Workstation & Media Impressions
I used the ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q for 10s of hours owrking in front of it, which meant hundreds of news articles written here for TweakTown and a bunch of hours re-organizing my GPU benchmark charts in Google Sheets. I knew before I received the monitor that I wouldn't be returning it because I loved it so much, but then it improved my workflow... that was when I had the "I have to keep this display" moment.
Seriously, it felt like my entire workflow was improved using this monitor -- with the native 3840 x 2160 resolution feeling way more at home on a 43-inch panel versus a 27-inch panel. Don't get me wrong, I've used professional-grade 32-inch 4K IPS-based workstation monitors before, with that also being an ASUS model in the ProArt PA32UC (my review on that here) and while the 32-inch panel is better for 4K, it doesn't come close to how great 3840 x 2160 is on a 43-inch panel.
Oh, and the super-fluid 120Hz refresh rate helps with that, too. Anyone who says that you "can't feel the difference between 60Hz and 120Hz" is insane (in my eyes) as I can feel it within the first millisecond of moving the mouse in Windows. But once your muscle memory adapts to the new screen, your mouse movements and muscle memory with your mouse and using Windows adapts -- and my God, does the ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q feel like home.
I also blasted through a series of high-end 4K Blu-ray movies on the ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q, including stellar-looking movies like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Interstellar, and others. They all looked out-of-this-world good, and that's a big deal these days as you're not just buying a monitor like the ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q for purely gaming -- and while some might, it's great to have it also kick ass for media consumption, too.
I also watched through countless videos on YouTube with most of them being in 4K and they too looked great. You will not be disappointed with the visual quality of the ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q for workstation use, media consumption, or gaming.
ASUS has also included some cool features like picture-in-picture modes that actually make sense as the ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q is a 43-inch panel, versus PiP modes on a smaller 27/32-inch display which would be too small for four sources of video at once.