ASUS MX34VQ – large-format monitor with a curved panel, whose rich equipment allows you to claim the title of universal model. Add support for FreeSync with a frequency of up to 100 Hz. It will be interesting to see what results the stylish monitor will show in practice.
The monitor market is on the rise. Not so long ago, it was stagnant, but in recent years, technology has taken a major step forward, which is reflected in sales. The driving force here is a large display with a diagonal of 21: 9, which really gives tangible progress in comparison with 24-inch monitors, long time considered the best option. Large panels provide not only more space on the desktop, but also cover a large area of visibility, and paired with a curved screen, we get a deeper immersion in games. Gamers were supported by G-Sync or FreeSync, as well as a high update rate. The first prevent frame tearing and unpleasant twitching, the latter gives a feeling of more responsive and dynamic gameplay.
All of the above is available for the new monitor ASUS MX34VQ, so that ASUS did not stint on the functions of the 34-inch model. The VA panel gives a pleasantly high resolution of 3.440 x 1.440 pixels, the radius of curvature is 1.800 mm – the panel is rather curved. Add support for FreeSync and a refresh rate of 100 Hz. ASUS did not resort to aggressive game design, choosing style and grace. Finally, the wireless charging Qi is embedded in the base.
It is no wonder, that for similar equipment it is necessary to pay decently. However, the price of about 850 euros for ASUS MX34VQ seems fair to us.
For a display, especially as large as this 34-inch model, design is an important factor for office or home use. In the case of the ASUS MX34VQ, we did not find any problems, the appearance can be called convincing.
ASUS chose the black case with the Edge-to-Edge panel, so it seems that on three sides the frame is only 1 mm. Of course, after turning on the display, it becomes noticeable that the frame is actually wider. In any case, the front of the screen looks very elegant – if such a definition is true for a 34-inch diagonal. The lower frame with a metal finish is slightly wider than the side frames. However, it fits perfectly into the overall design.
The side view clearly shows the strong curvature of the panel with a radius of 1,800 mm, which attracts attention. The same goes for the case of ASUS MX34VQ with metallic finish. It gives the monitor a noble appearance, for good reason ASUS MX34VQ not so long ago received a prestigious design award. The round base is not so large, but it provides proper stability.
The monitor can not be leaning against the wall, but placed anywhere in the room: the textured black back looks neat and beautiful. The round stand is also very interesting. However, as we noted above, the design of the monitor can not be called aggressive.
In the lower left corner you can see the inscription “Audio by Harman / Kardon”, which indicates the amplified sound subsystem. In our tests, it really turned out to be better than the usual integrated speakers for most monitors. But nevertheless ASUS MX34VQ can not replace full columns on the desktop.
From many competitors, ASUS MX34VQ stands out for another interesting feature, namely the Qi charging station at the base of the stand. Users whose smartphones support this feature will be able to easily charge them, simply by placing them on the monitor stand. Many users when working with a computer put their smartphone close to the keyboard / monitor, so this arrangement can be called convenient.
ASUS MX34VQ can offer a lot and gamers, even if in appearance you can not say. ASUS integrated FreeSync technology. In addition, the display supports a maximum refresh rate of 100 Hz. A little later we’ll talk about how this function works in practice.
At a price of about 900 euro, ASUS MX34VQ monitor is clearly positioned for a premium category, so we expected to get a good set of ergonomic features. However, the mechanical adjustment is not all so rosy, ASUS limited to a minimum.
You can only change the slope of the panel of the 34-inch monitor. It is a pity that you can not adjust the height of the panel, which can prevent you from finding a comfortable position in which many hours can work without fatigue.
ASUS has set the joystick to the center of the bottom frame. In principle, this approach is familiar to us on LG. But ASUS slightly changed the concept by adding two buttons. Management joystick is not as intuitive as LG, but still very convenient. All the necessary menu items can be quickly activated with one hand.
The ASUS menu looks quite modern, the structure is comfortable and understandable. We were pleased with the set of functions. There are, for example, adjustment of color rendition on six axes. There are also various game functions familiar to ROG monitors. For example, you can activate the sight in the center of the screen or display the current value of fps.
As usual, we conducted energy consumption tests with a brightness of 150 cd / m². We received a power consumption of 34.8 watts or 0.0301 W / in². Quite typical level for 34-inch monitors. So ASUS MX34VQ can not be called neither economical, nor “gluttonous”.
The 34-inch monitor will be interesting to those users who would like to replace them with two 24-inch displays. In this case, a 34-inch monitor can save you money, especially if old displays use the CCFL backlight.
ASUS chose the VA panel with a resolution of 3.440 x 1.440 pixels. The resolution is quite standard for modern 34-inch monitors, in the past it provided quite convincing results. This resolution is well matched to the diagonal size, because the operating system does not have to activate the scaling. Of course, under Windows 10 scaling works much better than before. But you can do without it.
