Asus TUF VG28UQL1A gaming monitor evaluate

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Our Verdict

Asus’ newest TUF-branded 4K, 144Hz gaming panel has a improbable function set together with HDMI 2.1 connectivity for cutting-edge console gaming. Nevertheless it’s not as low cost as we would hoped for and has restricted HDR functionality.

For

  • Candy IPS 4K panel
  • Glorious pixel response
  • HDMI 2.1 for next-gen console gaming

In opposition to

  • Not a real HDR panel
  • Not low cost sufficient to convey 4K 144Hz to a brand new viewers

4K native res, 144Hz refresh, IPS panel tech, HDR help, and HDMI 2.1. What extra may you probably ask for from the brand new Asus TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A as a multi-platform, cutting-edge gaming monitor? Perhaps a worth that’s extra reasonably priced than earlier panels which have hit comparable targets? Maintain that thought.

Asus’ newest monitor masterwork is a part of its TUF vary of gaming goodies. In different phrases, not the premium Asus ROG line, a number of of which already provide an identical core function set. That bodes nicely for affordability, at the very least in relative phrases. However what about efficiency and options? Does something go lacking?

When it comes to panel dimension, with the Asus TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A you’re really getting a further inch in comparison with the corporate’s earliest 4K gaming screens. This can be a 28-inch mannequin, although Asus will now additionally do you a 32-inch 144Hz 4K mannequin. Going into this evaluate, the 28-inch diagonal was a little bit of a fear. We’ve seen a number of 4K IPS non-gaming screens on our productivity-orientated sister titles, together with the Philips 288E2UAE and Acer B287K, and all have shared at the very least barely underwhelming static picture high quality by way of vibrancy and saturation.

TUF VG28UQL1A specs

Panel dimension: 28-inch

Panel know-how: IPS

Native decision: 3840 x 2160

Facet Ratio: 16:9

Refresh price: 144Hz

Response time: 1ms

HDR: VESA DisplayHDR 400

Distinction: 1,000:1

Shade: 10-bit, 90% DCI-P3

Brightness: 450 cd/m2

Video Inputs: DisplayPort 1.4 x1, HDMI 2.1 x2, HDMI 2.0 x2

Different: AMD FreeSync Premium, Nvidia G-Sync Suitable, VESA DisplayHDR 400

Worth: $800 | £749

Anyway, one apparent limitation on the spec sheet is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification. It’s entry-level HDR stuff, if that, and means this panel makes do with a easy, monolithic backlight. There’s no native dimming of any sort, not to mention the newest mini-LED shizzle. Asus’ declare of 90% protection of the DCI-P3 digital cinema color house can be indicative of relative limitations. HDR shows with greater ranges of certifications are inclined to cowl 95% or extra of DCI-P3.

That stated, the VG28UQL1A is nice for as much as 450 nits of brightness, which exceeds the HDR 400 minimal requirement. Extra importantly, it is also a really fast show, on paper. Asus says it is good for 1ms pixel response by the grey-to-grey moderately than much less demanding MPRT metric. You additionally get the aforementioned 144Hz refresh price and help for each Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, although this isn’t a full-fat G-Sync monitor with the requisite Nvidia module. It is merely G-Sync suitable.

Asus TUF VG28UQL1A gaming monitor lying on its front to display the ports

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The ultimate function of word is HDMI 2.1 help. Together with the DisplayPort 1.4 interface, it means the Asus TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A can ship 4K high-refresh gaming on each PC and console, albeit the latter will likely be restricted to 120Hz moderately than the total 144Hz. All of which suggests, with the controversial omission of true HDR functionality, this monitor appears to vow all of it.

Fortunately, it delivers fairly a bit in actuality, too. 

Opposite to our fears in regards to the present crop of 28-inch 4K panels, this factor is vibrant, punchy, and exact by way of primary picture high quality and color steadiness. The panel’s static distinction is first rate, too, even when no IPS monitor can fairly compete with one of the best VA screens in that self-discipline. 

It’s additionally correctly fast. As you’d anticipate from this class of gaming monitor, Asus has fitted it out with person configurable pixel overdrive, on this case by way of a reasonably granular five-level choice within the OSD menu. Whereas there may be some pretty apparent overshoot and due to this fact inverse ghosting within the two quickest modes, ranges two and three ship actually sharp, snappy response and minimal overshoot.

Subjectively, then, the VG28UQL1A is certainly comparable with one of the best IPS panels for uncooked pixel response. Add within the 144Hz refresh and you’ve got a brilliant sharp, significantly responsive answer for on-line shooters, battle royales and all that first-person jazz that advantages from a quick panel. OK, there are screens with far sooner refresh now that 240Hz is commonplace, 360Hz is accessible, and 480Hz is simply over the horizon. However until you’re notably severe about esports, 144Hz is lots.

On the similar time, the 4K native res makes for the same old stellar picture element and sharpness. You’d need to be very delicate to latency to surrender all that eye sweet for marginally faster responses, that’s for certain. If you wish to take pleasure in a gaming graphics-fest like Cyberpunk in all its ray-traced glory, you want a 4K panel like this.

The one slight query mark entails, inevitably, HDR efficiency. On the plus facet, SDR content material does look good with the panel and Home windows OS in HDR mode. So, you possibly can run in HDR mode full time. And content material together with the aforementioned Cyberpunk does have that little bit extra depth and punch in HDR mode. However the distinction is marginal and we wouldn’t class this as a real HDR panel.

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Asus TUF VG28UQL1A gaming monitor facing away from the camera so your can see the back

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Asus TUF VG28UQL1A gaming monitor facing straight on with Call of Duty Warzone on the display

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Asus TUF VG28UQL1A gaming monitor with Cyberpunk 2077 on the screen

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The online result’s that this can be a robust all rounder. The additional inch of panel dimension in comparison with the preliminary entrants into the 4K 144Hz market is welcome, the HDMI 2.1 interface definitely makes this a flexible panel for multi-platform gaming, even when we now have some doubts concerning the lifelike utility of 120Hz 4K gaming on the newest consoles.

Maybe extra of an apparent caveat is that the HDMI 2.1 interface will inevitably add value. In case you’re solely planning to make use of this panel with a PC, that value will include little to no profit. 

Which brings us neatly to our primary reservation with the Asus TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A. Pricing. At £749 within the UK (US pricing has but to emerge, however will probably be across the $800 mark), it is not low cost sufficient to convey 4K excessive refresh to a brand new viewers. 

Screens like this look notably poor worth now that the likes of a 4K, 120Hz LG OLED display screen may be had for round £1,000 / $1,000. It isn’t a direct comparability, but it surely’s awfully unflattering all the identical. In brief, the wait continues for a extra accessible 4K, 144Hz gaming panel for the lots. As a result of this, sadly, ain’t it.

Asus TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A

Asus’ newest TUF-branded 4K, 144Hz gaming panel has a improbable function set together with HDMI 2.1 connectivity for cutting-edge console gaming. Nevertheless it’s not as low cost as we would hoped for and has restricted HDR functionality.