Got mine yesterday from NCIX. This monitor is a lot bigger than I expected, for whatever reason. The UPS guy was really excited when I went to pick it up and he broke the handle off my box. Not a big deal, but the excitement over there was cool. Shipping also took less than a day from BC to NB but it got stuck on the weekend.
When I first turned it on, I noticed BLB on the top corners, and IPS glow in the bottom corners, with the left side clearly being purplish, and the right being yellowish. I cranked the heat in my room and left for an hour. After which I could only see some BLB on the top left corner, and some IPS glow in the bottom right - neither of which are a problem when doing anything outside of really dark games. The top right corner has a tiny amount of blb left as well, but its a non issue. Today I am noticing it all even less. Even dark games work quite fine (Sorry for the quality, but it was to show a dark game):
The second I turned the monitor on, a large portion of the center wasn't lit. Made my heart jump, then it rebooted itself and was fine but I had the same trouble getting DP working as bright tail. I fixed it by using DDU once I got into windows, then after installing the newest hot fix drivers I rebooted using the DP (unplugged the hdmi all together) and have been using it since without a single issue @ 100hz. So before doing a fresh install, try out DDU.
Everything has been said by others, but I'll do my best.
I know pixel inversion
isn't an issue here, but I went ahead and did my sleeping dogs 'fan' test and was so happy to see there is zero inversion. The fan, on the ROG Swift, would be chopped up with every second line fading or disappearing in motion - add the greenish effect. Now, the fan is solid, even in motion with no added rainbowish effect. This has made every game look better in motion over the swift already... nevermind the colors being a lot better (Which they are actually great on a good swift), or the fact that this screen is just sharper/bigger. Now I can stop staring at it in every single game I play, especially ones with spinning spokes.
Furthermore, I cannot feel any meaningful difference between this and my swift even when I was able to maintain 120-130 fps. This is very smooth, and very crisp and the colors are just excellent. I would say the Swift was ever so slightly more responsive, and smooth at a higher FPS, but it is so negligible. This is easily the far better monitor, for any use. Even in dark games where the swift may excel, I still prefer this.
100hz, no problem. The coil whine is only audible with my ear against the bottom part of the monitor and only at a certain angle. I hear nothing, in silence, an arms length away. If I only got 95hz, I would also RMA it. I would be worried that even 95hz wouldn't last through the test of time if 100hz doesn't work.
I used the speakers for the first five minutes because I was stuck on HDMI and they sound good at 70%, didn't test any other volume. While no one seems to care about these, I do plan on using them when watching tv via wireless hdmi.
The LED's are awesome. I like shiny stuff, and colors. On the weakest setting, you can barely even see the glow, so I leave mine on a gentle 2 out of 5. I mis-read somewhere that you can choose a random selection of colors and that is not the case. It's one color at a time. Full RGB control with randomized settings would have been cool for us over-grown kids that like shinies.
The predator logo is tacky, even though I didn't think so when looking at it in pictures.
I love the height control way more on the x34 than the swift. One thing I hated about the ROG swift was that it only went so low. It was about 1-2 inches higher than I normally like my monitors meaning I would have to go out and buy a lower desk, or my eye level was always too low. The x34 goes as low as it possibly can. It will smack the stand which is right near where I like it with my high desk.\
Another thing I disliked about the Swift was that any solid color was blotchy and uneven. This is nice and solid with only a dark line along the top of my screen, presumably from the BLB.
The semi-glossy coating is excellent, and still manages to block out any disruptive reflections in a pretty bright room (Soft yellow light + sun). I actually only notice reflections when I'm away from the screen and doing things.
My room mate often hangs out next to me, and so she often watches shows with me, but from the side. The swift was nice, but the viewing angles made it hard for her to fully enjoy anything unless I pointed the monitor between us. With this I don't have to move it and it's a tremendous improvement over the swift from her perspective. She notices the curve, but it doesn't bother her, and one part of the curve is always more pointed towards her. She says that even still this is way more crisp than the Swift was, much more colorful and now she doesn't have to suffer with poor viewing angles. She said the size also was an immediate improvement from her point of view. She didn't notice any glare, or reflections. I thought this may be worth mentioning because we aren't always strapped in front of our screens, and we aren't always alone or enjoying these things on our own. Her enjoyment was a factor in my decision, because if it isn't her, it'll be someone else.
I haven't calibrated my screen yet. I just set the brightness to 34, my contrast to 49 and my RGB is 50,48,50 as that was more pleasing to my eye in GTA.
$2122 after shipping and tax, but it was well worth it when considering I got $900 back for my Swift. I plan to keep this monitor for over five years, seven if I can, so long as it doesn't die. Right until dp1.3 is commonplace.
One issue I noticed last night in GTA V when looking at the foggy city from the "Vinewood" sign. Someone else had mentioned horizontal scanlines on their screen, which yes is RMA worthy as that is a dying/broken/defective GSYNC module. I know this because when my old swift went down, it started to display the same horizontal lines and flickering when GSYNC was activated, but was otherwise fine. Now with the x34, the entire image is nice and clear EXCEPT for the far left side of my screen, there is a small patch of an area that displays these horizontal scanlines... I was able to sweep my camera over the city, showing the clear LACk of these lines, but the moment it would reach the far left, into this patch, you would see the horizontal image destroying lines. I tested this in another area, where my FPS was a solid 100, and the lines were so hard to see. It was debatable if they were even there. Back to the sign, where my FPS drops to 50 ish, and the scanlines are back, but only within that patch. It IS annoying, but so minor I will overlook it unless it gets worse, or the patch grows. It's only visible with GSYNC active too. The problem remains at 80hz, or 100hz with GSYNC. I did not test 60hz + gsync.
My only other problem with this monitor is the inputs. They are straight in and on the bottom of the back of the monitor, so if you push them in you have to hold the screen still, or you'll push the bottom forward. The issue Linus pointed out on the x341ck with getting the plug-in out, is not here as they are lower in the indentation and easily removed.
The stand is very solid, super sleek. The monitor only wobbles when I tap my foot on my desk furiously... Which I tend to do more often than I realized.
THE OSD reminds me of the car remote from the terrible Vacation movie, but it's not really an issue once you're all set up.
Alien: Isolation (lights off)
Here are some images showing the horizontal scan lines on sections of the monitor on a building in GTA:V.
Newegg.ca says December on Twitter. I would expect them by late November though.