I was so smitten by the ASUS Designo MX34VQ curved monitor which I loved during my review that I didn’t notice a budget version with similar specs. Actually, I did, but it was retailing at over S$800 which I thought wasn’t attractive enough. Aftershock Prism+ is a Singapore brand that offers affordable monitors with impressive specs. During the Lazada GSS 2019 sale week, the X340 dropped to S$599 (actually it went to S$529 during a 9-hour flash sale but I missed it by 2 minutes). I managed to get a few discount vouchers and brought the final checkout price to S$551, which is a really decent price.

PRISM+ X340 monitor review by musicphotolife.com Singapore tech blogger

Here are the specs in comparison:

ASUS Designo MX34VQPRISM+ X340
Contrast Ratio3000:13000:1
Response Time4ms (Gray-to-gray)6ms (Gray-to-gray)
4ms (Overdrive)
Refresh Rate100 Hz (max)100 Hz (max)
Curvature1800R1800R
Screen Size34-inch34-inch
Resolution3440 x 14403440 x 1440
Brightness300 cd/m²300 cd/m²
Panel TypeVAVA
ConnectorsHDMI 2.0 x3, DP 1.2HDMI 2.0, DP 1.2, DVI-D
Dimensions with stand810.6 x 456.8 x 239.7 mm815 x 445 x 250 mm
Weight8.4 kg8 kg

As you can see, the Prism+ X340 holds up rather well. What’s more, it’s only a third of the price. While the X340 is positioned as a gaming monitor, I am not buying it for gaming at all, but for productivity.

PRISM+ X340 monitor review by musicphotolife.com Singapore tech blogger

Lazada delivered to me within 24 hours. The box was protected with industrial cling-wrap during delivery, and the stand requires simple assembly. But the packing weight is manageable to carry and transport in the car.

PRISM+ X340 monitor review by musicphotolife.com Singapore tech blogger

There is no doubt that the monitor is designed with a budget, so there are no fanciful features. The on-screen display buttons are functional but the straight layout is difficult to navigate. The stand is not height-adjustable, nor can it pivot left-right. There are no speakers, only one HDMI, one DisplayPort, one DVI-D connectors each, and 3.5mm line-out with audio source selectable from either DP or HDMI. Comparatively, my current Dell U2417H has 2 DisplayPorts, 1 mini-DP, 1 HDMI, USB 3.0 Hub with 4 USB ports.

PRISM+ X340 monitor review by musicphotolife.com Singapore tech blogger

But what made me upgrade is the need for more display. I could buy another 24-inch monitor and place side-by-side, which I rationalised when downgraded from my 27-inch to the U2417H, but it is always visually better to get a single panel display to see more of everything. The risk is that if the monitor breaks down, there is no backup. Anyway, I just accepted a new music project, so with the larger monitor I can see more tracks and stack more working windows to increase my productivity.

PRISM+ X340 monitor review by musicphotolife.com Singapore tech blogger

And while I may need to contend with the less-accurate colour gamut compared to my Dell U2417H professional display, I no longer do serious imaging projects which require accurate colour management. That’s not to say that the Prism+ X340 produces poor colours, but it’s just not as precise. After some ICC profile loading and additional calibration, I am able to get close to what I get in previous monitors, definitely better than those cheap TN panels used in office.

Without a hardware calibration tool, I used some web tools to give me a sense of the calibration outcome, like the EIZO Monitor Test. The result I got is actually quite good and acceptable in most areas, other than the viewing angle test which has some colour shifts at extreme angles.

Conclusion

Prism+ monitors come with 3-year warranty (2 years onsite pickup and return) with minimum 5 faulty pixels, and 7-day cracked screen guarantee. Based on overall sentiments from local forums, Prism+ monitors are generally lacking in longevity, but ironically based on my experience, the monitors that spoil the fastest turn out to be the “premium” ones. I believe it has a lot to do with the monitor usages, and my guess is that since Prism+ monitors are positioned as gaming monitors, the usage intensity tend to be higher than normal users. So let’s hope that my Prism+ X340 monitor can last a respectable number of years with my “normal” usage.

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