The Asus VP28UQG is a 4K UHD gaming monitor that stands out thanks to its relatively low price. When it comes to affordable gaming monitors, the first question we’re all bound to have is- what’s the catch? I mean, I remember shopping for a 1440p monitor and having to go up & up in price before finally finding one that didn’t have issues.
The Asus VP28UQG is far more affordable than a lot of 4K gaming monitors on the market, but it has its caveats. It’s going to be amazing for some people, but not enough for others. Our objective with this review is for you to decide which group of people you fall under.
We’ll start by walking you through the positives, and then we’ll play the other side and talk about the negatives. By the end of this review, you should have all the necessary facts to make an educated decision.
What I Like About The Asus VP28UQG
First and foremost, the 4K display is the highlight of this gaming monitor. It’s under $300 and offers such a high resolution that we hardly see it at this price point. As the picture below states, you’re going to get sharp, crisp visuals with this monitor.
Having used this monitor extensively the last several days, I can tell you that the 4K is really good. I compared it with my 4K TV, and cannot find any distinct differences. The UHD mode further enhances this with rich detail & bold colors. I was really impressed to see this is truly 4K, as I’ve been burned by other affordable 4K gaming monitors in the past.
The refresh rate on this monitor is 60Hz. This is pretty much the low standard, which would fit with this price range. If you want a really powerful gaming monitor for PS4 or Xbox One, the Asus VP28UQG will go above and beyond for you. As we’ll discuss later, however, there are advantages to finding monitors with higher refresh rates.
The 60Hz refresh rate paired with the 1ms response time ensures fast gameplay with smooth frame transitions. The 1ms response time reflects how fast the monitor adapts to color changes, and that rapid speed is exactly what we look for when gaming.
To top it off, the Asus VP28UQG supports Adaptive-Sync/AMD Free Sync, which can help keep your framerates & refresh rate in sync.
The GamePlus technology is a really unique feature offered in some Asus monitors. One feature I like is the optional crosshair, which, as you can imagine, puts a crosshair in the center of your display for you. This can be really useful if you have trouble with accuracy in first-person shooters or alike.
It also includes a timer & FPS counter. I wouldn’t buy a gaming monitor for this sole purpose, personally, but it’s definitely nice to have!
If you’re anything like me, then you could sit and game for hours on end. I’m almost always on screens, as I work on computers & game on my off-hours. With the Asus Eye Care technology, I don’t have to worry about eye strain (I don’t miss those nasty headaches) while using the Asus VP28UQG.
Asus Eye Care Technology includes anti-flicker tech, which eliminates screen flickers. They also use lower blue light levels, which if you didn’t know, can lead to permanent eye damage! In fact, blue light is the reason we aren’t supposed to look at screens too much.
To top it all off, they have a really simple menu navigation feature. Rather than buttons, where you need to make sure you’re hitting the right one (I never do), you can use a joystick. It’s super simple to use, and makes display calibration so much easier.
The Asus VP28UQG also supports numerous connection types, from HDMI to DisplayPort. If you aren’t using one of those two, you really should be!
They also offer a headphone jack, which in my opinion, every monitor should be offering. It doesn’t include speakers, so this feature is really important for some people.
What Could Be Improved
This first issue I have with the Asus VP28UQG is specifically for my PC gaming crowd & those playing on next-gen consoles. This would be the 60Hz refresh rate. If you don’t know what the refresh rates are responsible for, it all comes down to your monitor keeping up with the framerates of your gaming device. If you’re playing a game at 100fps, you’ll want a minimum refresh rate of 100Hz.
A lot of people are satisfied with 60fps, including me at one point. I used to play on consoles, and so the PS4 capping out at 60fps looked great to me, anyway. If you’re using a console that tops off around there or typically plays at 60fps anyway, then this is a non-issue.
It’s also important to remember that this is 4K, which is going to be more demanding on your GPU. There’s a reason people with high-end gaming rigs use 1440p monitors, and that’s because 4K is not as simple as you might want it to be. Your GPU may only be able to achieve a maximum framerate of 60, which is why it’s not surprising to see this affordable 4K monitor with that refresh rate.
At the end of the day, you’ll need to make your own judgment call. Does your current device top out at 60fps? Do you plan to upgrade your console soon? Can your PC handle more than 60fps at 4K? Do your research, look up your parts, and make sure you’re not setting yourself up for failure.
The next issue I want to talk about is one of those “luck of the draw” issues that we always find with gaming monitors. Now I do own one of these, purely for review purposes, and I’ve used it for over a week. I haven’t had a single issue, but a small number of other reviewers have.
A select few people have mentioned having screen flicker issues. Flickering, screen bleeding, and dead pixels are the big 3 that we look for in monitors. I haven’t heard of the other two happening, but bad screen flickering is the worst of all (in my opinion). I wouldn’t be doing you justice if I didn’t tell you about that, and you can read more about it on Amazon reviews.
The other thing is- flickering can be caused by out of sync frames & refreshes. Not all Amazon reviewers have the same knowledge level when it comes to technology. This monitor does support Adaptive-Sync/AMD Free Sync, and they may not be using it.
All in all, the Asus VP28UQG is a solid gaming monitor. How often do we find 4K monitors under $300 that aren’t total pieces of crap? The caveats on it are clear right from the get-go. The lower refresh rate is the only issue I have with it, but other than that, it’s very smooth gameplay with beautiful picture & simple to use.
I’m a big Asus fan all around, having used them a lot for both work computers & gaming monitors. The Asus VP28UQG is one of their best affordable options, and I highly recommend it.
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