Our review of the ASUS ROG Strix XG35VQ will be less about the hardware and more about what it feels like to use it, how it fares with everyday work and play. But as a start, here are some specs for the ROG Strix XG35VQ; it is a 35-inch ultra-wide curved monitor with a max resolution of 3440. Its curve is at a 1800mm-radius, and it has a rapid refresh rate of 100Hz with built-in AMD FreeSync support. You won’t be able to rotate this monitor to portrait-mode but otherwise it’s quite flexible and adjustable. Height-wise, you can lift it up to a 10cm allowance and you have the ability to swivel it horizontally 50° left or right, tilt 20° backwards and 5° forward. There are two HDMI ports (v1.4 and v2.0) and one DisplayPort.
Using an ultra-wide monitor is honestly the best if you’re constantly multitasking. Its width is quite literally the length of two of our in-office monitors, so having only one of these is all you need. You can definitely game and keep an eye on your stream chat at the same time without having your audience knowing that your eyes are actually looking away from the game, this keeps your interactions fluid.
If you’re thinking about the need to upgrade your graphics card, you can hold on to that thought for now as this monitor does amp up your current graphics potential. Gameplay-wise, ROG’s GameFast minimises input-lag for a more accurate and timely controls while the monitor’s Extreme Low Motion Blur (ELMB) minimizes ghosting and motion blurs during fast-paced events on-screen. As with most gaming monitors nowadays, there are different modes for different genres of games, and as far as I can see, it helps to change the modes for your specific needs.
We juxtaposed the monitor’s performance with some of the latest and trending games of 2018, with Overwatch PC as the first. One of the notable settings if you’re using the monitor is to configure the game’s aspect ratio to 21:9 in order to get the truest representations of the game on the monitor in the resolution of 3440.
After running a couple of Overwatch matches on the XG35VQ, we find that having adequate graphics card power would bring the best out of the game’s graphics on the expanded screen size and aspect ratio. But the main thing that we noticed immediately would be the wider and curved vision field that provides a greater coverage over the ‘blind spots’ as compared to when you’re using normal sized monitors.
This also means for first-time users with motion sickness it could take some time to get used to with initial bouts of headaches. This is mainly because your vision must catch up with the amount of detail and of everything that is moving from the far left up to the far right on-screen
While playing Quake Champions, the matches felt more immersive and with the monitor set to FPS-mode, nothing escaped our sights as the awareness seemed to improve drastically. The width of this monitor definitely makes it easy to get lost in the game, in a good way. Pair your gameplay with a good set of headphones and you’re off in another world for a good few hours.
There is also a mode for MOBA games, which is supposed to “enhance the colours of in-game health bars and other critical notifications”. What that basically means is this:
Everything except bright colours will be made grey. It made playing League of Legends a bit weird, since ‘dull’ character models like Morgana, Nunu and Ashe will forever be grey while ‘brighter’ characters like Annie and Ahri seem to pop out more. Your health bar will be very visible in this mode, though not your mana bar. I’m unsure if playing DOTA2 makes much of a difference, but in all honesty this mode is unnecessary to get the full-blown MOBA experience though it does ease any strain on the eyes in almost the same way that night-mode does.
Old school and retro games looked a little weird when played on this monitor. Having said that, if you absolutely need to stream old games, go ahead. Otherwise, it won’t be the best experience with the monitor.
Using this as a monitor for the PlayStation 4 wasn’t the best experience either, the main trouble is syncing the monitor with the best aspect ratio. An average user might have troubles doing so without in-depth tweaking or external hardware interventions, making games such as God Of War look flattened height-wise as the visuals are stretched to fill up the entire 35" wide-screen space.
All in all, this is a decent curved gaming monitor to have in your gaming den, if you really want one. It’s really good for multitasking, especially when you want to stream without the need for an extra monitor. If you’re looking to invest in a monitor for streaming, or just a more immersive gaming experience, I would recommend this.
The ASUS ROG Strix XG35VQ is available for RM3,999 at specific ASUS stores and resellers nationwide.