Review: Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ

The importance of a display in a gaming PC setup is well known, especially high performance and feature-rich display panels. The Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ is a gaming display that comes packed with features such as ELMB-Sync (Extreme Low Motion Blur Sync), HDR-10, Adaptive Sync. You also get a 99% sRGB color gamut for brilliant colour reproduction.

It also packs in a brilliant refresh rate at 165Hz to make your gaming experience super smooth. In terms of specs, this 27-inch monitor offers an aspect ratio‎ of 16:9‎, a resolution of ‎2560-by-1440 pixels, and 350cd/ of brightness. You also get a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a response time‎ of 4ms. In terms of connectivity, the panel offers a DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

You also get some in-game enhancements such as Shadow Boost, which clarifies dark areas of the game without overexposing brighter areas, thus improving overall viewing while also making it easier to spot enemies hidden in dark areas of the map. The integrated Game Plus hotkeys let you practice and improve your overall gaming skills.

The Asus GameVisual Technology has seven pre-set display modes to optimise visuals for different types of content. Modes include Racing, MOBA, Cinema, RTS/RPG, FPS, sRGB and Scenery. The monitor is also certified by TUV Rheinland for its Flicker-Free technology that reduces flicker to minimise eye strain during long gaming sessions. In addition, the Ultra-Low Blue Light technology reduces the amount of potentially harmful blue light emitted by the display.

Inside the box, you get the Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ along with the power cord, the power adapter, the quick start guide, and the warranty card. The DisplayPort and the HDMI cables are optional and need to be purchased separately. In terms of the design and build quality, the VG27AQ follows some design cues from Asus’ TUF range of gaming products.

The monitor comes in a black design with matte plastics used for the bezel, rear enclosure, arm and base. Red trim is placed on the sides of the stand which connects to the display’s base. The bezels around the screen are quite thin at 8mm along the sides and top and 13mm along the bottom edge. There is also a shiny silver Asus logo in the middle of the bottom bezel and on the right-hand bottom edge there are pale grey labels for the OSD control buttons, which are tucked away behind the back of the right-hand side.

If you read the specs part of the monitor above, you will realize that we did not mention any older connectivity options – that’s because they aren’t included on the monitor. The Asus VG27AQ gets rid of older connectivity standards in favour of a DisplayPort 1.2 and dual HDMI 2.0 connectors.

That’s a good idea since most GPUs today that can run this monitor smoothly won’t have DVI or VGA anyway. However, it would have been nice to include older ports so older systems could use them. Asus has also not included USB ports on the monitor.

As mentioned earlier, the Asus VG27AQ boasts a 27-inch IPS panel with a 2560-by-1440 resolution, 165Hz overclocked refresh rate, and a 4ms response time. The sharpness and clarity of the content displayed are excellent. The Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ supports a maximum of 165Hz – so it’s very smooth and responsive for an IPS panel.

You also get Adaptive Sync, which means you get support for AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync. That’s Variable Refresh Rate ranging from 48Hz to 165Hz. Asus’ ELMB-Sync technology works brilliantly by allowing variable refresh rates to work with backlight strobing. What this means is that the technology matches the strobe with whatever frame rate you are at when the variable refresh rate is enabled. Kudos to Asus for managing to do this with a dedicated processor just for this task alone.

The Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ is an awesome 165Hz gaming monitor. It completely blew me away with the ELMB-Sync performance, a very low response time, excellent ergonomics and colour accuracy. All these features definitely help the Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ score a couple more brownie points than similarly priced competitors.

Price: $549

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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