Monoprice 38035 Zero-G 35-inch Ultra-Wide Gaming Monitor Review: Solid Gaming Performance For a Low Price

Monoprice has always been a prolific supplier and manufacturer of value-oriented products that perform above their price point. Its line of Zero-G and Dark Matter gaming monitors always tests well and provides a good play experience for less money than the competition.

I’ve reviewed a few of them in the past and this is the first time I’ve tested one that is an update to an existing model. In 2020, I reviewed the Zero-G 35-inch 38035 and found it to be a great value in the 21:9 ultra-wide class. For 2023, it has been updated to compete with today’s best ultrawide gaming monitors. It now has a faster refresh rate, 120 versus 100 Hz, and it now supports HDR10 content. It keeps Adaptive-Sync and wide gamut color. And the best part is the price is the same $400 that it was more than three years ago. Let’s take a look.

Monoprice Zero-G 38035 Specifications

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Panel Type / Backlight VA / W-LED, edge array
Screen Size / Aspect Ratio 35 inches / 21:9
Row 2 – Cell 0 Curve radius: 1800mm
Max Resolution & Refresh Rate 3440×1440 @ 120 Hz
Row 4 – Cell 0 FreeSync: 48-120 Hz
Row 5 – Cell 0 G-Sync Compatible
Native Color Depth & Gamut 8-bit / DCI-P3
Response Time (GTG) 4ms
Brightness (mfr) 300 nits
Contrast (mfr) 2,500:1
Speakers None
Video Inputs 2x DisplayPort 1.4
Row 12 – Cell 0 2x HDMI 2.0
Audio 3.5mm headphone output
USB 3.0 None
Power Consumption 36.2w, brightness @ 200 nits
Panel Dimensions WxHxD w/base 33 x 19 x 9.8 inches
Row 17 – Cell 0 (837 x 483 x 249mm)
Panel Thickness 4.8 inches (123mm)
Bezel Width Top/sides: 0.4 inch (9mm)
Row 20 – Cell 0 Bottom: 0.6 inch (16mm)
Weight 17.9 pounds (8.1kg)
Warranty 3 years

Monoprice refers to all its products with a five-digit number, so to differentiate the new Zero-G 35-inch from the old, I’ll call it the 38035-2. To reiterate – it is a 35-inch VA panel with an 1800R curve, 3440×1440 resolution, 120 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, HDR10 and wide gamut color. And at this writing, it costs $400 to buy directly from Monoprice.

A VA panel promises, and delivers, solid contrast; not quite as much as some others but at this price, the 38035-2’s honest 2,800:1 is significantly more impactful that what’s available from IPS panels. Only high-end full-array and Mini LED monitors can deliver more dynamic range. With that comes support for HDR10 signals and an automatic picture mode switch once you enable that feature in the OSD. You also get wide gamut color with measured coverage at 89% of DCI-P3. That’s slightly above average for the category, so extra value there. Brightness tops 350 nits so there’s plenty of light output for an impactful image.

The 38035-2 runs at a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz, up 20 Hz from before. Adaptive-Sync worked flawlessly in my tests

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Asus ROG Swift PG27AQDM OLED Gaming Monitor Review: Can It Get Any Better?

There are many good gaming monitors available in all sizes, shapes, and budgets. Only a handful can be called great. What does it take for a display to make this list? Speed is certainly a huge factor; you can’t throw a rock without hitting a monitor that runs at a minimum of 144 Hz. 165 Hz is becoming more common, and 240 Hz is well represented. The bleeding edge is occupied by 360 Hz and now 500 Hz screens.

If you’ve read monitor reviews here at Tom’s Hardware, you know that we consider image fidelity a nearly equal part of the equation, and at the top of that list is contrast. Nothing affects our perception of a 2D image more than the difference between black and white. Lately, Mini LED panels have made huge strides in this area, and I’ve even called them “nearly as good as OLED.” But the operative word is “nearly.” OLED is still king, and in this review, I’ll be testing a 27-inch 16:9 OLED display, Asus ROG Swift PG27AQDM. Spoiler alert: it’s incredible in pretty much every way, which makes it a prime candidate for our best gaming monitors list.

