One of the criticisms of the ASUS VG279Q in our recent review was that it was only a 1080p HD screen, well if you are looking for a higher resolution model then the VG289Q might be worth a look because this can support a far more detailed 4K (3840 x 2160) display.
The VG289Q offers good value for money with decent quality and appropriate features at an affordable price, it’s aimed for gamers who aren’t looking for extreme performance. With an IPS display you can expect good visual quality that works from a range of viewing angles, unlike cheaper panels.
Whilst 4K monitors look great, remember that you will need a top performance graphics card to play games at that detail. On the other hand you’ll love the crystal clear display that will make working with media and business applications a pleasure. At 28″ the ASUS is bigger than the more common 27″ models but this is a 4K screen and even at this size you’ll still need some scaling to make small text readable.
The ASUS TUF is a fairly solid looking monitor, it is aimed at gamers rather than creative types so that might explain the styling. It has a matt screen surrounded by 10mm bezels, not the thinnest out there but minimal enough. I quite like the quare lines and bold appearence but it won’t suit those looking for something minimal looking. On the plus side it doesn’t go over the top with gaming stripes and the like.
Connectivity is provided by one DisplayPort 1.2 and two HDMI 2.0 ports so you can hook up your PC and a couple of other devices if needed. A headphone jack is thrown in for convenience, and if you need it then 2W x 2 stereo speakers are also built in.
Fitting in with the overall styling, the chunky stand is hardly subtle. But it does have a full compliment of height, swivel, tilt, and orientation adjustment options. If that doesn’t work for you then the standard 100 x 100 VESA mounting bracket is available for attachement to the monitor arm of your choice.
The ASUS TUF VG289Q is backed by a 28″ IPS (Azimuthal Anchoring Switch) panel manufactured by Innolux, this translates to wide viewing angles, a 1000:1 contrast ratio and a 350-nit peak brightness. Colour coverage is a wide 90% DCI-P3 color gamut with dithered 10-bit depth support. Coupled with the a high 157.35 PPI pixel density, the ASUS provides excellent image quality.
The LCD also technically supports HDR although its peak brightness is too low for HDR so it might not be quite up to scratch, but in reality you may never notice. It supports two modes, the ASUS Multi HDR (for games and films) and HDR10 mode.
It comes with gamer ready presets and game modes, for example it includes Gameplus overlays (Crosshair/Timer/FPS Counter/Display Alignment) and a shadow boost feature that makes darker areas lighter without spoiling the overall image scene. Adaptive syncronisation technology is provided by AMD’s FreeSync standard and will ensure smooth tear free gameplay even when your graphics card struggle to output frames fast enough. That said, FreeSync will only operate between 40-60Hz, over DisplayPort and HDMI ports.
Should I buy the ASUS VG289Q?The ASUS TUF VG289Q is a 4K gaming monitor aimed at those not looking for an extreme experience and therefore want to save a little money. That said, to get the most out of 4K right now you will need a powerful PC with a top end graphics card to make the most of a UHD monitor. If you are having some doubts about this purchase then why not read some real owner reviews and see what other buyers think.
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ASUS VG289Q Specification
|Adjustability||Height · Rotate · Swivel · Tilt|
|Connections||Display Port · HDMI|
|Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Speakers||Head phone socket|
|VESA Mounting||100 x 100|
|Buy Now: £349.98|
Model number: VG289Q
Price Updated: 29 May 2020 10:12