Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ Monitor Review. Asus tuf gaming vg27aq

Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ Monitor Review

Asus’ Republic of Gamers monitors have long been a popular choice among PC enthusiasts, but earlier this year the company announced that it was expanding its lineup. For the first time, the more budget-priced TUF Gaming line is making an appearance in the monitor world with a new series of affordable yet feature-rich displays. Today, we’re looking at the TUF Gaming VG27AQ gaming monitor (See it on Amazon / See it on Amazon UK). It features a 27-inch 1440p IPS panel, 155Hz refresh rate, HDR, and a suite of gaming features that promise to give you an edge.

Those specs look good on paper, but we want to know if it holds up to the real world of hardcore gaming. For 429, should this be the next gaming monitor on your wish list? Let’s take a closer look and find out.

Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ – Design and Specs

The VG27AQ is a sleek display – but it’s much more about features than flash. Unlike many of its high-end contemporaries, you won’t find any RGB here, and instead of the ever-so-popular 1800R curve, you’ll find a normal flat panel with thin plastic bezels. In exchange for those things, you get a color-rich IPS panel that can clock all the way to 165Hz while holding a 1440p vertical resolution (155Hz over HDMI). Asus has also included its GameFast technology which helps to reduce input lag. Add in HDR10, Extreme Low Motion Blur (ELMB), and Nvidia G-Sync compatibility and you have the makings for quite the capable gaming monitor – on paper, at least.

When it arrived, I was impressed by how easy the monitor was to get up and running. It ships with the arm already attached, so assembly is as simple as tightening a single thumb screw. The stand is versatile, offering nearly five inches of height adjustment, plentiful tilt and swivel, and even the ability to turn the display into portrait mode. That’s not a feature you see very often at this price point and a good option for alternative dual screen setups. If you need more adjustment, the VG27AQ is also VESA compatible to pair with a third-party stand. There’s also a small window at the bottom of the arm for cleanly routing cables.

Around the back, Asus has placed all of the IO on a single side, another concession to cable management I appreciate. For video inputs, we have dual HDMI 2.0 ports and a single DisplayPort 1.2. There’s also a headphone jack, which I would definitely recommend because the monitor’s speakers seriously lack volume. The final port is reserved for the external power supply, and I’m not a fan. The power brick is smaller than most but is still clunky and gets in the way.

Turning to the panel, I was immediately struck by how true the colors were. IPS panels are loved by content creators for exactly this reason; once calibrated, they’re able to deliver far better color accuracy and viewing angles than either TN or VA panels. As you can see in the picture above, even at a harsh angle, there is absolutely minimal color shift. I did observe some minor backlight bleed along the edges of the screen when playing in dark areas, though it was so slight that I soon stopped noticing it.

One thing that I didn’t like is that Asus locks you into choosing a preset picture mode. You have your usual assortment of genre-specific options for racing, RTS, or FPS but there was no “standard” mode to choose from and no way to color correct the picture inside the OSD. By default, the monitor is set to Scenery Mode but is that neutral? The answer is no, even that performs some odd tweaks to color balance and temperature. In the end, I settled on FPS mode because it was closest to reference sRGB Mode but without the brightness limit.

Turning back to the positive, the VG27AQ performed remarkably well across Lagom’s LCD Test Pages. As an IPS panel enhanced with “GameFast Technology,” I was especially curious to see how it would perform on the Response Time and Ghosting tests. Despite featuring a “slower” panel, the TUF actually delivered one of the best results I’ve seen on a gaming monitor. I observed virtually no color shifting in the Response Time test, which I would see if the panel had difficulty moving pixels from light to dark and back again. Likewise, in the Ghosting Test, the vertical grey bars were nearly uniform, which shows the same. This is prime evidence that this panel type isn’t the end-all-be-all for responsiveness for a gaming monitor.

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I observed similarly impressive results in each of the subsequent tests. In the White Level and Black Saturation tests, I was able to discern the differences in each of the patterns and boxes. This is important for games that feature very dark and very bright scenes because you should have no trouble making out details in different lighting situations. Color and grayscale transitions were smooth in both the Gradient and Contrast tests, and the Gamma Calibration was virtually spot on.

