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Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

ASUS TUF VG27AQ MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
8.2
Mixed Usage
8.1
Office
8.7
Gaming
8.0
Multimedia
8.1
Media Creation
7.2
HDR Gaming
Size : 27"
Resolution : 2560x1440
Refresh Rate : 165 Hz
LCD Type
:
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
:
FreeSync

The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is an impressive 27 inch, 1440p monitor with outstanding gaming performance. Thanks to its IPS panel, the image remains accurate at an angle, but blacks look gray in a dark room. It delivers a very responsive gaming experience thanks to its remarkably low input lag, while fast-moving content looks crisp with almost no blur. It has a remarkably fast refresh rate that improves the overall appearance of motion and supports the FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. It's bright enough for most rooms and has decent reflection handling. When in HDR, its peak brightness is okay for most HDR games, but unfortunately, the monitor lacks a wide color gamut to display the full richness of colors found in HDR content.

Test Results
Design 8.0
Picture Quality 7.3
Motion 9.3
Inputs 9.0
Pros
  • Excellent ergonomics.
  • Remarkably low response time.
  • Outstanding low input lag.
Cons
  • Can't display deep blacks in a dark room.
  • Lacks a wide color gamut.

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27" TUF VG27AQ
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8.0

Design

Curved : No
Curve radius : Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
:
8.6 lbs (3.9 kg)
Weight (with stand)
:
12.8 lbs (5.8 kg)

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ monitor's design is great. The stand supports the monitor well and prevents most wobble. It has excellent ergonomic support and you can easily place it comfortably on your desk. The build quality is good, even though it feels a little cheaper than the ASUS TUF VG32VQ.

Stand
Width
:
11.1" (28.2 cm)
Depth
:
8.4" (21.3 cm)

The stand supports the monitor well and prevents most wobble.

8.5 Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
:
5.2" (13.2 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape : Yes
Swivel Range : -60° to 60°
Tilt Range : -20° to 5°

The monitor has excellent ergonomics, which allow you to place it in a comfortable position with ease.

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor is simple and less busy than the larger ASUS TUF VG32VQ. There's no RGB bias-lighting feature and no quick-release on the stand. There's a hole at the base of the stand that helps with cable management.

Borders
Borders
:
0.4" (1.0 cm)

The monitor's borders are thin and favor a multi-display setup.

Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
:
5.4" (13.7 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
:
2.8" (7.1 cm)

The monitor isn't very thick, but like many ASUS monitors, the stand has a backward inclination, so the thickness varies slightly depending on the height of the screen. The reported measurements are taken with the monitor placed at the bottom.

7.5 Build Quality

The VG27AQ's build quality is good. It feels slightly cheaper than the ASUS TUF VG32VQ, but is still solid and sturdy. We didn't encounter any issues while testing it.

7.3

Picture Quality

The VG27AQ's overall picture quality is decent. It has wide viewing angles, as expected for an IPS panel, and favors co-op gaming sessions. Unfortunately, this comes at the expense of a lower contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray when in a dark room. This monitor has decent reflection handling and can get bright enough for most rooms, but it can't fight the glare of a very bright room. It has excellent gray uniformity which is great when you surf the web, and its image is pretty accurate out-of-the-box. Unfortunately, it lacks a wide color gamut and its HDR brightness is okay for most HDR games but not enough that the monitor can display bright highlights in HDR movies.

6.4 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
1247 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
N/A

The VG27AQ's contrast is mediocre. This means that blacks will look more like gray in a dark room. However, this is expected for an IPS monitor, and in fact, the VG27AQ still performs better than many IPS monitors.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Edge

This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video is provided for reference only.

7.7 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
:
311 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
329 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
329 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
329 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
329 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
328 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
329 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
328 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
329 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
328 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
328 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.000

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQ has good SDR peak brightness. It's suitable for most rooms, but might not be able to fight glare in a very bright room. There's no noticeable variation with different content, which is great.

6.3 HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
:
329 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
357 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
357 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
357 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
357 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
357 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
356 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
357 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
357 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
357 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
357 cd/m²
HDR ABL
:
0.000

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ's HDR peak brightness is mediocre. It's bright enough for playing HDR games, but the monitor won't display bright highlights in HDR movies as it should. Once again, there's no brightness variation with different content.

