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ASUS VZ27AQ Review: Affordable 1440p FreeSync Monitor

By November 24, 2017 No Comments

ASUS VZ27AQ

Introduction

The gorgeous slim design with golden base and bezels of the display fittingly complement its bright and vibrant image quality.

The ASUS VZ27AQ is an alluringly priced WQHD resolution monitor that offers high-quality eye protection, rich colors, and a smooth performance.

Although not marketed as a gaming monitor, it does offer some useful game-enhancing features as well as support for adaptive-sync up to 75Hz.

Image Quality

The IPS panel of the ASUS VZ27AQ LCD monitor ensures the flawless 178-degree viewing angles for perfect viewing experience no matter the angle you’re looking at the screen.

Furthermore, the true 8-bit colors are accurate and consistent and cover 100% of the sRGB color gamut. Therefore, the ASUS VZ27AQ is adequate for entry-level and semi-professional photo editing.

The WQHD 2560×1440 screen resolution displayed on the 27-inch screen provides both maximum detail and plenty of screen real estate thanks to the rich pixel density of roughly 109 pixels per inch.

Performance

Due to the quick 5ms response time speed (gray to gray pixel transition), there’s no ghosting in the everyday use or casual gaming. In competitive games, some trailing of the fast moving objects is noticeable, but it can be fairly reduced with the TraceFree technology in the OSD.

Naturally, the display isn’t intended for professional gameplay, but the input lag of ~13ms and 5ms response time speed allow for enjoyable and fluid gaming experience nonetheless.

If you have an AMD FreeSync compatible graphics card, you will be able to synchronize the refresh rate between the ASUS VZ27AQ and your GPU via the DisplayPort.

As a result, you will gain a more stable FPS (Frames Per Second) rate within the dynamic refresh rate range. In this case, it’s between 49Hz and 76Hz, although you can lower it if needed by creating a custom resolution and some tweaking. Additionally, screen tearing and stuttering is eliminated while the input lag is further reduced within the dynamic range.

Features

The ASUS Eye Care technology ensures a comfortable viewing experience with its flicker-free screen and a low blue light filter. Moreover, the ASUS VZ27AQ features anti-glare coating which eliminates the sunlight reflection.

One of the unique assets of the monitor is the EyeCheck feature which consists of three eye tests for the short and long-sightedness. It places tests such as the Snellen Chart, Amsler Grid, and Astigmatism on the screen and while they won’t get you out of visiting your eye doctor, they are interesting.

Additionally, the GamePlus feature allows you to place a crosshair overlay on-screen and increase your precision; You can also place a timer on the screen to track upgrades in RTS, cooldowns in RPGs, etc.

There are eight pre-calibrated picture presets available as part of the Splendid Video Intelligence Technology. These presets use custom settings to deliver the best viewing experience according to the activity on the screen.

The presets are following: Scenery, Theatre, Night View (for dark themed games and movies), Standard, Game, sRGB, Reading, and Darkroom (for dim lit rooms).

OSD (On-Screen Display)

The user-friendly OSD is navigatable via the buttons placed on the bottom bezel. However, they aren’t quite easy to navigate with as you can easily misclick the buttons.

Or, maybe I just got spoiled by the OSD joysticks that are featured in most of the LG monitors and in other newer displays. Alas, you will be able to adjust all you need in a matter of minutes.

The buttons can also be used as shortcuts for certain functions. The fifth (from the left to right) button opens up the EyeCheck feature while the sixth and the seventh button can be assigned to other shortcuts. By default, they can be used to quickly adjust brightness and five levels of the blue light filter.

Design and Connectivity

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The ASUS VZ27AQ features a 7mm ultra-slim design with narrow bezels that are ideal for multi-monitor setups. The base of the monitor is detachable, but the monitor has no VESA mount compatibility. Moreover, it’s tilt-only by -5, 22 degrees. The screen is coated with a 3H matte finish.

Connector ports include an HDMI 1.4, a DisplayPort 1.2a, a VGA, and an audio line-in for the 2x2W built-in speakers. FreeSync is only supported via the DisplayPort. The ASUS VZ27AQ FreeSync range is 49-76Hz natively.

Price & Similar Monitors

The ASUS VZ27AQ price amounts to $350 at the moment (November 2017) which makes it one of the most affordable 1440p monitors.

The ASUS MX27AQ and the ASUS PB278Q offer an essentially identical image quality, however, they are more expensive because of some extra features such as better speakers, ergonomics, and connectivity.

Check them out if you think the ASUS VZ27AQ is missing a certain feature for your needs, such as MHL support or height adjustment; otherwise, go for the VZ27AQ.

Conclusion

Due to its appealing price, image quality, and features, the ASUS VZ27AQ IPS monitor is ideal for multiple purposes.

Its eye friendly features and the spacious screen real estate make it suitable as an office monitor.

On the other hand, the gaming features, solid response time speed and input lag performance, and AMD FreeSync technology make it a great 1440p gaming monitor for casual players.

In the end, if you’re planning to upgrade your Full HD monitor, the ASUS VZ27AQ should be your first choice – unless, you’re looking for a 4K monitor or a high refresh rate gaming display.

The fact that it has limited ergonomic and connectivity options is entirely negligible due to its price since a similar 1440p monitor with extra USB ports and/or ergonomics is considerably more expensive, yet it has a pretty much equal image quality and performance.

ASUS VZ27AQ Specifications
Screen Size27-inch
Resolution2560x1440 (WQHD)
Panel TypeIPS
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate75Hz
Response Time5ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (49Hz-76Hz)
Speakers2x2W
PortsDisplayPort 1.2a, HDMI 1.4, VGA
Brightness250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (true 8-bit)
ASUS VZ27AQ Review
  • 7.5/10
    Design - 7.5/10
  • 9/10
    Display - 9/10
  • 8.5/10
    Performance - 8.5/10
  • 9.5/10
    Price/Value - 9.5/10
8.6/10

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