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ASUS VG32VQR 165Hz WQHD VA model with 1800R curve

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For those after an immersive experience with strong contrast, ~32″ VA models can be attractive choices. The ASUS VG32VQR of the TUF Gaming series offers this, with a 2560 x 1440 resolution. The monitor has a somewhat pared back ‘gamery’ aesthetic, in keeping with others in the series. Plenty of matte black plastics in use, with a red ring at the join between the stand neck and base for a bit of extra visual interest. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick and pressable buttons at the rear of the monitor, towards the right side as viewed from the front.

A TUF appearance

The monitor uses a 31.5″ VA panel with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) resolution and 1800R curve – to draw you in a little bit without creating an unnatural feel. A light matte anti-glare screen surface is employed, whilst a 3000:1 static contrast rate and 178°/178° viewing angles are specified. True 8-bit colour is supported. A 165Hz refresh rate is supported alongside Adaptive-Sync, including Nvidia ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ and AMD FreeSync Premium with a 48 – 165Hz VRR range (plus LFC). A flicker-free WLED backlight is employed, offering a 130% sRGB colour gamut and 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. The monitor is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified, allowing 10-bit colour processing to be used (with GPU dithering) and for the fairly generous colour gamut to be put to good use. It does not necessitate local dimming or particularly high brightness levels for HDR, however.

Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included, whilst a 1ms MPRT response time is specified using ELMB (Enhanced Local Motion Blur) Sync, a strobe backlight setting that can be used at the same time as Adaptive-Sync. The stand offers tilt, height (140mm or 5.11 inches) and swivel adjustment. The stand can be removed and replaced by an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution if preferred. The ports face downwards and include; a 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.2a+ (HDR feature set) and a DC power input (external ‘power brick’). 2 x 2W speakers are included for basic sound output. ASUS also notes support for the PS5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S at 1920 x 1080 @120Hz plus the Microsoft consoles at 2560 x 1440 @120Hz. FreeSync is supported at the same time with the Microsoft consoles, too.

A TUF appearance

Further details are available on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$450 USD.