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ASUS XG32VQ Review: 1440p 144Hz FreeSync Curved Gaming Monitor

Asus Xg32vq Review 2019

Introduction

The ASUS XG32VQ gaming monitor combines its big 32″ curved screen with a 144Hz refresh rate, stunning visuals, and AMD FreeSync for both immersive and responsive gameplay experience.

Moreover, it offers plenty of exclusive features including gimmicky RGB lighting, rich connectivity options, and the premium ROG Strix branding and design.

Image Quality

The ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ features Samsung’s VA panel (SVA) with a static contrast ratio of 3,000:1 and a peak luminance of 300-nits which makes for deep blacks and bright whites.

Moreover, it offers true 8-bit color depth and an extended color gamut of 125% sRGB for striking colors which perfectly complement the high contrast.

Thanks to the 2560×1440 WQHD screen resolution, the picture is clear and sharp with a pixel density of 93 PPI (pixels per inch) which is equivalent to 1080p at 24″.

So, you don’t get as crisp details and as much screen space as you’d get on a 27″ 1440p monitor, but you get a significantly larger screen and still a decent pixel density.

Moving on, there’s no excessive backlight bleeding, the screen is flicker-free, and the 178-degree viewing angles don’t cause any major shifts in contrast or color when the image is viewed from an angle.

Performance

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Unfortunately, the ASUS XG32VQ monitor doesn’t have a backlight strobing capability, so you will have to settle for a 4ms response time (gray to gray pixel transition) with six different overdrive (OD) settings available.

In the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu, you will find the ‘OD’ option with six levels ranging from 0 to 5. Overall, setting the overdrive option to ‘Level 3’ provides the best results with the least amount of ghosting and overshoot.

Even then, there is noticeable ghosting which is expected from a VA panel regardless of its high refresh rate.

On balance, the ghosting is tolerable because you get such deep blacks as a trade-off, but if you mainly play fast-paced competitive games, you should consider an IPS or a TN high refresh rate gaming monitor instead.

In case you prefer more graphically-oriented games and single-player FPS, you won’t mind the ghosting due to the immersive picture quality.

In addition, the ASUS XG32VQ input lag performance is excellent with only 4ms of measured delay.

Features

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There are plenty of gaming features available including the GameVisual picture presets (FPS, RTS/RPG, etc) and the GamePlus customizable crosshairs, timers, and an FPS counter.

The OSD settings can be adjusted either by the joystick and the buttons at the back of the monitor or in the DisplayWidget desktop application.

Other features include the illuminating ROG logo that projects beneath the monitor’s stand as well as the Aura Sync RGB lighting with numerous customizable colors and patterns that can sync with the rest of your Aura Sync gear.

Lastly, the ASUS XG32VQ curved gaming monitor supports AMD FreeSync which allows you to synchronize the monitor’s refresh rate with the GPU’s frame rate, therefore, entirely eliminating screen tearing and stuttering.

FreeSync only works with compatible AMD graphics cards, so this feature won’t work if you have an NVIDIA card.

The ASUS XG32VQ FreeSync range is 48-144Hz (LFC supported) over both HDMI and DP.

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

Design & Connectivity

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The design of the monitor is robust and versatile with up to 100mm height adjustment, -/+ 50° swivel, -5°/20° tilt, and 100 x 100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include an HDMI 2.0, a DisplayPort 1.2, a mini-DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, and a dual-USB 3.0 hub (two downstream plus one upstream).

Price & Similar Monitors

The ASUS XG32VQ price is around $500-$600 which is rather steep. For ~$200 less, you can get the essentially same monitor, the AOC CQ32G1, which even has a motion blur reduction technology.

Alternatively, you can get the LG 32GK650F. It’s also a 32″ 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor with FreeSync and MBR, but with a flat screen (some users may actually prefer this).

Even the LG 32GK650G 32″ 1440p 165Hz flat gaming monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC is cheaper than the ASUS XG32VQ.

Note that the ASUS XG32VQ is also available as the ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQR which is the same model – plus FreeSync 2 and HDR400. It’s available for ~$600.

However, in this case, you can get the LG 32GK850F 32″ 1440p 144Hz FreeSync 2 HDR400 gaming monitor which goes for around $450.

Conclusion

While the ASUS XG32VQ does offer an amazing image quality and a smooth performance, we feel that it has plenty of unnecessary features which we would gladly trade for a motion blur reduction technology.

Luckily, such alternative exists at an even lower cost which is why we highly recommend the LG 32GK650F or the AOC CQ32G1 over the ASUS XG32VQ.

ASUS XG32VQ Specifications

Screen Size31.5-inch
Screen Curvature1800R
Resolution2560×1440 (WQHD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time4ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (48Hz-144Hz)
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, mini-DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0
Other Ports2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack
Brightness300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio3000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (true 8-bit)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

The Pros

  • High contrast ratio and rich colors
  • Low input lag and high refresh rate
  • Plenty of exclusive features including FreeSync

The Cons

  • No motion blur reduction technology
  • Expensive; there are more cost-effective alternatives
  • Visible ghosting in fast-paced games
ASUS XG32VQ Review
  • 9.9/10
    Design - 9.9/10
  • 8.9/10
    Display - 8.9/10
  • 7.5/10
    Performance - 7.5/10
  • 5/10
    Price/Value - 5/10
7.8/10

Summary

The ASUS XG32VQ offers an immersive image quality and a smooth performance as well as plenty of exclusive gaming and flashy features. However, until its price drops, there are better alternatives for the money out there.

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