HDMI 2.1 is the hot new specification for gaming monitors and offers a high refresh rate for PCs and consoles. Asus' massive ROG Stri XG43UQ appears to be the first to hit shelves in May.
The ROG Strix XG43UQ is, as the name suggests, a large 43-inch gaming monitor, but this one offers more than just a large size. There's also an elaborate display on the spec sheet that comes out with 4K resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, FreeSync Premium Pro, DisplayHDR 1000, and 90% DCI-P3 color coverage.
Above all, however, it has a special feature that no other monitor on the market offers: HDMI 2.1 support. Indeed, this display is suitable for use with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and supports their 4K 120Hz display modes over the higher bandwidth HDMI connection.
With this feature set, the XG43UQ is sure to be ready for the next few years of gaming and offers everything you could want from a large game monitor, provided you have enough desk space.
The technology underneath is based on a VA panel, and while this doesn't deliver quite as vivid colors as IPS panels, 125% s-RGB / 90% DCI-P3 is still a pretty broad range, and the VA panel will So too, with this particular monitor that promises a static contrast ratio of 4000: 1, you get deep, deep blacks – which is very impressive indeed.
The inputs consist of a DisplayPort 1.4a port for connecting to your PC, two HDMI 2.1 inputs for your consoles, two additional HDMI 2.0 ports in case you have even more devices, two USB 3.0 ports and a headphone jack . The power consumption is also less than 48 watts.
Asus has yet to disclose exact prices, although previous rumors put it at around $ 2,000. In the meantime, we've spotted pre-order offers in Europe priced at around € 1,600 or around $ 1,920 (including VAT). So we keep our fingers crossed for a US price closer to the latter.