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ASUS XG32VC 170Hz curved WQHD VA model

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The ~32″ screen size can be quite engrossing for desktop use, with features such as a high refresh rate making them more attractive for gaming. The ASUS XG32VC of the ROG Strix series is one such offering. As usual for models in the series, the monitor has a ‘gamery’ aesthetic, although this is pared down slightly compared to some due to the use of dark grey elements but no brighter orange elements or fancy lighting features at the front. The top and side bezels are dual stage, with slim panel borders that are 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 buttons at the rear of the monitor, towards the bottom right as viewed from in front.

ROG styling, without the orange

The monitor is based around a 31.5″ AU Optronics VA panel, with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution. The screen uses a light matte anti-glare screen surface and includes a 1800R curve, drawing you into the experience a little without feeling unnatural. A 170Hz refresh rate is supported, alongside Adaptive-Sync – including support for Nvidia ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ and AMD FreeSync Premium, with a 48 – 170Hz VRR range (plus LFC). A 3000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and 10-bit colour support (8-bit + FRC) is specified. A flicker-free WLED backlight is used, offering a 90% DCI P3 or 125% sRGB colour gamut and a 400 cd/m² typical maximum luminance. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included and the monitor will respond to HDR10 content via VESA DisplayHDR 400. This allows the colour gamut and 10-bit colour support to be used, but doesn’t necessitate local dimming or particularly high luminance levels. The monitor has a 1ms MPRT response time using ELMB (Enhanced Local Motion Blur) Sync, a strobe backlight setting that can be used at the same time as Adaptive-Sync. The stand attaches using a quick-release mechanism and can be removed to reveal 100 x 100mm VESA holes for alternative mounting. It offers tilt, swivel and height adjustment. An RGB LED lighting feature surrounds the attachment point, customisable in the OSD (Aura RGB) or software (Aura Sync). The ports face downwards beneath a removable plastic port cover and include; HDMI 2.0, DP 1.2a+ (HDR feature set), USB Type-C (25W PD, DP Alt Mode), 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream) and a DC power input (external ‘power brick’). KVM functionality is included, allowing USB peripherals to be switched between 2 systems.

Aura Sync lighting

Further details are available on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$500 USD.