ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Dec 11, 2020 at 10:51 am
ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B Picture
7.4
Mixed Usage
7.1
Office
7.9
Gaming
7.3
Multimedia
7.3
Media Creation
6.8
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Pixel Type
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B is a great gaming monitor. It's packed with features most gamers should enjoy, like FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support and G-SYNC compatibility. It also has an incredibly low input lag and a decent response time, but you may notice some motion blur with fast-moving content in dark scenes. Luckily, it has a Black Frame Insertion feature that helps improve the appearance of motion. It has a VA panel with a great contrast ratio, making it ideal for dark-room gaming, but it has narrow viewing angles and the image looks washed out when viewing from the sides. The ergonomics are also bad, so it may be difficult to place in an ideal viewing position. Lastly, it performs well in bright rooms thanks to its good reflection handling and high peak brightness.

Our Verdict

7.4 Mixed Usage

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B is good for mixed usage. It's a great gaming option thanks to its high refresh rate, low input lag, and VRR support. However, fast-moving content looks a bit blurry. It has a large screen and high resolution for office use or content creation, but it has narrow viewing angles and bad ergonomics. HDR content looks okay as it displays a wide color gamut, but it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop.

Pros
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Great contrast ratio.
Cons
  • Bad ergonomics.
  • Slow response time in dark scenes.
7.1 Office

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B is decent for office use. The 27 inch, 1440p screen offers enough space for most people and has a high resolution so that you can easily open multiple windows. It also has good reflection handling and gets bright enough to combat glare. However, it has bad ergonomics and narrow viewing angles, making it harder to share your screen with others.

Pros
  • Large screen and high resolution.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Bad ergonomics.
7.9 Gaming

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B is great for gaming. It has a high 165Hz refresh rate and VRR support to reduce screen tearing. The input lag is also incredibly low. The response time is only decent and you may notice some motion blur, but it has a Black Frame Insertion feature to help improve the appearance of motion. Lastly, it has a great contrast ratio for dark-room gaming.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility.
  • Great contrast ratio.
Cons
  • Slow response time in dark scenes.
7.3 Multimedia

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B is decent for multimedia use. It has a large screen and a high resolution that help deliver crisp images. It also gets bright enough to combat glare and has good reflection handling. However, it has narrow viewing angles and the ergonomics are bad, so it's not ideal for sharing content with others. It displays deep blacks, but it has bad black uniformity that may become distracting.

Pros
  • Large screen and high resolution.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Bad ergonomics.
7.3 Media Creation

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B is decent for content creators. The 27 inch screen allows you to open multiple windows and the high resolution delivers crisp images. It performs well in bright and dark rooms thanks to its good peak brightness and high contrast ratio. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles and limited ergonomics, so it may be hard to share your screen with a client.

Pros
  • Large screen and high resolution.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angles.
  • Bad ergonomics.
6.8 HDR Gaming

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B is okay for HDR gaming. It offers great gaming performance thanks to its 165Hz refresh rate, VRR support, and low input lag. However, you may notice some motion blur with fast-moving content because its response time is only decent. It displays a wide color gamut for HDR content, but it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop.

Pros
  • Incredibly low input lag.
  • Great contrast ratio.
  • Displays wide color gamut.
Cons
  • Slow response time in dark scenes.
  • Low HDR peak brightness.
  • No local dimming feature.
  • 7.4 Mixed Usage
  • 7.1 Office
  • 7.9 Gaming
  • 7.3 Multimedia
  • 7.3 Media Creation
  • 6.8 HDR Gaming
  1. Updated Jan 20, 2021: For consistency, we've changed the height adjustment from N/A to 'No'. The score has been adjusted accordingly.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved Yes
Curve Radius 1500R
Weight (without stand)
9.9 lbs (4.5 kg)
Weight (with stand)
11.9 lbs (5.4 kg)

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B is a simple-looking monitor geared towards gamers, but it doesn't look out of place in an office environment, either. It has a slightly curved screen with thin borders on three sides and a thicker bottom bezel. It has the same V-shaped stand as the ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A, but the back looks a lot less premium.

Design
Stand
Width
20.9" (53.0 cm)
Depth
8.5" (21.5 cm)

The trunk of the stand is plastic and the feet are metal, but with a plastic covering. There's enough space between the feet to put stuff in front, like your keyboard. The stand supports the monitor well and there's little wobble.

