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Asus Tuf Gaming VG27WQ1B Review

True Score

84
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Experts

91
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Consumers

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Our group of vetted reviewers loved the ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B monitor for gaming, content consumption, and productivity-related tasks. They also adore its high native contrast ratio and out-of-the-box color accuracy for the users’ convenience. However, they did not like its lackluster display uniformity, response time, and low peak brightness, which is a dealbreaker for users with bright rooms.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

Released in 2020, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B is a mid-range monitor that sports a curved display, unlike even some of the top-rated computer monitors in its range. The brand touts that its 1440p screen can reach up to 165 Hz while gaming, and it supports AMD’s FreeSync Premium, which in turn makes it compatible with NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology for VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), just like the highest-rated computer monitors of the industry. Unlike their own ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A, this model features a VA panel that the brand claims delivers superb native contrast ratio and black levels for dark room viewing. In addition, it supports HDR 10 right out of the box thanks to its 10-bit panel, just like the ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B monitor.

Consensus

our Verdict

Vetted critics love the ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B, primarily owing to its 165 Hz curved display. Top testers from RTings.com were glad to note that its curved panel does deliver immersive gameplay, as advertised. In addition, just like the ASUS TUF VG27VQ, they loved watching movies and TV shows on this monitor in the dark, as they measured its contrast ratio at a massive 3172:1, which is far better than IPS panels. Moreover, they found its color accuracy to be excellent right out of the box, as, unlike the Dell Alienware AW2720HF gaming monitor, calibrating even with professional-grade tools did not result in a stark difference. As a result, they also recommend this model for productivity-related tasks besides gaming.

However, professional testers from MonitorNerds.com heavily disliked its poor display uniformity. They also measured its response time at a whopping 27.1 ms, which is a lot higher than they prefer. They measured its peak brightness at just 243 nits, which was not enough for a brightly lit room in their test.

Reason to Buy

  • Extremely high 165 Hz native refresh rate
  • Superb native contrast ratio
  • Excellent color accuracy out of the box
  • Curved 10-bit screen for immersive gameplay
  • Supports HDR input

Reason to Avoid

  • Poor screen uniformity
  • The response time could have been better
  • Inadequate peak brightness
  • Both of the HDMI ports are limited to only HDMI 2.0 bandwidth
  • Noticeable backlight bleed due to the lack of local dimming

Asus Tuf Gaming VG27WQ1B Specs

Display TypeLED
HDMI Inputs2
HDR FormatYes
Max Resolution2560 x 1440
Panel TypePanel TypeVA
Refresh Rate165 Hz
Response TimeResponse Time1 ms
Screen size27"
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyAMD FreeSync

All Specs

Test Results

Brightness (nits)336
Contrast Ratio (as ratio, x:1)3,172
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 xy)85.8
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 uv)0
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB Coverage xy)85.4
Color Gamut % (sRGB Coverage xy)98
Color Gamut % (Rec. 2020 Coverage xy)65.5
Color Gamut % (Rec. 709 Coverage xy)0
Input Lag (ms)10.3
Response Time (ms)6.7
Reflections % (Total Reflections)6
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Left)26
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Right)26
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Above)29
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Below)27

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Market Context

Released in 2020, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B is a mid-range monitor that sports a curved display, unlike even some of the top-rated computer monitors…

Released in 2020, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B is a mid-range monitor that sports a curved display, unlike even some of the top-rated computer monitors in its range. The brand touts that its 1440p screen can reach up to 165 Hz while gaming, and it supports AMD’s FreeSync Premium, which in turn makes it compatible with NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology for VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), just like the highest-rated computer monitors of the industry. Unlike their own ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A, this model features a VA panel that the brand claims delivers superb native contrast ratio and black levels for dark room viewing. In addition, it supports HDR 10 right out of the box thanks to its 10-bit panel, just like the ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B monitor.

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B (the monitor on this review) features a higher resolution (1440P) screen compared to the ASUS TUF VG27VQ’s Full HD (1080P)…

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B (the monitor on this review) features a higher resolution (1440P) screen compared to the ASUS TUF VG27VQ’s Full HD (1080P) display. The former model also supports HDR input, which the VG27VQ omits. However, the VG27VQ beats the VG27WQ1B when it comes to the native contrast ratio (3925:1 versus the VG27WQ1B’s 3172:1) and ergonomics.

The Gigabyte G27QC surpasses the ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B by a considerable margin when it comes to contrast ratio (3855:1 against ASUS’ 3172:1), peak brightness…

The Gigabyte G27QC surpasses the ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B by a considerable margin when it comes to contrast ratio (3855:1 against ASUS’ 3172:1), peak brightness in both SDR and HDR (388 nits versus ASUS’ 243 nits), and response time (18.8 ms compared to ASUS’ 27.1 ms). But, the VG27WQ1B does beat the G27QC when it comes to out-of-the-box color accuracy and color gamut coverage (G27QC’s 77% DCI P3 coverage versus VG27WQ1B’s 85.8% coverage).

Both the MSI Optix G27CQ4 and the ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B perform almost identically, as both feature similar-sized (27-inch) 1440p curved VA panels that can…

Both the MSI Optix G27CQ4 and the ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B perform almost identically, as both feature similar-sized (27-inch) 1440p curved VA panels that can reach up to 165 Hz. However, the VG27WQ1B does support HDR 10, while MSI’s model doesn’t.

Display Type

LED

LED

HDMI Inputs

2

1

HDR Format

Yes

Yes

Max Resolution

2560 x 1440

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Panel Type

VA

VA

Refresh Rate

165 Hz

165 Hz

Response Time

1 ms

4 ms

Screen size

27"

27"

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Expert Score

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True Score

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    Category Trust Score

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    The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B is great for gaming. It has a high 165Hz refresh… read more

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