The ASUS VG32VQ is a good 32 inch, 1440p monitor with great gaming performance. Like most VA monitors, it has a good contrast ratio, resulting in deep blacks, but unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle. It has an excellent response time and flicker-free backlight, and it's one of the only monitors on the market that supports black frame insertion and FreeSync at the same time. Unfortunately, this feature doesn't work very well when the frame rate drops below 40fps, causing noticeable backlight strobing.
The ASUS TUF VG32VQ has a good design. It looks very similar to other ASUS gaming monitors we've tested, including the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ, with the signature ASUS stand and great build quality. The stand itself has a decent range of motion, so you can easily place it in an ideal viewing position, but like many 32" monitors it can't be rotated to portrait orientation.
The stand is very similar to other ASUS monitors we've tested, including the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ. It supports the monitor well, and there is very little wobble.
The stand has a great height adjustment and tilt range, and an excellent swivel range, but it can't rotate to portrait orientation.
The back has the same design as most ASUS gaming monitors. There is no RGB bias-lighting feature and no quick-release on the stand. There is a hole in the stand for cable management.
The borders are very thin on three sides, and even the bottom bezel doesn't stand out much. This is a great monitor for a multi-display setup.
Due to the curvature of the screen, the VG32VQ is thicker than most similarly-sized displays, even when removed from the stand. Like many ASUS monitors, the stand leans back at a small angle, so the overall thickness varies a bit depending on the height of the screen. The above measurements were taken with the monitor placed at the bottom.
The ASUS TUF VG32VQ has great build quality. It feels well-built, very similar to the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q.
The ASUS TUF VG32VQ delivers decent overall picture quality. It has a good contrast ratio, resulting in deep blacks in a dark room, but it lacks a local dimming feature and has terrible black uniformity. It has great SDR peak brightness and good reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue in a bright room, and it has outstanding gradient performance, with very little banding in areas of similar color. The VG32VQ supports HDR, but small highlights aren't as bright as they should be and it can't display a wide color gamut. Unfortunately, like most VA monitors, the image degrades when viewed at an angle.
The ASUS VG32VQ doesn't have a local dimming feature. The above video is provided for reference only.
Great SDR peak brightness; this monitor can easily overcome glare in most rooms. There is no noticeable variation in brightness with different content, which is great.
Decent HDR peak brightness, but small highlights in most HDR content don't stand out as much as they should. There is some variation in peak brightness, especially when displaying large, bright screens, but this shouldn't be noticeable.
Unfortunately, like most VA monitors the image degrades when viewed at an angle. This isn't ideal if you like to share your screen with other people.
Unfortunately, the image degrades considerably when viewed from above or below. This isn't an issue for most people, but if you're planning on mounting the display above you, this could be an issue.
The ASUS TUF VG32VQ has great gray accuracy. Some dirty screen effect is noticeable in the center of the screen, which could be an issue with some uses.
Unfortunately, the ASUS TUF VG32VQ has terrible black uniformity. There is significant bleed along the top and bottom edges, and this can be distracting in dark scenes in a dark room.
Out of the box, the TUF VG32VQ has poor accuracy. There are noticeable inaccuracies in many colors and most shades of gray. The color temperature is very cool, resulting in a slightly blueish tint. Gamma is close to the sRGB target curve for the most part, but some dark scenes are over-darkened considerably.
After calibration, this monitor has much better accuracy. There are still some minor inaccuracies in some colors, but most people won't notice any issues.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and should not be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.
s.RGB Picture Mode: MOBA (calibrated)Adobe RGB Picture Mode: MOBA
The TUF VG32VQ has a great SDR color gamut, covering most of the common sRGB color space. Coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space is too low for most professional photo editing, though.
s.RGB Picture Mode: MOBAAdobe RGB Picture Mode: MOBA
Excellent SDR color gamut. Thanks to the good contrast ratio, it can display dim saturated colors well. Like most LED displays, it can't display very bright blues, but this shouldn't be very noticeable.
DCI P3 Picture Mode: HDR GamingRec. 2020 Picture Mode: HDR Gaming
Decent HDR color gamut, but it can't display a wide color gamut.
DCI P3 Picture Mode: HDR GamingRec. 2020 Picture Mode: HDR Gaming
Unfortunately, this monitor has mediocre HDR color volume. It can't display the entire color gamut, and some colors aren't as bright as pure white.
There are no signs of temporary image retention on our ASUS TUF Gaming VG32VQ. This varies between units, though, so let us know if your unit performs worse than ours.
Outstanding gradient performance, with no noticeable banding in any shade.
There are no noticeable signs of color bleed on this monitor.
Good reflection handling, similar to the Samsung CF791. Glare shouldn't be an issue in most rooms.
The ASUS TUF VG32VQ has excellent motion handling overall. It has an excellent response time, delivering clear motion with only a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It has a flicker-free backlight and an optional black frame insertion (BFI) feature. Unlike almost all monitors on the market though, BFI is available even in FreeSync, although this feature doesn't work very well at low frame rates, where there is noticeable backlight strobing.
