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The rise of OLED gaming monitors continues with this excellent entry from Asus.

Our Verdict

The PG42UQ is phenomenal for gaming with excellent OLED color, HDR and plenty of quality of life features that differentiate this from its progenitor, the LG C2. It has its flaws, but pops where it matters most.

For

  • OLED for deep blacks
  • Fast response and high refresh
  • 42-inch is the best large desktop size
  • Impressive array of ports features
  • G-Sync compatible

Against

  • Low pixel density text color fringing
  • OLED = risk of burn-in
  • No height or swivel adjustment
  • 42-inch LG C2 is cheaper with similar performance

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High speed OLED gaming monitors are finally legit. That’s thanks in no small part to Alienware’s impressive AW324DW QD-OLED, with plenty of other brands following suit. Among them, Asus has unleashed the ROG Swift PG42UQ OLED, a 41.5-inch behemoth that legitimately could be the only monitor you’ll ever need for the foreseeable future of gaming. Leveraging the same panel from the LG C2 OLED TV, the Swift PG42UQ adds on higher refresh rate, an anti-glare coating, DisplayPort 1.4 and more gaming monitor accoutrements. The result is one of the best 4K gaming monitors around.

The main question is whether it’s worth the 1,399 price tag. At that price it’s more expensive than LG’s 42-inch C2, but it does a few things better for the premium. Firstly, it works like a proper monitor and not a Smart TV. One huge irritant with Smart TVs is they can’t wake and sleep in tandem with your PC, necessitating manual control. Not so with the Swift PG42UQ which works just like any monitor and even has USB upstream. In conjunction with its four USB downstream ports can make plugging in your peripherals so much easier. Take that C2!

Very importantly though, it comes in with a 138Hz refresh, over the C2’s 120Hz. It’s only a small improvement, but will be appreciated for anyone packing one of the best graphics cards out there right now. Throw in 0.1ms (2ms GTG) response time, as well as G-Sync compatibility, and Asus is onto a winner.

One thing to note is that nowhere in the official spec does it say FreeSync, though in order to be G-Sync compatible we assume the VRR works for the red team.

Panel size: 41.5-inch Native resolution: 3840 x 2160 Refresh rate: 138Hz Response time: 0.1ms MPRT (2ms GTG) Panel type: OLED Peak brightness: 450 cd/m² typical Sync tech: G-Sync compatible Inputs: 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.1, 2x HDMI 2.0, 4x USB 3.2 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Upstream, 3.5mm Price: 1,400 (US) | £1,399 | 2,299 (AUS)

Of course, the Swift PG42UQ is also an OLED, which almost immediately gives it an advantage over the competition in terms of color accuracy, contrast and response. 1,500,000: 1 contrast ratio is no joke; it makes the 10-bit color pop and sizzle. While the matte display dulls things a bit compared to glossy C2, it still looks amazing and works wonders for rejecting pesky reflections. And with 98% DCI-P3 and 133% sRGB color space with a Delta of E

Out of the box, colors are already amazing, with rich saturation, vibrance and contrast. There are several color profiles to pick from the OSD including dedicated DCI and sRGB modes. Dive into the OSD and you can easily calibrate the monitor to your liking. SDR brightness peaks out about 450 nits and up to 750 nits in HDR. Not the brightest but with perfect blacks, who needs more brightness?

And HDR is absolutely stunning on the Swift PG42UQ. In dark, moody games like Resident Evil Village or A Plague Tale: Requiem, I found it hard not to be legitimately spooked in those dark corridors. Destiny 2: The Witch Queen bursts with rich, vibrant color—in Throne worlds, in fact, the solar grenades actually blind momentarily on explosion.

At 42 inches, it’s not the biggest panel ever but it’s plenty to completely fill your vision and pixel peep. The size does stretch the limits of pixel density, though, and I noticed the text and icons aren’t quite as sharp as I’d have liked. The problem of color fringing around text, especially on white backgrounds, is typical with LG OLED, though it’s not as bad here as it can be. Windows Cleartype helps remedy the problem, as well as sitting a little bit further back from the screen. I found about 3-4 feet was good enough but if you do a lot of reading/writing, stick to dark mode to avoid eye strain. That’s not going to be easy if you don’t have a lot of desk space, however.

