​​ASUS ROG SWIFT PG348Q Review

ASUS ROG SWIFT PG348Q Review
Logitech G413 Carbon Review
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Asus UltraWide Monitor

Overview

While it sits on the higher end of the price spectrum, the ASUS Republic of Gamers Swift PG348Q UltraWide monitor has a screen that is simply incredible winning our award for the best UltraWide gaming monitor 2018. Its massive 34" size, 100Hz refresh rate and low latency coupled with an IPS display makes this monitor truly epic in and out of the game.

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ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q 34" Curved Ultra-Wide 3440x1440 100Hz IPS DisplayPort USB Eye Care G-SYNC Gaming Monitor

  • 34" 1440p IPS panel with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology and 100Hz Refresh Rate deliver superior resolution, color, and smoothness, maximizing immersion in games.
  • Curved Ultra-wide 21:9 Aspect Ratio maximizes immersion by expanding the display right to the peripherals of your vision
  • ASUS Eye Care technology lowers blue light and eliminates flickering. When coupled with ergonomics, gaming marathons just got a lot easier. VESA Wall Mounting : 3.93x3.93 (inches)

Features Overview

This gaming screen is 34 inches diagonal, with a 21:9 ultra-wide aspect ratio. These specs alone will benefit any game, no matter the style. The wider ratio means better views and vantage points for racing and first person shooter games, as well as more accommodation in MMORPGs and similar games. The benefits of a wider screen with crisp images outweigh the benefits of a taller screen with common aspect ratios.

The PG348Q won our award for the best UltraWide gaming monitor in our top 5 round up review of the market for 2019. The display utilizes Nvidia Gsync, which keeps the screen from sputtering because it matches the GPU’s frame rate with the refresh rate of the monitor itself, so the two are always on the same level. This Asus model typically runs at a refresh rate of about 100 HZ, which is more than enough, although some other screens offer up to 144 Hz. Its response time also sits at around 5 ms, so it is quick. Gsync only works with DisplayPort, though, and will not be as crisp on a simple HDMI input.

The IPS panel featured in this ASUS screen is truly remarkable. It is a true 10-bit screen, and it can render over a billion different colors, making sharp and clear images. The size and scope of this IPS panel make it capable of displaying 100% of the colors in the sRGB spectrum. The panel is also 1440p, and it is an amazing piece of technology for gamers everywhere.

While it sits on the pricier end of the spectrum, the ASOS Republic of Gamers Swift PG348Q monitor has a screen that is incredibly massive. Its size, though, might not be enough to make the price worth it, but its features and quality might be just the thing.
This gaming keyboard is quite possibly our favorite among the more reasonably priced gaming keyboards out there. Though it has some expensive competitors with amazing features, the “bang for your buck” that you get with the HyperX Alloy Elite is more than worth it.
Image of the back of PG348Q

Build Quality

​The design is incredible, but in a way, that makes it truly one of a kind and futuristic-ally stylish. Its finished in a gunmetal gray with rusty orange indentations and accents, which is not a color scheme typically associated with gaming set ups. However, Asus always tries to break the mold with their designs, and this is no different. Even the stand, with its long three prongs that jut out a bit farther from the screen and curve inward, creates an overall futuristic, ostentatious effect that is still weirdly attractive.

The 34” screen also has a slight curve, but not enough that it ruins the color quality around the edges, as some curved screens can do. The screen itself is LCD, but the bottom edge of the screen features an LED projection of the ROG logo for dedicated gamers.

The screen, because it is on the larger size for a gaming monitor, has a heftier weight than most of its competitors. It weighs 11.1 kilograms, or about 34 pounds, far outweighing the competition and making it less than portable – though you probably wouldn’t need to transport a screen from your home all that often anyhow. However, its lengthy legs on its stand also make it incredibly bulky to carry or even set up. From front to back, the legs measure 297 millimeters, which is nearly a foot in length. It is also much wider and taller than other screens, so you would need plenty of set up room. Despite this, though, its wide screen and attractive design make it a great gaming investment.

ASUS ROG SWIFT PG348Q Front of Monitor

Design

​We’ve already mentioned the lengthy curved stand legs, the curvature of the screen, and the gunmetal gray finish with deep orange accents in this ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q review, but these are not the only aspects of the design that make this screen both quirky and attractive for gamers. Despite its height and width—both of which far outshine its immediate competition—its cool stand also has height adjustment of 115mm and even has about 25 degrees of tilt, making it far more versatile than you would expect from such a large screen and stand.

It features both a DisplayPort outlet and an HDMI outlet, though they may be somewhat difficult to locate at first. If you are intending the screen to be rather stationary and used for only one or two devices, the difficulty of locating the ports will not be much of an issue. The ports are on the underside of the screen and covered by a plastic shroud, which is removable.

Performance

​We’ve already mentioned the lengthy curved stand legs, the curvature of the screen, and the gunmetal gray finish with deep orange accents in this ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q review, but these are not the only aspects of the design that make this screen both quirky and attractive for gamers. Despite its height and width—both of which far outshine its immediate competition—its cool stand also has height adjustment of 115mm and even has about 25 degrees of tilt, making it far more versatile than you would expect from such a large screen and stand.

It features both a DisplayPort outlet and an HDMI outlet, though they may be somewhat difficult to locate at first. If you are intending the screen to be rather stationary and used for only one or two devices, the difficulty of locating the ports will not be much of an issue. The ports are on the underside of the screen and covered by a plastic shroud, which is removable.

