A gaming monitor of this caliber has many design points and first-class features that we need to look closely at, especially considering the price of this sample. We look at the overall design, the build quality, and the most important features with which the XG43VQ is equipped.
Asus ROG Strix monitors are often something extraordinary. My favorite aspect of the XG43VQ is the grey color and the absence of the extra play light you sometimes see on ROGs. Also, there are no flashy logos or RGB lighting flashes, just a chromed logo on the front and middle and the beautiful super-wide curved panel.
Apart from its size, the sleek design of the XG43VQ is what I prefer, with bright colors, sharp corners, and RGB lighting, and I’m sure many will agree.
The stand has a three-piece design to support the extra-long plate on top, and I must say it’s pretty elegant. The frame has a grey exterior with a recess for cable routing.
Quality of construction
Regarding production quality, you can expect a lot from Asus because even low-end monitors tend to be very durable. The ROG Strix XG43VQ monitor excels in every aspect of build quality, every part of the monitor is solid and well made. The housing around the control panel is made of robust plastic, which is entirely unbreakable. I checked the monitor once and tried to get some currents out of the frame, but I couldn’t. It’s solid.
The base of the stand is mainly made of metal and is very heavy, allowing full support of the panel and excellent weight distribution. Despite the width of the trolley, the stand does not take up too much space on the table and can be used by several players.
Particularly noteworthy is the high quality of the parts for adjusting the stand, which allows the monitor to move smoothly between different tilts and rotations.
Control cabinet cladding
The panel of the XG43VQ has a matt anti-reflective surface. As a result, the floor adapts well to outdoor light sources, especially in daylight, while playing or working. I tested this monitor next to our large glass entrance in the WePC office, and so far, it has not been hindered by daylight or office lighting.
The thin edges on this monitor are not surprising, but they add a lot to the overall picture in terms of aesthetics. Of course, the goal of the Super-Ultra-Wide is to eliminate the terrible gap between the two monitors, but in total, we have a 9 mm frame at the top and sides and a 21 mm frame at the bottom.
If you’ve ever been crazy enough to put them together in any way, the edges are thin enough to make the game fun.
The stand is one of the best I’ve seen, but I prefer the small square cabins Asus offers with most of their full-size screens. Still, it is one of the best positions on the market for a super-sized man, and it’s not just a pretty face.
The configuration possibilities of the Asus ROG Strix XG43VQ are very convenient and allow you to perfectly position this monitor in different ways for optimal gaming performance. For example, the height adjustment offers a range of 120 mm, from the lowest height of 397 mm to a maximum size of 517 mm. The monitor can also be rotated up to 16 degrees to the left and right, providing an almost perfect view from other positions in the room. Finally, the monitor also has a tilt adjustment, allowing you to tilt 20 degrees upwards and 5 degrees downwards.
Overall, I found this monitor very easy and perfect to install, and no matter how I installed it, it felt flexible, and the minor adjustments were effortless.
Regarding connectivity, everything in the back of the XG43VQ was relatively standard. The monitor is equipped with 2 HDMI 2.0 ports and 1 DisplayPort 1.4 port. I used DisplayPort 1.4. Now I always use a DisplayPort connection were possible because there are several advantages, mainly the higher bandwidth and the specification that makes it possible to connect HDMI devices. With this port, you can use FreeSync 2 technology, 120 Hz refresh rate, and HDR. So, on the whole, it’s excellent, but note that you have to loosen the cable a little after unpacking.
Other inputs are 3.5 mm input and output ports, 2 x USB 3.0 (downstream), and 1 x USB 3.0 (upstream), which means you can connect multiple devices to the monitor if you wish.
In general, the screen of Asus monitors is always user-friendly, with simple mechanics. With the ROG Strix XG43VQ, this has been further simplified, and now everything is done with just one button. The joystick/on/off button looks large and ideal for scrolling through the different menus. The first time the joystick is pressed, a pop-up menu is displayed regardless of the direction of pressure. It’s an extra button to access shortcuts, but it’s a feature I like very much because I often press the button the wrong way until I get used to global control.
To open the main menu, press the up button twice to open the ROG-OSD menu. You can access GameVisual, GamePlus, Color, Picture, PBP Setup, Input Selection, and System Setup.
In GameVisual, you have access to various predefined color modes. We tested three of these modes, which I’ll talk about later, but I usually played in FPS mode, Cinema mode, Race mode, and User mode. This extensive list of presets means that even more users can quickly adjust the color to their personal preferences without having to calibrate as we do.
Under the Image section, you can change the sharpness, enable/disable FreeSync, adjust the blue light filter, and enable HDR.