ASUS is set to add yet another gaming monitor to their arsenal. The ASUS VP28UQGboasts the 4K Ultra HD resolution with AMD FreeSync technology for dynamic refresh rate, TN panel for the rapid 1ms response time speed, and exclusive gaming features such as FPS counter, an on-screen timer, and crosshair overlays.
Although TN panel monitors deliver the fastest response time speed, they require certain sacrifices to be made in order to achieve such speed. Firstly, the viewing angles of 170° horizontal and 160° vertical cause color shifts when the image is viewed from certain angles. However, as the ASUS VP28UQG display is mainly intended for gamers who spent most of their time sitting right in front of the screen, so it’s not that big of a deal. More importantly, gamers will be able to enjoy the impeccable 1ms response time speed and experience zero ghosting in the fast-paced video games.
Secondly, in comparison to other panels such as the IPS and VA, the TN panels have the poorest color reproduction. Alas, considering its 4K UHD resolution, the high pixel density of 157 pixels per inch, a solid brightness of 300 nits, and 10-bit color depth support for its 1.07 billion colors, we’re confident that the image quality will be overall satisfying, at least for a TN panel; After all, the ASUS VP28UQG FreeSync monitor predominantly focuses on performance and speed, not picture and color quality.
Just like the previous ASUS gaming monitors, the ASUS VP28UQG features GamePlus which consists of extra OSD (On-Screen Display) functions. You will be able to place an on-screen timer, ideal for RTS and PvP in MMORPG games, an FPS (Frames Per Second) counter to track the performance of your computer and lastly, put a customized crosshair on the screen to for better precision (or cheating?) in competitive FPS games.
The OSD of the ASUS VP28UQG TN monitor is navigatable via the 5-way joystick for quick adjustments of other features such as the Design Alignment for simplified multitasking if you happen to have plenty of applications open. The OSD also offers pre-calibrated picture presets of the SPLENDID technology, three skin-tone selection, four color temperature modes, and five levels for the low blue light filter which in addition to the flicker-free screen allows you to game until the dawn without straining your eyes.
AMD FreeSync technology allows you to synchronize the refresh rate between the ASUS VP28UQG gaming monitor and AMD FreeSync compatible graphics cards. Within the gained dynamic refresh rate range, screen tearing and stuttering is eliminated while input lag is reduced. The ASUS VP28UQG FreeSync range is speculated to be 40-60Hz although it’s not confirmed yet and you will likely be able to extend it by creating a custom resolution.
Design and Connectivity
The design of the ASUS VP28UQG is nothing special, in fact, it’s quite ordinary; the bezels aren’t especially thin, the stand isn’t quite attractive nor versatile as the monitor is tilt-only by -5, 20 degrees. It does have 100 x 100 VESA mount compatibility, but there are no extra USB ports nor built-in speakers. Connector ports include two HDMI 2.0, a DisplayPort 1.2, and an audio line-out.
Price & Similar Monitors
The ASUS VP28UQG release date and price are unknown at the moment (July 2017). What’s interesting is that ASUS already has a 4K FreeSync gaming monitor, the ASUS MG28UQ which features all of the same specifications including the rapid 1ms response time speed and the GameVisual feature, among other things.
However, the ASUS MG28UQ also offers full ergonomic support including pivot and height adjustment, built-in speakers, and even two USB 3.0 ports. As it’s currently available for 400 USD, we expect the ASUS VP28UQG price to be in the same range, if not lower due to the less ergonomic and connectivity options.
The ASUS VP28UQG monitor offers everything competitive gamers may want out of a 4K display, at least for now. Hopefully, it will be attractively priced once released as its specifications alone are nothing to get particularly excited about given that there already are affordable 4K FreeSync monitors available – with the same specs and better design.