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ASUS PG329Q 32 inch 175Hz WQHD IPS model

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There are a large number of 27″ WQHD options available now with IPS-type panels and high refresh rates. For those wanting a more engrossing experience, ~32″ screens may be more suitable. But such models typically feature VA panels. The ASUS PG329Q joins the Acer XB323U as an IPS alternative. The monitor is a member of the ROG SWIFT series, including many of the signature styling elements. It takes a stealthier approach than usual, though, forgoing any orange or silver elements and instead uses matte black and dark greys throughout. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen plus a slim hard plastic outer component. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick and set of pressable buttons running down the rear of the monitor, at the right side as viewed from the front.

A stealthier ROG appearance

A 32″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) IPS-type panel is employed, with the AUO M320DAN02.2 AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) panel or a related CELL (panel minus backlight) being the most likely candidate. A 1000:1 static contrast and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles are specified, whilst a matte anti-glare screen surface is used. A refresh rate of up to 175Hz is supported via internal factory overclock. Adaptive-Sync is supported, including Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ and AMD FreeSync, with a 48 – 170Hz VRR range plus LFC. 10-bit colour output is supported, but this may be with the aid of a GPU dithering stage. A flicker-free backlight is included which offers a typical maximum luminance of 600 cd/m² and 98% DCI-3 colour gamut (160% sRGB). VESA DisplayHDR 600 certification is included, meaning the monitor will respond to HDR10 content and can put its bit depth and colour gamut to good use. 16-zone local dimming is also included under HDR for a situational contrast enhancement. A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified (approach with caution), whilst variable overdrive is included to help optimise overdrive levels over a range of refresh rates. A range of Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to enhance viewing comfort. The monitor supports ELMB Sync with a 1ms MPRT response time, allowing a strobe backlight setting to be used to minimise perceived blur with Adaptive-Sync active simultaneously. The included stand offers tilt, height and swivel adjustment but can be removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. A customisable (via Aura Sync software) RGB LED ROG motif is included at the rear, towards the top right. The ports face downwards and include; DC power input (external ‘power brick’, 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.2a+ (HDR feature set) and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

An RGB motif

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$700.