ASUS XG32VQ 144Hz 2560 x 1440 curved VA model
Update: We’re currently reviewing this model (2018 publication date expected). News piece below initially published 17th November 2017.
For some gamers, a large and fast screen with high contrast is very desirable. The AOC AG322QCX has proven itself an interesting option fulfilling those criteria, although the aesthetics aren’t to everyone’s liking and availability is patchy in some regions. The ASUS XG32VQ presents an interesting alternative. This 31.5” member of the ROG Strix (Republic Of Gamers) line-up features a similar panel to the AOC, but houses it in the ‘neat’ and some might say quite polished package that users have come to expect from the series. The bezels are slender with a dual-stage design comprising a very thin hard plastic outer bezel and an inner panel border. The bottom bezel is thicker, with a central printed ROG motif. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by buttons running vertically down the monitor’s right side (as viewed from the front) with a joystick included for intuitive navigation. There is a downward-facing red light projector (‘Light Signature’) as well, which projects a red ROG motif by default but can be customised using an included stencil kit. This can of course be disabled entirely if you prefer not to project red light onto your desk.
The monitor features a 31.5” AU Optronics MVA (Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment) panel, with 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution and 144Hz refresh rate. Support for AMD FreeSync is included via Adpative-Sync, on compatible AMD GPUs, with a variable refresh rate of 48 – 144Hz. This is designed to eliminate the tearing or stuttering that can occur from refresh rate and frame rate mismatches. Other noteworthy aspects of the specification include a 3000:1 static contrast ratio, 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles and a 1800R curve for added immersion and an extra feeling of ‘depth’. Arguably better visual comfort, too. A light matte anti-glare screen surface is used to keep the image free from being overly grainy and allow more direct emission of light from the monitor than some matte surfaces. A 4ms grey to grey response time is specified, which as usual (particularly for a VA panel) should be treated with caution. A flicker-free enhanced phosphor WLED backlight is employed, offering 125% sRGB colour space coverage. True 8-bit colour is supported without dithering.
A range of other interesting features are included, such as a the ‘Game Plus’ suite that includes an on-screen timer, crosshair and FPS counter (displays refresh rate, FreeSync must be active). ‘Ultra-Low Blue Light’ Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to aid relaxing viewing, alongside six ‘GameVisual’ image presets. One of the more interesting additions is ‘Aura Sync’ lighting. There is an LED ring around the stand attachment point of the monitor. You can control the colour and lighting animation via the OSD, or by using software which can also be used to control other ASUS ROG branded peripherals with this feature. Although the press images show a rainbow of colours, the ring can only be illuminated as a single colour at any one time. The included stand looks robust, as you’d expect from monitors in this series, with provision for tilt, swivel and height adjustment of the monitor. If preferred you can remove this and mount an alternative 100 x 100mm VESA solution. The ports are neatly hidden beneath a removable cover and include; HDMI 2.0 (supports FreeSync), DP 1.2 (supports FreeSync), MiniDP, 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream) and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Further information can be found on the official product page. The monitor is currently due for a UK release towards the end of December 2017 with an MSRP of £549.99. A release in other regions such as the US is also expected, at a similar time. It is listed for preorder in the US for $699.99 and UK for £549.99. We’re currently reviewing this model.