7.4 Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
:
39 °
Color Shift from Right
:
41 °
Brightness from Left
:
48 °
Brightness from Right
:
49 °
Black Level from Left
:
75 °
Black Level from Right
:
75 °
Curve Radius : N/A

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ has decent horizontal viewing angles, as expected for a monitor with an IPS panel. This is great if you want to play co-op games or share your work with a colleague, as both of you will enjoy the same accurate image.

8.2 Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
:
29 °
Color Shift from Above
:
29 °
Brightness from Below
:
36 °
Brightness from Above
:
35 °
Black Level from Below
:
75 °
Black Level from Above
:
75 °

This monitor has great vertical viewing angles. This means that if you sit up close, the image won't have uniformity issues at the top and bottom edges.

8.7 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
2.400 %
50% DSE
:
0.113 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
0.268 %
5% DSE
:
0.053 %

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ has outstanding gray uniformity. The monitor displays a uniform image without distracting clouding or darker spots in both bright and dark scenes.

6.3 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
1.784 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
N/A

The VG27AQ's black uniformity is mediocre, which means that when you watch very dark scenes in a dark room, you might notice some clouding. This isn't noticeable in normal content. Our unit had one of the best performances we've seen on an IPS monitor. However, this is unit-specific and might not be the case in yours.

7.1 Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Racing Mode
Luminance
:
262 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
55
Contrast Setting
:
80
RGB controls
:
Warm
Color Temperature
:
6137 K
White Balance dE
:
3.29
Color dE
:
3.34
Gamma
:
2.34

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ has decent pre-calibration accuracy. Some people will notice the inaccuracies both in the grays and in some colors. The gamma doesn't follow the target curve closely and as a result, most scenes are darker. The image has a slight red-yellowish tint, which is explained by the warmer color temperature.

9.6 Post Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Racing Mode
Luminance
:
117 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
0
Contrast Setting
:
80
RGB Controls
:
89-95-100
Color Temperature
:
6449 K
White Balance dE
:
0.43
Color dE
:
0.69
Gamma
:
2.18

After calibration, the TUF Gaming VG27AQ monitor has excellent accuracy. Only a few of the remaining inaccuracies can be spotted by the trained eye without the aid of a colorimeter.

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.

8.5 SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
:
95.7 %
Adobe RGB xy
:
74.2 %

s.RGB Picture Mode: Racing mode (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Racing mode

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ has an excellent SDR color gamut that covers most of the common sRGB color space. However, the coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space, which is mainly used in professional photo editing, is just decent.

8.9 SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
:
96.6 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
:
81.0 %

s.RGB Picture Mode: Racing mode
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Racing mode

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ has excellent SDR color volume. The monitor displays rich, saturated colors in most luminosities. Unfortunately, it can't display dark colors well due to its low contrast ratio. Also, like most LED displays, very bright blues can't be displayed very well, but this shouldn't be very noticeable.

6.3 HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
69.8 %
Rec. 2020 xy
:
56.7 %

DCI P3 Picture Mode: HDR Gaming
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: HDR Gaming

The VG27AQ has just a mediocre HDR color gamut, and can't diplay a wide color gamut.

6.2 HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
:
72.2 %
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
:
52.4 %

DCI P3 Picture Mode: HDR Gaming
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode: HDR Gaming

The VG27AQ has only a mediocre HDR color volume. It's limited by its color gamut and the low contrast ratio and can't deliver saturated colors or very dark ones.

10 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 TUF Gaming VG27AQ. However, this can vary between units, so let us know in the discussions below if yours has any such issue.

8.8 Gradient
Color Depth
:
8 Bit

The VG27AQ's gradient performance is excellent. Although some 8-bit banding is visible, especially in the darker shades, the overall performance is remarkable.

7.7 Color Bleed
Pixel row error
:
0.001 %
Pixel column error
:
0.458 %

The VG27AQ has some vertical color bleed that you can see in the above photo. Thankfully this isn't very noticeable in normal use. However, it can be distracting if you use the monitor for applications where you regularly encounter patterns like the photo above. In these cases, the color bleed will be visible.

