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ASUS VG27WQ curved 165Hz WQHD VA model

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The 27″ screen size and 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution is a popular combination, especially when combined with a high refresh rate. The ASUS VG27WQ, of the ever-expending TUF Gaming lineup, offers another high contrast and high refresh rate WQHD option. The monitor adopts a fairly low-key design, with matte black and dark grey plastics featuring prominently. A dark red ring surrounds the point where the stand neck attaches to the base, for a bit of visual interest. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, including a hard plastic outer component alongside a slender panel border. This panel border is flush with the rest of the screen, blending in nicely when the screen is switched off. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by pressable buttons and a joystick at the rear of the monitor. These controls run vertically down the right side, as viewed from in front.

An unfussy look

A 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) VA (Vertical Alignment) panel is used, with a moderate curve of 1500R. This is designed to create a more immersive experience without feeling unnatural, something we agree with following extensive testing of curved monitors. Other aspects of note include the use of a light matte anti-glare screen surface, 3000:1 static contrast and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. The monitor supports a 165Hz refresh rate alongside Adaptive-Sync, including support for AMD FreeSync with a 48 – 165Hz variable refresh rate range (plus LFC). A flicker-free WLED backlight is employed, offering 120% sRGB coverage and a 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. The monitor is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified, leveraging 10-bit colour processing. This is the lowest level of VESA certification, though, without any local dimming specified and accepting a colour gamut falling well short of the DCI-P3 colour space. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are also included, to promote a more relaxing viewing experience.

A 1ms MPRT response time is specified, with the monitor using its included ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur) strobe backlight setting. This is not ELMB Sync technology, so can’t be employed at the same time as Adaptive-Sync. ‘GameFast Input technology’ is also specified, an integrated low input lag feature. The included stand offers tilt, height and swivel adjustment. It can be removed and replaced with an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution, if preferred. The ports face downwards and include; DP 1.2a, HDMI 2.0, a 3.5mm headphone jack and DC power input (external ‘power brick’). 2 x 2W speakers are included for basic sound output.

A matte rear

Further information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is now available in some regions for ~€470.

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