ASUS VP28UQG Review: 4K FreeSync Console Gaming Monitor

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Introduction

Looking for a 4K monitor for your PS4 Pro or Xbox One X? The ASUS VP28UQG is the best budget 4K display for competitive console gaming; it’s affordable, fast, and offers plenty of gaming features.

Image Quality

Keep in mind that the ASUS VP28UQG 28″ monitor features a TN (Twisted Nematic) panel which unlike other monitor panel technologies such as IPS and VA has narrow 170°/160° viewing angles.

This means that the picture will shift in color, contrast, and color when it’s viewed from skewed angles.

However, since this monitor is 28″ in size and you’ll always be sitting directly in front of it when gaming, the viewing angles won’t be an issue.

Another aspect where TN panels fall short is color reproduction.

In comparison to other panels types, TN panels have the least vibrant and accurate colors; however, they have the fastest pixel response time speed; so it’s a fair trade-off if you’re into competitive gaming.

More importantly, thanks to the 4K UHD resolution, the image will be crisp and sharp with vivid and clear details.

Other panel-related specs include a 300-nit peak brightness, 10-bit color depth via dithering, and a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, all of which is standard at this price range.

Performance

Thanks to its rapid 1ms response time speed, there’s no ghosting or motion blur of fast-moving objects which makes for buttery-smooth and enjoyable fast-paced gameplay.

In addition, the ASUS VP28UQG input lag performance is top-notch at just below 10ms.

The screen is flicker-free and has an integrated low blue light filter, so you won’t have to worry about eye strain even after prolonged gaming sessions.

Moving on, the ASUS VP28UQG 4K monitor supports AMD FreeSync which can further improve the gaming experience if you have an AMD graphics card or an Xbox One/S/X console.

FreeSync works by synchronizing the monitor’s refresh rate to the GPU’s frame rate which consequently eliminates issues with screen tearing and stuttering without introducing any perceptible input lag.

The ASUS VP28UQG FreeSync range is 40-60Hz/FPS (Frames Per Second), so when your FPS is below 40, FreeSync won’t do anything until the framerate is back up within the dynamic range.

Update: FreeSync now also works without any issues when using a compatible NVIDIA G-SYNC graphics card.

Features

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Further, the ASUS VP28UQG supports HDCP 2.2, so you can stream content from Netflix, Amazon Video, etc in 4K UHD.

You will also find the GamePlus feature which consists of customizable crosshair overlays, an on-screen timer, and an FPS counter.

Next, there are eight pre-calibrated picture presets for various viewing scenarios including Scenery, Theater, Game, Night View, Reading, Darkroom, sRGB, and Standard (customizable mode).

The OSD (On-Screen Display) menu is rather user-friendly and easily navigatable using the 5-way joystick placed at the back side of the monitor.

Design & Connectivity

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The design of the monitor is tilt-only by -5°/20° and you can VESA mount it on a third-party stand using the 100x100mm pattern.

Connectivity includes two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, and a headphones jack. So, you can simultaneously connect two consoles and a PC, and just change the input source on the monitor.

AMD FreeSync works over HDMI and DisplayPort with a 40-60Hz dynamic refresh rate range.

Price & Similar Monitors

The ASUS VP28UQG price is usually around $300. For ~40 extra, you can get the ASUS VP28UQGL which is the same monitor, but with a fully ergonomic design.

Now, for the same price, you can get the BenQ EL2870U which is also based on a 28″ TN panel with 1ms GtG and AMD FreeSync, but it also offers HDR, integrated speakers, and built-in sensors for automatic brightness adjustment.

You can also get a 27″ 4K IPS monitor such as the Philips 276E8VJSB or the LG 27UL500.

These IPS models offer wider viewing angles and much betters colors, but their pixel response time is not as fast.

So, you should go for the TN models only if you are willing to sacrifice image quality and viewing angles for the performance. Note that the difference in response time is less obvious than the difference in picture quality to a regular user/gamer. So, unless you’re a really hardcore FPS gamer, we suggest going the IPS route.

Check out more choices in our best gaming monitors for PS4 Pro and Xbox One X buyer’s guide.

Conclusion

While the ASUS VP28UQG does offer smooth performance and plenty of useful features, there are better alternatives at this price range.

ASUS VP28UQG Specifications

Screen Size28-inch
Resolution3840×2160 (UHD)
Panel TypeTN
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate60Hz
Response Time1ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (40Hz-60Hz)
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0
Other PortsHeadphone Jack
Brightness300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

The Pros

  • Plenty of features including FreeSync over HDMI
  • Low input lag and quick response time speed
  • Crisp image quality

The Cons

  • Tilt-only design
  • No built-in speakers
  • There are better alternatives
ASUS VP28UQG Review
  • 8.5/10
    Design - 8.5/10
  • 8/10
    Display - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Performance - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Price/Value - 7/10
8.1/10

Summary

The ASUS VP28UQG is an affordable 28″ 4K monitor with a quick response time speed, low input lag, and plenty of gaming features including FreeSync over HDMI which makes it an ideal budget choice for console gamers.

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