Review of Asus ROG Swift PG49WCD: Next-Generation QD-OLED

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Conclusion

The Asus ROG Swift OLED PG49WCD monitor integrates an ultra-wide curved display with OLED technology. As such the monitor competes directly with Samsung's Odyssey range, which shares similar specifications and features. In terms of performance, the Asus monitor aligns with the general standards set by other QD-OLED displays. It utilizes a second-generation panel, maintaining consistent performance levels with its predecessors. This performance will offer rapid response times, a broad color spectrum, excellent viewing angles, and deep black levels.

The monitor primarily caters to users seeking an immersive wide HDR gaming experience, featuring per-pixel local dimming and brightness levels up to 1000 nits. The screen's expansive width and resolution offer a practical advantage, similar to using two 27-inch 1440p monitors simultaneously. 

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The second-generation panel of this monitor shows enhanced text clarity due to a modified subpixel layout. However, it shares common OLED issues such as potential burn-in risks, especially for prolonged desktop use. Despite these concerns, the PG49WCD was downright amazing to game on. For desktop /office usage the screen is just too big to use. 

A considerable limitation of the PG49WCD is its 144Hz refresh rate, which is lower than some competitors, such as the Samsung Odyssey OLED G9, offering up to 240Hz. This cap on the refresh rate can be a discernible disadvantage in terms of motion clarity and responsiveness, particularly when compared to higher-rate alternatives. As to why ASUS sticks to 144 Hz, we're not sure, but it might even be heat, making sure your OLED panel will not burn-in. 

Mind you that 5120x1440  (Dual QHD)  requires a proper GPU in combination with this monitor. Here are some results with a GeForce RTX 4090, no DLSS or AI assists are activated. 

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Screen Size 49-inch
Resolution 5120x1440   (Dual QHD)
Panel Type OLED
Aspect Ratio 32:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate 144Hz
Response Time 0.03 ms (GtG)
Adaptive-Sync Yes

  

Concluding

The Asus ROG Swift OLED PG49WCD monitor combines ultra-wide curved screen technology with OLED display quality. Its introductory price point of $1,300 is a critical factor in its market positioning. realistically and subjectively, the wide gamut racing setting might be off a bit in colours, but the extra richness in that offset makes the colours drip off that screen, managing ultra-fast response times and that wide view. Subjectively as this is, I thoroughly enjoyed gaming on this screen. For work-related matters, however, not so much as it is too big. Small sidenote, the KVM feature is pretty amazing and the dual-screen functions can be very handy.  Digging up prices a bit, the comparable yet faster  Samsung OLED G9 is priced at $2200, later adjusted to $1850. This sets the Asus model as a potentially more affordable option, offering a good $500 price advantage. That difference can be significant for PC games focused on acquiring high-performance equipment at a lower cost. As long as you're okay with the 144 Hz of course. A final recommendation on the Asus ROG Swift OLED PG49WCD depends on any future pricing strategies by Asus. To establish itself as a competitive option in the high-end monitor segment, the Asus model may require further price adjustments. However, as a gaming monitor, this was a mighty impressive beast to test.

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