Asus ROG Swift PG27AQDM Specs

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Panel Type / Backlight OLED
Screen Size / Aspect Ratio 26.5 inches / 16:9
Max Resolution & Refresh Rate 2560×1440 @ 240 Hz
  FreeSync: 40-240 Hz
  G-Sync Compatible
Native Color Depth & Gamut 10-bit / DCI-P3
  HDR10
Response Time (GTG) 0.03ms
Brightness 300 nits SDR
  800 nits HDR
Contrast Infinite
Speakers None
Video Inputs 1x DisplayPort 1.4
  2x HDMI 2.0
Audio 3.5mm headphone output
USB 3.0 1x up, 2x down
Power Consumption 45.1w, brightness @ 200 nits
Panel Dimensions 23.8 x 17.2-21.5 x 10.8 inches
WxHxD w/base (605 x 438-548 × 274mm)
Panel Thickness 2 inches (50mm)
Bezel Width Top/sides: 0.35 inch (9mm)
  Bottom: 0.9 inch (11mm)
Weight 15.2 pounds (6.9kg)
Warranty 3 years

The PG27AQDM starts with an OLED panel made by AU Optronics. It’s my first time testing an OLED not made by LG Display. The viewable area is 26.5 inches, so with QHD (2560×1440) resolution, we get a pixel density of 111ppi. That’s important because nearly all OLEDs today are UHD (3840×2160). However, the larger screens don’t necessarily have sharper images. Consider that a 42-inch OLED panel like Asus’ own PG42UQ has a density of 105ppi.

With QHD resolution comes higher frame rates, and the PG27AQDM offers a maximum refresh rate of 240 Hz with a claimed 0.03ms response time. I found it quicker than any other 240 Hz monitor during testing. In fact, it matches the total lag time I’ve measured for a typical 360 Hz screen and is only a few milliseconds behind the Alienware AW2524H 500 Hz display. It achieves this feat without an overdrive or blur reduction feature. It also includes both flavors of Adaptive-Sync operating over a range of 40 to 240

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Update January 21st, 5:03PM ET: Woot has sold through its available stock of the Xbox Series S.

If you’re a PC gamer, one of MSI’s best gaming monitors is now on sale at Walmart. The MSI Optix MAG321CQR normally retails $449.99 but is currently available for $289.99 at Walmart. This 32-inch curved gaming panel comes equipped with all the bells and whistles you need to elevate your gaming setup. The Optix lands in a sweet spot by combining a 144Hz refresh rate with 1440p resolution, striking a solid balance between performance and visual fidelity. In addition to the expected HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, the monitor also features a pair of USB-A ports for power and a single port for data. The included stand is height and tilt adjustable, too, and the monitor is compatible with VESA mounts.


MSI Optix MAG321CQR

This 32-inch, curved gaming panel from MSI boasts 1440p resolution and refresh rates of up to 144Hz. The monitor also features a 1ms response time and is compatible with AMD FreeSync.

While nabbing an Xbox Series S isn’t as difficult as getting your hands on a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X these days, Microsoft’s pearly white console is still in high demand. Currently, Woot is hosting a deal on the Xbox Series S, reducing its regular $299.99 price tag to $279.99. This isn’t a massive discount by any means but it matches the best price we’ve ever seen for this console. The Series S isn’t quite as powerful as the Series X with some of the key distinctions being a lack of a physical disc drive, less storage space, and a less powerful processor. However, the console is still home to fantastic first-party titles like Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite, and is compatible with a massive library of last-gen titles, many of which are currently on sale.


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The Xbox Series S is far smaller than the more capable Xbox Series X, which also features double the storage and a disc drive. The Series S can still tackle the same games, though, including original Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games.

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