7.0 Reflections

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ monitor has decent reflection handling. You shouldn't have any issues if your room has a few more lights, but if you place it across a large window then the reflections will become distracting. This performance is similar to the LG 27GL850 and the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD.

9.3

Motion

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ has excellent overall motion handling. It has a very fast response time that displays fast-moving content with almost no blur, and a flicker-free backlight so there are no duplications. However, you have the option to insert flicker to improve the appearance of motion. The monitor has an excellent refresh rate and supports FreeSync for a nearly tear-free gaming experience.

9.2 Motion Blur
80% Response Time
:
4.3 ms
100% Response Time
:
10.1 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
:
40

Trace Free Response Time Chart Motion Blur Photo
0 Chart Photo
20 Chart Photo
40 Chart Photo
60 Chart Photo
80 Chart Photo
100 Chart Photo

The VG27AQ has an exceptional response time that displays fast-moving content with almost no blur trail. You can customize the overdrive level by adjusting the Trace Free setting. We recommend using level '40' as it gives the best combination of response time and little overshoot.

When the VG27AQ's BFI setting, 'ELMB SYNC', is enabled, it isn't possible to adjust the response time.

9.8 Image Flicker
Flicker-free : Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
:
165 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
:
60 Hz

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG32VQ has a flicker-free backlight, which is great. It also has an optional black frame insertion feature, and unlike almost every monitor our there, this feature is available at the same time as FreeSync. The setting that controls this feature is known as 'ELMB SYNC'.

9.2 Refresh Rate
Native
:
144 Hz
Factory Overclock
:
165 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
:
FreeSync
G-SYNC Compatible
:
Yes (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
:
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
:
< 20 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
:
165 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors : DisplayPort, HDMI

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ has an excellent native refresh rate and can be easily overclocked to 165Hz. It supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology and is also NVIDIA certified, for a nearly tear-free gaming experience.

Over HDMI, the VRR range at 1440p is < 20Hz to 144Hz.

9.0

Inputs

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ has an excellent low input lag and can display great resolution on its 27" screen, allowing you to see more details of your game.

9.5 Input Lag
Native Resolution
:
3.5 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
:
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
:
8.3 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
:
6.3 ms
10 bit HDR
:
8.8 ms
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
4.8 ms

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ's input lag is remarkable. Although the 60Hz input lag, used by most consoles, is slightly higher, it remains excellent even for competitive gamers.

8.4 Resolution and Size
Native Resolution : 2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio : 16:9
Megapixels : 3.7 MP
Pixel Density : 109 PPI
Screen Diagonal : 27.0 inches
Screen Area : 310 sq inches

The VG27AQ has an excellent resolution and provides you with a very good amount of screen real estate. It favors multitasking and allows you to see more details of your gaming arena.

Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort : 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort : No
HDMI : 2 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI : No
VGA : No
DisplayPort Out : No
USB : No
USB C : No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Microphone In 3.5mm : No
Digital Optical Audio Out : No
Analog Audio Out RCA : No
Power Supply : External Brick

Features

The VG27AQ has very few additional features to improve your gaming experience. The controls are on the back and it might take you some time to get used to, but nothing too serious.

Additional Features
Speakers
:
Yes
HDR10 : Yes
Multiple input display
:
No

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ gives you the option to add a timer to your game but has no more additional features to enhance your gaming experience.

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls

The controls are located behind the right side of the monitor and will take some time to get used to, due to the combination of fixed buttons and a directional control.

In The Box

  • Power cord
  • Power adapter
  • HDMI cable
  • DisplayPort cable

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 27" ASUS TUF VG27AQ, which is the only size available for this model. There are other TUF Gaming models available, some of which are listed below. We do not expect our review to be valid for the other models.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their VG27AQ doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Model Size Resolution Refresh Rate
TUF VG32VQ 32" 1440p 144Hz
TUF VG27AQ 27" 1440p 165Hz
TUF VG27BQ 27" 1440p 165Hz
TUF VG35VQ 35" 3440x1440p 100Hz
STRIX XG32VQR 32" 1440p 144Hz

The TUF VG27AQ we reviewed was manufactured in July 2019.

