ASUS ROG Strix XG35VQ Review: 3440×1440 100Hz FreeSync UltraWide Curved Gaming Monitor

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Introduction

The ASUS ROG Strix XG35VQ offers an immersive picture quality thanks to its 3440×1440 resolution and high contrast ratio while AMD FreeSync up to 100Hz and Extreme Low Motion Blur ensure a smooth performance.

Furthermore, the display features an ergonomic design with thin bezels, 1800R curved screen, ambient lighting, and extensive connectivity options.

Its price, however, is not as appealing.

Image Quality

The ASUS ROG Strix XG35VQ is based on a VA panel with a 2,500:1 contrast ratio for a superior relation between the brightest and the darkest shades while blacks are deep and vivid.

Its VA panel also ensures 178-degree wide viewing angles, 100% sRGB color gamut, and a quick 4ms response time speed (gray to gray pixel transition).

Straight out of the box, the ASUS XG35VQ 100Hz gaming monitor delivers an outstanding picture quality though the first thing we had to do was decrease the brightness as it was too bright.

Not only does the display offer deep blacks but the colors surpass the specified 100% sRGB color gamut.

However, it’s still not recommended for color-critical work as the colors aren’t consistent which is why professional designers opt for IPS panels instead. For other types of content creation, it’s great.

The huge 35-inch curved display has a screen resolution of 3440×1440 pixels which will immerse you into the gaming world with its crisp and vibrant image quality.

With roughly 106 pixels per inch, there’s an abundance of detail as well as more than enough screen real estate available without any scaling necessary.

Performance

Due to the nature of VA panels, smearing and ghosting of fast moving objects is noticeable, more so when darker scenes are involved as pixels take longer to shift from such deep black tones.

In the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu, the OD (Overdrive) setting offers six different levels to improve the response time, from 0 to 5.

At 0, ghosting is quite noticeable while at 1,2, and 3, it gets a little better. We recommend setting it to 4 – or to 5 if you’re playing at high frame rates though then some overshoot (inverse ghosting) may be visible as well.

The color and brightness uniformity is top-notch with excellent greyscale performance and minimal backlight bleeding.

The display doesn’t use PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) to regulate brightness, so there’s no screen flickering.

Lastly, the ASUS XG35VQ input lag performance is outstanding at just below 7ms.

Backlight Strobing & FreeSync

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The ASUS ROG Strix XG35VQ also offers a backlight strobing technology dubbed as Extreme Low Motion Blur.

You can enable this feature in the OSD no matter whether you’re using an AMD or NVIDIA card though it only works at fixed refresh rates, at 85Hz and 100Hz.

Moreover, the image becomes darker as maximum brightness is reduced when this technology is enabled. Note that you can only use it if the monitor is connected via the DisplayPort input and that you won’t be able to adjust the Overdrive settings.

While the Extreme Low Motion Blur does eliminate ghosting to some extent, it is still somewhat noticeable, especially if you’re playing fast-paced games with darker scenes.

Therefore, if you mainly intend on playing competitive and FPS games, we recommend getting a gaming monitor with a faster response time speed.

For RPGs and other graphically-oriented games though, the ASUS XG35VQ is absolutely perfect.

If you have an AMD FreeSync-compatible graphics card, you can also make use of the monitor’s FreeSync technology which synchronizes the refresh rate to your GPU’s frame rate.

By doing so, all screen stuttering and tearing will be eliminated within the dynamic range which on the ASUS XG35VQ amounts to 48-100Hz over both DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 including LFC support. Keep in mind that FreeSync cannot work at the same time as Extreme Low Motion Blur.

Update: When using FreeSync with compatible NVIDIA cards, some users have experienced issues such as the screen going blank when launching a video game. This can be fixed by power cycling the monitor. On the other hand, some users don’t report any issues in this regard. So, G-SYNC compatibility will vary from unit to unit. Hopefully, NVIDIA will release a driver update to address this.

Features

The OSD consists of numerous exclusive game-enhancing features such as pre-calibrated picture presets (FPS, RTS/RPG, MOBA, Racing, sRGB, User, Scenery, Cinema) as well as Picture In Picture and Picture By Picture, and the ASUS GamePlus features (crosshair overlays, an on-screen timer, and an FPS counter).

Navigation through the menu and features is easy and quick thanks to the OSD joystick placed at the back of the monitor.

The ASUS XG35VQ monitor also offers the exclusive AuraSync RGB Lighting technology which allows you to synchronize the LEDs at the back of the monitor with the rest of your AuraSync-compatible gear. It can also project the ROG logo onto the desk, below the monitor’s base.

Application developers can also fiddle with this technology using the AuraSDK software which can synchronize the RGB lighting with in-game audio.

Design & Connectivity

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The ASUS XG35VQ features an attractive design with lots of shining gimmicks and a premium build quality including an aluminum stand and matte plastics.

Connector ports include HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, and two USB 3.0 ports while ergonomics offer tilt, swivel, and height adjustments as well as VESA mount compatibility.

The screen of the monitor is covered with a light matte coating which eliminates reflections without affecting the picture quality. There’s also a cable management bracket at the back of the monitor.

Price & Similar Monitors

The ASUS ROG Swift XG35VQ price is around $750 which is fairly overpriced due to the ROG branding, among other things.

At this price range, you’d be much better off with the MSI Optix MPG341CQR which has a 144Hz native refresh rate as well as 1ms MPRT, DisplayHDR 400, and many more useful features.

If you want an ultrawide monitor with an IPS panel for less ghosting and more vibrant colors (but lower contrast ratio), check out the Dell AW3418DW, the Acer X34P, and the LG 34GK950F. All of which offer better value for the money than the XG35VQ.

ASUS ROG Strix XG35VQ Specifications

Screen Size35-inch
Screen Curvature1800R
Resolution3440×1440 (UWQHD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio21:9 (UltraWide)
Refresh Rate100Hz
Response Time4ms (GtG)
Motion Blur Reduction1ms (ASUS Extreme Low Motion Blur)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (48Hz-100Hz)
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4
Other Ports2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack
Brightness300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio2500:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (true 8-bit)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

The Pros

  • Versatile design and rich connectivity
  • Great image quality with high contrast, crisp details, and vibrant colors
  • Plenty of gaming features including FreeSync and Motion Blur Reduction

The Cons

  • Moderate ghosting visible in fast-paced games and darker scenes
  • Overpriced
ASUS ROG Strix XG35VQ Review
  • 9.6/10
    Design - 9.6/10
  • 9/10
    Display - 9/10
  • 8.7/10
    Performance - 8.7/10
  • 5/10
    Price/Value - 5/10
8.1/10

Summary

The ASUS ROG Strix XG35VQ delivers an immersive gaming experience thanks to its high refresh rate, high resolution, and striking colors and contrast. It looks gorgeous and has plenty of unique features as well as extensive ergonomics and connectivity. Though it offers backlight strobing, ghosting is still the weakest point of this gaming monitor, but it’s tolerable considering it’s a VA panel. Unfortunately, it’s way overpriced at its current price.

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