ASUS TUF VG27AQ Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Updated May 05, 2020 at 08:06 am
ASUS TUF VG27AQ Picture
8.1
Mixed Usage
8.0
Office
8.5
Gaming
7.9
Multimedia
8.0
Media Creation
7.1
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is an impressive 27 inch, 1440p monitor with excellent 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, and it has a very fast refresh rate that improves the overall appearance of motion. It also supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. Unfortunately, even though it supports HDR, it doesn't display a wide color gamut for HDR content and can't get bright enough to bring out highlights.

Our Verdict

8.1 Mixed Usage

The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is a great monitor for most uses. This monitor has great resolution and size, a very low input lag, fantastic response time, 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. 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.

Pros
  • Excellent ergonomics.
  • Fantastic response time.
  • Outstanding low input lag.
Cons
  • Can't display deep blacks in a dark room.
  • Lacks a wide color gamut.
8.0 Office

The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is a great monitor for office use. It has a great resolution and size that favors multitasking. You can easily share your work with a colleague thanks to the excellent ergonomics and the wide viewing angles ensure everyone viewing enjoys the same accurate image. It can get fairly bright to combat glare in most rooms, and thanks to the decent reflection handling, it performs well in most office environments.

8.5 Gaming

The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is an excellent monitor for gaming. The input lag is remarkably low and the high 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 excellent ergonomics make it easy to position it comfortably on your desk.

7.9 Multimedia

The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is very good for consuming multimedia. The 1440p monitor can display most content at its native resolution, 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 lights without issue.

8.0 Media Creation

The ASUS TUF 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.

7.1 HDR Gaming

The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is a decent monitor for playing HDR games. Unfortunately, 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. It lacks a wide color gamut to properly display HDR content and it can't get bright enough to bring out highlights. On the upside, the input lag is outstanding and gaming experience feels very responsive.

  • 8.1 Mixed Usage
  • 8.0 Office
  • 8.5 Gaming
  • 7.9 Multimedia
  • 8.0 Media Creation
  • 7.1 HDR Gaming
  1. Update 2/17/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
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 VG27AQ has the same style as most other ASUS gaming monitors. It has a square-shaped base with some red on it. It's designed as a gaming monitor but doesn't stand out in an office environment.

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

The stand supports the monitor well and prevents most wobble.

8.8
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.2" (13.2 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range -60° to 60°
Tilt Range -20° to 5°

The monitor has excellent ergonomics, allowing for all common adjustments, so you can place it in a comfortable position with ease.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

Simple design on the back. There's cable management through the stand, but there's no quick release on it.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.4" (1.0 cm)

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

Design
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 total thickness varies slightly depending on the height of the screen. The measurements are taken with the monitor placed at the bottom.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

Good build quality. It feels slightly cheaper than the ASUS TUF VG32VQ, but is still solid and sturdy without any noticeable issues.

Picture Quality
6.4
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1247 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The contrast ratio isn't bad. IPS panels don't usually have good native contrast, and this one is better than most. If you want a similar model with a VA panel for a better contrast ratio, check out the TUF VG27VQ.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

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

7.7
Picture Quality
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 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
Picture Quality
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

Mediocre HDR peak brightness. There's no variation in brightness with different content, but it doesn't get bright enough to bring out highlights in HDR.

8.1
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
45 °
Color Washout From Right
49 °
Color Shift From Left
51 °
Color Shift From Right
56 °
Brightness Loss From Left
45 °
Brightness Loss From Right
50 °
Black Level Raise From Left
70 °
Black Level Raise From Right
70 °
Gamma Shift From Left
35 °
Gamma Shift From Right
56 °

Great horizontal viewing angle, which is typical of an IPS panel. The image remains accurate when viewed from the side, so it's easy to share your screen with others.

7.1
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
33 °
Color Washout From Above
33 °
Color Shift From Below
40 °
Color Shift From Above
42 °
Brightness Loss From Below
37 °
Brightness Loss From Above
37 °
Black Level Raise From Below
70 °
Black Level Raise From Above
70 °
Gamma Shift From Below
33 °
Gamma Shift From Above
34 °

Decent vertical viewing angle, but you lose some image accuracy if the monitor is mounted above or below eye level.

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

The VG27AQ has outstanding gray uniformity. The edges are a bit darker, but it's not noticeable with most content.

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

Passable black uniformity for a monitor, and it's much better than the PG279QZ and VG279Q, but this could vary from unit to unit. There's still some noticeable clouding throughout, which could be distracting when watching dark scenes.

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

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ has decent out-of-the-box color accuracy. Some people will notice the inaccuracies in some colors. The gamma doesn't follow the target curve closely and as a result, most scenes are darker. Since the color temperature is warmer than the target, the image has a slight red-yellowish tint.

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

Superb color accuracy post-calibration. 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
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
95.7 %
Adobe RGB xy
74.2 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Racing
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Racing

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ has an excellent SDR color gamut that covers most of the common sRGB color space, with okay coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space, which might not be enough for professional photo editors.

8.9
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
96.6 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
81.0 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Racing
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Racing

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.

6.3
Picture Quality
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 a mediocre HDR color gamut, and can't display a wide color gamut for HDR content.

6.2
Picture Quality
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

Mediocre HDR color volume. It's limited by its color gamut and the low contrast ratio, and can't deliver dark, saturated 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 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
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

The VG27AQ's gradient handling is excellent. There's some banding in darker shades, but this shouldn't be noticeable with most content.

7.7
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.001 %
Pixel Column Error
0.458 %

Unfortunately, there's some noticeable vertical color bleed. This shouldn't be visible with most content, but it's not ideal for photo editing.

7.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.6 %
Indirect Reflections
3.2 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.5 %

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

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

Text clarity is decent. It's recommended to turn on ClearType (top photo), as it significantly improves the appearance of diagonal lines, as seen on the R and N.

Motion
8.8
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
80
Rise / Fall Time
4.3 ms
Total Response Time
11.5 ms
Overshoot Error
5.8 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.8 ms
Dark Total Response Time
12.7 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.1 %

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

Fantastic response time at its max refresh rate. The best Overdrive setting, which is called 'Trace Free', is '80'. It has the clearest motion out of all the settings, but there's overshoot in some brighter transitions. If that bothers you, the '60' setting performs very similarly, with a bit less overshoot.

7.4
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
0
Rise / Fall Time
8.9 ms
Total Response Time
16.9 ms
Overshoot Error
0 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
10.7 ms
Dark Total Response Time
17.5 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 VG27AQ has an okay response time at 60Hz. The best Overdrive setting is '0' as there's no overshoot and there's no visible ghosting with fast-moving objects like the other settings. Since this is different than the setting at its max refresh rate, you might have to change it when playing games at 60Hz. If response time at 60Hz is important to you, then check out the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG.

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

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQ has a flicker-free backlight, which helps reduce eye strain.

9.1
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
165 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
60 Hz

This monitor has an optional black frame insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion. Unlike most monitors, this feature is available at the same time as FreeSync. The setting is known as 'ELMB SYNC'.

9.2
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
165 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 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 can go up to 144Hz.

Note: Some websites advertise the VG27AQ with a 155Hz overclock instead of 165Hz. ASUS originally announced this model with a 155Hz overclock, but it was released with 155Hz, 160Hz, and 165Hz options. Some websites are still reporting the original information.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
3.5 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
8.3 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
6.3 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
9.3 ms
10 Bit HDR
8.8 ms
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
4.8 ms

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ's input lag is remarkable. It remains low even at 60Hz, which is important for console gamers.

8.3
Inputs
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 great amount of screen real estate. It favors multitasking and allows you to see more details of your gaming arena.