The stand on the PG42UQ isn’t too dissimilar from a TV stand—it’s wide but not too deep, leaving plenty of room in front of the monitor. While it does give you 5 degree tilt, there’s no height or swivel adjustment, so if you want more range of motion VESA mounting is your only option. Since the monitor sits so low on its stand, Asus has wisely put the ports panel on the left backside for easy access. There are two HDMI 2.1 ports, two HDMI 2.0, and a DisplayPort 1.4. That’s alongside the USB upstream and four USB 3.2 Type-A downstream.

Asus has even added a quarter-inch screw threading at the top of the monitor to mount a streaming camera, along with an adjacent USB port to plug it in. The power port is on the far opposite side of the monitor, though, which makes cable management a bit of a pain.

In terms of sound, the PG42UQ has some of the best speakers I’ve heard on a gaming monitor. It uses HarmanKardon speakers that get really loud without distorting, with a 15W subwoofer that offers tasty bass.

The OSD controls sit on a large tab (or chin?) at the base of the monitor in the center. It’s donned with an angry red ROG logo and navigating is done via a touch sensitive joystick and buttons. Menus are clear and straightforward, so no chance of confusion, and there’s even a dedicated Gaming section for overclocking, black equalizer and all the usual gaming enhancers. It also has some tricks to prevent the dreaded burn-in, including periodic pixel shift and refresh, as well as an automatic brightness limiter. Only time will tell, of course but I think if you’re mindful of the basics, burn-in shouldn’t be a problem.

The Asus ROG Swift PG42UQ absolutely slaps and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using it for the past few weeks. The main drawback is how expensive it is, though. With LG’s C2 42 coming in 300 cheaper, and offering a lot of the same experience, it’s difficult to recommend the Swift for simply your average movie watcher. However, the standard C2 is not (and will never be) a gaming monitor. The Swift brings all the best parts of the C2 into the gaming space, improving it in a host of ways that gamers will be better pleased with. Sure the adjustments are limited, but the ROG Swift PG42UQ is a gamers bestie where it matters, and certainly another Champion for the OLED cause.

Asus ROG Swift PG48UQ Review – An Insane 48-inch OLED Gaming Monitor!

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The last month has been an exciting time for the monitor market, with brand new product lines from Asus, Corsair, and LG hitting the market. Back in August, James Cousins and Harry Coleman headed over to Gamescom in Cologne, Germany to take a look at these new products, and now, a couple of weeks later, we’ve got the new Asus PG48UQ in the office for a closer look.

The Asus ROG PG48UQ is no ordinary gaming monitor – with a spec sheet that would make any enthusiast scream with joy. From the large 48-inch form-factor (a 43-inch unit is also available), stunning OLED panel and 4K resolution this is a sight to behold. It’s also a vert fast panel, with a 0.1ms grey-to-grey response time and overclockable 138Hz refresh rate. The panel is also stacked with cooling at the rear, allowing to remove the risk of panel burn in and with an IO suite larger than most motherboards! We’ve also done a full gaming setup with this monitor, some great peripherals, and an awesome RTX 3090 gaming PC, which you can check on our setups page!

Buy the Asus ROG Swift PG48UQ on:

  • Introduction
  • What is OLED?
  • Asus ROG Swift PG48UQ Aesthetics and Design
  • Features
  • Resolution and Refresh Rate
  • 0.1ms Response Time (Gray-to-Gray)
  • Custom Heatsink Cooling
  • IO and Connectivity Options
  • Harmon Kardon Speakers
  • 4K Benchmarking
  • Conclusion

What is OLED?

When talking about OLED, the first thing that comes to mind is televisions. This is very much where the technology started life for consumers, and it is now filtering down to gaming monitors. We first tested the technology in our review of the Alienware A3423DW, a panel that combined the tech with Quantum Dot in a bid for top-tier image quality.

In short, OLED (standing for organic light-emitting diode) panels provide much better contrast than traditional panels, with far higher contrast ratios, deeper blacks and a removal of the traditional backlight that often causes the famed ‘hotspots’ on panels.

OLED designs are able to produce much clearer image quality hence, being better than non-OLED televisions. If you throw 4K into the mix, you start obtaining the holy grail of image quality, creating a fine balance between pixel lighting and a high resolution pixel density. Combined with technology like Ray Tracing, and the image quality potential from these designs is second to none. The only downside, as with all cutting-edge tech, is the cost – something we’ll look at in more detail later in our review of the PG48UQ.

