus, 3840x1080, 144hz
ASUS is showing off three very different displays at their Computex booth, one designed specifically for console games, one for those who like their 1080p displays doubled up and curved and one for those who use their monitor for creative purposes.
The CG32UQ is a 31.5" 4k display with HDR10 support and VESA DisplayHDR 600 compliance as well as 10bit colour, assuming your console can provide a compatible source. In addition to this list of features, the display uses FreeSync to vary the refresh rate between 40 to 60Hz to prevent tearing when you are pushing the console to the limits of its ability to send video to the display. As it is a gaming display there are a couple of unique features, two USB charging ports on the base to make sure your wireless controllers are always juiced, with two additional USB ports available for peripherals. Last, it comes with a remote which can control the displays OSD so you don't have to get up from the couch to change your settings.
Next up we have the professional ASUS ProArt PA34V IPS display, a 21:9 aspect ratio 31.9" monitor with a resolution of 3440x1440 and a 1900R curvature. The slightly lower resolution offers a wide adaptive sync window, from 40 to 100Hz. More important to the professional is this monitors ability to display the entirety of the Adobe sRGB gamut as well as letting you save colour profiles on the monitor itself, as opposed to your computer. Connections on this monitor include a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports, offering an impressive variety of ways to connect devices to your monitor.
The third one is the one you have been waiting for, as ASUS outdoes the Samsung C49HG90 Ken was so impressed by. The VG49V is also 49" of 32:9, 3840x1080 VA panel glory but it sports a proper 1800R curvature, no straight ends here! This monitor's FreeSync range covers 48 to 144Hz, perfect for high end gaming, with ASUS' Extreme Low Motion Blur kicking in at 85, 100, or 120Hz. The PR also mentions GameFast technology, which ASUS claims to have delivered input lag of 11.9ms when they tested the monitor.
Ultrawide monitors have become an enormous trend in PC gaming over the last 3-4 years. In late 2014 when LG launched the first PC monitors with a 21:9 aspect ratio, I indeed was a skeptic. To me, it seemed like such a radical new aspect ratio would be wrought with game incompatibility, and wouldn't offer much of an advantage over two monitor setups for productivity.
And in the beginning, this was mostly the case. In 2014, games didn't even enable the option for 21:9 aspect ratio resolutions, and those that did, generally resulted in distorted image and FOV settings.
However, gamers wanted these ultrawide aspect ratio displays, and the game support soon followed. Now, ultrawide monitors are a staple of every monitor manufacturer's product lineup.
What we are looking at today though, is the most intense of all of the ultrawide monitors, the 49" Samsung CHG90. And it just so happens to be one of the first AMD FreeSync 2 displays.
Still in the ultrawide category, the CHG90 moves away from the more traditional 21:9 ultrawide aspect ratio to a wider and squatter 32:9. This aspect ratio allows Samsung to maximize the width of the CHG90 while keeping the display short enough not to engulf your entire wall.
Essentially, you can look at this display as two 27" monitors sitting side-by-side, without the pesky bezel in the middle. Similarly, the resolution of the CHG90 matches the effective resolution of two 1080p monitors sitting next to each other, with a total resolution of 3840x1080.
To achieve such a big display size in a still relatively usable form factor, the CHG90 display features a 1800R curvature. This figure refers to the measurement of the resulting radius that the display would make if it continued to make a full circle. For example, a 3000R display would have less of a curve than a 1800R display.
The curve on the CHG90 isn't quite like any other display we've seen, however. Due to the immense size of the display, the entire panel isn't curved. The curve stops about 6 inches from the edge of either side of the screen.