2.2
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
0.0" (0.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape No
Swivel Range -15° to 15°
Tilt Range -20° to 5°

Update 01/20/2021: For consistency, we've changed the height adjustment from N/A to 'No'. The score has been adjusted accordingly.

Sadly, the ASUS VG27WQ1B has bad ergonomics. Unlike the ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQ1LA, it doesn't have any height adjustment. It also has a narrow swivel range, and you can't rotate it into portrait mode.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back panel is basic plastic that feels solid. It's mainly matte throughout with a glossy strip near the inputs. Cable management is serviced through a hole in the stand.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.8 cm)

The borders are thin, great for a multi-monitor setup.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
6.7" (17.0 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
3.1" (8.0 cm)

Despite the slight curve, the ASUS TUF VG27WQ1B isn't very thick, even with the stand attached.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B's build quality is good. It's made mainly out of plastic and it feels solid. It has the same textured matte plastic throughout, except for some glossy plastic near the inputs. However, it seems like this glossy part comes from another model because the markings on it don't match up with the inputs. The stand supports the monitor well with almost no wobble, and the hinge doesn't feel like it would break. Overall, there's nothing fancy about this model, but it feels stable.

Picture Quality
8.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
3172 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The contrast ratio is great, which is expected from a VA panel, and blacks look good. It's higher than the advertised 3000:1 contrast ratio, but this is something that may vary between units. Sadly, there's no local dimming feature to further improve the contrast.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

7.7
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
336 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
283 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
284 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
284 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
284 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
284 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
282 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
284 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
284 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
284 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
284 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

The ASUS VG27WQ1B has good SDR peak brightness. It maintains its brightness very consistently across different content, and it gets bright enough to combat glare in well-lit rooms. Also, it gets much brighter in real scenes than the advertised 250 cd/m².

We measured SDR peak brightness after calibration in the 'Racing' Picture Mode with RGB set to 'User'.

5.9
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
297 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
244 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
245 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
246 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
246 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
246 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
243 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
245 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
245 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
245 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
245 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.001

The ASUS VG27WQ1B has disappointing HDR peak brightness. Surprisingly, it gets less bright in HDR than in SDR, and it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop. We measured the HDR peak brightness in the 'ASUS Gaming HDR' Picture Mode.

5.7
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
26 °
Color Washout From Right
26 °
Color Shift From Left
54 °
Color Shift From Right
47 °
Brightness Loss From Left
29 °
Brightness Loss From Right
29 °
Black Level Raise From Left
14 °
Black Level Raise From Right
18 °
Gamma Shift From Left
16 °
Gamma Shift From Right
19 °

The ASUS VG27WQ1B has a disappointing horizontal viewing angle, which is expected from a VA panel. The image looks inaccurate as you move off-center, so it's not ideal for sharing your screen with others. The edges may also look washed out if you sit really close, but the curved screen helps with this issue. If you want a similar monitor that has an IPS panel and wide viewing angles, look into the Gigabyte G27Q.

5.4
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
27 °
Color Washout From Above
29 °
Color Shift From Below
44 °
Color Shift From Above
50 °
Brightness Loss From Below
29 °
Brightness Loss From Above
31 °
Black Level Raise From Below
13 °
Black Level Raise From Above
13 °
Gamma Shift From Below
13 °
Gamma Shift From Above
11 °

Once again, the vertical viewing angle is disappointing. You lose image accuracy if you mount it above eye level or if you sit too close.

9.0
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
1.902 %
50% DSE
0.096 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.781 %
5% DSE
0.074 %

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B's gray uniformity is outstanding, but this may vary between units. The corners are slightly darker, but it's hard to notice, and there's no dirty screen effect in the center. Uniformity is improved in near-dark scenes, but there's a bit of backlight bleed.

4.3
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
3.142 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B has bad black uniformity, but this may vary between units. The entire screen looks closer to blue/gray and there's backlight bleed along the top and bottoms edges. There's also a bit of blooming around the center cross.

8.1
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Color Space (sRGB)
Luminance
174 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
90
Contrast Setting
80
RGB Controls
Default
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6605 K
White Balance dE
1.84
Color dE
2.98
Gamma
2.13

The ASUS VG27WQ1B's out-of-the-box accuracy is great. Some colors are inaccurate, but they're hard to notice. Color temperature is close to the 6500K target, but it's a bit on the cold side. Gamma doesn't follow the target curve all that well and most scenes are brighter than they should be. Note that out-of-the-box accuracy may vary between units.

