ASUS TUF VG27VQ Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Mar 06, 2020 at 07:52 am
ASUS  TUF VG27VQ Picture
7.0
Mixed Usage
7.0
Office
7.9
Gaming
6.7
Multimedia
6.8
Media Creation
5.6
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 1920x1080
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
LCD Type
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The ASUS TUF VG27VQ is an okay 1080p monitor with good gaming performance. It has an exceptionally low input lag and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology to ensure a nearly tear-free gaming experience. However, the response time is just decent and fast-moving objects have visible blur trail behind them. Like most VA panels, it has a great contrast ratio, but that comes at the cost of good viewing angles, which are quite disappointing and the image doesn't remain accurate when viewed from the side. However, the 27 inch curved screen offers a good amount of space to open multiple windows, and the stand allows height, swivel, and tilt adjustments, so you can place the monitor on your desk however you prefer.

Our Verdict

7.0 Mixed Usage

The ASUS TUF VG27VQ is a decent overall monitor. The 27 inch screen offers a good amount of space for productivity but the 1080p resolution might be too low for some people. It's a good gaming monitor thanks to its exceptionally low input lag and FreeSync VRR support. Despite having a great contrast ratio, unfortunately it doesn't perform well in dark rooms because of its bad black uniformity. On the upside, it can get bright enough to combat glare in most environments like an office.

Pros
  • Great contrast ratio.
  • Wide range of refresh rates.
  • Incredibly low input lag.
Cons
  • Poor viewing angles.
  • Bad black uniformity.
7.0 Office

Decent monitor for office use. There's plenty of space on the curved screen of the 27 inch VG27VQ for productivity, and it can fit well into a multimonitor setup with its thin bezels. The viewing angles are poor, so it's not an ideal monitor if you need to share your screen with coworkers. However, it can get fairly bright and it has decent reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be a problem in most average-lit office environments.

7.9 Gaming

The TUF Gaming VG27VQ is good for gaming. It supports FreeSync VRR technology to reduce tearing in games and the input lag is also incredibly low. Unfortunately, the response time is worse than on other monitors, so motion is blurry, but there's a black frame insertion feature (BFI) to help reduce motion blur. The monitor has a great contrast ratio, resulting in deep blacks if you game in the dark, and if you game in a bright room, it does a decent job at handling reflections.

6.7 Multimedia

This is an okay monitor for multimedia use. The 27 inch VG27VQ has a 1080p resolution, which some people might find too low for watching videos or movies. The viewing angles are bad, so if you sit at the side of the monitor or too close to it, the image will be less accurate. The contrast ratio is great, resulting in deep blacks, but the poor black uniformity is visible when watching dark scenes. However, the gray uniformity is good, which is good news if you're planning on using this monitor to watch sports.

6.8 Media Creation

The VG27VQ is decent for media creation. The 1080p resolution might be too low for some content, but the stand allows you to adjust it almost however you like, unless you want to put it in portrait mode. The monitor does a great job at displaying the sRGB color space used in most content, but photographers might be disappointed with the limited coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing. It can't display HDR content, but can get bright enough in SDR to combat glare in most rooms.

5.6 HDR Gaming
  • 7.0 Mixed Usage
  • 7.0 Office
  • 7.9 Gaming
  • 6.7 Multimedia
  • 6.8 Media Creation
  • 5.6 HDR Gaming

Check Price

27" TUF VG27VQ
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved Yes
Curve Radius 1500R
Weight (without stand)
7.6 lbs (3.4 kg)
Weight (with stand)
13.2 lbs (6.0 kg)

The VG27VQ has a simple design, similar to other ASUS monitors. It's made entirely out of a solid black plastic. The curved screen has thin bezels, although the bottom bezel is a bit thicker. The stand supports the monitor well.

Design
Stand
Width
10.8" (27.5 cm)
Depth
8.3" (21.2 cm)

The stand has a square base on an incline and it holds the monitor well with minimal wobble.