The other big selling point used in the marketing for this display is its HDR10 compatibility. With a peak brightness of only 350-nits, it falls short of the brightness required for entry-level VESA DisplayHDR certification, though it seems quite bright to the eye. It supports Windows 10 HDR, however, which provides a noticeable color enhancement. Inside the OSD, you can even choose between two flavors of high dynamic range tuned for Gaming or Cinema. The color difference between the two is slight, so I mainly left it set to Gaming instead of switching for different content. It also supports 10-bit color, though anything more than 60Hz will force you to drop to 8-bit color or use chroma subsampling due to bandwidth limitations.

Taken as a full package, Asus has done a very good job of crafting a monitor that delivers value for the dollar.

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Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ – Gaming Features

There are a number of different gaming features baked in the VG27AQ, but the biggest is the killer combo of resolution and refresh rate. 1440p provides a crisp, detailed image that looks even better thanks to the panel’s excellent colors. The refresh rate, which will go all the way to 165Hz over DisplayPort, makes games feel buttery smooth. If you’ve spent your gaming career playing at 60Hz, you owe it to yourself to make the jump; everything feels smoother, even moving your mouse across your desktop.

The TUF is also a FreeSync gaming monitor, so it features variable refresh rate technology that works in tandem with your graphics card to eliminate screen tearing. If you’re an Nvidia user, the VG27AQ is also compatible with Nvidia G-Sync between 48Hz and 155Hz. This wide range means that even if your video card isn’t able to drive games at a full 155Hz, you’ll still be able to enjoy a smooth, tear-free experience.

Another neat feature I was surprised to see at this price point is ELMB-Sync or “Extreme Low Motion Blur.” LCD panels are particularly sensitive to blurring pixels in scenes of motion. To eliminate this, ELMB-Sync strobes the backlight in sync with the monitor’s refresh rate, mimicking the action of old CRT monitors. While the strobing is invisible to the naked eye, it greatly reduces the pixel blurring, resulting in a clearer image. It’s subtle, but I noticed its absence and missed it when I went back to a monitor without it.

Shadow Boost is another game enhancer that hides in the OSD. This feature subtly adjusts the brightness of the screen where it senses dark hues, allowing you to peek into the shadows and pick out your enemies. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of features like this but the implementation here is difficult to actually use. There’s no shortcut key to turn it on or off, so you’re stuck digging through the OSD to make adjustments. That’s just not realistic in the middle of a match, and I wasn’t a fan of the added brightness from simply leaving it on. It’s a shame there wasn’t a remote or software application like Gigabyte’s OSD Sidekick.

The VG27AQ has the usual on-screen crosshairs and count-down timer we’ve seen on other displays, but much more interesting is the new Sniper mode. When enabled, a small magnified box appears in the middle of your screen, enhanced to highlight enemies in darkness, and lined up around a crosshair. It’s the hardware equivalent of a cheat code and Asus has cleverly labeled it as – wink, wink – “Practice Mode.” Whether your ethics keep you from using it in multiplayer is up to you, but there’s no denying the competitive advantage it offers.

Finally, one gaming picture mode absolutely stood out to me. Cycling through, I was surprised to find that my desktop went almost completely monochrome when I cycled to MOBA mode. Designed to make health bars and key items stand out, MOBA mode desaturates virtually everything but red and green. I’m not a MOBA player and can’t speak to whether this is actually helps but it’s easy to see how such a unique feature could help you get eyes on an approaching enemy.

Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ – Performance and Gaming

Whenever I review a high refresh rate gaming monitor, my go-to genre is first-person shooters. I wanted to push things to a particularly fast place and really see if features like ELMB-Sync made a difference in gameplay, so I spent time in Call of Duty: Blackout, Apex Legends, CS:GO, and Overwatch.

Loading into my first Overwatch match, I relished how good the colorful art style looked with HDR enabled. This is the kind of game I’m a sucker for, simple yet visually stunning and enthralling once a match begins. As the gates opened, my RTX 2080 was able to push the game past the monitor’s G-Sync range but limiting FPS to 155Hz kept it where it needed to be to feel smooth and fluid. I didn’t see any tearing whatsoever, so G-Sync worked flawlessly throughout my entire experience.

