Several users find the 3440 x 1440 ‘UltraWide’ interface endearing and like the concept of an IPS glow-free high-contrast VA screen. Yet they may also choose a flat screen rather than a curved one, which has become a novelty amongst 21:9 and other UltraWide displays. The ASUS VP348QGL offers an alternative which is flat screened. The styling is consistent with many of the modern displays in the business. Fairly unfussy, lots of matte black plastic and fairly slim bezels. In contrast to many modern UltraWides, a single-stage bezel is designed – with a matte plastic bezel covering most of the panel border. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a small joystick, facing downwards in the centre of the bottom bezel.
The ASUS VP348QGL uses a 34 “VA (Vertical Alignment) panel with resolution 3440 x 1440 (21:9 aspect ratio) and support for a refresh rate of 75 Hz. Adaptive-Sync is also supported with a variable refresh rate range of 48 – 75Hz including AMD FreeSync on compatible GPUs and systems. Other things to remember include a soft matte antiflash screen base, a static contrast ratio of 3000:1, a horizontal 178 ° and vertical viewing angles plus support for 10-bit colour. The monitor responds to HDR10 content, although isn’t certified towards any particular VESA HDR standard – it only offers very basic HDR support. A flicker-free WLED backlight is employed, offering ~sRGB colour space coverage and a typical maximum luminance of 350 cd/m². A 4ms grey to grey response time is specified – as usual, don’t put too much weight on this figure.
The back of the display is rich in matte black plastic (no shiny fingerprint magnet plastics), with VESA 100 x 100 mm centrally connected to the frame. It may be removed, if preferred, and replaced with an alternative. The stand included offers adjustment in tilt, swivel and height. The ports face down below the stand attachment point, in a recessed position. They include; 2 ports with HDMI 2.0, DP 1.2a and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 2 x 2W speakers are included for basic sound output, whilst PiP (Picture By Picture) and PbP (Picture by Picture) functionality is also included. Other features include ‘Blue Light Filter’ Low Blue Light (LBL) settings to enhance relaxing viewing and a ‘Shadow Boost’ gamma enhancement feature to lighten up dark areas for a competitive advantage. GamePlus features are also included (on-screen crosshair, timer, FPS counter and display alignment).
Further information can be found on ASUS’s website. More details such as price and availability when we have them.