ASUS MX32VQ 31.5 inch WQHD Designo model with FreeSync
A number of curved 31.5” models with WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution are now available, although most of these are focussed on gamers who demand high refresh rates. The ASUS MX32VQ instead focuses on an attractive all-round package, with the signature design elements of its ‘Designo’ series. Much like a taller and narrower version of the much-admired MX34VQ, the monitor features a 3-side ‘borderless’ design with a silver-coloured semi-matte bezel at the bottom. The ‘borderless’ design entails the use of dual-stage bezels, which are now quite common, with a very slim hard outer bezel as well as a thin panel border. The panel border blends in seamlessly when the monitor is switched off. Another key feature of the monitor is the stand base, which includes a ‘Halo Lighting’ feature. A cool blue LED ring that can be set to stay on, breath or pulse alongside music. You can of course disable this entirely, if preferred. Touch-sensitive volume control buttons are included in a central metal disc on the base. There is no Qi Wireless charger, unlike on the MX34VQ. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled using a joystick (JOG button) flanked by a couple of other buttons, in the central region of the underside of the monitor.
The monitor uses a 31.5” 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) VA (Vertical Alignment) panel, likely the same panel used in the Samsung C32H711. This features a 1800R (relatively steep) curve, 3000:1 static contrast ratio and 178°/178° specified viewing angles. A light matte anti-glare screen surface is employed, offering good glare handling without an obvious smeary grainy quality to the screen. The panel is 60Hz native, although Adaptive-Sync (FreeSync) is also supported with a variable refresh rate range 48 – 75Hz. True 8-bit colour is supported and a flicker-free WLED backlight is used with enhanced phosphors, providing a 125% sRGB colour gamut and 300 cd/m² typical maximum brightness. A grey to grey response time of 4ms (take with salt) is specified. A range of ‘Low Blue Light’ settings are also included alongside the ‘GamePlus’ suite; an on-screen Crosshair, Timer and ‘FPS Counter’ (refresh rate display).
There are two 8W ‘ASUS SonicMaster’ (Hardman Kardon) speakers that face downwards, either side of the OSD controls. These are customisable in the OSD with the ‘AudioWizard’ system, including; ‘Gaming’, ‘Movie’, ‘Music’ and ‘User’ mode. The latter allows you to customise the graphic equalizer for the speakers. If the MX34VQ is any indication, you can expect the quality of these speakers to be vastly better most other monitor speakers. The ports face downwards beneath a removable port cover, at the rear, and include; 2 HDMI ports, DP 1.2a, 3.5mm headphone jack and a 3.5mm audio input jack. All of the display inputs support Adaptive-Sync and therefore AMD FreeSync, on compatible GPUs and systems. The stand offers tilt as the only flexibility and there is no provision for VESA mounting.
Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s product page. This model is listed for $549 in the US. If there is sufficient demand, we’ll consider a review of this model.