For those who store their computers beneath the desk.
Given the abundance of monitors on the market with comparable features, it can be difficult to stand out. Asrock’s 34-inch Phantom Gaming model is the world’s first gaming monitor with a built-in Wi-Fi antenna, designed for users who desire a new display and a stronger wireless signal.
Asrock has introduced two Phantom Gaming models to the gaming monitor market. The monitor with the most intriguing name is the 34-inch PG34WQ15R2B, which follows a long line of monitors with evocative names.
The PG34WQ15R2B features a 3,440 x 1,440 resolution on its curved (1500R) VA LCD panel, a 165Hz variable refresh rate, AMD FreeSync Premium, and an average luminance of 550 nits, earning it VESA’s DisplayHDR 400 badge—though we know that’s not necessarily a sign of quality.
The monitor’s integrated Wi-Fi antenna may make it particularly appealing to certain gamers. Asrock claims that this is the first gaming monitor to include this feature, which connects to a PC to boost the wireless signal’s peak gain by up to 7 dBi, thereby enhancing the online gaming experience.
Asrock notes that the antenna is designed for PCs that are placed beneath desks and whose signals are frequently obstructed by furniture. Those whose computers are on top of the desk or who use high-end Wi-Fi adaptors (or ethernet, obviously) won’t see much if any, improvement.
In addition, the monitor provides 115% coverage of the sRGB color space and 91% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, a 1ms MPRT response time, and a contrast ratio of 3,000:1. One HDMI 1.4 port, two HDMI 2.0 inputs (no HDMI 2.1), two 2W speakers, and a 3.5mm jack are provided. It is currently available for $430.
The second monitor, model PG27FF1A, has a 27-inch flat IPS display (1,920 x 1,080). It shares some of the specifications of its older sibling, including the 165Hz refresh rate, FreeSync Premium, dual speakers, and 1ms MPRT response time, but lacks an integrated antenna. The color gamut coverage is slightly higher (94% DCI-P3/123% sRGB), while the brightness is 250 nits, and DisplayPort 1.2 is included instead of DisplayPort 1.4. This smaller monitor costs $190, which is relatively inexpensive.