Review: ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG42UQ Gaming Monitor


The ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG42UQ is a 41.5-inch 4K OLED gaming monitor from the ASUS ROG Swift gaming series. It features DisplayPort input, an adjustable refresh rate of up to 138Hz, a USB hub, and a tilt-adjustable stand.

It is also equipped with HDMI 2.1 and VRR support to enhance the gaming experience on PS5 and Xbox Series X by reducing screen tearing.

You also get a GTG response time of 0.1 ms, anti-glare micro-texture coating, custom heatsink, uniform brightness, and support for 98% DCI-P3 colours. The monitor is also G-SYNC compatible. The ROG PG42UQ is a big screen designed for gamers, featuring a sturdy tripod stand with metal feet. The back of the panel is black with ROG branding and it has a mounting slot for attaching accessories, such as a webcam.

The PG42UQ boasts outstanding construction quality. Its metal stand provides stable support and the feet have good traction to prevent slipping. While the stand tilts, it has a minimal side-to-side wobble. The bezels are firmly attached to the screen, and the plastic casing at the back has a premium look and feel.

To control the monitor’s settings, you can use the joystick located under the center branding that brings up the on-screen menu. In addition, the monitor also accompanies a remote control with all the necessary buttons.

Inside the box, along with the monitor you get a bunch of accessories, which include a remote control (with 2x AAA batteries), a DisplayPort cable, an HDMI cable, a USB-B to USB-A cable, the Power cable, an accessory bag, user manuals, documentation, and some stickers. The resolution on the monitor is rated at 3840-by-2160 pixels.

You also get a peak brightness of 700 nits with HDR, support for HDR10, and a colour depth of 10-bit. In addition, the contrast ratio is rated at 135,000:1. The monitor also offers a bunch of ports on the rear that include two HDMI 2.1, two HDMI 2.0, one DisplayPort 1.4, one USB 3.0, four USB 3.2 Gen 2, one 3.5mm, and one SPDIF out.

The Asus ROG Swift OLED PG42UQ uses the benefits of OLED technology to its full potential. The ability of pixels to turn completely black alongside pixels that can reach brightness levels of 700 nits results in exceptional contrast and striking visuals.

This contrast is especially evident in space scenes, where the darkness of space is displayed next to the bright light of stars and spaceship reflections. The ROG Swift OLED PG42UQ’s wide colour gamut adds to its appeal, making movies, TV, and games, visually engaging and never dull. The monitor also offers exceptional motion clarity.

Playing games on an OLED monitor is an absolute delight due to its exceptional motion clarity. The PG42UQ, without the need for overdrive or backlight strobes, flawlessly maintains sharpness during fast camera pans, mouse movements, and circle strafes.

The PG42UQ boasts exceptional motion processing, supported by its flawless Adaptive-Sync, and fast 138Hz refresh rate. With low input lag, gamers of all levels will enjoy a smooth gaming experience. Additionally, the monitor boasts the best sound quality compared to any large-screen TV without a soundbar. Asus has utilised the extra internal space to include high-quality speakers that provide clear audio and strong bass.

The ASUS ROG Swift PG42UQ is the right step forward for OLED desktop monitors. It provides an enjoyable experience for gaming, movies, and work. If you’re looking for a large-screen monitor for your high-end desktop, the PG42UQ is definitely worth considering.

Price: AED 6300

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