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Aorus FV43U 4K gaming monitor – Review

All monitors are equal, but some are more equal than others…

Aorus has, once again, created a breathtaking monitor that, in my humble opinion, cannot be beaten right now. The whole Aorus gaming monitor range as a matter of fact is all simply mind-boggling! I have reviewed a fair amount of monitors from a variety of well-known brands. Every single Aorus monitor I have reviewed has blown my mind. From the moment you take it out of the box and turn it on for the first time, the Aorus FV43U monitor is no different. Let’s take a look at some specs.

Panel Size (diagonal)
43″ VA, QD Display

Display Viewing Area (HxV)
941.18 x 529.42 (mm)

Panel Backlight/ Type
Direct

Display Surface(non-glare/ glare)
Anti-Glare

Color Saturation
97% DCI-P3/ 150% sRGB/ 99% AdobeRGB

True Resolution
3840 x 2160 (UHD)

Pixel Pitch
0.2451*0.2451

Brightness
750 cd/m2 (TYP), 1000 cd/m2 (PEAK)

Contrast Ratio
4000:1

Viewing Angle
178°(H)/178°(V)

Display Colors
10bits (8bits+FRC)

Response Time
1ms (MPRT)

Refresh Rate
144Hz
120Hz for Console Game*

HDR
VESA Display HDR1000

Flicker-free
Yes

HBR3
Yes

Signal Input
HDMI 2.1 (support 4K 144Hz 4:4:4 @ DSC enabled or 4K 144Hz 4:2:0) x2

Display port 1.4 (DSC) x1
USB Type-C x1

Earphone Jack
Yes

Speaker
12W x2

Unique Features
OSD Sidekick
Aim Stabilizer Sync
Black Equalizer
Dashboard
Crosshair
Timer
Counter
Auto-Update
KVM
6 axis Color Control
Smart OD
Space Audio

USB port(s)
USB 3.0 x2

Power Type
Build-in

AC Input Max
280W

Power Saving Mode
0.5W

Power Off Mode
0.3W

Voltage
AC 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz

Tilt(angle)
N/A

Swivel(angle)
N/A

Pivot(angle/direction)
N/A

Height Adjustment (mm)
N/A

VESA Wall Mounting(mm)
200*200mm

Kensington lock
Yes

Phys. Dimension with Stand(WxHxD)
967.2*638.16*251.31

Phys. Dimension w/o stand  (WxHxD)
967.2*585.89*87.8

Box Dimension (WxHxD)
1100*724*160

Net Weight (Esti.)
10

Gross Weight (Esti.)
15.34

Accessories
Power cable/HDMI cable/DP cable/USB cable/QSG/Warranty card
Note
*HDMI2.1 supports PS5 and XBOX series X/S at 4K UHD@120Hz (4:2:0)

Design

The Aorus FV43U can easily be compared to a TV due to the fact that it is so large, 43inches is definitely not a normal monitor size. But where TVs might have the edge size-wise, they cannot compete with monitors when it comes to everything else, and that is where the Aorus FV43U comes in. It blurs the lines between TV and monitor to deliver the best of both worlds.

The Aorus FV43U looks like a normal TV, with a thin bezel all around, two feet on either end of the panel, which will take up quite some space if you plan on using it on a desk. The rear sees typical Aorus designs with the IO on the right side of the monitor. Plugs that feature on the Aorus FV43U are a 1.4 DP, two HDMI 2.1 ports, one USB-C, two USB 3.0, and a headphone jack. It also comes with a remote which really doubles down on the ability to use this monitor as a TV and monitor.

Features

One of the first things to note when using the Aorus FV43U is how wonderful the colours appear, this is thanks to a couple of things. Firstly, the VA panels offer a much higher contrast level compared to their IPS counterparts. The Aorus FV43U also features a host of other features to boost this such as Quantum Dot technology which ensures a wider colour gamut and greatly improved HDR performance.

Quantum dot tech explained – Techquickie

The magic of the beautiful image doesn’t stop there, thanks to the 10bit processing as well as HDMI 2.1 support, the Aorus FV43U can obtain 4K resolution with VVR (variable refresh rate) whilst doing all of that in HDR which makes this monitor perfect for both PC and console players. The Aorus FV43U is also a 10-bit display that is able to cover 97% of the DCI-P3 colour space.

The Aorus FV43U monitor offers strong audio thanks to Space Audio which gives you five audio modes, Standard, VS mode, FPS, Movie, Live Concert. HDR1000 comes with the Aorus FV43U as well as 3 other HDR modes that can be personally adjusted. Black equalizer allows the display to control the contrast to enhance darker images. The customized crosshairs are a massive advantage to anyone who plays any shooter game. There is a multitude of game assist features on the Aorus FV43U monitor.

Lastly, thanks to the HDMI 2.1 which allows for 4K at 144Hz and 120Hz for console, the Aorus FV43U really does do it all!

Verdict

We jumped into some Apex Legends and Warzone with this brilliant Aorus FV43U monitor. Thanks to a rather beefy PC fitted with an RTX3080 and Intel 12700K we were able to really try and push this monitor to its limits.

Naturally, we had to tweak some settings in-game to get the fps up high and buttery-smooth but the results are spectacular! The immensely vibrant colours of the Aorus FV43U really pop on the massive 43Inch display! The option to go 4K on this size display is perfect, anything smaller and 1440p would have sufficed but for 43inches, 4K is the sweet spot! Apex Legends has never looked this good thanks to the colour gamut of the Aorus FV43U and all the game assist features made even the lousiest of players like myself look very respectable.

Now I know what a lot of you are thinking, the price tag. Yes, it has a hefty R25 000 price tag but if you were to look around you can find 27inch 1440p monitors for close to R20 000… Yes, when you are spending that amount of money on a monitor, percentages still end up being lots of money but what I can confidently say, is if you are in the market for a monitor, that can double as a TV, while delivering 4K resolution at high framerates via HDMI, the Aorus FV43U 4K monitor is a no-brainer for PC and console users!

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Special thanks to Gigabyte South Africa for the review content