ASUS has started to ship its Designo Curve MX34VQ display that was originally announced in mid-2016. At present, a number of retailers are offering pre-orders on the monitor, starting that it is “coming soon." The monitor is based around a UWQHD-class panel and is equipped with a wireless Qi charging device as well as an audio sub-system co-developed with Harman Kardon. In addition, the display has a 100 Hz refresh rate, a feature that should appeal to gamers.

The ASUS Designo Curve MX34VQ has a number of similarities with another ultrawide curved display with a Qi charger, the MX38VQ, which was introduced earlier this year. The two monitors share many design elements, such as ultra-thin bezels, a Harman Kardon-developed audio sub-system consisting of two 8 W speakers, a curved stand made of metal and plastic, and a Qi charger with acrylic elements and blue lighting. Where the two displays differ is in their panels, curvature and other specifications.

The ASUS Designo Curve MX34VQ is based on a 34” VA panel with a 3440×1440 resolution (2.39:1 aspect ratio), offering a maximum brightness of 300 nits, a 3000:1 contrast ratio, a 100 Hz refresh rate, 178°/178° viewing angles, a 4 ms response time, and 1800R curvature. The panel can reproduce 16.7 million colors and appears to be a pretty typical sRGB gamut design. As for connectivity, the Designo Curve MX34VQ monitor has three HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.2 port (PiP and PBP functions are supported), and a 3.5-mm audio jack.

ASUS Designo Curve MX34VQ
Panel 34" VA
Resolution 3440 × 1440
Refresh Rate 100 Hz
Response Time 4 ms gray-to-gray
Brightness 300 cd/m²
Contrast 3000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Color Saturation 16.7 million colors (sRGB?)
Pixel Pitch 0.2316 mm
Pixel Density 110 ppi
Inputs 1 x DisplayPort 1.2 (HDCP)
3 x HDMI 2.0 (HDCP)
Qi Wireless Charging 5W/1A with aurora lighting
Audio 8 W × 2
Launch Price $799 (?)

The ASUS Designo Curve MX34VQ can be pre-ordered from Amazon and B&H for $799, which seems to be its official price. If that does end up being the official price then it'll be a bit lower than I had initially expected, given the stylish design and rather decent specifications. For comparison, similar curved ultrawide monitors without Qi support have tended to retail for $899 and higher. In any case, the exact availability date is unknown, but with pre-orders opening up it's reasonable to assume that the MX34VQ will finally hit the shelves in the coming weeks.

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  • CoreyWat - Friday, February 24, 2017 - link

    Smh Asus, no Vesa Mount=No Buy.
    I don't need a $20 Qi Charger built into my stand.
  • imaheadcase - Saturday, February 25, 2017 - link

    So you are the %1 they are not catering to. Be honest, majority of people don't care for that feature. As for the Qi charger, its pretty nice spot for it. Most people who sit down put phone next to them at PC. So be natural to sit in on the charger. Even if you don't have phone for it, you honestly complained about the charger vs the speakers? get real.
  • bigboxes - Saturday, February 25, 2017 - link

    How long do monitors last? How long do Qi chargers last? I'll give you a hint. Monitors last a lot longer. I'm with CW on this one. No Vesa mount is a deal killer.
  • imaheadcase - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    Huh? Qi Chargers would last as long as the monitor. No reason not to.

    I don't get it, what is the big deal with having a VESA mount. Do you live in a closet and have to put everything on a wall? lol
  • DanNeely - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - link

    Fixed height stands hold the screen too low unless you're fairly short, resulting in neck strain and bad posture from having to look down all day if you're taller. And not everyone likes the pile of books aesthetic as a monitor stand. In terms of consumer preception it doesn't help either that the cheap stub going directly into the base of the screen style that's most common among non-VESA mounts tend to be wobbly as hell. (I have to hold the one monitor I have at work with my other hand to wipe the screen because otherwise just rubbing lightly with a screen wipe will cause it to wobble b y several inches up and down in the corners.) If the monitor has VESA mounting holes swapping the crappy mount for an adjustable one, or using it with a monitor arm if you've bought one on the past is simple and strait forward because the connection is industry standard.
  • bigboxes - Monday, February 27, 2017 - link

    No reason not to? I speak from experience. Chargers do not last that long. A couple years at max. I keep my monitors for a lot longer. As far as Vesa mounts, I use a mount that clamps onto my desk. This allows my monitor to hover over my desktop without taking up real estate that could be put to other use. I haven't had a monitor on my desktop in 15 years. The mount is clamped to the back edge and the monitor resides within two feet of my eyes. Makes it easy when I want to change height, orientation or swing it out wide for others to view. Have you ever looked into monitor arms?
  • BrokenCrayons - Friday, February 24, 2017 - link

    The charging stand isn't a bad idea, but I don't see a lot of possible uses for it since there's not that many devices that use Qi charging.
  • Bucu - Friday, February 24, 2017 - link

    Samsung Galaxy S5.
    Samsung Galaxy S6.
    Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
    Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
    Google Nexus 4-7.
    Motorola Droid Maxx.
    Nokia Lumia 920.
    Nokia Lumia 928
  • BrokenCrayons - Friday, February 24, 2017 - link

    Exactly what I mean, thanks! I doubt its a complete list, but given the thousands of different handsets out there, a smattering of Samsung devices, the assortment of Nexus models and Windows models that are no longer supported means Qi charging just doesnt make a lot of sense. What are the odds someone that happens to own one of those phones also wants an oversized monitor like this one?
  • dullard - Friday, February 24, 2017 - link

    Apple just joined the Qi charging consortium. But, then, you clearly correct no one actually wants Qi charging in Apple products or most of the the top of the line Android products.

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