Asus ROG Strix XG32VQ gam­ing mon­i­tor

Asus’ gam­ing mon­i­tor ticks many boxes, but should you buy it?

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Many gamers like the idea of a large screen with a rel­a­tively-low res­o­lu­tion as it makes tar­gets larger and head­shots eas­ier. But over­stretch­ing a Full HD res­o­lu­tion in­tro­duces an­noy­ing pix­e­la­tion ef­fects to text, graph­ics and movies. The XG32VQ’s com­bi­na­tion of a 31.5-inch VA panel with a 2,560 x 1,440 res­o­lu­tion seems to have hit a sweet spot though.

Desk­top text was com­fort­able for our mid­dle-aged eyes to read (when at de­fault mag­ni­fi­ca­tion) and the im­age-en­hanc­ing gam­ing tech­nolo­gies have not oblit­er­ated its clar­ity which some com­peti­tors can do.

It’s also a 144Hz panel and the smooth­ness in mo­tion feels as good as we’d hoped. There’s a slight curve (in tech­ni­cal terms it’s rated 1800R) which adds an ex­tra de­gree of com­fort with­out sig­nif­i­cantly-dis­tort­ing any­thing. Ul­ti­mately, it feels great when you’re sit­ting in front of it no mat­ter what task you’re per­form­ing.

There are many set­tings which are ac­ces­si­ble via a small joy­stick and four, large but­tons – all are rear mounted. These in­clude many pre­sets for dif­fer­ent types of games and mul­ti­ple ways of ad­just­ing each one. Sav­ing four dif­fer­ent set-ups is very easy and, un­like ri­vals, you don’t have to wait tor­tu­ous sec­onds for changes to ex­e­cute.

The VA panel has 300nits of bright­ness which we had to turn down when not gam­ing as it’s very bright. Colour sat­u­ra­tion is also im­pres­sive – play­ing Far Cry 5 on it made walk­ing in the woods par­tic­u­larly pleas­ant.

There are a fair few gam­ing mon­i­tors which sac­ri­fice us­abil­ity in some ar­eas in or­der to boost per­for­mance in oth­ers, but frankly, we can’t find a weak spot with the XG32VQ.


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