ASRock's First Gaming Monitors Flex A 165Hz Refresh, FreeSync Support And A Wi-Fi Twist
ASRock has officially extended its reach into gaming monitor territory with the launch of two models, as was tipped earlier this summer
. They include the 34-inch Phantom Gaming PG34WQ15R2B with a curved Vertical Alignment (VA) display, and a smaller 27-inch Phantom Gaming PG27FF1A built around a flat In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel. Both offer a well-rounded set of specifications, especially given that this is new ground for ASRock, and a unique feature that sets them apart from the competition.
That feature is an integrated Wi-Fi antenna. ASRock says these are the world's first models to offer such an amenity, and as far as we're aware that's true. Why offer such a thing, though? ASRock basically says it comes down to cable management and a better signal.
"By connecting the built-in Wi-Fi antennas to PC, the Wi-Fi signal won't be masked by the desk. Moreover, the antenna offers 7dBi peak gain that improves PC's Wi-Fi signal and helps gamers to enjoy fluid gameplay without latency," ASRock says.
Nothing beats a wired connect, naturally, but that's not always a feasible option. As such, we won't begrudge the inclusion of a Wi-Fi antenna so long as it doesn't balloon the price tag—more on that later.
ASRock Phantom Gaming PG34WQ15R2B Specs And Features
ASRock's 34-inch Phantom Gaming PG34WQ15R2B sports a 34-inch VA screen with a 3440x1440 resolution, 1500R curvature, 165Hz refresh rate, and 1ms response time (MPRT). ASRock says it serves up 91% of the DCI-P3 color space and 115% of sRGB. These stats are generally indicative of high image quality, but do not guarantee color accuracy—you'll want a calibrator like the SpyderX Pro
for that with any panel you get.
This is a FreeSync Premium
model, so it can sync the refresh rate of the display to your Radeon GPU. It also boasts HDR support with a DisplayHDR 400 badge. It's not clear where the peak brightness lies, though ASRock's spec sheet lists a typical brightness level of 550 nits. When it comes to LCD displays, higher brightness levels make a difference for HDR content and ideally you want to be in the eye-searing 1,000 nits range.
You'll find a pair of built-in 2W speakers, along with a dual HDMI 2.0 inputs, a DisplayPort 1.4 connector, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. As for ergonomics, you can make tilt, swivel, and adjust the height.
We're not seeing this listed on Amazon, though you can find the PG34WQ15R2B for $429.99 on Newegg
. That's a competitive price for a name brand monitor. To put it into perspective, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B offers similar specs and is on sale for $476.99 at Newegg
(and $517.99 on Amazon
ASRock Phantom Gaming PG27FF1A Specs And Features
The 27-inch Phantom Gaming PG27FF1A, meanwhile, boasts an IPS screen with a 1920x1080 resolution while offering the same 165Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time (also MPRT). Professional gamers would probably like to see an even higher refresh rate
, but those typically come at a hefty pricing premium.
This is also a FreeSync Premium model. It supports HDR as well (HDR10), though it doesn't get as bright—it's listed at 250 nits and lacks DisplayHDR 400 certification.
Inputs include a DisplayPort 1.2 connector, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also features a pair of 2W speakers, along with the ability to make tilt and swivel adjustments, but the height is fixed.
You can find the PG27FF1A for $189.99 on Newegg
. That's also fairly competitive, though you can find similar specs for a little less if you hunt around.