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IFA 2017 | ASUS introduces a new pair of Designo Curve monitors

The MX38VC sports an ultra-wide, edge-less display and a stunning base. (Source: eTeknix)
The MX38VC sports an ultra-wide, edge-less display and a stunning base. (Source: eTeknix)
The 31-inch MX32VQ and 37-inch MX38VC both feature an award-winning design and a Qi-compatible wireless charging base. The former sports a 2560 x 1440 resolution, while the latter has an ultrawide 3840 x 1600 display. The MX32VQ is relatively affordable, but the MX38VC is priced well in the premium range.

Laptops are not the only products that ASUS has shown off at this year's IFA trade show. The company has also announced two new monitors in its Designo Curve line, the MX32VQ and MX38VC. Both are iF 2017 product design award winners and feature a distinct sundial-like base with Qi-charging capability as well as edge-to-edge frameless panels. As their names suggest, both Designo Curve monitors sport a curved display.

The smaller of the monitors, the MX32VQ has a 31.5-inch display with a WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. It has built-in speakers powered by ASUS's own Sonic Master technology which was co-developed with Harman Kardon and provides professional-quality audio processing and high-fidelity sound, among other benefits. In other words, these speakers should sound significantly better than what you can find in the average monitor.

The Halo Lighting base on the MX32VQ has a cool feature: it can sync with the monitor's audio, creating a subtle yet delightful light show. The base also works as a wireless charging pad; any Qi-compatible device can be placed on it to charge while the monitor is in use.

As with most monitors, a series of ports are built into the MX32VQ. Two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort interface, and a PC audio input port can be found on the back of the monitor. Volume and LED lighting buttons are intuitively located on the base.

The MX38VC includes all of the features of the MX32VQ plus a couple more, all in a larger package. It sports an ultrawide QHD+ 3840 x 1600 display with a 21:9 aspect ratio, comes with a USB Type-C port, and has the ability to sync with a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth to play music wirelessly. Both monitors support the ASUS GamePlus overlay and Adaptive-Sync technology.

According to eTeknix, the MX32VQ will retail for €550 (about US$655). The MX38VC will cost significantly more at €1600 (just over US$1900).


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John Garcia, 2017-09- 4 (Update: 2017-09- 4)