Overwatch was the first game I played and the first time I realized how weak the speakers were. Initially, I thought the audio was coming from my headphones like I hadn’t switched outputs. But no, even after turning everything up I could, I realized the speakers were just terribly volume limited. They’re acceptable for videos and quiet music, maybe, but flat out bad for competitive gaming.

The next two games I played were Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Apex Legends. My goal here was to really test how well ELMB-Sync and Shadow Boost worked. ELMB-Sync is an all-encompassing enhancement and isn’t limited to picking out details mid-turn. Instead, I found that everything seemed subtly crisper because I wasn’t getting that minute blur even from something as small as running across a map. ELMB didn’t help me react fast when finding an enemy on my six, however. If you’re a pro gamer, your mileage may vary but the improved clarity didn’t increase my reaction time, even though it did make me a big fan of the tech.

What did help me get some extra kills was Shadow Boost. Battle Royales are games where you spend time peering into the distance and often into shadows before turning and quickly running from point to point. Enemies hiding in Windows were much easier to pick out in Blackout, and bad guys that normally blend in with cave walls in Apex suddenly stood out more. The trade-off is that I had to turn Shadow Boost to its highest setting and at that point any dark color is brightened, which just isn’t something I’m willing to leave on all the time. If there was a shortcut to quickly turn it on or off, I would definitely have used the feature more.

Finally, I loaded into a bot match of CS:GO. Yes, a bot match, because I wanted to see how much of an advantage Sniper mode would actually give and it didn’t seem right to play against other players. It’s big. I set the zoom mode to twice the actual picture size and I was able to land headshots on bots I would otherwise struggle to hit at all. Without a doubt, this feature made me more accurate, more lethal, and more confident on the battlefield.

But would I actually take it into a game? No, because like the OSD says, it’s for practice and using it to win out against players without that advantage would feel hollow.

Taken as a whole, gaming on the Asus TUF VG27AQ was sublime. Its picture is magnificent and the combination of 1440p, 155Hz, ELMB, and G-Sync, made each gaming experience downright silky. I never once saw ghosting, so Lagom’s LCD test proved true, and gaming felt exceptionally responsive, so perhaps GameFast did too. Regardless of what was going on under the hood, playing games on this monitor was a blast.

Purchasing Guide

The Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ retails for 429 at Amazon and it’s one of the best well-equipped gaming monitors that’s priced this low.

Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ Review: Fast, Very Affordable 165Hz WQHD Gaming Monitor

Gaming monitors with fast and high resolution panels have steadily dropped in price over the years, and the Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ is one such product. Retailing as low as RM1,489 now, this gaming monitor offers a fast 165Hz refresh rate, along with a sharp WQHD resolution.

Of course, as with any monitors, the VG27AQ does have some shortcomings, such as its HDR performance and black levels. But for folks who want a reasonably high resolution 1440p gaming monitor with a fast refresh rate, the VG27AQ should be in your shortlist.

What It Is

The TUF Gaming VG27AQ is a 27-inch 1440p IPS gaming monitor with a fast 165Hz refresh rate. It also supports HDR10 and variable refresh rate (VRR), so it is Nvidia G-Sync Compatible. In my time gaming with this monitor, this feature does manage to minimise screen tearing.

Unlike most gaming monitors at this price point, the VG27AQ offers excellent adjustability. The stand supports swivel, tilt, height adjustment, and even pivot. Suffice to say it is very easy to get a comfortable viewing angle with this monitor.

Another neat feature of the VG27AQ is the fact that it has a pair of 2W speakers! Unfortunately, the audio quality is…not great. I’ll get back to this later.

The Good Stuff

Let’s get this out of the way: gaming on the Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ is an absolute blast. The panel’s fast 165Hz refresh rate and VRR support make for a very pleasant gaming experience with no noticeably screen tearing. As far as I can tell, this monitor has low input lag as well.

This is really thanks to Asus’ Extreme Low Motion Blur Sync (ELMB SYNC) technology. According to the company, this allows the VG27AQ to achieve a 1ms response time. Basically, it’s perfect for gamers who want all the competitive advantage they can get.

