ASUS TUF Gaming VG28U 4K IPS Monitor Review
Published: 25th March 2022 | Source: ASUS | Price: |
If we assume that you're not after a ultrawide panel, then the ASUS TUF Gaming VG28U ticks nearly every other box that you might have on a list of monitor desires.
We'll start with the obvious, it's 28 inches of 4K loveliness. Often 4K monitors have been smaller, and whatever you might gain in pixel pitch you lose in the ability to read anything on the screen. What is the point in buying a 4K monitor only to immediately have to increase the text or icon size on your desktop? Even the most hardcore amongst us don't spend every waking hour gaming, and 28 inches allows you to maintain the crispness and sheer desktop size that 4K brings without compromising your eyesight.
4K isn't much fun if you're limited to just 60Hz though. We know you require massive GPU horsepower to push more than 60 FPS at 4K, but that's only in the most demanding titles. If you just want more real estate to see your Stardew Valley farm, or to see all the enemies in the latest CRPG, or even just give you a proper world view in the newest 4X title, having the ability to bring the frames is important and the 144Hz refresh rate on the VG28U has you covered. However, should you want to take Elden Ring out for a spin then the addition of both FreeSync and GSYNC ensures that even those of you with more modest graphics cards don't have to put up with any of the screen-tearing that is so abhorrent. If you haven't experienced the joys of rock solid images regardless of frame rates then trust us, it's a game changing QoL element. The quality of the IPS panel on the TUF VG28U also shines here too, with no strange ghosting, fringing or any of the other problems you can find on lesser panels. It's a seriously capable gaming display.
The other main requirement of a monitor is good colour reproduction and good contrast between colours and shadows. We know we can't be the only people who've gone round someones house to see their rig, or perhaps fix it, and you wonder how they cope with a monitor where even the deepest black can best be described as grey. Again the VG28U has no issues at all. The use of an IPS panel and HDR400 gives great black performance and, after some calibration, great colour reproduction too. You do definitely have to calibrate it for your environment out of the box, because like so many displays it's set up for being shown off in a brightly lit store rather than the slightly dingier places we all game. Thankfully it's easy enough to dial iin with a responsive OSD and plenty of settings available for you to fiddle with until the image hits your personal sweet spot.
All in all the ASUS TUF Gaming VG28U is a fantastic proposition with a quality stand, fast panel response, high refresh rate and the 4K loveliness we adore all wrapped up in a product that supports both GSYNC/Freesync and HDR400, and it wins our OC3D Gamers Choice Award.