Asus ROG Swift PG48UQ Aesthetics and Design

Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room here: size. This monitor is huge, at nearly 50 inches in size. It is difficult to imagine a monitor being 48 inches, as designs head ever further into TV territory. (It is worth noting that this panel does come with a TV-style remote control, but no DVR or Smart features).

The average monitor sits in the 27 to 34 inch range, though this figure is fast-rising. The size of this design certainly won’t be for everyone, and some will find the size of an ultra wide to provide a better balance for width, without the extra height.

The panel itself boasts a beautifully thin bezel, and sleek edge-to-edge design. I’m a big fan of thin designs, something which is admittedly even more important on this large panel whereby large edges are only going to make it seem larger in size.

Thankfully, the monitor includes a strong, TV-style stand, that seems stable, and holds the design into place. The stand is well-built, and does a good job of stopping the panel from going anywhere. You do get a limited amount of tilt adjustment, but not much else by way of adjustment. The rear also features a VESA mount for wall mounting or use with a monitor arm (ensure the monitor arm you use can handle the size and weight of this panel).

Around the back, the monitor is chunky, to account for the extra heatsink and cooling required for a panel like this. Asus claim this will essentially alleviate burn-in issues, and while this solution seems very feasibly, only time will really tell as to the success of this implementation. The rear also includes a large gloss black ROG logo, and grooved design that looks to break up the monotony of the size of the heatsink.

Features

The Asus ROG Swift PG48UQ comes with a huge amount of features that provide a great user experience, making the panel very easy to configure, while also providing beautiful image quality. This monitor is undoubtedly expensive, but arguably you get what you pay for here (especially compared to the competition).

Resolution and Refresh Rate

Two of the most standout features of the Asus PG48UQ are of course the resolution and refresh rate. This monitor sports a 4K resolution, along with a 138Hz overclocked refresh rate. As the visual fidelity of games continues to improve, the upside of 4K has never been higher from a user experience point of view. If you have a graphics card capable of driving the 4K resolution, playing on this display is incredible.

The 138Hz refresh rate is designed to immerse you within your games. Coupled with the 4K resolution, the high refresh rate will make your games buttery smooth giving you a competitive edge in fast-paced titles with incredible visual fidelity. In combination with Nvidia G-Sync compatibility, this will minimise any screen tearing or stuttering within your games.

0.1ms Response Time (Gray-to-Gray)

When 4K monitors first launched, the panels were much slower to respond, with resolution trumping refresh rate. Thankfully time has moved things along nicely, with response times dipping below 1ms. Here, the PG48UQ boasts a gray-to-gray figure at just 1/10th of a millisecond. This, alongside the 138Hz refresh rate, makes the panel a viable option for those playing competitive, first person shooter titles. A higher response time is less of an issue for racing titles, but competitive, high action games rely heavily on this metric to ensure the player isn’t disadvantaged.

Custom Heatsink Cooling

One of the caveats to having a powerful monitor is of course the amount of heat that the panel generates (and energy it consumed). It can be difficult to cool thin panel monitors without risk of sacrificing the sleek and seamless aesthetic. However, Asus have provided a custom heatsink design which enables up to 8% lower temperatures for better long-term performance, making your OLED panel last longer than the average and preventing the doomed panel burn in.

IO and Connectivity Options

In terms of your IO options, you’ve got plenty of choice with the PG48UQ. For the display itself you can choose from Display Port 1.4 with Display Stream Compression, along with two HDMI 2.1 port, and two HDMI 2.0 ports. Asus has also included a USB hub with four USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, S/PDIF optical audio out, and an earphone jack. Needless to say if you’ve run out of USB ports for your peripherals, you can plug them in here for relative ease!

Harmon Kardon Speakers

Asus has partnered with Harmon Kardon to create excellent quality speakers for the monitor. It isn’t typical to have TV quality audio on a monitor, but Asus have definitely delivered on this front. The audio itself can be configured within the menus, but if you decide to leave the speakers on the default settings, you’ll be greeted with plenty of deep booming sounds and great bass quality. A dedicated sounder is always going to perform better, but solid stock options are nice to have, too.

K Benchmarking

To test out this display we decided to play the latest Marvel’s Spiderman Remastered. This game is graphically beautiful, and when paired with the Asus ROG Swift PG48UQ, you’re getting an incredible experience. You can find all of our full graphics card benchmarks with fancy graphs and stats on our very own YouTube channel – ‘Benched’!

