The Asus XG32VQ provides a 32-inch curved screen that can put out a 144Hz refresh rate and comprehensive gamut coverage perfect for high-end gaming. This model was announced last Computex 2017. But the release was delayed, but the addition of a product page on the official website is an exciting sign. The Asus XG32VQ as part of the Strix line of monitors will electrify the gaming scene with its new features, but it is interesting to see how it stacks to its venerable predecessors.
Asus XG32VQ Specifications
- Screen Size: 32 Inches
- Resolution:2560 x 1440 QHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Vertical Alignment (VA)
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Response Time:4ms
- Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
- Brightness: 300 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: No
- Stand: Height – Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
- Stand: Pivot – No
- VESA Compatibility: Yes 100 x 100
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 1, USB 3.0 x 2, 3.5mm Jack
- Dimensions With Stand(WxHxD): 28.09″ x 23.23″ x 11.78″
- Weight: 20.28lbs
Design and Features
The Asus XG32VQ sports a sleek, matte black exterior with subtle red accents which may appeal more to gamers than the orangey tones of models like the Asus PG258Q. The screen is almost bezel-free as well since it only has slim panel borders which do not affect the user’s view. This look matched with the 1800r curvature makes the Asus XG32VQ perfectly suited for triple monitor surround setups made for intense and engrossing gaming.
The rear part of the Asus XG32VQ’s chassis has a robotic pattern strewn across the minor half, while the opposite has a textured matte black finish found on Asus gaming monitors. This model also sports the second generation ROG treatment with a circular attachment point for the stand. There is a circular RGB LED that syncs with Asus AURA Sync themes which adds flair to a gaming setup while doubling as a bias light for eye safety.
The Asus XG32VQ features a simplified I/O layout with a concealment cover which only includes the essentials for everyday use. You will get DisplayPort 1.2 and a lone HDMI 2.0 slot for video input, plus two USB 3.0 ports for accessories. The product page on Asus’ official site doesn’t confirm if there are built-in speakers, but even if there is none, we’re sure gamers will still use headphones or a separate set.
Like the rest of the modern Asus gaming monitors that released this year, the Asus XG32VQ will include the signature helix stand. Height, tilt, and swivel adjustments are specified for ease of use and comfort, plus the gunmetal and red should match most gaming setups. The LED projector with customizable filters is also present to complete the gamer-centric sexiness of the product.
Display and Performance
The Asus XG32VQ boasts a 32-inch VA panel with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, and a 4ms response time which is well suited for the size. What’s particularly interesting is Asus’ claim of 125% coverage which isn’t impossible for this type of screen, but needs to be tested with a colorimeter for verification and accuracy. The extra vibrancy should be excellent for games with otherworldly or cartoony graphics like Destiny 2 or Overwatch.
Some may complain about the lower pixel density of the Asus XG32VQ which equates to around 93 PPI which is similar to a 1080p monitor at 24 inches. From our experience with displays of this size, the images in games still appear crisp and clean, and details are well-represented without jagged edges. As long as you can utilize anti-aliasing without sacrificing graphics quality, games will always render beautifully.
The 144Hz refresh rate of the Asus XG32VQ should provide great blur and stutter reduction in fast-paced games like shooters that sometimes require twitch-aiming. It’s the current industry standard for PC enthusiasts, but 1440p still packs a lot of punch on most GPUs. Thankfully, this model includes FreeSync with a 48Hz to 144Hz range to help smoothen the output without incurring a performance penalty or additional latency.
VA panels are prone to interlacing or ghosting, but Asus says that the Asus XG32VQ includes proprietary technologies such as Trace Free technology to keep these flaws at bay. GamePlus and GameVisual modes are also present in this device, so gamers have an array of options for full customization at their disposal. The model might not be perfect when it comes out, but we love Asus for thinking of the little bits that players might need to perfect their gaming setups.
If Adaptive-Sync isn’t your cup of tea and would instead want to reduce motion blur further, the Asus XG32VQ includes an exclusive feature called Extreme Low Motion Blur. This tool is similar to Nvidia’s ULMB which is a strobing backlight function that eliminates ghosting effects. Although, be warned that opting for this will most probably lock your brightness and image settings including FreeSync.
Thoughts on the Asus XG32VQ
We are probably a few weeks away from the Asus XG32VQ’s availability on our favorite retailers, placing it at the perfect time to shop. The holidays should create affordable opportunities to upgrade or build a new gaming rig with an AMD Vega GPU to match this device, although we can say that a Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti and the low blur mode will work just fine.
As of this writing, pricing for the Asus XG32VQ’s retail price is unconfirmed, but we can assume that it will be on par or even cheaper than a 27-inch G-Sync variant. If you are interested in this model, keep checking this article and the links provided for availability or a pre-order link.