If you're looking at the ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ and wanting to buy it for productivity, I have some very simple advice: don't. Just don't buy it. Buy a higher-resolution monitor that is better for a workstation or productivity use, as this is a gaming-focused monitor.
The ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ is the perfect entry into someone who wants to have an out-of-this-world gaming experience that won't completely break the bank like a crazy high-end 4K 144Hz monitor or if you're someone like me an actual 8K 60Hz monitor.
You're going to be buying this monitor because you're chasing something that is different in its 32:9 aspect ratio and it feeling unbelievably wide, but its comic largeness aside, gaming with the right games is an experience like no other.
Driving games, first-person shooters, third-person shooters and even hell - Mortal Kombat 11 looks freaking awesome. The game actually scales so well on the 32:9 aspect ratio with the game taking place in the middle of the screen like always but either side of the fight is viewable meaning you have a super-super-wide level to play in as Mortal Kombat 11 is actually perfect for a super-ultra-wide gaming monitor.
In RAGE 2 the environments felt so much bigger, wider and it made me feel gaming feels that I haven't felt since my days with a triple Alienware AW2310 rig playing Battlefield: Bad Company 2. The immersion in games like RAGE 2 and The Division 2 was like nothing I've felt on a single display.
Don't get me wrong - it's not perfect, but it is a huge step closer to being something I'd buy over a full investment into VR for example. You don't need a crazy graphics card to pull 144FPS for super-fluid super-ultra-wide 32:9 gaming. So many games that can be replayed again with an entire new experience, it is game changing for some games.
ASUS has thrown in the entire kitchen sink of features into the ROG Strix XG49VQ, and I really mean that. We're talking about AMD FreeSync 2, multiple HDR modes supported, 144Hz, useful picture-by-picture mode that actually makes sense on such a super-ultra-wide panel, ASUS' own in-house GamePlus technology (built-in crosshair, FPS counter, etc) and huge connectivity.
The entire package is built beautifully in the usual ASUS ROG design with the ROG Strix XG49VQ built extremely well and stands proud as a high-end product. ASUS has looked after gamers with the usual IO ports on the back with the entire section hidden so from the back it looks sleek as heck.
Overall, would I recommend you buy this monitor? Sure. I do. But it has to be for the games you're playing and when you're not playing games that support 32:9 you'll be bumped down to 1920x1080 and have black bars on either side of the game.
But you will know that going into it - a 32:9 monitor isn't something you just buy on a whim. It's a researched piece which I why I ran a bunch of the latest and most popular games on it and found myself truly blown away with the ROG Strix XG49VQ experience.
I think you'll love the ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ -- you're buying this knowing what you're in for, and with that in mind you'll have a blast. Pair it with a Radeon VII and you've got the best Radeon monitor experience for 32:9 gaming right now... that is, until 5120x1440 gaming monitors are here pumping away at 144Hz. That is the next frontier of 32:9 gaming, and this is just a tease.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Design + Features]
- Page 3 [Detailed Look: ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ]
- Page 4 [FreeSync 2 + HDR]
- Page 5 [Connectivity & Detailed Specifications]
- Page 6 [Gaming on the ASUS ROG Strix XG49VQ]
- Page 7 [Test System Specs]
- Page 8 [Final Thoughts]
- Page 9 [Bonus! 32:9 Gaming Screenshots (33MB worth!)]