ASUS VP28UQG Review
ASUS has been proven itself more than capable in the gaming monitor market and their VP28UQG model is just another testament to that. It is a great cheap 4K option for gamers with its 1ms response time and AMD’s FreeSync technology. Combine that with a beautiful design, and you have a monitor that more than justifies its price tag. Let’s get into details.
While on the topic of image quality, we need to start by addressing the fact that this monitor has a TN (Twisted Nematic) panel, which limits its color quality and viewing angles.
Its color accuracy will be worse than of IPS panels and pictures will get blurry and shift in color if you view them in wide angles.
But, it also means it will have much lower response times than IPS/VN panels. We will get into that later.
However, it’s image quality is still better than most TN monitors with its 10-bit color depth with a capability of 1.07 billion colors. The screen is quite bright too with a 300-nit peak brightness.
The best and the most obvious feature of this monitor is the 4K resolution. It is especially better on a 28″ screen since the screen is smaller, the pixels-per-inch (PPI) is really high; so you won’t notice any pixels even if you sit really close to the monitor. 4K gives you four times the pixels of similar-sized Full HD 1080p displays so you get more detailed images when playing games or watching movies, as well as more onscreen desktop space for your various work windows.
Performance and speed are where ASUS’ gaming monitor really shines. With a 1ms response time, there is no ghosting or blurring effect on high-speed gameplay. Its input lag is just around 10ms, making it perfect for competitive games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. So the responsiveness and the cheapness puts it ahead of the competition like ViewSonic XG2700-4K while setting it behind on the color quality-wise.
Its refresh rate is 60Hz, which is the standard for 4K displays. It can be a detriment if you are an avid FPS player since most competitive shooters require more than 120 FPS, but unless you are competitive, 60 FPS should suffice. Plus, on the 4K resolution, hitting even 60 FPS is a real challenge, so unless you have 2 RTX 2080s running in your PC, do not worry.
As we all know, adaptive sync has become a standard in the gaming monitor industry for the past few years and this gaming monitor does not fall behind. It features AMD FreeSync which can provide a smooth-as-butter gaming experience if you have an AMD GPU or an Xbox One.
FreeSync has a certain working range, however, and for ASUS VP28UQG this range is 40-60 FPS (Frames Per Second). So it will stop working if you go out of that range. Since this is a 60Hz monitor, you cannot see frames higher than 60 FPS anyway (Head onto our article about refresh rates if you want to learn why.), so it would be wise of you to limit your FPS to 60. To not go below 40, though, there isn’t much to do.
Like almost all ASUS monitors aimed at gamers, VP28UQG has GamePlus features: an on-screen FPS counter, timer, and customizable crosshairs.
ASUS VP28UQG’s other feature is its ASUS Ultra-Low Blue Light technology, which reduces the amount of harmful blue light emitted by the screen. There are 4 different settings for different levels of filters and you can choose which looks and feels the best depending on the task.
Another feature it has is its Flicker-Free technology. It noticeably reduces the small flickers you may notice during long gaming sessions. These 2 features are not revolutionary, but they can help those that have difficulties using computers for long periods of time.
The full list of ASUS VP28UQG’s specs can be found in this list:
ASUS VP28UQG Specifications
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time||1ms (GtG)|
|Adaptive Sync||FreeSync (40Hz-60Hz)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0|
|Other Ports||Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (static)|
|Colors||1.07 billion (8-bit + FRC)|
Design & Connectivity
Since this is not a part of the ASUS ROG series of monitors, do not expect flashy design choices. But that does not mean that the monitor is anything short of eye-catching. It is very elegant with its simple design and thin bezels. You can tilt the screen by -5°/20° and you can mount it to a wall with a third-party stand using the VESA 100 x 100mm standard.
Connectivity options are two HDMI 2.0 ports with 1 DisplayPort 1.2 port and a headphones jack. This is more than enough for any gamer as it allows for 3 different devices to be connected to the monitor at the same time. You just have to change the signal source.
ASUS VP28UQG is one of the cheapest and most affordable 4K monitors for gamers at the moment. It is delivers everything essential for those looking to invest in a great 4K gaming monitor while not burning its users’ wallets. While a higher refresh rate and built-in speakers would be nice, it covers almost everything else. If you want to check out other amazing 4K monitors, you can check out our list of best 4K monitors.
- 1ms response time
- Affordable 4K
- AMD FreeSync
- Low input lag
- Great image quality
- No built-in speakers
- AMD FreeSync range is quite narrow