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ASUS XG32VQR Preview: 32″ 1440p 144Hz FreeSync 2 HDR Curved Gaming Monitor

By December 14, 2018 No Comments
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Introduction

The ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQR is a new and improved model of the already available XG32VQ 1440p 144Hz FreeSync curved gaming monitor; It adds support for FreeSync 2 and HDR (High Dynamic Range).

Image Quality

Based on Samsung’s VA panel (SVA), the ASUS XG32VQR features a superb static contrast ratio of 3,000:1 for vibrant and vivid black tones.

Moreover, it has a peak brightness of 450-nits for HDR content as well as a wide color gamut covering 94% of the DCI-P3 color space (125% sRGB).

Other panel-related specs are standard and include a 4ms response time speed and wide 178-degree viewing angles.

1440p resolution looks great even on 32″ monitors as it provides you with a pixel density of 93 pixels per inch which is identical to the pixel density of 1080p on a 24″ screen.

So, you won’t get as clear picture quality as you’d on a 27″ 1440p screen, but it will be more than sharp enough and you get a bigger screen that’s also curved for extra immersion.

Finally, the ASUS XG32VQR supports entry-level HDR with VESA’s DisplayHDR 400 certification which will provide you with a small but noticeable boost in image quality for compatible content.

There are three different HDR presets including DisplayHDR (for games), ASUS HDR (for movies), and FreeSync 2 HDR.

Features

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You will find all the standard features found on ASUS gaming monitors including customizable crosshairs, on-screen timers, and pre-calibrated picture presets (FPS, RTS, RPG, Racing, MOBA).

Additionally, the Shadow Boost feature can increase visibility of objects in dark parts of video games by altering the gamma curvature.

Next, AMD FreeSync allows the ASUS XG32VQR 144Hz gaming monitor to change its refresh rate dynamically if you have a compatible AMD graphics card.

This will eliminate all screen tearing and stuttering within the 48-144Hz/FPS (Frames Per Second) range.

FreeSync 2 HDR, which is the second-generation FreeSync technology, ensures minimal input lag penalty for HDR gaming.

While the ASUS XG32VQR does support TraceFree i.e. the overdrive setting for the response time, there’s no motion blur reduction technology, so we’re eager to see how the display will handle ghosting and smearing in fast-paced games as VA panels usually struggle with it.

Design & Connectivity

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Connectivity options include an HDMI 2.0, a DisplayPort 1.2, a mini-DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, and a dual-USB 3.0 hub. FreeSync works over both HDMI and DP with a 48-144Hz dynamic range.

The design features the illuminating ROG logo as well as the AuraSync RGB lighting. You can also adjust the height of the screen (up to 100mm), tilt the screen by -5°/20°, swivel it to the left or right by -/+ 50° or VESA mount it.

Price & Similar Monitors

The ASUS XG32VQR price and availability are unknown at the moment but given that the XG32VQ costs around $600-$700, we can expect the price to be at least $700-$800.

Overall, we find the price to be too expensive considering that you can get a great 32″ 1440p 144Hz FreeSync gaming monitor such as the LG 32GK650F for $400 – It may not have HDR, but DisplayHDR 400 is far from worth an extra $200+ anyway.

Conclusion

While the ASUS XG32VQR FreeSync 2 HDR gaming monitor does offer plenty of bells and whistles, they, along with the premium ROG branding, add up to the price pretty quickly.

ASUS XG32VQR Specifications
Screen Size31.5-inch
Screen Curvature1800R
Resolution2560x1440 (WQHD)
Panel TypeVA
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time4ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync 2 HDR (48Hz-144Hz)
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, mini-DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0
Other Ports2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack
Brightness450 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio3000:1 (static)
Colors1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)
VESAYes (100x100mm)
HDRVESA DisplayHDR 400

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