This monitor has a great response time, resulting in relatively clear motion, with little blur behind fast-moving objects. The level of overdrive can be customized by adjusting the Trace Free setting. There is very little difference between the settings, and we found that the maximum setting of '100' works best, as it offers the fastest response time with little noticeable overshoot.
When the VG32VQ's BFI setting, 'ELMB SYNC' is enabled, it isn't possible to adjust the response time.
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'.
The ASUS TUF VG32VQ has a great 144Hz refresh rate and it supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, for a nearly tear-free gaming experience.
Unfortunately, when low framerate compensation (LFC) kicks in at 48Hz, there is noticeable backlight strobing. As the frame rate decreases, the strobing increases approximately every 10 fps. By the time it reaches 20 fps, the strobing is very distracting.
Over HDMI, VRR only works up to 85Hz at 1440p, but works up to 144Hz if the resolution is decreased to 1080p.
The ASUS TUF VG32VQ has outstanding low input lag in all supported resolutions and modes, including in HDR or with the black frame insertion feature enabled. The 32", 1440p screen is great for multitasking and delivers an excellent amount of screen real estate.
The ASUS TUF VG32VQ has outstanding low input lag in any supported mode. The 60Hz input lag is a bit higher, but still low enough for most casual gamers, and a bit better than the best TVs.
The 32", 1440p display delivers an excellent amount of screen real estate, making it a great choice for multitasking. This also makes it easier to see more fine details in your favorite games.
The ASUS TUF VG32VQ has a few additional features designed to improve your gaming experience. Like many gaming monitors, it can add virtual overlays, including crosshairs or a frame rate counter. The controls are a bit hard to reach, and it can take some time to get used to the control scheme when adjusting settings, but it's possible to save up to four custom presets.
The ASUS TUF VG32VQ has a few additional gaming features. It can add numerous virtual overlays to the display, including crosshairs, an FPS counter, and a timer.
The controls are located behind the right side of the monitor, and they can be difficult to get used to. They use a combination of fixed buttons and a directional control.
We tested the 32" ASUS TUF VG32VQ, 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 VG32VQ 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.
The TUF VG32VQ we reviewed was manufactured in June 2019.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q and the ASUS TUF VG32VQ use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses. The PG348Q has much better viewing angles, and the wide aspect ratio is slightly better for multitasking. The VG32VQ supports HDR, and it looks much better in a dark room. The VG32VQ has more advanced gaming features, including a faster refresh rate and an optional black frame insertion feature.
The ASUS TUF VG32VQ is a bit better than the LG 32GK650F-B. The VG32VQ supports HDR and has much better gradient handling, with significantly less banding in areas of similar color. The LG, on the other hand, has better black uniformity, so it's a slightly better choice for users in a dark room.
The ASUS TUF Gaming VG32VQ is slightly better than the LG 32GK850G-B for most uses. The ASUS supports HDR and has an optional black frame insertion feature that can improve the appearance of motion. Most people will prefer the LG for gaming though, as it has a much faster response time, resulting in clearer motion with less blur behind fast-moving objects. The LG also has much better black uniformity.
The ASUS TUF Gaming VG32VQ is slightly better than the MSI Optix MPG27CQ for most uses, but the MSI is slightly better for gaming. The ASUS supports HDR and has much better gradient handling, with almost no noticeable banding in areas of similar color. The MSI has a much faster response time, though, resulting in clearer motion when gaming, with less blur behind fast-moving objects.
The ASUS TUF Gaming VG32VQ is a good monitor for most uses. It has outstanding low input lag for gaming, and an excellent resolution and size for multitasking or media creation. Unfortunately, the image degrades at an angle, and it has terrible black uniformity.
Decent monitor for office use. It has an excellent amount of screen real estate, great for multitasking, and it has good reflection handling and great peak brightness, so glare shouldn't be an issue in a bright room. Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle and the stand has limited ergonomics.
The ASUS TUF VG32VQ is a great monitor for gaming. It has outstanding low input lag, an excellent resolution and size, and an excellent response time. It has an optional black frame insertion feature, which even works with FreeSync enabled, but at low frame rates there is noticeable strobing, which can be distracting.
Decent monitor for multimedia. It has an excellent resolution and size, outstanding low input lag, and good reflection handling. Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, so it isn't a good choice for sharing the screen with someone.
This is a good monitor for media creation. It has an excellent resolution and size, so you can see more of your work at once. It also has outstanding low input lag, and the stand has decent ergonomics. Unfortunately, the image degrades at an angle, so it isn't great for sharing your screen with clients.
Decent monitor for HDR gaming, mainly due to its great gaming performance. It has a good contrast ratio, but only decent HDR peak brightness, so small highlights don't stand out the way they should. Unfortunately, it has terrible black uniformity and no local dimming.