7.0
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.7" (12.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape No
Swivel Range -90° to 90°
Tilt Range -25° to 5°

The VG27VQ has decent ergonomics. There's height, swivel, and tilt adjustments, but like most curved screen monitors, you can't place it in portrait mode.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the TUF Gaming VG27VQ has a gamer-friendly look similar to other TUF Gaming monitors, including the ASUS TUF VG279Q. It can be VESA mounted, but there's no quick release on it. Most people will appreciate the cable management through the stand.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.2" (0.6 cm)

The thin bezels are great for multi-monitor setups.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
7.4" (18.8 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
3.0" (7.5 cm)

This monitor is fairly thick because of the curved screen, but not as thick as the MSI Optix G27C4.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

Great build quality on the VG27VQ. It's made out of a solid plastic and feels well-built, similar to other ASUS monitors.

Picture Quality
8.3
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
3925 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

Like most VA panels, the VG27VQ has a great contrast ratio, resulting in deep blacks when viewed in the dark.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This monitor 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
301 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
346 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
346 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
346 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
346 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
346 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
346 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
346 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
346 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
346 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
346 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

Good SDR peak brightness. There's no variation between the brightness when viewing different types of content and it should be bright enough for most rooms.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

5.2
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
25 °
Color Washout From Right
25 °
Color Shift From Left
25 °
Color Shift From Right
29 °
Brightness Loss From Left
27 °
Brightness Loss From Right
28 °
Black Level Raise From Left
15 °
Black Level Raise From Right
16 °
Gamma Shift From Left
14 °
Gamma Shift From Right
18 °

Like most VA panels, the VG27VQ has poor horizontal viewing angles. The image accuracy will start to decrease when viewed from the side.

4.9
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
25 °
Color Washout From Above
27 °
Color Shift From Below
26 °
Color Shift From Above
30 °
Brightness Loss From Below
26 °
Brightness Loss From Above
28 °
Black Level Raise From Below
10 °
Black Level Raise From Above
14 °
Gamma Shift From Below
10 °
Gamma Shift From Above
13 °

Like most VA panels, the vertical viewing angles are bad. If you sit close to the monitor, you'll notice the image lose color accuracy and brightness at the top and bottom of the screen.

8.0
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.937 %
50% DSE
0.153 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.113 %
5% DSE
0.077 %

Good gray uniformity on the VG27VQ. There are some dark spots close to the center and along the sides, but most people won't see any dirty screen effect, which is noticeable during sports viewing.

4.2
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
3.176 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Bad black uniformity. There's visible backlight bleed along the top and bottom of the screen and blooming around the center cross, which will be noticeable when watching dark scenes.

8.2
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
sRGB
Luminance
145 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
12
Contrast Setting
80
RGB Controls
100-100-100
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6840 K
White Balance dE
1.93
Color dE
2.69
Gamma
2.09

The VG27VQ has great out-of-box color accuracy. Most colors are accurate, although the gamma curve is slightly below the target, resulting in images looking brighter than they should. The color temperature is slightly colder than the target of 6500K, so most colors will appear closer to blue, but most people won't notice it.

9.2
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Luminance
101 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
14
Contrast Setting
79
RGB Controls
100-93-86
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6314 K
White Balance dE
0.98
Color dE
1.31
Gamma
2.19

Post calibration the colors are accurate, except for blue, which is normal for LED monitors. The gamma curve follows the target really well, so scenes appear at the correct brightness.

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.

8.3
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
91.7 %
Adobe RGB xy
74.8 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Racing
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Racing

The VG27VQ has a great color gamut. It covers the sRGB color space used in most content well, but not as good as most monitors. The coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing might be too limiting for some. If you want a bigger monitor with a wider SDR color gamut, check out the Samsung T55.

8.8
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
94.7 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
81.4 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Racing
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Racing

Excellent SDR color volume. The great contrast ratio on this monitor helps produce dark, saturated colors.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

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 %

As with most VA panels, there are no issues with temporary image retention or permanent burn-in.

7.5
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

The color gradient is okay on this monitor. There's visible banding when displaying black, dark red, dark green, green, and dark blue. This affects the way shadows are displayed.