9.1
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Luminance
102 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
30
Contrast Setting
78
RGB Controls
100-91-100
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6586 K
White Balance dE
1.19
Color dE
1.33
Gamma
2.18

The ASUS VG27WQ1B's accuracy after calibration is outstanding. Any remaining color and white balance inaccuracies can't be spotted by the human eye, and the color temperature is slightly closer to the target. Gamma does a better job at following the target curve, except some really bright scenes are still over-brightened.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.

9.2
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
98.0 %
Adobe RGB xy
85.4 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Racing
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Racing

The SDR color gamut is outstanding. It has near-perfect coverage of the commonly-used sRGB color space. Also, it has excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing.

9.5
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
99.1 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
90.9 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Racing
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Racing

The ASUS VG27WQ1B's SDR color volume is incredible. It displays colors at a wide range of luminance levels, but it still has some trouble with dark colors despite its high contrast ratio.

7.6
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
85.8 %
Rec. 2020 xy
65.5 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
Asus Gaming HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Asus Gaming HDR

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B has a good HDR color gamut. It's considered a wide color gamut with excellent coverage of the common DCI P3 color space. However, it has limited coverage of the wider Rec. 2020.

The DCI P3 coverage is much lower than the advertised 90% coverage. This is normal and is due to the way we measure DCI P3. We measure DCI P3 by sending a Rec. 2020 signal, but unlike most reviewers, we limit the colors we're sending to the DCI P3 primaries. This results in a lower, but arguably more accurate measurement.

7.3
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
82.9 %
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
63.9 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
Asus Gaming HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Asus Gaming HDR

The HDR color volume is decent. It displays brighter colors well, but struggles with some darker colors.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00 %

There are no signs of temporary image retention on our unit, but your experience may vary.

8.4
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The ASUS VG27WQ1B has great gradient handling. There's clear banding throughout, especially in the darker shades. It performs like an 8-bit panel and has worse banding than most 10-bit panels we've seen.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.002 %
Pixel Column Error
0.003 %

There's some very minor color bleed, but most people shouldn't notice it.

7.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
6.0 %
Indirect Reflections
4.5 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.5 %

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B has good reflection handling. It shouldn't be an issue with some light on it, but the glare may become too distracting if it's in a room with direct sunlight.

7.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

The ASUS VG27WQ1B has good text clarity. It's a bit better than most 27 inch, 1440p monitors we've tested such as the ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A. Enabling ClearType (top photo) helps improve the appearance of diagonal lines, but some straight lines aren't as bold.

Motion
7.3
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
100
Rise / Fall Time
6.3 ms
Total Response Time
15.6 ms
Overshoot Error
6.2 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
14.4 ms
Dark Total Response Time
27.1 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
0 Chart Table Photo
20 Chart Table Photo
40 Chart Table Photo
60 Chart Table Photo
80 Chart Table Photo
100 Chart Table Photo

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B has a decent response time at its max refresh rate of 165Hz. The recommended overdrive setting is '100' because it has the quickest response time, but there's noticeable overshoot in some transitions. There's also visible blur trail and smearing with fast-moving objects in dark scenes, which could be distracting.

7.7
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
60
Rise / Fall Time
6.7 ms
Total Response Time
16.1 ms
Overshoot Error
2.8 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
10.9 ms
Dark Total Response Time
18.6 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
0 Chart Table Photo
20 Chart Table Photo
40 Chart Table Photo
60 Chart Table Photo
80 Chart Table Photo
100 Chart Table Photo

The response time at 60Hz is good. There's less blur trail than at its max refresh rate, but the response time is slow in dark transitions, so there's still a bit of smearing. The recommended overdrive setting is '60' as there's minimal overshoot in most transitions, so you may have to change the setting if your game's frame rate drops.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The ASUS VG27WQ1B has a flicker-free backlight, which helps reduce eye strain.

7.1
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
165 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
100 Hz

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B has a Black Frame Insertion feature to help improve the appearance of motion, but it has a somewhat narrow flicker range. It can't be used with VRR enabled, and we experienced some issues when trying to enable BFI after disabling VRR. When we disabled VRR in the on-screen menu, it didn't disable G-SYNC in the NVIDIA Control Panel. After, we tried to enable BFI and it wasn't working properly because G-SYNC was still enabled. You have to first disable G-SYNC in the NVIDIA Control Panel, disable VRR in the monitor's settings, then enable BFI for it to work properly.

9.2
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate