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Reviewed on Oct 03, 2019

ASUS TUF VG32VQ MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.5
Mixed Usage
7.1
Office
8.3
Gaming
7.4
Multimedia
7.5
Media Creation
6.8
HDR Gaming
Size : 32"
Resolution : 2560x1440
Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
LCD Type
:
VA
Variable Refresh Rate
:
FreeSync

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.

Test Results
Design 7.5
Picture Quality 6.6
Motion 9.1
Inputs 9.0
Pros
  • Deep blacks.
  • Excellent response time.
Cons
  • Image loses accuracy at an angle.
  • Noticeable backlight strobing at low refresh rates.

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7.5

Design

Curved : Yes
Curve radius : 1800R
Weight (without stand)
:
14.6 lbs (6.6 kg)
Weight (with stand)
:
20.3 lbs (9.2 kg)

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.

Stand
Width
:
11.5" (29.2 cm)
Depth
:
9.2" (23.4 cm)

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.

6.8 Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
:
5.5" (14.0 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape : No
Swivel Range : -60° to 60°
Tilt Range : -20° to 5°

The stand has a great height adjustment and tilt range, and an excellent swivel range, but it can't rotate to portrait orientation.

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 100x100

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.

Borders
Borders
:
0.6" (1.5 cm)

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.

Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
:
8.2" (20.8 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
:
4.4" (11.2 cm)

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.

8.0 Build Quality

The ASUS TUF VG32VQ has great build quality. It feels well-built, very similar to the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q.

6.6

Picture Quality

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.

7.8 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
2880 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
N/A

The ASUS TUF VG32VQ has a good contrast ratio. This results in deep blacks and is especially noticeable in a dark room. This is slightly better than the LG 32GK850G and much better than 32" IPS monitors like the LG 32UL950-W.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Edge

The ASUS VG32VQ doesn't have a local dimming feature. The above video is provided for reference only.

8.2 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
:
390 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
407 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
407 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
407 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
406 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
406 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
406 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
406 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
406 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
406 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
406 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.000

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.

6.9 HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
:
423 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
447 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
448 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
448 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
448 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
433 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
446 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
447 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
447 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
444 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
394 cd/m²
HDR ABL
:
0.008

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.

4.5 Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
:
26 °
Color Shift from Right
:
27 °
Brightness from Left
:
37 °
Brightness from Right
:
37 °
Black Level from Left
:
14 °
Black Level from Right
:
15 °
Curve Radius : 1800 R

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.

5.2 Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
:
30 °
Color Shift from Above
:
23 °
Brightness from Below
:
41 °
Brightness from Above
:
34 °
Black Level from Below
:
16 °
Black Level from Above
:
5 °

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.

8.4 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
2.826 %
50% DSE
:
0.132 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
0.681 %
5% DSE
:
0.054 %

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.

2.1 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
4.629 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
N/A

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.

5.1 Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
:
MOBA
Luminance
:
403 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
90
Contrast Setting
:
80
RGB controls
:
100-100-100
Color Temperature
:
7194 K
White Balance dE
:
5.60
Color dE
:
4.23
Gamma
:
2.22

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.

9.4 Post Calibration
Picture Mode
:
MOBA
Luminance
:
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
13
Contrast Setting
:
72
RGB Controls
:
99-100-90
Color Temperature
:
6461 K
White Balance dE
:
0.75
Color dE
:
1.03
Gamma
:
2.18

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.

8.2 SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
:
92.0 %
Adobe RGB xy
:
72.3 %

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.

8.9 SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
:
97.4 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
:
81.2 %

s.RGB Picture Mode: MOBA
Adobe 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.

6.5 HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
75.1 %
Rec. 2020 xy
:
54.0 %

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

Decent HDR color gamut, but it can't display a wide color gamut.

6.1 HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
:
70.6 %
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
:
51.0 %

DCI P3 Picture Mode: HDR Gaming
Rec. 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.

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 ASUS TUF Gaming VG32VQ. This varies between units, though, so let us know if your unit performs worse than ours.

9.8 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit

Outstanding gradient performance, with no noticeable banding in any shade.

10 Color Bleed
Pixel row error
:
0.000 %
Pixel column error
:
0.001 %

There are no noticeable signs of color bleed on this monitor.

7.5 Reflections

Good reflection handling, similar to the Samsung CF791. Glare shouldn't be an issue in most rooms.

9.1

Motion

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.

8.5 Motion Blur
80% Response Time
:
5.5 ms
100% Response Time
:
13.8 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
:
100

Trace Free 0
Trace Free 20
Trace Free 40
Trace Free 60
Trace Free 80
Trace Free 100

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.

9.8 Image Flicker
Flicker-free : Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
:
144 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
:
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
:
FreeSync
G-SYNC Compatible
:
Yes
VRR Maximum
:
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
:
< 20 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors : DisplayPort, HDMI

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.

9.0

Inputs

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.

9.4 Input Lag
Native Resolution
:
4.8 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
:
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
:
9.6 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
:
6.4 ms
10 bit HDR
:
9.2 ms
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
6.8 ms

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.

8.5 Resolution and Size
Native Resolution : 2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio : 16:9
Megapixels : 3.7 MP
Pixel Density : 92 PPI
Screen Diagonal : 32.0 inches
Screen Area : 438 sq inches

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.

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 : N/A
Digital Optical Audio Out : N/A
Analog Audio Out RCA : N/A
Power Supply : External Brick

Features

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.

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

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.

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls

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.

In The Box

  • Power Cord
  • Power Adapter
  • HDMI Cable
  • DisplayPort Cable
  • Warranty Card

Differences between Sizes and Variants

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.

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 VG32VQ we reviewed was manufactured in June 2019.

Compared to other Monitors

The ASUS TUF VG32VQ is a great gaming monitor, and it performs similarly to the other 32", 1440p VA monitors we've tested. See also our recommendations for the best gaming monitors and the best 1440p gaming monitors.

ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q
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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.

LG 32GK650F-B
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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.

LG 32GK850G-B
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Amazon.com

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.

MSI Optix MPG27CQ
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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.

7.5 Mixed Usage

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.

7.1 Office

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.

8.3 Gaming

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.

7.4 Multimedia

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.

7.5 Media Creation

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.

6.8 HDR Gaming

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.

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