ASUS VZ27AQ Review: IPS FreeSync Gaming Monitor

ASUS VZ27AQ Review 2020: 1440p IPS FreeSync Gaming Monitor

Introduction

The ASUS VZ27AQ is a perfect monitor for daily usage, office work and gaming; its 1440p resolution offers spectacular image visibility, whilst the IPS panel guarantees bright colors and large viewing angles.

Image Quality

Centered on an IPS panel with true 8-bit color depth and 100 percent sRGB color gamut, the ASUS VZ27AQ monitor delivers accurate and precise colors that make it suitable for entry-level color-critical work.

Although, if you are concerned about color fidelity, a great and similarly priced 27′′ 1440p IPS display is available for advanced photo/video editing – the BenQ PD2700Q about 10-bit color and other useful features.

The IPS panel technology often ensures large 178-degree viewing angles and quick 5ms reaction time for minimum trailing of fast moving objects.

Other panel-related specs include a decent 250-nit peak brightness and a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, which is standard on display at this price range.

On a 27′′ screen, 1440p resolution results in a pixel-by-inch ratio of approximately 109 PPI, which offers ample of usable storage room and simple images without the need for scaling.

Performance

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The ASUS VZ27AQ has a fairly low input lag of ~11ms which is imperceptible. In addition to the quick response time speed, the gaming experience is as smooth and responsive as it can at 75Hz.

If you have a FreeSync-compatible graphics card, you will be able to synchronize the monitor’s refresh rate to your GPU’s frame rate.

As a result, you get a variable refresh rate (VRR) which gets rid of all screen tearing and stuttering within the dynamic range which in this case amounts to 48-75Hz/FPS (Frames Per Second).

Note that FreeSync only works over DisplayPort on this monitor. Our ASUS VZ27AQ unit kept disconnecting when using FreeSync with an NVIDIA FreeSync-compatible GPU, but your mileage may vary depending on your particular model.

To be clear, you can use the ASUS VZ27AQ with an NVIDIA graphics card, but you most likely won’t be able to use the variable refresh rate technology unless you have an AMD card.

Features

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The OSD (On-Screen Display) menu is user-friendly and navigable through the somewhat awkward buttons underneath the bottom bezel.

In addition to the usual contrast/brightness, color temperature, sharpness, etc. settings, the ASUS GamePlus function consists of adjustable crosshair overlays and on-screen timers.

In addition, there are eight pre-calibrated image presets (Scenery, Theater, Night View, Standard, Game, SRGB, Reading, and Darkroom).

One of the most unique features of the ASUS VZ27AQ IPS monitor is the EyeCheck feature, which comprises of 3 short-and long-term eye tests.

Three checks, like Snellen Map, Amsler Graph, and Astigmatism, may be put on the computer, so although they won’t get you out of seeing the eye doctor, this is an fascinating feature.

The screen is flicker-free and has a low-blue light filter; these two features prevent eye fatigue and headache caused by prolonged use of the monitor.

Design & Connectivity

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The ASUS VZ27AQ has a very thin (7 mm at the thinnest point) profile with ultra-narrow bezels. Sadly, it’s tilt-only and it’s not compatible with VESA mount. The screen has a 3H matte anti-glare coating that prevents reflections.

Connectivity choices include HDMI 1.4 (max 60Hz at 2560×1440), DisplayPort 1.2a (FreeSync, and up to 75Hz at 1440p), VGA (max 60Hz at 1920×1080), headphone jack, and two 2W integrated speakers.

Price & Similar Monitors

The price of the ASUS VZ27AQ is around $330. It used to be one of the most inexpensive 27′′ 1440p monitors, but nowadays you can get the AOPEN 27ML1U which is still a 27′′ 1440p IPS panel, but it’s accessible under $250 and provides support for HDMI 2.0 (with FreeSync over HDMI), backlight strobe technology, 10-bit colour, VESA mount connectivity, and more.

You can even get a 32′′ 1440p IPS display with FreeSync, the AOC Q3279VWFD8, for less than $250.

Conclusion

While the ASUS VZ27AQ is an outstanding monitor with excellent image quality, seamless performance, unique design and many features, there are better alternatives out there. But, when you come across a deal for less than $250, check out the monitors we’ve described above.

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