Without making any formal announcements, Asus has quietly added a new gaming display to their product lineup. The VP28UQG features a 4K resolution, a 1 ms response time, as well as AMD’s FreeSync dynamic refresh rate technology. The new monitor does not belong to the premium ROG product family and does not support high refresh rates, so all signs point to Asus positioning it as an entry-level monitor.

The ASUS VP28UQG display is equipped with a 28” TN panel featuring a 3840×2160 resolution, 300 nits brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 170°/160° viewing angles, a 1 ms response time, as well as a 60 Hz refresh rate. The monitor can reproduce 1.07 billion colors, but ASUS for some reason does not disclose its actual coverage of standard color spaces. Since the VP28UQG is designed for gaming, it is most likely tailored for Windows and therefore the sRGB color space.

Hardcore gamers might consider a 60 Hz refresh rate too low for action packed titles, but ASUS seems to aim the new monitor at casual gamers who have demands for a higher resolution and an above-average screen size. The three main reasons why ASUS calls the VP28UQG a gaming display is because it has a low response time from the use of a TN panel, supports AMD’s FreeSync technology (with a 40 to 60 Hz range, so unfortunately no LFC), as well as ASUS’s own GamePlus technology that adds on-screen crosshair, FPS counter, timer and so on. Keeping in mind that casual gamers barely have graphics cards that can hit above 60 frames per second in demanding titles at a 4K resolution, the 60 Hz refresh of the monitor might not be an issue for now. In fact, the VP28UQG is not the first 4Kp60 monitor aimed at gamers in ASUS’ lineup. The company has been selling the MG28UQ featuring a similar panel for a while now and the VP28UQG is positioned a bit lower in the lineup.

When it comes to connectivity, the VP28UQG is equipped with two HDMI 2.0 inputs as well as a DisplayPort 1.2 input, and has a 3.5-mm audio jack to connect headphones. As for ergonomics, ASUS says that the monitor can adjust its tilt, but not swivel or height.

ASUS 4Kp60 Gaming Monitors
Panel 28" TN
Native Resolution 3840 × 2160
Refresh Rate Range 60 Hz
Response Time 1 ms (gray-to-gray)
Brightness 300 cd/m² 330 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1 unknown
Viewing Angles 170°/160° horizontal/vertical
Color Saturation sRGB (?)
Inputs 2 × HDMI 2.0
1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × HDMI 1.4
1 × HDMI 2.0
1 × DisplayPort 1.2
Audio 3.5-mm audio out 2 × 2 W speakers
3.5-mm audio out
USB Hub - dual-port USB 3.0 hub
Proprietary Enhancements Trace Free Technology
GamePlus Modes:  Crosshair/Timer/Display Alignment
Low Blue Light: Yes
SPLENDID Video Preset Modes: 8 Modes
Skin-Tone Selection: 3 Modes
Color Temperature Selection: 4 Modes
Trace Free Technology
GamePlus Modes:  Crosshair/Timer/Display Alignment
Low Blue Light: Yes
GameVisual Modes: Scenery/Racing/Cinema/RTS/RPG/FPS/sRGB
Skin-Tone Selection: 3 Modes
Color Temperature Selection: 4 Modes
Mechanical Chassis Color Black
Tilt -5° ~ +20°
Swivel - -60° ~ +60°
Pivot - 0° ~ +90°
Height Adjustment - 0~150 mm
VESA Wall Mounting 100 × 100 mm
Power Consumption
Idle ~0.5 W
Active 60 W 62.9 W
Price unknown ~$430
Detailed Information Link Link

All told, the ASUS VP28UQG seems to be aimed at gamers who want a large 4K panel with a fast response time and a dynamic refresh rate technology, but do not want to invest a lot in it and are okay with a 60 Hz TN panel. That said, do not expect the VP28UQG to be expensive. Its bigger brother called the MG28UQ is available for $429.99 at Amazon and the new unit will likely be even more affordable when it becomes available in Q3 2017.

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  • madwolfa - Saturday, July 15, 2017 - link

    Was it really necessary to make the stand of shiny black plastic?
  • Rocket321 - Saturday, July 15, 2017 - link

    Jeeze man, I mean, I get it, but overall the look is pretty decent and when it's not covered in Rgb lights I think we need to take the win.
  • Lord of the Bored - Sunday, July 16, 2017 - link

    It was absolutely critical to make the stand of glossy plastic.
  • Roland00Address - Monday, July 17, 2017 - link

    TN Panels xx(

    "What is dead may never die?"
  • Stochastic - Monday, July 17, 2017 - link

    How much extra would it cost to have a monitor properly calibrated at the factory? Because at this point I think that's the main thing holding back budget PC monitors...they are usually very poorly calibrated out of the box.
  • Stochastic - Monday, July 17, 2017 - link

    Also, how many years before OLEDs enter the PC monitor market? 5? 10? Never?
  • petteyg359 - Monday, July 17, 2017 - link

    I gave up waiting for OLED to get cheap enough even for a TV and settled for IPS with "full array" backlight. Maybe I'll get lucky and OLED prices will drop 75% belle the return period expires. If they can't make a cheap 50" panel where they have plenty of room with "large" (relatively) pixels, getting a reasonably priced 25" panel with the requisite smaller pixels seems unlikely.
  • damianrobertjones - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - link

    Probably never as people are still buying the crappier screens. No point in advancing if you're still milking consumers of their $$$/£££. That's business for you.

    If everyone stopped buying the cheaper pap it might happen.
  • petteyg359 - Monday, July 17, 2017 - link

    TN crap again? Is anybody ever going to make a FreeSync-more-than-1080p IPS screen? I only need FreeSync because I keep the graphics quality at high levels. What's the point if the screen goes and washes out all the nice colors with crappy outdated LCD tech?
  • inighthawki - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - link

    Such monitors exist. Maybe instead of complaining about TN panels you can just use google to find one.

    TN panels also still produce much better response times and reduced input latency than IPS, which is beneficial for fast paced games (primarily FPS). 144hz IPS displays exist but they still don't come close to matching equivalent TN panels.

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