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ASUS VG289Q 28 inch 4K model with Adaptive-Sync

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The ‘4K’ UHD resolution provides a lot of benefits, with 27-28″ models often considered a nice entry point due to price, model range and a physical size many find agreeable. The ASUS VG289Q is a 28″ member of the TUF Gaming series, sporting a 60Hz ‘4K’ IPS-type panel. The monitor features plenty of matte black plastic with a dark red ring around the stand base and neck attachment point. So not an overt ‘gamery’ look. The top and side bezels feature a dual-stage design with slender hard plastic outer component and slim panel border that’s flush with the rest of the screen. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by pressable buttons and a joystick at the rear of the monitor, running down the bottom right as viewed from the front.

The front view

A 28″ ‘4K’ UHD IPS-type (In-Plane Switching or similar) panel is adopted, with 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. More specifically, the Innolux M280DCA-E3B AAS (Azimuthal Anchoring Switch) IPS-type panel. Adaptive-Sync is supported, including AMD FreeSync, with a 40 – 60Hz variable refresh rate range. Other aspects of note include a matte anti-glare screen surface, 1000:1 static contrast and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. The monitor will also respond to HDR10 content, although is not certified by VESA at even the lowest DisplayHDR level. So this is only very basic HDR support. A flicker-free WLED backlight is used with a 90% DCI-P3 colour gamut and a specified 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. 10-bit colour is supported and various Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included. A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified, with additional gaming features including an on-screen crosshair, timer and FPS counter (refresh rate indication). The included stand offers tilt, swivel, height and pivot (rotation into portrait) and can removed and replaced with an alternative 100 x 100mm solution if preferred. The ports face downwards and include; DP 1.2a, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a DC power input (external ‘power brick’).

The rear view

The manufacturer’s website includes further details on the product. The monitor is available in some regions, including the UK for ~£350.