The monitor couldn't properly display the 10-bit color gradient, although it's advertised as being 8bit+FRC to display 10-bit content. See the results here.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.001 %
Pixel Column Error
0.001 %

There's no visible sign of color bleed on this monitor.

7.0
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
6.4 %
Indirect Reflections
3.7 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.7 %

The TUF Gaming VG27VQ has decent reflection handling. The matte coating diffuses light well enough in an average-lit room, but it doesn't perform as well in a really bright room.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

Text clarity is decent, though it can be improved by enabling ClearType (top photo), as it significantly improves the appearance of diagonal lines, as seen in the letters R and N.

Motion
6.9
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
80
Rise / Fall Time
8.2 ms
Total Response Time
16.6 ms
Overshoot Error
3.2 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
16.1 ms
Dark Total Response Time
26.6 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

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

The VG27VQ has a decent response time at its max refresh rate. There's visible blur trail behind fast-moving objects and motion doesn't look clear. You can adjust the Trace Free setting and the '80' setting provides the best performance, although there's overshoot on bright objects.

7.2
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
60
Rise / Fall Time
6.3 ms
Total Response Time
19.9 ms
Overshoot Error
6.9 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
10.0 ms
Dark Total Response Time
17.6 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

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

The response time at 60Hz on the VG27VQ is decent and it's better than the response time at its max refresh rate. There's obvious blur trail behind fast-moving objects, and the setting that performs best is '60.' Even on that setting motion isn't clear.

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

The VG27VQ has a flicker-free backlight.

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

There's a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur, but it doesn't go below 100Hz. Unlike the ASUS TUF VG27AQ, this monitor doesn't support ELMB-SYNC, so BFI can only be enabled if FreeSync is disabled.

9.2
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
165 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
165 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

Amazing refresh rate. The TUF Gaming VG27VQ supports FreeSync and has a wide VRR range with a HDMI connection. Additionally, it's G-SYNC compatible, but it's not NVIDIA certified.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
4.0 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
9.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
4.5 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
10.5 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
6.4 ms

The VG27VQ has an incredibly low input lag. It's nearly as quick with VRR enabled as it is at the native resolution, but it slows down a bit at 60Hz.

7.1
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 2.1 MP
Pixel Density
82 PPI
Screen Diagonal 27.0 inches
Screen Area 310 sq inches

Decent resolution on the TUF Gaming VG27VQ. The 27 inch screen provides a good amount of space for multitasking or gaming, but the 1080p resolution might be too low for some people. If you're looking for a monitor with 1440p resolution, check out the ASUS TUF VG27AQ.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 1 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI 1 (DVI-D, dual link)
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB No
USB C No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 2
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply External Brick
Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
No
Speakers
Yes
HDR10 No
Multiple Input Display
No

The VG27VQ has these features:

  • Blue Light Filter: Removes blue light from the color gamut to reduce eye strain.
  • Shadow Boost: Boosts the shadows in dark areas of the screen, mainly used for gaming.
  • Eco Mode: Increases energy efficiency by dropping settings to a minimum.
  • Crosshair: Puts a crosshair on the screen for shooter games.
  • FPS Counter: Tells you how many frames per second your monitor is running at.
  • Display Alignment: Adds markings so you can line up your monitor with a second one.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

There are five control buttons, including a joystick, to navigate the on-screen menu.

Features
In The Box

  • Power brick
  • Power cable
  • Audio cable
  • HDMI cable
  • DisplayPort cable
  • DVI cable
  • Manual

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 27" ASUS TUF VG27VQ, which is the only size available for this model. There are other TUF Gaming models available in different sizes, refresh rates, and resolutions, 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 VG27VQ 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 VG24VQ 24" 1080p 144Hz
TUF VG27VQ 27" 1080p 165Hz
TUF VG32VQ 32" 1440p 144Hz
TUF VG35VQ 35" 3440x1440p 100Hz

Our unit of the ASUS TUF VG27VQ was manufactured in November 2019 and you can see the label here.

Compared to other monitors

The VG27VQ is similar to the ASUS VG279Q, which uses an IPS panel and performs much better for gaming. The VG27VQ has a high refresh rate but lacks a good response time compared to other monitors, so motion is blurry. Its out-of-box color accuracy is great and much better than the MSI Optix G27C4.

