Asus announces the Strix XG49VQ, a 49 inch ultrawide gaming monitor

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Asus has just announced the launch of a new 49-inch 32:9 ultra-wide gaming monitor branded as the Asus Strix XG49VQ. The new monitor boasts a resolution of 3840×1080 with a refresh rate of 144 Hz.

Although we understand that this monitor is a direct competitor to monitors such as the Samsung CHG90 LC49HG90DMUXEN, which features the same resolution, in a day where 4k monitors and 1440p ultra-wide monitors have become more common and cheaper, we expect the resolution of such monitors to be above 3840×1080. As a result of the low dpi this monitor has, games and text will look jagged and not as sharp as 1440p monitors, which are currently the sweet spot in terms of resolution.

The display also supports AMD’s FreeSync 2 and HDR 400. Although HDR400 is not true HDR (sometimes referred to as HDaren’t), it’s good to see that there is at least support for HDR400 just like the Samsung CHG90. Furthermore, it would be interesting to see if the Asus Strix XG49VQ would support Nvidia Gsync and the extent to which GSync would work on this monitor.

Asus says that the monitor is able to cover 90% of the DCI-P3 professional colour gamut space with a 10-bit colour depth. Furthermore, Asus has also included the Shadow Boost technology in order to improve image details in dark areas without over-exposing bright areas. The peak luminance comes at 450 cd/m2.

Multiple input options are supported by the monitor, including an HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, 3 USB ports and a headphone jack. The display also supports picture-by-picture (PbP) support, which allows for three content sources to be run simultaneously.

The monitor stand offers high and swivel and tilt adjustment, so positioning the monitor according to the user’s preferred position shouldn’t be a problem.

Expect the Asus XG49VQ to be launched this month, with pricing of around £999 in the United Kingdom.

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