After first revealing the ROG Strix XG438Q back in January at CES, Asus is ready to release its monstrous 43-inch, 4K Freesync monitor very soon. There’s a lot to love here, including the rumored price.
As we’ve established, this is a beast of a monitor. The 43-inch diagonal on this VA panel is sure to make a few desktops groan under the strain, but that’s just the start. The monitor also offers full 3840×2160 resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, and Freesync 2 compatibility.
The screen’s HDR-10 support covers 90% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. Along with the peak 750 nits brightness, that makes it DisplayHDR 600 compliant.
The high refresh rate is assisted by Asus’ GameFast technology, which the company says helps to minimize input lag, and the HDR compatibility has three different settings for viewing video, gaming, and one specifically for HDR performance on AMD graphics cards.
The XG438Q not just a monitor
Asus knows what it’s making, though. This screen is big enough to act as a television and for many gamers, it likely will. It features 3 HDMI 2.0 ports and one DisplayPort 1.4 port. That’s plenty for a computer, a couple game consoles, and a streaming box. That last one might be appealing for those of us looking to use it as a TV since there aren’t exactly a ton of “dumb” televisions out there these days.
The screen comes with a remote, too, that lets you navigate the screen’s OSD without having to feel around for buttons on the underside of the bezel. The screen also features 3.5-mm PC audio and earphone jacks and 2 USB 3.0 ports. The display also offers picture-in-picture support for up to 3 sources.
If you want to use the monitor as an audio output, it features two 10W speakers. There’s also Aura Sync lighting via a back-mounted logo projector that fires a color RGB signal down at your desk.
About the only thing I’d add to this screen if I could would be to swap those HDMI 2.0 ports for HDMI 2.1. The standard is close enough on the horizon that buying a screen with HDMI 2.0 ports stings a little right now.
Easing all of that is the rumored price. According to KitGuru, the ROG Strix XG438Q is expected to retail for £1099, or about $1300 US. There aren’t many similarly-sized displays out there, and almost every one has some compromise – it’s more expensive, has a lower resolution, features the arguably-better-but-more-proprietary G-Sync.
It’s still a pretty penny to pay, and a 43-inch display isn’t going to sit well on every desktop. But this is still an appealing feature set if you’re in the market for a massive screen. Asus hasn’t set an exact date, but we’re expecting it to launch this month.