Panel quality of the VG27AQ is great as well. It has vibrant colours, contrast is good, and its viewing angles – as with most IPS screens – are wide too with minimal colour shifting. That being said, this isn’t exactly the best monitor for content consumption; more on this in the next section.

Anyway, the 1440p resolution of the VG27AQ is worth a mention too. In the past, you could only get a 1080p monitor at this price point. It’s certainly great that consumers can now get a higher resolution panel (without sacrificing refresh rate) at a lower entry price.

Last but not least is the VG27AQ’s very intuitive on-screen display (OSD). Thanks to the addition of a joystick on the back of the monitor, it’s seamless to navigate through its OSD to access whatever settings I want to. It’s worth noting that this one simple hardware is not offered on many, many monitors, especially at this price point.

And that brings us to the best, best selling point of the VG27AQ: its sheer value for money. You can now get this gaming monitor for only RM1,489, and given its feature set, you’re really getting your money’s worth here.

The Bad Stuff

So I’ve mentioned the TUF Gaming VG27AQ is not great for content consumption, but why? Well, it lies in the IPS screen of the monitor. Compared to, say, a VA panel, blacks on this IPS display can appear grey; this is an inherent weakness of the latter. If you’re in a dark room, this issue is especially evident.

Despite the fact that the VG27AQ supports HDR10, the actual HDR performance…isn’t great. The screen itself doesn’t get bright enough to bring out highlights in HDR content. That being said, the brightness level is more than acceptable in gaming and normal use; just not for HDR content.

Last but not least are the speakers of the VG27AQ. While it’s convenient to have these speakers built into the monitor itself, the audio quality leaves much to be desired. It is tinny, there’s no bass, and the maximum volume is…very soft.

Suffice to say you should get proper speakers for content consumption.

Is It Worth It?

Despite its shortcomings, the Asus TUF Gaming VG27AQ is a great buy. After all, you can now get it for only RM1,489. Given all of the features that you’re getting for that kind of money, its value proposition is very good, especially from an established brand like Asus.

Aside from its sheer value for money, the VG27AQ is also fantastic for gaming with low input lag, high refresh rate, and good display quality, even if it’s not ideal for HDR content. If you want a fast, affordable gaming monitor from an established brand, the TUF Gaming VG27AQ fits the bill.

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TUF Gaming VG27AQ is a 27-inch, WQHD (2560×1440), HDR IPS display with an ultrafast 155Hz designed for professional gamers and those seeking immersive gameplay. Those are some serious specs, but not even the most exciting thing the VG27AQ has in store.

For the first time in any gaming monitor, Motion Blur Reduction and Adaptive-sync can be enabled at the same time. This new technology is called Asus Extreme Low Motion Blur Sync (ELMB SYNC). ELMB SYNC works with G-SYNC Compatible, allowing gamers to enjoy sharp, high speed frames.

A 27-inch WQHD (2560 X 1440) IPS display for highly detailed visuals and accurate color

TUF Gaming VG27AQ features WQHD (2560 x 1440) panel that delivers up to 77% more onscreen desktop space than standard Full HD (1920 x 1080) displays. IPS technology gives you superior images with outstanding colors thanks to 99% sRGB color gamut and an astounding 1,000:1 contrast ratio. Wide 178-degree viewing angles ensure minimal distortion and color shift even when you’re viewing from extreme positions.

Incredibly-fast 155Hz refresh rate

TUF Gaming VG27AQ 155Hz refresh rate decimates lag and motion blur to give you the upper hand in first person shooters, racers, real-time strategy, and sports titles. This ultrafast refresh rate lets you play at the highest visual settings and lets you react instantly to what’s onscreen — so you’ll get that first strike in.

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With ELMB SYNC, you can enable ELMB (low-motion-blur technology) and G-SYNC Compatible at the same time, eliminating ghosting and tearing for sharp visuals and high frame rates while gaming.

Multi HDR Mode

Now you can choose from multiple HDR modes to adjust monitor HDR performance based on the current viewing scenario

To more fully realize gamers’ vision, TUF Gaming is compatible with industry-standard HDR10 high dynamic range for color and brightness levels that exceed the capabilities of ordinary monitors.


Shadow Boost

Asus Shadow Boost technology clarifies dark areas of the game without overexposing brighter areas, improving overall viewing while also making it easier to spot enemies hidden in dark areas of the map.

