Asus says the ROG Swift OLED series gaming monitors first shown at CES 2022 are now available (opens in new tab). There are two models: the 42-inch ROG Swift OLED PG42UQ (opens in new tab) and the 48-inch ROG Swift OLED PG48UQ (opens in new tab). Whichever model you choose, you’ll get a 4K flat panel monitor using the latest OLED technology, a custom heatsink for extended life and performance, great color, contrast and brightness specs, plus gamer-friendly refresh rates and response times .
Not all OLED panels are created equal, and Asus ROG is keen to emphasize that its 42- and 48-4K OLED screens use the latest technology available for greater efficiency and brighter visuals. Additionally, the tech-minded may be interested to hear that these gaming screens use a “sub-pixel layout that delivers extreme levels of detail and clearly defined text to enhance the viewing experience.”
Gaming products tend to be high performance, and for monitors that means high refresh rates and low response times. These G-Sync compatible OLED panel monitors boast up to 138 Hz refresh rates when overclocked and response times as low as 0.1 ms (GtG). Unfortunately, such fast performance causes the driver circuit to generate heat, so to extend the life of these monitors and ensure they run smoothly when under pressure for extended periods, Asus uses a custom heatsink design.
Some gaming monitors seem to sacrifice other image quality specs to run as fast as possible, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here. In addition to strong contrast, which is a general OLED quality, rated here as 1,200,000:1, these monitors have 98% DCI-P3 color gamut and Delta E<2 color. These true 10-bit color panels also support HDR10.
Asus decided to avoid the typical glossy coating that we often see on OLED panels and go for a “special anti-glare microtextured coating”. As usual, this coating is claimed to reduce environmental reflections and scattering, but some people don’t like the greying/fogging that this type of coating creates.
Given that these are high-end gaming monitors, they offer DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.1 ports with a bandwidth of 48 Gbps and two HDMI 2.0 ports, plus a USB hub and a tripod socket on the top of the monitor. Both the 42- and 48-inch designs feature built-in speakers from Harman Kardon, with a 2.1 setup of dual 10-watt speakers up front plus a 15-watt woofer.
We don’t have US pricing at the time of writing, but we’ve spotted the 42-inch version selling in Taiwan for the equivalent of $1,299, and we expect the 48-inch model to cost around $1,499.
If you’re in the market for 4K gaming monitors and for some reason the Asus ROG Swift OLED monitors aren’t for you, check out our guide to the best 4K gaming monitors for PC 2022, featuring our 12 powerful picks.