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Asus ROG Swift OLED PG34WCDM Gaming Monitor review: Immersive curves

Asus ROG Swift OLED PG34WCDM Gaming Monitor review: Immersive curves


If you're a PC gamer looking to experience games fully, a top-tier curved OLED gaming monitor like the Asus ROG Swift OLED PG34WCDM is the way to go. Sit close enough, and this 34-inch display feels all-encompassing. It's like having your own personal IMAX screen (minus the Dolby Atmos sound, there are no built-in speakers). Perfect for genres like racing games, and flight simulators. There are also other useful features like a KVM switch, and a USB-C port (with 90W power delivery). However, it is very expensive at S$1,899 — you can buy a 42-inch LG OLED TV, and still get change back.

Quick specs

  • 34-inch curved OLED panel, 3,440 x 1,440 pixels
  • Up to 240Hz refresh rate, 0.03ms response (GTG)
  • Integrated KVM feature
  • DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.1, 2x USB-A (hub), USB-C (90W PD), headphone jack

My first impression: This ROG Swift OLED monitor is really curvy. With a 800R (the lower the number, the more curved it is) curvature, it feels more enveloping than others I have tested in the past. The aggressive curvature definitely ups the immersion factor, especially when playing games or watching videos. Dune: Part One on Netflix, for example, was spectacular. The movie filled up the whole screen. But you should know that most videos aren't formatted for ultra-wide displays, which means you'll see black bars at the sides. You do get HDR10 support, and HDR movies certainly look a tad more like real-life. As this monitor uses the same Micro Lens Array (MLA) tech, which enables brighter OLED screens, as the LG G3, I expected eye-searing highlights. But the peak brightness is only rated at 450 nits, which doesn't come close to the best OLED TVs.

Display options include two HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-C. Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

But the ROG Swift is a gaming monitor first. For starters, the refresh rate goes up to 240Hz, which is higher than premium gaming OLED monitors like the 34-inch Alienware QD-OLED monitor. It has VRR (Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro). Response time is super-low (0.03ms), while the resolution is crisp for its ultra-wide dimensions. Obviously, you also get perfect black, which is great for games with lots of dark scenes. Cyberpunk 2077, for example, looks fantastic. The game natively supports ultra-wide resolutions, and HDR, while its dark, moody vibes, drenched in neon lighting, are perfectly conveyed by this curved display. Asus also has a uniform brightness setting that “decreases peak brightness to keep levels consistent for better viewing”. I didn't quite see the benefit here: It just made everything look darker.

You navigate the OSD settings via this directional button at the back. Credit: Vincent Chang/Can Buy or Not

Compared with other OLED monitors, the colour fringing around text isn't that noticeable. Asus even created an algorithm (Clear Pixel Edge) to tackle this, but perhaps because this issue is minor, this feature also didn't seem to do much. In short, this monitor is fine for office work. In terms of design, the ROG branding is unmistakable, and the monitor isn't shy at advertising that. You can turn off the lighting effects. The build quality is excellent. I also like that it still offers swivel (15 degrees left or right), tilt, and height adjustment despite the curved design. You access the OSD settings via a four-directional button located at the back of the front ROG logo. The interface is informative, and neatly laid out. Like other OLED monitors, it comes with features to prevent or mitigate OLED burn-in.

At S$1,899, the Asus ROG Swift OLED PG34WCDM isn't cheap. It's even more expensive than Alienware's latest 32-inch 4K QD-OLED monitor (S$1,599). And as mentioned earlier, it's less expensive to buy a 42-inch OLED TV, and use it as a monitor (albeit with some compromises). However, the Alienware, despite its 4K resolution, isn't as wide, nor as curved as the Asus. Both monitors do offer a 3-year warranty — reassuring for those worried about OLED burn-in. So there are good reasons to pick the Asus. Whether those reasons are worth paying S$300 more for the Asus is subjective, of course. I personally love how curvy it is. Get it now from Shopee, and Lazada.

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Note: Review unit provided by Asus.

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