How To Fix Asus Laptop Black Screen Easily

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Here are 6 fixes that have helped other users resolve the Asus Laptop Black Screen problem. You may not have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

Fix 1: Reset the display mode

Sometimes the black screen is only a glitch when the operating system loses its connection to the screen display. So whenever this happens, the first thing you can try is press the Windows logo key. the Ctrl key, the Shift key and B at the same time. This will reset the connection so that the operating system regains the display.

Once finished, check to see if you get the normal display back on your Asus laptop. If yes, then great! If it still gives you the black screen, please move on to Fix 2, below.

Fix 2: Hard reset your Asus laptop

Peripheral devices that are connected to your Asus laptop could also be the cause of the black screen issue. If this is the case for you, you may notice that the dots are spinning during the boot-up process. So you should perform a hard reset on your Asus laptop to narrow down the possibilities.

1) Turn off your Asus laptop.

2) Unplug the power cord, remove the battery and disconnect all external connected peripheral devices from your laptop.

3) Leave your laptop off for 30 seconds.

4) Press and hold the power button for about 60 seconds.

5) Put your battery back in the laptop and connect the power cord.

6) Turn on your laptop and check if it boots up properly.

  • If it boots up fine, then congrats – you’re close to finding the culprit (i.e. one of the peripherals). You can then turn off your laptop, plug in the peripherals one at a time until you can reproduce the black screen.

If this method fixes your black screen issue, you should update your graphics driver to prevent this issue from happening again.

  • If the screen is still black, the issue isn’t with the peripherals. You should move on to Fix 3, below to continue the troubleshooting.

Fix 3: Update your graphics driver

You’ll need to log into your computer to perform this fix and the following ones. If you can’t log into your computer, boot your laptop into Safe Mode with network, then follow the instructions below.

This problem may occur if you are using the wrong graphics river or it’s out of date. So you should update your graphicsdriver to see if it fixes your problem. If you don’t have the time, patience or skills to update the driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to be troubled by the wrong driver you would be downloading, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing. Driver Easy handles it all.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 steps (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

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3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of ALL the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires thePro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)

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4) Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

5) Check to see if the black screen on your Asus laptop issue has been resolved. If yes, then great! If the black screen persists, please try Fix 4, below.

Fix 4: Restart the explorer.exe process

Explorer.exe manages the desktop, taskbar and other processes on your laptop, so if it’s closed in your system, your desktop and taskbar will become invisible and your screen goes into black. In this case, you will need to restart the process to see if it solved the problem.

1) On your keyboard, press the Ctrl, Shift and Esc keys at the same time to open Task Manager.

2) Click the Details tab (or the Processes tab if you’re using Windows 7), then locate explorer.exe and click End task.

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3) Restart your laptop to see if the black screen issue has been eliminated. If it’s still no joy, please move on to Fix 5, below.

Fix 5: Disable fast startup

Fast startup is a new feature in Windows 10 that enables your computer to boot up faster by saving the operating system state to a hibernation file. However this does not always work perfectly and it sometimes can mess up with the startup process and cause the screen to go black.

So you can try disabling fast startup to see if it does the trick:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, type powercfg.cpl and press Enter.

2) Click Choose what the power buttons do.

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3) Click Change settings that are currently unavailable.

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4) Un-tick the box for Turn on fast startup (Recommended), click Save changes and close the window.

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5) Restart your computer and check if your laptop screen displays properly.

Still got a black screen? Please try Fix 6, below.

Fix 6: Perform a system restore

If this black screen issue occurs only recently when you have done some changes to your computer, such as installing a new program or running a Windows update, chances are these changes are not very compatible with the operating system and trigger the black screen problem. So you should perform a system restore to revert your laptop to a previous state before these changes.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type system restore, thenclick on Create a restore point once it shows up as a matching result.

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2) In the System Protection tab, click System Restore….

3) Read the on-screen descriptions about what a system restore will do and will not do and click Next to continue.

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3) Tick the box for Show more restore points and select the restore point that you want to use to revert your computer to and click Next.

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4) Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the system restore process.

5) Restart your computer to see if the black screen issue has been fixed.

Fix 7: Fix corrupted system files

If you are facing persistent issues and none of the previous solutions have proven effective, it is possible that your corrupted system files are to blame. To rectify this, repairing the system files becomes crucial. The System File Checker (SFC) tool can assist you in this process. By executing the “sfc /scannow” command, you can initiate a scan that identifies problems and repairs missing or corrupted system files. However, it is important to note that the SFC tool primarily focuses on scanning major files and may overlook minor issues.