The Asus-exclusive, integrated GamePlus hotkey offers in-game enhancements that help you get more out of your game. This function is co-developed with input from pro gamers, allowing them to practice and improve their gaming skills.

Asus GameVisual Technology has seven pre-set display modes to optimize visuals for different types of content. This unique feature can be easily accessed through a hotkey or the on-screen display settings menu

Flicker-Free technology

Flicker-Free technology reduces flicker to minimize eyestrain for improved comfort when you’re embroiled in long gaming sessions.

Ultra-Low Blue Light technology

Asus Ultra-Low Blue Light technology reduces the amount of potentially harmful blue light emitted by the display. Four different filter settings are available to control the amount of blue light reduction.

Rich connectivity

Extensive connectivity options, including, I/O: DisplayPort1.2, HDMI (v2.0) support a wide array of multimedia devices.

Ergonomic design

With an ergonomically-designed stand, TUF Gaming VG27AQ provides tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustments so you can easily find your ideal viewing position. The display is also VESA-compatible for wall mounting.

Additional information

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Asus VG27AQ Review: 1440p 165Hz FreeSync IPS Gaming Monitor

The Asus VG27AQ is a 27″ 1440p 144Hz (165Hz OC) gaming monitor based on an IPS panel with FreeSync MBR support.

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Bottom Line

The Asus VG27AQ is a decent gaming monitor, but there are better options at this price range with better optimized overdive, faster response time and wider color gamut.

Most gamers find 27″ 1440p high refresh rate displays to be the sweet spot for PC gaming. To their luck, the IPS variants have been regularly dropping in price lately, so let’s see how one of the more popular albeit older models, the Asus TUF VG27AQ, stacks up today.

Image Quality

The 2560×1440 WQHD resolution nicely complements the 27″ screen of the VG27AQ monitor. You get a high pixel density of 108.79 PPI (pixels per inch), which translates to plenty of screen real estate with sharp details and text, and without any scaling necessary.

In comparison, 1080p resolution looks pixelated and smudgy on 27″ sized screens, while 4K UHD offers sharper details, but it’s a lot more demanding on your CPU/GPU and you have to use scaling to make small text readable.

Further, the IPS panel of the Asus VG27AQ provides vivid and consistent colors with 178° wide viewing angles and full sRGB color gamut coverage.

The colors don’t extend over the standard sRGB color space, so there won’t be any over-saturation, however, this also means that the display lacks the vibrancy of wide color gamut displays, which are available around this price range with similar specs.

Regardless, some gamers actually prefer the more subdued colors of the sRGB color space as it is the native gamut for SDR content.

Thanks to the display’s full sRGB gamut coverage and wide viewing angles that ensure the image won’t degrade in quality at basically any angle, the Asus VG27AQ is suited for entry-level color-critical work too. For professionals, a calibration via a colorimeter is required for proper accuracy.

Moving on, the monitor has a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, so you won’t get quite as deep blacks as that of VA panels, which usually have a contrast ratio of around 3,000:1.

However, VA displays at this price range have other disadvantages, such as significantly slower response time speed that results in smearing, narrower viewing angles and variable refresh rate brightness flickering.

Another thing to keep in mind about IPS panels is IPS glow. It can be characterized as visible glowing around the corners of the screen that’s most noticeable when displaying dark content in a dark room with high brightness settings. The intensity of IPS glow varies from unit to unit, but it’s manageable in most cases.

Lastly, the monitor has a strong peak brightness of 350-nits, so it can get more than bright enough even in well-lit rooms. It can also accept the HDR10 signal, but it lacks proper hardware for a noteworthy HDR (High Dynamic Range) viewing experience, therefore, HDR should be disabled.

Moving on, the Asus VG27AQ has a native refresh rate of 144Hz that can be overclocked up to 165Hz for a small boost in motion clarity.

Its pixel response time is not as fast as that of modern 1ms GtG IPS displays, so you might be able to notice some trailing artifacts behind fast-moving objects, but there’s no dark level smearing associated with even slower VA panels.

