While there are many of us are choosing between having a 16:9 or a 21:9 monitor, ASUS ROG has decided to go full baller with the new XG49VQ. This is not a new concept as we have seen it before – but taking it up to the gaming standard is truly a great feat.
Even with such a humongous panel and its weight, ASUS has included an arm that supports full tilt, swivel, and height adjustment – which is just perfect for you to fine-tune it to hit your very own sweet spot.
As for the specs of the XG49VQ, here it is:
- 49-inch VA panel with 32:9 aspect ratio
- 1800R curvature
- 3840×1080 pixels in resolution
- 144Hz refresh rate with FreeSync 2 HDR support
- 125% sRGB
- DisplayHDR 400+ certified
- Tilt: +20º to -5º
- Swivel: +16º to -16º
- Height adjustment: 0 to +120mm
- VESA mount compatibility: yes, 100 x 100mm
In terms of color accuracy, every single unit of the XG49VQ will be tested to ensure that it complies with the DisplayHDR 400 standards before shipping.
ASUS is calling this form factor the “super ultra-wide” with an aspect ratio of 32:9. In essence of how long the XG49VQ really is, think of it like combining two conventional 16:9 monitors side by side. But how does it really feel like? Well… it is an extremely unconventional aspect ratio, so game support is not guaranteed.
We tested a total of 3 games while we are at ASUS Malaysia’s HQ. First game was with Metro Exodus which scaled surprisingly well with the increased resolution, although some parts of the menu are stretched way too far apart. With RTX turned on, Metro Exodus is very immersive and the overall experience is just out of this world.
Second game is Apex Legends. This is another game that scales surprisingly well but no clear distortion to its menus and gameplay – but there are some anomalies like the legend selection screen not covering the entire green with the yellow-orange background. Overall, the gameplay is surprisingly playable at this humongous 32:9 aspect ratio.
Thirdly, Battlefield V. Another game that scales surprisingly well, albeit that the loading screen image is chopped off. Other than that, I do wish that there is an option to move the minimap and other HUD elements closer to the center. Its position now is okay, albeit tucked too far away to the bottom left corner.
Throughout these 3 games that were tested, the XG49VQ’s two extreme ends of the screen seems a little blurry – and that is by design since the two ends are in peripheral vision range. This is to emulate how our human eyes perceive the world as well.
In terms of productivity and other interesting features, the XG49VQ can have a total of 3 different display outputs at once. Imagine splitting the screen so that you can play PS4, your wife can watch Netflix, and your kid can watch YouTube video on a single screen.
The ASUS ROG XG49VQ is coming to Malaysia some time in May with an expected price of around RM4k~RM5k. We are getting the confirmation from ASUS Malaysia and will be updating the price here.