In situations where the SFC tool falls short, a more powerful and specialized Windows repair tool is recommended. Restoro is an automated Windows repair tool that excels in identifying problematic files and replacing malfunctioning ones. By scanning your PC comprehensively, Restoro can provide a more comprehensive and effective solution for repairing your Windows system.

  • Download and install Restoro.
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  • Open Restoro and run a free scan of your PC. Wait a few minutes, and it will give you a detailed report of your PC status.
  • If Restoro detects any issues on your PC, click Start Repair to start the repair process.
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The repair is available with the paid version of Restoro that comes with full money-back guarantee and full technical support. If you need any assistance, feel free to contact their support team.

Once finished with the repair, check if the error has been resolved.

Hopefully the article has pointed you in the right direction in troubleshooting the black screen on Asus laptop issue. If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, please let me know in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев. Thanks for reading!

The FIRST 42-inch OLED Gaming Monitor

This is the world’s first 42” OLED gaming monitor. It’s the new ROG PG42UQ from Asus. It comes with a 4K OLED screen, up to 138hz, VRR, HDMI 2.1 and has a DisplayPort. It also has a large custom heatsink which helps with performance and prevents image burn-in, as well as this awesome aspect ratio controller to change the screen size.

I’ll unbox it, set it up and give my first impressions on this dedicated gaming monitor.

Unboxing and Setup

So the box it comes in, and there’s no denying it looks like a gaming monitor with the design and logos they’ve gone for, it’s also pretty square looking which is unusual.

So as this is the 42” version, it can easily be lifted out by one person, although they do suggest two people do it. The accessories come in a nice little pouch instead of the usual cardboard box or plastic bag we get with other monitors.

Inside the pouch it comes with pretty much every cable you need to get up and running. There’s the power cable, DisplayPort cable, HDMI 2.1, USB 3.0, warranty and quick start guide, 4 screws for the stand and a remote control.

Then finally there’s the metal stand which has some rubber feet and pads on the bottom. Fitting it is really easy too, just lay the monitor flat on the table, making sure the bottom is overhanging very slightly, then line the 4 holes up before screwing.

Rear

Around the back it’s got a huge plastic panel which houses all of the internals as well as the heatsink and speakers. There’s an ROG logo on the right and it definitely has a gaming and more of an aggressive look to it. The top part is extremely thin, but as you move down you can then see the chunkiness of the main part of the monitor.

There are some vents at the top for the heatsink, and above that there’s actually a tripod hole designed for mounting a camera or any other accessory you might want to use. There’s also a Harman Kardon logo in the corner for the internal speakers.

On first impressions you might assume this can only be mounted on the stand, but it does actually have some hidden VESA holes for mounting to an arm or bracket. These are 300 x 300.

Ports

When it comes to the connec tivity and ports on this, they are neatly hidden away behind a magnetic cover. Simply pull it off and it reveals the available ports. These include:

2 x HDMI 2.0 and 2 x HDMI 2.1 ports. These two are capable of the full 48Gbps bandwidth which are ideal for 4K and 120Hz on the latest gaming consoles.

There’s a DisplayPort 1.4, Optical Out and 4 x USB ports, including one at the top and at the bottom of the screen. Across the bottom there’s also a headphone jack, which is a pretty good and well thought out placement for easy access.

And one awesome feature, which has been massively overlooked by LG with their OLED TV models, a removable power plug.

For cable management, there’s a little clip here inside the cover, and you can then feed the cables either side of the cover once fitted. But behind the stand there are no clips or trunking, so you will see these cables hanging down.

Design

Right, so we’ve talked about the rear design, let’s see how the front looks. Ok so it’s carried the gaming vibe over with the metal feet and the Nvidia logo on one side, although this can be removed. But what I like about this stand is the fact it can be tilted very slightly. It’ll move between 4 and.5 degrees, so you can get it just the way you need it.

And as for the frame and bezels on this, they are stupidly thin. In fact it’s almost borderless when you look at the screen from the front. And as you turn around the side, this is when you realise how thin the frame or the display is.

Across the bottom, not only is there a headphone jack, there’s a control box protruding from the screen. When it’s on it shows the ROG logo, but underneath it there’s a 5-way joystick which controls the on screen display.

