ASUS VG27VQ 165Hz curved Full HD VA model

A TUF curved screen

ASUS VG27VQ 165Hz curved Full HD VA model Specification

Some gamers enjoy monitors with strong contrast, even if it means a bit of a hit in pixel responsiveness. This is where high refresh rate VA models take centre stage. The ASUS VG27VQ is another model in the ‘TUF GAMING’ line-up, featuring a Full HD VA panel. The monitor adopts the slightly but not excessively ‘gamery’ styling of other products in the series. A dual-stage bezel is used, comprising a slim hard outer component and a fairly slender panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick and pressable buttons at the rear of the monitor, towards the right as viewed from the front.

A TUF curved screen

A 27 “1920 x 1080 (Full HD) VA panel with curve 1500R is adopted by the monitor. This is an appropriate curvature to subtly draw in the user and potentially improve the viewing comfort, but after a short adaptation time shouldn’t feel uncomfortable to most users. This is coupled with a matte anti-reflection screen surface and support for a 165Hz refresh rate, also supported by Adaptive-Sync. This includes AMD FreeSync for compatible GPUs and systems via HDMI 2.0 and DP 1.2a, complete with LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) with a refresh rate range of 48 – 165Hz. Many aspects of the note include a static contrast ratio of 3000:1, horizontal / vertical view angles of 178 ° /178 °, and support for 8-bit colours. A flicker-free WLED backlight is used, offering ~sRGB colour space coverage and a 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. A 1ms MPRT response time is specified, achieved using the included ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur) strobe backlight function.Unlike various other TUF Series members, this isn’t “ELMB Sync,” meaning users have to choose between Adaptive-Sync and the strobe backlight feature and can’t use both at once. Also specified is “GameFast Input Technology” which indicates a low input lag.

Other note features include Low Blue (LBL) settings to facilitate more relaxed viewing, especially useful in hours leading up to sleep where exposure to blue light should be minimised. Plus basic HDR support – the monitor will respond to HDR10 content, but does not tick the boxes necessary for VESA DisplayHDR compliance at the lowest level. The included stand allows tilt, swivel and height adjustment. It can be removed to make way for an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution. For a bit of extra visual interest the rear is matte black plastic with some subtle engravings. And to the sides, some flat ‘cheeks.’ Includes: Dc power input (external ‘power brick’), DP 1.2a, HDMI 2.0, dual-link DVI, 3.5mm audio input, and 3.5mm headphone jack. Also included are 2 x 2W stereo speakers for simple and potentially relatively low quality sound output.

The rear view

Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. Details such as price and availability still forthcoming.

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