ASUS TUF VG27AQ
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is a much better monitor than the ASUS TUF VG27VQ. The VG27AQ has a higher resolution at 1440p and it has better viewing angles, response time, gray uniformity, and it supports HDR. On the other hand, the VG27VQ uses a VA panel instead of an IPS panel, so it has a much better contrast ratio, making it better suited for dark rooms. 

ASUS VG279Q
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The ASUS VG279Q is a much better monitor than the ASUS TUF VG27VQ. Both have a 1080p resolution but the VG27VQ uses a VA panel, while the VG279Q uses an IPS panel, so the viewing angles are much better on it. The VG279Q has better SDR peak brightness and reflection handling, so it performs better in bright rooms. On the other hand, the VG27VQ has a higher max refresh rate and slightly better input lag for gaming.

LG 27GL850-B
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The LG 27GL850-B is a much better monitor than the ASUS TUF VG27VQ. The 1440p resolution provides clearer images, plus the viewing angles, response time, and gradient handling are much better on the LG, and it supports HDR. Instead, the ASUS has a much better contrast ratio and higher refresh rate, which might please some gamers who don't mind losing some picture quality. 

MSI Optix G27C4
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The MSI Optix G27C4 and the ASUS TUF VG27VQ are both 27 inch 1080p VA monitors and perform very similarly. The MSI has a much better response time, so motion is clearer, and both the gray uniformity and black uniformity are better on it as well. However, the ASUS has a much better out-of-box color accuracy and the stand allows for more adjustments. The difference between the two really comes down to personal preference and how you'll be using it.

Dell Alienware AW2720HF
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Dell Alienware AW2720HF is much better than the ASUS TUF VG27VQ for most uses. The Dell has a much higher refresh rate and faster response time, and ergonomics are also significantly better. Viewing angles and reflection handling are better on the Dell, but the ASUS has much better contrast ratio and black uniformity due to its VA panel.

LG 27GL650F-B
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The LG 27GL650F-B is much better than the ASUS TUF VG27VQ. Although both have 27 inch 1080p screens, the LG has much better viewing angles for when you need to share your screen, it can get brighter, and it supports HDR content. However, gamers might prefer the higher refresh rate on the ASUS, and it has a better contrast ratio too, but the response time is much better on the LG, resulting in clearer motion handling.

ASUS VG279QM
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The ASUS VG279QM is much better than the ASUS TUF VG27VQ. The VG279QM has much better ergonomics, better viewing angles, and significantly faster response time. The VG279QM supports HDR, and it supports black frame insertion and a variable refresh rate at the same time. On the other hand, the VG27VQ has a much better contrast ratio, so it looks better in a dark room.

Dell S2719DGF
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The Dell S2719DGF is a bit better monitor than the ASUS TUF VG27VQ. The Dell uses a TN panel, so it has a much better response time, providing a better gaming experience, and it can get brighter and does a somewhat better job at handling reflections. The ASUS uses an IPS panel, so it has better overall picture quality and it's more suited for dark-room gaming thanks to its much better contrast ratio and black uniformity. The difference between the two really comes down to personal preference and how you're going to use it. 

Acer Nitro XF252Q
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Acer Nitro XF252Q is a better monitor than the ASUS TUF VG27VQ.  The Acer performs better for gaming thank to its 240Hz refresh rate, incredibly low input lag, and excellent response time, which results in clear motion. However, the VA panel on the ASUS has a much better picture quality than the TN panel on the Acer, with a much better contrast ratio, gray uniformity, and black uniformity. The 27 inch screen on the ASUS provides just a bit more screen space for multitasking.

Samsung T55
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The ASUS TUF VG27VQ is a bit better than the Samsung T55. The ASUS has a 165Hz refresh rate, a quicker response time at 60Hz, and a wider VRR range. It also has better picture quality with its great out-of-the-box color accuracy and better contrast ratio. However, the Samsung displays a wider SDR color gamut and it has better reflection handling too.

+ Show more