This is the world's first 42-inch OLED gaming monitor

This is the world's first 42-inch OLED gaming monitor
(Image credit: Asus)

Asus' 42-inch gaming monitor is officially available to pre-order in the UK, reports flatpanelshd.

The ROG Swift PG42UQ – a 4K OLED monitor with an overclocked 138Hz refresh rate – debuted at CES earlier this year. After much speculation, it's now listed on Amazon UK for the princely sum of £1399 (around $1700 / AU$2500) with a waiting time of "1 to 2 months". 

The PG42UQLG will likely go toe-to-toe with some of the best gaming TVs on the market including our current favourite, the LG C2. But, as Asus points out, the PG42UQ is a 'proper' gaming monitor.

Whereas OLED TVs have a glossy finish that can be distracting for gamers, the PG42UQ uses a clever "Micro-texture coating" that reduces glare in the hope of delivering a more immersive experience.

Asus has beefed up the internal cooling, too. While TV makers sometimes cap brightness levels in order to slow down pixel burnout, Asus has installed a custom heat-sink that "ensures 8% lower temperatures for OLED longevity".

Brightness is said to peak at 900 nits. By comparison, LG's C2 is thought to max out at 750 nits.

To ensure the gamer-grade monitor appeals to both console and PC fans alike, Asus has added two HDMI 2.1 ports with support for 48Gbps bandwidth, in addition to two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4 connector and a USB hub.

There are plenty of other gamer-friendly niceties – a tripod socket on the top for fixing a webcam, FreeSync and G-Sync support, etc  – but don't expect a TV tuner or built-in access to streaming services like Netflix. HDR support is limited to HDR10, which seems a shame.

Still, if mind-blowing graphics, tear-free gaming and super-efficient cooling are top of your list, the 42-inch ROG Swift PG42UQ should be worth eyeing up. Want a bigger screen? The 48-inch version is currently listed for £1499 (around £1800 / AU$2600) on Amazon.

Not to be outdone, Samsung has launched The Odyssey Ark – a massive 55-inch monitor with curved display powered by pricey Quantum Mini-LED technology. A snip at £2599 / $3500 / AU$4000.


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Tom is a journalist, copywriter and content designer based in the UK. He has written articles for T3, ShortList, The Sun, The Mail on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph, Elle Deco, The Sunday Times, Men's Health, Mr Porter, Oracle and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include mobile technology, electric vehicles and video streaming.

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