Asus ROG Strix XG32VQ gaming monitor
Asus’ gaming monitor ticks many boxes, but should you buy it?
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.