Last updated on February 19, 2024
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Hello, gamers and tech enthusiasts! Today, I’m going to introduce you to the latest and greatest gaming monitor from ASUS: the ROG Swift OLED PG32UCDM. This is not your ordinary monitor, folks. This is the
world’s first gaming monitor with 4K QD-OLED, 240hz refresh rate AND Dolby Vision. Yes, you heard that right and 4K QD-OLED at 240hz AND Dolby Vision. Let me explain why this is a big deal.
**Note: Dell Alienware has an almost identical monitor already for sale, the ALIENWARE 32 4K QD-OLED GAMING MONITOR – AW3225QF for $1,199.99US. MPG 321URX QD-OLED also has a similar variant that will probably sell for somewhere between $1,199.00-$1,399.99US.
PG32UCDM 4K QD-OLED Goodness
First of all, what is 4K QD-OLED? 4K QD-OLED stands for 4K Quantum Dot Organic Light Emitting Diode. It is a new type of display technology that combines the advantages of OLED and quantum dots.
OLED is known for its deep blacks, wide viewing angles, and fast response times, but it suffers from burn-in and color degradation over time. Quantum dots are tiny particles that emit light of different colors depending on their size, resulting in more vibrant and accurate colors than conventional LCDs.
However, quantum dots require a backlight, which reduces the contrast and increases the power consumption. 4K QD-OLED solves these problems by using quantum dots as the light source for OLED pixels, eliminating the need for a backlight and improving the color gamut and lifespan of OLED.
Dolby Vision Support, Finally
Secondly, what is Dolby Vision? Dolby Vision is a technology that enhances the contrast, color, and brightness of your display, making it more realistic and immersive. Dolby Vision can dynamically adjust the picture quality according to the content and the ambient light, delivering stunning visuals that match the creator’s intent. Dolby Vision is widely used in movies, TV shows, and streaming services, but until now, it was not available for gaming monitors. ASUS has changed that with the ROG Swift OLED PG32UCDM, which is the
first gaming monitor to support Dolby Vision.
UPDATE: The PG32UCDM currently does NOT have Dolby Vision support. ASUS says they plan on releasing it with an upcoming firmware update. Meanwhile, Dell’s Alienware DOES come with Dolby Vision support right out of the box. You can read our comparison if the 32-inch QD-OLED here.
Blazing Fast 240hz Refresh Rate
The ROG Swift OLED PG32UCDM is not only the first gaming monitor with Dolby Vision and 4K QD-OLED, but also the first one with a blazing fast 240Hz refresh rate and HDR support. This means that you can enjoy smooth and fluid gameplay with no motion blur or stuttering, as well as stunning details and colors in both dark and bright scenes.
The ROG Swift OLED PG32UCDM also features a second generation QD-OLED panel, which has a fan-less custom heatsink to keep it cool and quiet. The panel has a peak brightness of 1000 nits, which is twice as bright as most OLED TVs, and a contrast ratio of over 1 million to one, which is ten times higher than most LCD monitors.
PG32UCDM Connectivity & Integrated KVM Switch
The ROG Swift OLED PG32UCDM is not only a beast in terms of performance, but also in terms of connectivity and convenience. It has two HDMI 2.1 ports and two DisplayPort 1.4 ports, which can support up to 4K resolution at 240Hz with HDR10 or Dolby Vision. It also has an integrated smart KVM switch and a USB-C port, which allow you to connect multiple devices and switch between them easily with a single keyboard and mouse. The USB-C port also supports power delivery up to 65W, so you can charge your laptop or smartphone while using the monitor. The monitor also has a built-in USB hub with four USB 3.0 ports for your peripherals.
Overall Impressive Specs
The ROG Swift OLED PG32UCDM is not just a monitor, it’s a masterpiece. It has everything you need for an unparalleled gaming experience: right size (not too big and not too small), Dolby Vision, 4K QD-OLED, 240Hz refresh rate, HDR support, second generation QD-OLED panel, fanless custom heatsink, 1000 nits peak brightness, G-Sync compatible, HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4, integrated smart KVM switch, USB-C port with power delivery, and USB hub.
While the PG32UCDM is impressive on paper, we will have to wait and see how well it operates. In the past, we have seen high spec’ed monitors flop, namely the ASUS ROG Swift PG42UQ. The PG42UQ, is a beast but, the firmware doesn’t display colors correctly without adjustments, especially when using HDR mode. So, PG42UQ owners have to go through a color correction process linked above, every time graphic drivers are updated. After over a year, ASUS has done nothing to resolve this issue and, is downright disappointment.
What issues will the PG32UCDM come with? Well, we don’t know yet but, we certainly won’t be the first to buy it. If ASUS can pull this monitor off flawlessly, we would definitely appreciate their products a lot more than we do right now. We will just have to wait and see how the early adopters fair with it.
Also, it is important to note, Alienware and MSI have their own 32in QD-OLEDs that are worth considering. I will post my thoughts on those soon.
PG32UCDM Release Date & Price
Update: 02/12/2024 – ASUS plans to release Dolby Vision in a future firmware update. We have written a in-depth comparison comparing this 32-inch to Alienware and MSI versions. TLDR; ASUS is probably going to be the least favorable choice, but we still need to know the price and, whether or not Dolby Vision works properly pending the release of a firmware update.
No formal price or release date has been provided by ASUS at the time this article was published. However, there is mention on ASUS’s website that the PG32UCDM will be released sometime in “Early 2024”.
As far as price goes, this will be a “first in its class” monitor that will not be cheap.
We figured since it’s older brother, the PG34WCDM is currently priced on Newegg.com for $1299.00US; the PG32UCDM will cost significantly more than $1299.00. While the PG34WCDM is 2 inches bigger (1440P), the PG32UCDM (4K) will have close to 2 times the pixels running at the same blazing fast refresh rate of 240hz. The PG32UCDM is selling on Newegg.com for $1299.00.
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