The ASUS MX34VQ is a ‘Designo’-model from the Taiwanese manufacturer, which indicates the extra thought put in when it comes to the design. However, this ultrawide has more to offer than just looks, as our test results show. For the enthusiasts: a closer look at one of the first 34-inch uwqhd-monitors with a va-panel. For those who are simply looking for a good monitor: high contrast, high refresh rate and wireless charging via the base. In short: a must read!
Recently we covered the Dell UltraSharp U3417W, successor of the popular U3415W. Whereas Dell focuses on business use, ASUS recently introduced a more versatile new ultrawide. The MX34VQ costs about the same as the mentioned Dell monitor and shares the basic specifications of size and resolution with it, but beyond that it could not be more different if it tried.
Those of you that are now thinking ‘the Dell monitor was pretty good, so this ASUS has to be bad’, could not be more wrong. The monitor market has enough sides so that even within the same segment and price range there is room for completely different interpretations of a concept. The end user – meaning you, dear reader – determines the need for something, what the purpose is and what model suits the needs and wishes of the market.
The MX34VQ is remarkable in multiple aspects, but not in the last place because of the used panel technique: it is a va-panel, in contrast with the ips-variants that we are used to seeing in this segment. Furthermore, ASUS also added a higher than standard refresh rate. Something more visible is the design, which is something else once again, with a mostly transparent base that has a built-in qi-charger. With it you can charge suited devices without having to connect a cable: you simply place them on the circle in the middle of the base.
The elegant design and (thus far) unconventional specifications make this monitor, the Designo MX34VQ, more than interesting enough to take a closer look at it. For this we would also like to note its price: at the time of writing the model costs at least 980 dollars, while the average price is a bit higher than that. This makes it a lot cheaper than the ASUS PG348Q, their high-end gaming monitor, but more expensive than the cheaper ‘curved’ uwqhd-monitors – and a whole lot more expensive than the flat variants with this diagonal and resolution. These start at about 692 dollars. As always, the question is what you get in return.