Top Budget 4K Console Gaming Monitor

DisplayNinja staff

 

Introduction

Looking for your PS4 Pro or Xbox One X 4 K Monitor?

The ASUS VP28UQG is the best 4K budget display for competitive console gaming; it is affordable, fast and has many gaming features to offer.

Image Quality

Bear in mind that the ASUS VP28UQG 28′′ display features a TN (Twisted Nematic) panel which has narrow viewing angles of 170°/160° compared to other display panel technologies such as IPS and VA.

This means that when seen from distorted angles the picture can change in shape, contrast, and light.

However, since this monitor is 28′′ in size and when gaming you will always be sitting directly in front of it, the viewing angles will not be a problem.

Another dimension on which TN panels fall short is the replication of colours.

TN panels have the least vibrant and accurate colors compared to the other panels, but they also have the fastest response time speed; so if you’re into competitive gaming, it’s a fair trade-off!

More importantly, the image will be crisp and sharp with vivid and clear details, thanks to the 4K UHD resolution.

Other panel-related specs include a peak brightness of 300-nit, a color depth of 10-bit via dithering, and a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, all standard at this price range.

Performance

Due to its fast response time speed of 1ms, there is no ghosting or motion blur of fast-moving objects that makes a fast-paced gameplay more enjoyable and smooth.

Moreover, the performance of the ASUS VP28UQG input lag is top-notch, just below 10ms.

The screen is flicker-free and has an integrated low-blue light filter so even after prolonged gaming sessions, you won’t have to worry about eye strain.

The ASUS VP28UQG 4K monitor supports AMD FreeSync which can further enhance the gaming experience if you have an AMD graphics card or Xbox One /S/X console on it.

FreeSync works by synchronizing the refresh rate of the monitor to the frame rate of the GPU which eliminates problems with screen tearing and stuttering without the introduction of additional input lag.

The range of ASUS VP28UQG FreeSync is 40-60Hz/FPS (frames per second), and if the FPS is below 40, then FreeSync does not do something unless the framerate is supported inside the dynamic range.

The monitor can also be used with NVIDIA cards and PS4/Pro, just not the refresh rate variable technology.

Features

In addition, the ASUS VP28UQG supports HDCP 2.2, so you can also stream content in 4 K UHD from Netflix , Amazon Video etc.

GamePlus features consisting of customizable crosshair overlays, an on-screen timer, and an FPS counter are also available.

Next, there are eight presets for different viewing scenarios, including Scenery, cinema, Game, Night View, Reading, Darkroom, SRGB, and Standard mode.

Using the 5-way joystick placed on the backside of the monitor, the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu is rather user friendly and easily navigable.

Design & Connectivity

The monitor ‘s design is tilt-only by -5°/20° and using the 100 x 100 mm pattern, VESA can mount it on a third-party stand.

Connectivity includes two 2.0 HDMI ports, a DisplayPort and a jack for the headphones. So, you can connect two consoles and a PC simultaneously and simply change the input source on the monitor.

AMD FreeSync works with a dynamic refresh rate range of 40-60Hz over the HDMI and DisplayPort.

Price & Similar Monitors

The price of the ASUS VP28UQG is $319 MSRP which makes it one of the most accessible 4 K monitors overall and a perfect console gaming choice.

Consider the LG 27UK650 with FreeSync over HDMI and HDR (High Dynamic Range) if you would rather have a 4K IPS monitor with improved colors and wider viewing angles (but a tad slower reaction time).

Conclusion

For the price, when it comes to competitive gameplay the ASUS VP28UQG is the best gaming monitor for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro.

In case you ‘re more of a casual gamer or prefer more graphically oriented games, check out the buyer’s guide for alternatives.

ASUS VP28UQG Specifications

Screen Size 28-inch
Resolution 3840×2160 (UHD)
Panel Type TN
Aspect Ratio 16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate 60Hz
Response Time 1ms (GtG)
Adaptive Sync FreeSync (40Hz-60Hz)
Ports DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0
Other Ports Headphone Jack
Brightness 300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio 1000:1 (static)
Colors 1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)
VESA Yes (100x100mm)

What We Loved

  • Excellent value for the price
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync over HDMI
  • Low input lag and quick response time speed
  • Crisp image quality

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only design
  • No HDR
  • No built-in speakers
ASUS VP28UQG Review
  • Design – 8.5/10
  • Display – 8/10
  • Performance – 9/10
  • Price/Value – 9/10

Summary

The ASUS VP28UQG is an affordable 28′′ 4K monitor with fast response time , low input lag and lots of gaming features including FreeSync over HDMI making it an ideal budget choice for console gamers.

In his spare time and prior work experience at HP, Joseph possibly spent thousands of hours thinking about the shows. He is now writing and running DisplayNinja to ensure it stays a favored resource for the public.

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