Picture Quality

Ok, let’s talk about the screen itself. So the PG42UQ is a 42” 4K OLED display with a 3840 x 2160 resolution. It supports everything you’d expect from an OLED including extreme black levels, vibrant colours and incredible viewing angles. Now the brightness is marketed as 800 nits max, which is pretty standard for OLEDs, and on first impressions it looks bright enough in my room for what I’d normally show on it.

But this next feature, isn’t like normal OLEDs we’ve seen before, as it has an anti-glare coating. Now you’ll either love or hate this, but the biggest pro of an anti-glare or matte coating is it massively reduces the reflections on the screen. For me this means I can have it opposite my window while gaming and I’m not going to see a mirror-like image, just a slight glare. It also helps with eye-strain. But the biggest disadvantage is you’re going to lose a little bit of clarity that you’d normally expect from a glossy screen. For a monitor I think it makes sense to have a matte screen over glossy.

Now this is still an OLED, so the image quality is incredible no matter how you view it. It offers true 10-bit colour and 98% colour accuracy, so this gives it a pretty vibrant picture overall.

Brightness appears good, but ROG have an exclusive uniform brightness setting that keeps the brightness levels consistent. In theory this will actually prevent the image dimming when a bright screen or white image is displayed. I need to spend some more time testing this, as on the LG C2 and G2 models, the ABL is very aggressive when used as a monitor.

Gaming

Now this is a gaming monitor, so let’s look at the gaming features of this thing. So it’ll do native 4K gaming, but also supports 1080 and 1440p, something I have tested on the PS5.

It’ll do up to 138Hz when overclocked, so not quite the 144Hz that a lot of PC gamers are used to, but it’s close enough. But it does mean it’ll cover 120Hz for both the Xbox Series X and the PS5.

As mentioned before it has VRR, or variable refresh rate, which can be turned on and off on the monitor itself. Then there’s ALLM and a 0.1ms response time. I tested a few games over the last week and as you’d expect they ran smoothly with no screen tearing or stuttering. If you want to check what framerate it’s running at, you can turn this on and off in the monitor settings, and it’ll display it in the top corner.

So my personal gaming monitor is the 32” UltraGear GQ950, which is probably the optimum size for my desk. But if you want that immersive gaming experience the 42” looks awesome. Games like Gran Turismo 7 play so well on here and you really are getting that ultimate OLED quality you’d expect to see.

Now if you were worried about 42” looking too big for FPS gaming, you can adjust the aspect ratio. And this really cool feature lets you change the ratio to match a 24”, 27” or 34” screen. That means when you don’t need or want the full screen size, you can change it in the settings.

So OLEDs, typically speaking, can get quite hot, which can then affect the lifespan of the TV. Some manufacturers will cap the brightness level to combat this. Well the ROG Swift OLED series have implemented a cooling solution, in the form of a large custom heatsink. This helps keep the peak brightness as high as possible while still limiting burn-in.

I actually think this is a feature that a lot of OLED TVs could learn from.

UI and Menus

The UI and menu on this monitor is as simple as you need it to be. It can be accessed either via the joystick under the monitor or the remote control.

From here you can adjust loads of settings including the picture settings, brightness and HDR modes. Then in the gaming tab you can turn overclocking and VRR on or off, and enable the FPS counter and other on screen controls.

Now remember, this is a gaming monitor and not a TV. So this does not come with a TV tuner or downloadable apps. If you want to use this for watching Netflix or other streaming services, you can of course just use your PC, games console or other device.

But the remote on this is really nice. It’s not very often you see a remote control come with a monitor, but this is great. It means you can turn it on or off without fiddling underneath and you can bring up the on screen settings easier.

Oh and before I forget, this does have 2 x 10w Harman Kardon speakers and a 15w woofer built in. That can just be seen poking out under the screen. Most people won’t need or want these, but my son often sits at my desk to play FIFA and having speakers on the TV is great for that instead of wearing a headset.

Final Thoughts

So my first impressions on this 42” OLED from Asus? It’s a pretty decent gaming monitor, and could easily be one of the best in 2022. It’s got the same capabilities we’ve seen on most OLED TVs this year, but is clearly been optimised for gaming. You can see this with the inclusion of the DisplayPort, placement of the headphone jack, the large custom heatsink and the overall design. I also think that 42” is a size that a lot of you might be interested in.

Personally I like the anti-glare screen, as every gaming monitor I’ve used at my desk has been matte. The glossy screens look nice, but I prefer that on my TV.

I will do a full review on this over the next couple of weeks. I want to spend some serious time with it first, test out loads of games and that uniform brightness feature.

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