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​ASUS PG348Q Pros & Cons

​In simpler terms, here are a few good things and bad things about this particular model.

In simpler terms, here are a few good things and bad things about this particular model.

PROS & CONS

  • Unique, dynamic, flexible design
  • Wider, slightly curved screen in comparison to competitors
  • Easy control panel
  • Height and tilt adjustable
  • GSYNC Technology
  • Massive range of color and clarity
  • Heavy and somewhat bulky
  • Somewhat complicated set up
  • Backlight bleed

Conclusion

This great machine comes with a hefty price tag, but if you are willing to make the investment, it does have features that far outweigh its competitors, like Samsung. However, if the wider screen and flexibility of the panel are of no interest to you, something in a lower price range may be just what you need. However, for some crystal-clear gaming and an adaptable screen, this model is worth its price.

While the Logitech G413 Carbon doesn’t boast about a wide array of extra features, it still stands up as a high-quality keyboard for gaming. The simplistic quality allows the Logitech G413 Carbon to serve your given purposes while saving you money. Its simplicity is also what makes it possible for the product to be sold at a relatively affordable cost.

While features such as playback lighting are disappointingly not included, the keyboard’s scientifically proven durability and speed are enough to enhance your game without all the extra features that some lesser keyboards may charge you extra for.

That is why, unless your entire quest to find the right keyboard is based in a desire for certain special features, we believe that the Logitech G413 Carbon is a great buy. It is sure to help you play a great game and be a competitive force in the online gaming world.



Every keyboard on the market has its positive and negative aspects. The Logitech G413 Carbon does not escape this universal truth. However, that does not take away from the great effectiveness of the keyboard. By looking at the clear positives and negatives, you can be sure that you are buying a keyboard that will serve you best. Sometimes you may need the extra bells and whistles of a more complicated keyboard to complete all the actions you want. In other cases, the practical simplicity of the Logitech G413 Carbon will effectively serve everything you need it to and bolster your game to the most powerful it can be.

All in all, the Asus ROG Zephyrus tends to set a high bar for thin and powerful gaming laptops and is able to deliver a quiet operation with exceptional performance and a design which has been deemed to be truly innovative. If you’re after a powerful thin gaming laptop with an excellent display we highly recommend the Asus ROG Zephyrus.

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Asus ROG Strix GL502

The Asus Stix laptop is a full HD gaming machine, thanks to its excellent built in speakers and the vibrant screen (excellent color depth).

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Therefore, this gaming laptop from Razer could arguably be considered to be one of the best desktop replacement that you would be able to carry around. From the perspective of comfort and power, we have found ourselves to feel right at home from the very beginning. This is because this laptop would be vibrant and roomy for any kind of production work that you would require.
So, if a gorgeous quality, portability, incredible keyboard, and build quality would be some of the main determining factors for your next buy, then the Razer Blade Pro would be absolute value for your money.

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Gigabyte Aero 14
There is no doubt that gaming laptops from Gigabyte have always managed to offered superb performance which could be packed in a portable and thin package. That is why it was good to see that Aero 14 was also no different. As a result, it has managed to stand above its counterparts with better numbers in benchmarks; that too at an affordable price.

Therefore, if you are on the lookout for a good and stable 17-inch gaming notebook on the market, then this one would undoubtedly be a good buy. That being said, this would seem like a pretty good replacement for a compact desktop. However, it would not be suitable for people who would find themselves to be always on the run.

Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming
As far as aesthetics are concerned, you would find this laptop to be so red that it might even blind you momentarily. However, when you get back to normal, you would also agree that this would be one of its most eye-catching features. The palm rest and keyboard deck has been made black with red color accents on the keyboard. All this would be complete with a red backlight. As for those people who would like to go with a more subtle look, an all-black variant has also been made.
Weighing only six pounds and just being an inch thick, anyone and everyone would be able to tell that you are carrying a Dell laptop in your backpack.
Other than all this, we would also like to point out that the hinge on this laptop would undoubtedly be the best hinge that has been used by us in a while.

Thus, despite everything that Dell has to offer in this notebook, there is no denying the fact that it is in need of a major upgrade. However, it does do an excellent job of the everyday needs of computing while also keeping up with the demands of computer games.

This laptop has overcome its shortcomings with its affordable price point and powerful performance. All in all, this would definitely be a trade that you would be willing to make.
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However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.
However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.
The thought of having to pay almost $2,000 for a gaming laptop would make any sane person pause. That is why the Gigabyte SabrePro would come as a refreshing change thanks to its affordable price. Even though it does not have the build quality that you would be able to find in other laptops, this definitely will be able to give you a good performance. All that being said, this would be one of the most affordable and powerful gaming notebooks that you would be able to buy today.

About the Author: Olivia Huntington

Hey You Guys! (Sorry I can't resist a good Goonies reference), as you may have guessed I'm a child of the 80's. I've grown up playing video games such as Doom, Quake, Quake 2 and Half-life which obviously lead me to a serious Counter Strike addiction.

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Thus, that brings us to the end of the review of the top 10 gaming laptops in 2107. Hopefully this would have armed you with enough information to make a smart and rational purchase decision at the end of the day. In addition, it should also have made you aware of the particular features and specifications that you should be keeping an eye out for.

Ever since Nvidia 10-series Pascal GPUs seem to have entered the scene, you would not have been able to find many powerful and affordable gaming notebooks. That being said, that would actually have been quite a bummer because you must have had a very hard time making your choice with the limited range that you had at disposal.
However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.