If you have a limited budget and want to crank your old display up a notch by upgrading both screen size and resolution, the ASUS VA32AQ may be just for you.
Sporting a huge 31.5-inch IPS panel with vibrant image and crisp QHD resolution under 400 USD, the monitor is quite a great bang for the buck.
Moreover, it offers some exclusive features and an attractive slim design.
ASUS VA32AQ Calibration
Straight out of the box, the ASUS VA32AQ WQHD picture may not be what you’d expected. You would notice fuzzy text and oversaturated details.
But there’s a catch:
Enter the OSD (On-Screen Display), and disable the VividPixel feature which is to blame for oversharpening the image. After that, you will already be able to notice that the picture is clearer.
Further adjustments in the OSD also greatly impact on the picture. For instance, we found that the sRGB picture preset offers the best results due to the better color reproduction.
Fiddle with brightness, contrast, and other parameters to match the image to your liking. But, as long as VividPixel is disabled, you’re good to go.
Sure, the factory-calibrated monitors may sound more appealing, but they are much more expensive, at least in this price and monitor selection range. A similar 32-inch QHD IPS monitor can cost nearly twice the price of the VA32AQ.
Besides, after some basic calibration, the ASUS VA32AQ delivers a significantly better image quality.
The IPS-ADS panel developed by BOE also ensures the impeccable 178-degree viewing angles and quick 5ms response time speed. Colors and text are vivid while the rich pixel density ensures crisp picture details.
In comparison to the standard IPS, the ADS-based panel offers a slightly higher static contrast ratio at 1,200:1.
The ASUS VA32AQ input lag amounts to 10ms which is very good and allows for enjoyable and responsive gameplay.
With 5ms (gray to gray) response time speed, there’s no noticeable ghosting in the casual gaming and everyday use.
Should you encounter some trailing of the fast moving objects in competitive FPS games, you can use the TraceFree technology which further reduces motion blur and ghosting. Just don’t increase it all the way to 100 right away, but gradually step it up as reverse ghosting appears when it’s set too high.
The screen is flicker-free, has a low blue light filter, and an anti-glare coating. So, the ASUS VA32AQ is a great option for an office monitor as well since it offers plenty of screen real estate, it is easy on the eyes, and it’s affordable.
Besides the TraceFree technology, the ASUS VA32AQ has a few more gaming-oriented features for you.
The GamePlus feature allows you to place two customizable crosshair overlays on the screen for better precision in FPS games. Additionally, you can put an on-screen timer on the screen.
Thanks to these features as well as the smooth input lag and response time performance, the ASUS VA32AQ is a great 32-Inch budget gaming monitor.
Additionally, the ASUS VA32AQ offers SPLENDID Video Intelligence Technology which consists of seven pre-calibrated picture presets. These include Scenery, Theatre, Night View, DarkRoom, Reading, sRGB, and Standard.
We recommend using the sRGB mode as a starting point for further calibration while the Reading mode is excellent for working or reading in the evening due to its cozy picture color temperature.
The OSD buttons are placed on the bottom bezel at the right side and can be used for the following actions: Two shortcuts for certain OSD functions, QuickFit Virtual Scale feature, input source selection, and navigation through the menu.
The first two shortcut buttons can be assigned to other functions such as GamePlus feature or to quickly adjust the volume of the built-in speakers. By default, you can use them to adjust five levels of the low blue light filter and to tweak brightness.
Lastly, the QuickFit feature allows you to place an alignment grid on the screen which consists of several different layouts for formatting documents, letters, photos, etc.
Design and Connectivity
The ASUS VA32AQ design consists of an alluringly thin bezel and cabinet with matte 3H screen coating. It features 100 x 100 VESA mount compatibility, but it’s tilt-only by -5, 10 degrees.
Connector ports include a VGA, DisplayPort, and an HDMI. There are 2x4W built-in speakers, and a USB 3.0 port with fast-charging capacity only; So, you cannot transfer data with it.
The ASUS VA32AQ price amounts to only $340 at the moment (Novembert 2017) which is cheaper than some 27-inch 1440p monitors available.
These more expensive 27-inch QHD monitors have a better image quality partially because of the richer pixel density, but some of them also feature higher quality IPS panel with more accurate and consistent colors.
Alas, if you need a great monitor size/resolution for casual purposes, the ASUS VA32AQ is one of the most cost-efficient displays out there.
The monitor is also available in three more 31.5-inch variants, the ASUS VA325H, ASUS VA326H, and ASUS 327H.
However, since all of these monitors feature the Full HD resolution instead of QHD, we don’t recommend them as they have an overall blurry image with smudgy text due to the low pixel density, much like if you were to use a TV as a monitor.
If you can save up a bit more, we recommend the ASUS PB328Q which features a VA panel with much more lifelike and vibrant colors.
The ASUS VA32AQ IPS monitor delivers a surprisingly good image quality for its price after it’s properly calibrated.
Make sure you update your drivers and disable the VividPixel feature, and the image will instantly gain clarity and intensity.
Naturally, if you can afford a more expensive display for casual purposes, make sure to check out the ASUS PB328Q and its price when it becomes available – or consider a 4K monitor.
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time||5ms (GtG)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, VGA|
|Other Ports||USB 3.0 Charger, Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||1200:1 (static)|
|Colors||1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)|