There are six overdrive levels under the Trace Free setting in the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu, ranging from ‘0’ to ‘100’ in increments of 20. At a fixed 144Hz – 165Hz refresh rate, we recommend going with ’60’ in order to avoid inverse ghosting.

Bumping it up to ’80’ can help remove some ghosting, but it will be replaced with some overshoot, so it’s up to you what you can tolerate more.

If you’re using a variable refresh rate (FreeSync or G-SYNC Compatible), you’ll have to change the overdrive setting at lower refresh rates. We recommend ‘0’ for around 60Hz/FPS and ’40’ for around 100Hz/FPS.

It works up to 165FPS without any issues. The supported VRR range is 40-165Hz, but LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) will multiple the frame rates below 40FPS (39FPS. 156Hz) to keep tearing at bay.

Input lag is low at around 4ms, which makes for imperceptible delay between your actions and the result on the screen.

over, the monitor supports ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur) technology, which uses backlight strobing to reduce motion blur at a cost of picture brightness. You can even use VRR and ELMB at the same time via the ELMB-Sync feature.

In order to use ELMB-Sync, your refresh rate must be set to at least 75Hz, whereas if you want to use just ELMB, the minimum supported refresh rate is 100Hz.

Lastly, the monitor’s backlight is flicker-free (unless ELMB/Sync is enabled) and there’s an integrated low-blue light filter.


At the rear of the monitor, there’s a directional joystick for quick and easy navigation through the OSD menu. You’ll also find three additional hotkeys for shortcuts and a power button/indicator.

Noteworthy gaming features include Shadow Boost (improves visibility in dark scenes by altering the gamma curvature), various picture presets, three customizable profiles, crosshair overlays, Sniper (zooms in the area around the crosshair), on-screen timers and a refresh rate tracker.

Besides the usual image adjustments (brightness, contrast, color temperature, aspect ratio, input source, etc.), the Asus VG27AQ also offers saturation and sharpness settings, but there are no gamma options.

We recommend using the default Racing picture mode, while the VividPixel, Eco Mode and ASCR options should be disabled for optimal image quality.

Design Connectivity

The stand of the monitor is sturdy and offers a good range of ergonomics, including up to 130mm height adjustment.5°/33° tilt, 90° counter-clockwise pivot, /- 90° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Further, the screen has a light matte anti-glare coating that prevents reflections without making the image too grainy.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0 ports, a headphone jack and two 2W built-in speakers.

The HDMI ports are limited to 2560×1440 144Hz 8-bit color depth. With DisplayPort 1.2, you can use either 2560×1440 165Hz 8-bit or 2560×1440 120Hz 10-bit. We recommend going with 165Hz as the difference between 8-bit and 10-bit color isn’t noticeable in most content.

Price Similar Monitors

The Asus VG27AQ usually goes for 300.

At that price range, we recommend the MSI G273QF instead. It has a faster response time speed with better overdrive tuning as well as a wider color gamut.

It doesn’t have as an ergonomic stand, but you can pair it with a desk-clamp mounting stand or get the version with a more versatile design, the MSI G273QPF. It can also be found on sale for 300.

Keep in mind that there’s also the Asus VG27AQL1A model, which is an entirely different monitor. It has a wider color gamut than the VG27AQ, but we still recommend MSI’s models due to their faster pixel response time speed and less overshoot.

Another thing to note is that the Asus VG27AQE is the same monitor as the VG27AQ.


While the Asus VG27AQ is a decent gaming monitor, there are better options available at this price range.


Screen Size 27-inch
Resolution 2560×1440 (QHD)
Panel Type IPS
Aspect Ratio 16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate 144Hz (165Hz OC)
Response Time (GtG) Not specified
Response Time (ELMB-Sync) 1ms (MPRT)
Adaptive-Sync FreeSync (40-165Hz)G-SYNC Compatible
Speakers 2x2W
Ports DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0
Other Ports Headphone Jack
Brightness 350 cd/m²
Contrast Ratio 1000:1 (static)
Colors 1.07 billion (8-bit FRC)99% sRGB
VESA Yes (100x100mm)

The Pros:

  • High pixel density, wide viewing angles, consistent colors
  • Good response time speed
  • Plenty of features, including VRR MBR up to 165Hz
  • Fully ergonomic design
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