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ASUS VG32AQL1A 31.5″ 170Hz WQHD IPS model

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The ~32″ screen size and 2560 x 1440 resolution provides a similar pixel density to a ~24″ Full HD model which many are comfortable with. Spread out across a much larger screen area, for extra immersion, whilst providing superior desktop real-estate. This is offered by the ASUS VG32AQL1A, a member of the TUF Gaming Series. As such, the screen has the usual rugged look, with extensive use of matte black plastic including for the penguin-foot stand and chunky bottom bezel. The top and side bezels are sleeker, with a dual-stage design. This includes a slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen and a slender hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick at the rear of the monitor, towards the right side as viewed from the front.

A rugged look

The monitor adopts a 31.5″ IPS-type panel with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) resolution – likely an Innolux AAS IPS-type panel. A 170Hz refresh rate is supported (via mild internal factory overclock), including Adaptive-Sync with certification for both AMD FreeSync Premium and Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’. A 48 – 165Hz VRR range plus LFC is offered. A 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles and true 8-bit colour is supported. A flicker-free WLED backlight with specified 350 cd/m² typical maximum luminance and 99% DCI-P3 coverage is included. The monitor responds to HDR10 content via VESA DisplayHDR 400, with a peak luminance of 400 cd/m². The generous colour gamut can be put to good use and 10-bit colour processing used, but this is just a basic HDR level that doesn’t necessitate local dimming or particularly high brightness. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to promote a more relaxing viewing experience. The screen also has a shifted peak of blue light to less energetic wavelengths to help promote greater viewing comfort.

A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified, which as usual should be taken with a good pinch of salt. Variable overdrive is included to help prevent excessive overshoot levels as refresh rate drops. The monitor also includes an ELMB Sync strobe backlight mode, which can be used at the same time as Adaptive-Sync if you wish. The included stand provides tilt, height (90mm or 3.54 inches) and swivel adjustment. It can be removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. The ports face downwards and include; a 3.5mm headphone jack, DC power input (external ‘power brick’), 2 USB 3.1 ports (plus upstream), 2 HDMI 2.0 ports and DP 1.2a+ (HDR feature set). 2 x 2W speakers are included for basic sound output.

A rugged look

Further details are available on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$430 USD.