A special feature of ASUS MX34VQ is the strong bending of the panel. The 1.800 mm radius becomes the de facto standard among monitors with a curved panel, it provides deeper dipping than the first-generation curved models. Especially the effect of immersion is noticeable in movies or games. As for the usual work, then opinions differ. Someone likes a curved panel, someone is flat. The latter option is still better for work, for example, with Excel spreadsheets, where there are a lot of straight lines.
You get used to the curved panel quickly. After a few days, you stop noticing the curvature.
Viewing angles are quite wide. Therefore, you can, for example, watch a movie in the company.
Subjectively, ASUS MX34VQ provides rich and rich colors. But, unfortunately, ASUS “missed” with the temperature of the white point. We measured the value of 7.179 K, so the colors of the 34-inch monitor are rendered blue. However, thanks to numerous integrated modes, the situation can be corrected.
Curved panels are usually observed “leakage” backlight. In a dark room, leaks are noticeable, but in normal scenarios they are not visible.
ASUS has tried to make ASUS MX34VQ a high-end universal monitor that will satisfy gamers as well. The 34-inch model does have gaming functions. In addition to gaming options, the menu supports Adaptive Sync with a maximum refresh rate of 100 Hz. Support for AdaptiveSync today is quite common, but the refresh rate above 60 Hz is usually only supported by gaming monitors.
The combination of AdaptiveSync and 100 Hz is well proven in practice. So owners of video cards AMD will be satisfied. The annoying effect of frame break and twitching remained in the past, the frequency before updating 100 Hz provides good responsiveness in games and a sense of dynamic gameplay.
VA panel selected by ASUS, in practice was fast enough, but still not a gaming monitor. We got better results with an average level of Overdrive, which is the best compromise between the high pixel response rate and the overly aggressive jump in the pixel voltage level. In our tests, Overdrive was best combined with a frequency of 100 Hz. With the decrease in fps, the dynamics decreased, but still remained at a good level. In general, the response time of a pixel can be called convincing – not all VA panels can boast of this.
In our tests, we got the maximum brightness of 291 cd / m², on average it was 260.9 cd / m² on the panel. Not very high level of brightness, but quite sufficient for work / playing indoors with normal lighting. The minimum brightness was 20.36 cd / m², so the range of the test monitor can be called wide. We also satisfied the uniformity of the illumination – 87%.
Contrast is quite typical for the VA panel, in our tests we got 2.110:1.
By default, the color temperature is set to a too cold level, but with the help of a colorimeter or various Splendid modes, the problem can be quickly resolved. We conducted tests in different modes, the best results we got in the sRGB mode.
The color is very decent. The maximum deviation of DeltaE was 6.13, the mean deviation was 1.53. For professional work with photos there are better displays, but for ordinary users the quality of color rendering is more than sufficient.
On the desktop, the ASUS MX34VQ is able to attract attention. The 34-inch Edge-to-Edge panel has very thin frames on three sides, and from the bottom, the aluminum-finished strip fits perfectly into the overall design. The rest of the body is also finished metallic, it looks stylish and noble. The round base of the stand is interesting and the built-in charging Qi. Therefore, to charge smartphones, you can simply put them on the ground.
The hull corresponds to the high-end category due to the high quality of materials and the corresponding manufacturing quality. A set of interfaces is not entirely common. ASUS has installed 3x HDMI 2.0 and 1x DisplayPort. Thus, the display can be connected to different signal sources. Unfortunately, ASUS refused a very convenient USB hub.
Some victims will have to go and ergonomics. Unfortunately, ASUS did not integrate the panel height adjustment function, only the slope can be changed. Given the price, this is somewhat distressing. On the other hand, we liked the concept of menu management with the help of a mini-joystick. The screen menu itself is well structured. Power consumption we got at the standard level for a 34-inch monitor, you will get energy savings compared to the configuration of two 24″ displays.
The picture quality is convincing, the 34-inch panel has a rather high resolution. The brightness of the panel is at the normal level for rooms with standard lighting, but there is no margin for brightness. The uniformity of the backlight did not raise any complaints. But the contrast is quite high, as we expect from VA panel. Also pleased with the game quality of the monitor, thanks to the support of AdaptiveSync and the maximum refresh rate of 100 Hz, there is a feeling of dynamic gameplay without artifacts of frame rupture and twitching.
In general, ASUS MX34VQ from ASUS is a first-class universal display that pleases not only with a stylish appearance, but also with a convincing set of functions. You can recharge smartphones by contactless charging Qi at the base of the stand, gamers will not only get game settings in the on-screen menu, but also support the refresh rate to 100 Hz and FreeSync.