ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A Gaming Monitor â€“27 Inch WQHD (2560x1440), IPS,170Hz (above 144Hz), ELMB SYNC, Adaptive-sync, G-Sync compatible ready, 1ms (MPRT), 130 % sRGB, HDR
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Paolo is a gaming veteran since the golden days of Doom and Warcraft and has been building gaming systems for family, friends, and colleagues since his junior high years.
The QHD (2560 x 1440) panel in TUF Gaming VG27AQL1A delivers up to 77% more onscreen desktop space than standard Full HD (1920 x 1080) displays. HDR performance for the Asus VG27AQL1A isn’t particularly impressive due to its limited contrast and backlight function. Though the power supply isn't integrated, Asus's compact 90W external source is hardly an eyesore, and if you're inclined to tinker with settings, you'll appreciate the VG27AQL1A's controls and user interface.
Helping lend a more modern aesthetic are slimmed top and side bezels that are noticeably less chunky than the outgoing model, and the square stand has been swapped in favour of a V-shaped base that we prefer. ASUS Extreme Low Motion Blur Sync (ELMB SYNC) makes it possible to enable motion blur and adaptive-sync technologies at the same time, eliminating ghosting and tearing to ensure incredibly sharp visuals at high frame rates while gaming.
The Asus VG27AQL1A is bezel-free on three sides, giving you the perception that the screen is bigger than it actually is. The firm yet flexible stand on the Asus VG27AQL1A offers tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustments for your convenience. The monitor almost keeps up with most TN panels with moderate overdrive settings, but you still get a lot of headroom with the ELMB feature.
To our eye, overall image quality is best with ELMB disabled, and we prefer to run with only adaptive framerate synchronisation and the default overdrive setting of 60, which offers a good balance of smooth motion and minimal ghosting.
There is also an option to pivot 90° - though we don't imagine many gamers taking that up - and if you prefer to use your own mounting kit, the supplied stand is easily removed to reveal a regular 100mm VESA mount. Panel uniformity for the Asus VG27AQL1A is decent since the screen did not exhibit major backlight leaks or clouding issues.
Asus never failed our expectations when it comes to build quality since the Asus VG27AQL1A is just as well made as its other products.