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ASUS PG32UQ with 144Hz+ 4K IPS panel

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We’re now seeing the emergence of the very exciting combination of high refresh rate, high resolution and large screen size. With the addition of HDMI 2.1 now allowing modern games consoles users to get in on the action. The ASUS PG32UQ offers this tantalising combination, combining it with ROG styling elements as a member of the ROG Swift series. This is the more toned-down style adopted by some other recent members of the series, with plenty of black and dark grey matte plastic but no eye-catching colourful elements from the front. The top and side bezels are dual stage, with a slim 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 subdued ROG aesthetic

A 32″ 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) IPS-type panel is adopted, wmore specifically the AUO M320QAN02.3 AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) panel. This includes a light or very light matte anti-glare screen surface, 1000:1 static contrast ratio and 178°/178° viewing angles. The monitor supports a 155Hz (144Hz + mild factory overclock) refresh rate, with Adaptive-Sync also featuring. This includes Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ and support for AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, with a 48 – 155Hz VRR range plus LFC. 10-bit colour support is included and the monitor is factory calibrated with an average DeltaE <2. Based on our panel assumptions, a flicker-free Quantum Dot LED backlight is included - ASUS specifies a 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut (160% sRGB), whilst 99% Adobe RGB coverage is assumed. The backlight has a specified 450 cd/m² typical maximum, or 600 cd/m² peak luminance for HDR. Low Blue Light (LBL) will also feature to potentially enhance viewing comfort. The monitor is VESA DisplayHDR 600 certified, allowing it to put its colour gamut to good use alongside 10-bit colour support. The high luminance output (600 cd/m²+) is also employed alongside an edge-lit local dimming solution with 16 zones for situationally enhanced contrast.

A 1ms MPRT response time is specified using the included ELMB Sync strobe backlight setting, allowing Adaptive-Sync to be used at the same time as the strobe operation. Variable overdrive is also included, meaning the pixel response times are dynamically tuned to a range of refresh rates. Based on a similar stand design on other product, the included stand connects using a quick-release mechanism and can be removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes. Tilt, swivel and height (100mm or 3.94 inches) adjustment is offered. A customisable (via Aura Sync software) RGB LED ROG motif is included at the rear, towards the top right. The ports face downwards beneath a removable port cover. These include DC power input (external ‘power brick’), 2 HDMI 2.1 ports, DP 1.4 (with DSC), a 3.5mm headphone jack and 2 USB 3.0 ports plus upstream. HDMI 2.1 allows 120Hz ‘4K’ UHD to be used alongside HDR on compatible games consoles, such as the PS5 and Xbox Series X. 2 x 5W speakers are also included.

A pretty eye

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$1000 USD (£850).