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ASUS VZ27VQ Review: 27″ Full HD Curved Monitor

By November 30, 2018 4 Comments
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Introduction

The ASUS VZ27VQ is a 27″ 1080p curved monitor with a VA panel. It’s primarily aimed at home entertainment and video enjoyment.

Thanks to its ultra-thin bezels and the gold-colored chassis, it will fit nicely in any home or office environment.

Image Quality

First of all, due to the Full HD resolution which is fairly low for a 27″ monitor, we don’t recommend the ASUS VZ27VQ for those who’d use the screen to read or type a lot.

For checking e-mails, occasional document viewing, and web-surfing, it’s fine, but for office-related tasks that involve a lot of reading and writing, you should either get a 24″ 1080p or a 27″ 1440p monitor.

Due to the low pixel density, the text is blurry and smudgy, there’s not a lot of screen space available, and lastly, certain details are lost.

However, in video games and movies, the above-mentioned issues are not as noticeable.

The ASUS VZ27VQ monitor features a VA panel which will thanks to its high static contrast ratio of 3,000:1 provide you with deep blacks as well as vibrant colors and wide viewing angles.

Other panel-related specs include a 250-nit peak brightness, true 8-bit color depth, and a 5ms response time speed which removes ghosting of fast-moving objects.

Performance

Overall, the ASUS VZ27VQ delivers a decent performance with low input lag of around 15ms.

While it’s exceptional for watching movies and gaming thanks to its curved screen, rich colors, and bright picture, it’s mediocre for everything else.

In darker fast-paced scenes, there’s some smearing with fast-moving objects, but that’s expected for a VA panel.

The screen is flicker-free and has an integrated low blue light filter with four different levels including Web Browsing, Viewing [Photos and Videos], Reading, and Night View.

Features

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Gamers will appreciate the ASUS GamePlus feature which consists of customizable crosshair overlays and an on-screen timer.

The ASUS VZ27VQ 27″ monitor has seven hotkeys for power, menu navigation, quick input source selection, the GamePlus menu, and two shortcut keys that you can customize in the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu.

You will also find the Splendid pre-calibrated presets for different viewing scenarios including Scenery, Standard, Theater, Game, Night View, sRGB, Reading, and Darkroom.

Other adjustments include contrast/brightness, color temperature and saturation, audio volume, aspect ratio, and TraceFree which can speed up the response time.

Note that the ASUS VZ27VQ doesn’t feature AMD FreeSync even though it’s listed on AMD’s list of FreeSync monitors.

Design & Connectivity

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The ASUS VZ27VQ has a 1800R curvature which is notable and provides a more immersive viewing experience as long as you’re sitting in front of the screen.

Furthermore, the monitor has very thin bezels and an overall slim design which makes it a viable choice for a multi-monitor gaming setup.

Alas, the monitor has no VESA mount compatibility and it’s tilt-only. Connectivity options are diverse and include a DisplayPort, an HDMI, a VGA, a headphones jack, and two 2W integrated speakers.

Price & Similar Monitors

The ASUS VZ27VQ price is $279 MSRP. For the same amount of money, you could get either a higher resolution display or a higher refresh rate gaming monitor.

Check out the best gaming monitors under $300 for better deals.

On Amazon, you will also find the ASUS VZ27AQ which is a similar model but with a flat screen, a 1440p resolution and an IPS panel; we highly recommend it over the VZ27VQ.

Conclusion

If you’re just looking for a 27″ monitor for videos and gaming, and you really want a curved monitor with a slim design, the ASUS VZ27VQ may be for you.

However, keep in mind that, for the same price, you could get a 27″ 1440p display or a 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor.

ASUS VZ27VQ Specifications

Screen Size27-inch
Screen Curvature1800R
Resolution1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate60Hz
Response Time5ms (GtG)
Speakers2x2W
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, VGA
Other PortsHeadphone Jack
Brightness250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio3000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (true 8-bit)

What We Loved

  • Curved screen for a more immersive viewing experience
  • Unique design
  • Built-in speakers
  • High contrast ratio for deep blacks

What We Didn’t Like

  • No VESA mount
  • Tilt-only design
  • No AMD FreeSync
  • Expensive
  • Low pixel density

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