The ~32 “VA models with high refresh rates can offer an enjoyable and well-rounded experience for a mix of immersion and responsivity. The ASUS VG32VQ, of the TUF Gaming line-up for the company, offers such an experience with some very interesting features. The screen doesn’t shout like a “gaming monitor” and will come as good news to anyone who enjoy more low-key aesthetics of this nature. A wide variety of matte black plastic, with different textures, is used alongside a simple rectangular base design. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with the rest of the screen providing a slim panel border flush plus a slender rough outer portion. The OSD (On Screen Display) is operated, as seen from the front, by pressable buttons and a joystick at the rear of the monitor.
The monitor features a 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution panel with a 31.5 “VA (Vertical Alignment), a light matte anti-glare screen surface, and 1800R curve. This is a moderate but not extreme curve, something that many users will find simply draws them a bit into the experience without feeling unnatural about it. Adaptive-Sync (including AMD FreeSync) is supported with a refresh rate range of 48 – 144Hz plus LFC (Low Framerate Compensation). ‘Extreme Low Motion Blur (ELMB) Sync’ is a unique feature with this model so far. This combines the ELMB strobe backlight mode designed to minimize motion blur with Adaptive-Sync refresh rate variable technology to get rid of frame and refresh rate mismatches from tearing and stuttering. Such inconsistencies are painfully apparent with strobe backlight modes, as there is very little perceived blur from eye movement to mask the evident stuttering and judging that follows. That definitely offers users a lot of versatility and means they don’t have to choose between one or the other technology.
Other aspects of the note include a static contrast ratio of 3000:1, horizontal/vertical view angles of 178°/178° and response time of 1ms MPRT (specified while using ELMB as previously described). A flicker-free WLED backlight is used, with a maximum luminance typical of 400 cd/m². HDR10 is also supported; a basic support level with no specified VESA DisplayHDR standard. The color gamut is not specified, but models usually extend comfortably beyond sRGB without reaching any extremes using this type of panel. Inviting decent vibration, but falling somewhat short of any given wide standard of gamut. Other note features include ‘Shadow Boost’ enhancing low-end gamma visibility in dark areas, and ‘Ultra-Low Blue Light’ Low Blue Light (LBL) settings to improve viewing comfort. The monitor’s rear is once again rich in matte black plastic, with some nice geometric patterns and etchings to add some variety. The included stand is centrally attached and offers height adjustment with tilt plus. Where preferred, it can be removed to make way for an alternative solution compatible with VESA 100 x 100 mm. The ports are down-firing and include; DC power input (external ‘power brick’), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.2a and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 2 x 2W speakers are also included for basic sound output.