Curved Monitor For Video Enjoyment

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Introduction

The ASUS VZ27VQ is a 27″ 1080p curved monitor with a VA panel. It’s mainly targeted at home and video enjoyment.

It fits nicely in any home or office environment, thanks to its ultra-thin bezels and the gold-colored chassis.

Image Quality

First of all, we do not recommend the ASUS VZ27VQ for those who would use the screen to read or type a lot because of the Full HD resolution which is fairly low for a 27′′ monitor.

It’s great for checking e-mails, sometimes viewing documents, and web-surfing, but for office-related activities requiring lots of reading and writing, you can either get a 24′′ 1080p or a 27′′ 1440p display.

The text is blurred and smudgy due to the poor pixel density, there is not sufficient screen room available and, lastly, certain specifics are lost.

But the above-mentioned issues are not as noticeable in video games and movies.

The ASUS VZ27VQ monitor features a VA panel which will provide you with dark blacks as well as bright colors and large viewing angles thanks to its strong static contrast ratio of 3,000:1.

Other panel-related specs involve a peak brightness of 250-nit, true 8-bit color depth and a response time speed of 5ms that avoids ghosting of fast-moving items.

Performance

The ASUS VZ27VQ delivers decent performance overall with a low input lag of around 15ms.

Although it’s excellent for watching movies and gaming thanks to its curved screen, rich colors, and bright picture, it’s average for anything else.

There’s some smearing of fast-moving items in darker fast-paced scenes but that’s anticipated for a VA panel.

The screen is flicker-free and has a low blue light filter for four separate rates for Web Browsing, Streaming, Reading, and Night observing.

Features

Gamers can enjoy the ASUS GamePlus app that includes customizable crosshair overlays and an on-screen timer.

The ASUS VZ27VQ 27′′ display has seven hotkeys that you can customize in the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu for control, menu navigation, fast input source collection, GamePlus menu and two shortcut keys.

Splendid pre-calibrated presets are also available for different viewing scenarios including Scenery, Standard, Theater, Game, Night View, sRGB, Reading, and Darkroom.

Other adjustments include contrast/brightness, temperature and saturation of the color, audio volume, aspect ratio, and TraceFree which can accelerate response time.

Note that AMD FreeSync is not featured in the ASUS VZ27VQ although it is listed on the FreeSync monitor’s list of AMD.

Design & Connectivity

The ASUS VZ27VQ has a notable 1800R curvature and offers a more realistic viewing experience as long as you sit in front of the screen.

The monitor also has very thin bezels and a slim overall design which makes it a viable choice for a multi-monitor gaming setup.

Alas, the monitor has no compatibility with VESA mount and is tilt-only. Connectivity options are various, including a DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, headphone jack, and two 2W built-in speakers.

Price & Similar Monitors

The price of the ASUS VZ27VQ is MSRP $325.50 You could get either a higher resolution display or a superior refresh rate gaming monitor for the same amount of money.

Find out the best gaming monitors for great offers, under $300.

You will also find the ASUS VZ27AQ on Amazon which is a similar model but with a flat screen, a resolution of 1440p and an IPS panel; we highly recommend it over the VZ27VQ.

Conclusion

If you’re just looking for a 27′′ video and gaming monitor, and you really want a slim designed curved monitor, the ASUS VZ27VQ might be for you.

Nonetheless, bear in mind that you might get a 27′′ 1440p display or a 144Hz 1080p gaming monitor for the same size.

ASUS VZ27VQ Specifications

Screen Size 27-inch
Screen Curvature 1800R
Resolution 1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel Type VA
Aspect Ratio 16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 5ms (GtG)
Speakers 2x2W
Ports DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, VGA
Other Ports Headphone Jack
Brightness 250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio 3000:1 (static)
Colors 16.7 million (true 8-bit)

What We Loved

  • Curved screen for a more immersive viewing experience
  • Unique design
  • Built-in speakers
  • High contrast ratio for deep blacks

What We Didn’t Like

  • No VESA mount
  • Tilt-only design
  • No AMD FreeSync
  • Expensive
  • Low pixel density
ASUS VZ27VQ Review
  • Design – 8/10
  • Display – 7/10
  • Performance – 7/10
  • Price/Value – 5/10

Summary

The ASUS VZ27VQ is a beautifully curved monitor with a range of connectivity choices and a strong contrast ratio for vivid dark scenic detail. But it still lacks a number of items including a higher resolution, AMD FreeSync and a faster refresh rate.

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