Compared to other Monitors

The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is an excellent gaming monitor, and outperforms many other 27", 1440p VA monitors we've tested. See also our recommendations for the best gaming monitors and the best 1440p gaming monitors.

LG 27GL850-B
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Amazon.com

The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is somewhat better than the LG 27GL850-B. The ASUS has a faster refresh rate that makes motion look smoother, and better ergonomics to help you place it comfortably on your desk. It supports a black frame insertion (BFI) feature that helps improve the overall appearance of motion and can also deliver more uniform blacks. The LG, on the other hand, has a faster response time, so fast-moving content has almost no blur, making the lack of BFI not an issue.

ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q
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Amazon.com

The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is a bit better than the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q. Both monitors deliver the same excellent gaming experience and are among the best we've tested so far for gaming. The TUF supports FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, while the ROG supports G-SYNC VRR. Their difference in overall performance is mainly due to the HDR support that the TUF provides and due to its faster refresh rate that helps motion look smoother.

Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD
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Amazon.com

The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is somewhat better than the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD. The ASUS' refresh rate is faster, which helps motion look smoother. The ASUS also has better ergonomics, which is important if you often move your monitor around as you can quickly position it comfortably in the new location. Finally, the ASUS delivers more uniform blacks, although neither of the two monitors can display deep blacks in a dark room due to their IPS panels.

Acer Predator XB271HU
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Amazon.com

The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is much better than the Acer Predator XB271HU. The TUF supports HDR and has a faster refresh rate that improves the appearance of motion. The TUF supports FreeSync for nearly tear-free gaming, while the Predator supports G-SYNC for the same purpose. The TUF has better reflection handling, which is great for a room with a few more lights, and can also display more uniform blacks in a dark room. However, neither of the two monitors can display deep blacks in a dark room due to their IPS panels.

8.2 Mixed Usage

The VG27AQ is a great monitor for mixed use. This monitor has great resolution and size, a very low input lag, wide viewing angles, and excellent ergonomics. It's a good choice if you often share your screen either for work or for a co-op gaming session, or even for watching multimedia content together with a friend. It's more suitable for an average-lit room as it can't get very bright and can't display deep blacks in a dark room.

8.1 Office

The VG27AQ is an impressive monitor for office use. It has great resolution and size and favors multitasking. You can easily share your work with a colleague thanks to the excellent ergonomics. The wide viewing angles ensure that you will both enjoy the same accurate image. It can get fairly bright to fit most rooms, and thanks to the decent reflections, a few more lights shouldn't be an issue.

8.7 Gaming

The VG27AQ is an outstanding monitor for gaming. The input lag is remarkably low and the great resolution and screen real estate allow you to see more details of your gaming arena. Fast-moving content has only minimal blur trail and the excellent refresh rate ensures smooth motion. Finally, the monitor's exceptional ergonomics make it easy to position it comfortably on your desk.

8.0 Multimedia

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ is an impressive monitor for consuming multimedia. It can display most content at its native resolution, due to its excellent resolution and large size and thanks to the low input lag the monitor feels very responsive to your actions. It has decent reflection handling and wide viewing angles so you can enjoy a movie with a friend in a room that has a few more lights without issue.

8.1 Media Creation

The VG27AQ is a great monitor for creating media. The large size and great resolution allow you to see more of your work on the screen and the excellent ergonomics make it easy to place the monitor comfortably. The wide viewing angles allow you to collaborate with a colleague sitting next to you, while both enjoying the same accurate image. Finally, you can stay assured of a responsive editing experience due to the monitor's remarkably low input lag.

7.2 HDR Gaming

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ is a decent monitor for playing HDR games. It has a mediocre contrast ratio so blacks in a dark room look more like gray and there's no local dimming feature to improve this. Its HDR brightness is okay for most HDR games but unfortunately, it lacks a wide color gamut to deliver vivid colors in your games. On the upside, the input lag is outstanding and your gaming experience will feel very responsive.

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