Asus PB328Q 32-inch AMVA QHD Monitor Review

Color Gamut And Performance

For details on our color gamut testing and volume calculations, please click here.

In the color gamut and luminance test, the PB328Q's Standard and User modes are identical to each other and pretty much the same as sRGB shown below. Slight over-saturations in red, blue and magenta are properly compensated for by reduced luminance levels. The end result is an extremely low error level across the board. The average Delta E here is 2.01—well below the visible point. The only other flaw is a hue error in magenta, which we'll attempt to fix in the CMS.

As you can see, sRGB is perfectly usable with a similarly-low error level and no real issues to speak of. The same hue problem is there in magenta but since the CMS is locked out, there is no fix available. We're definitely in the realm of nit-picking though. This is a very good chart.

Calibration lowers the errors a bit but most obviously, the magenta secondary is now corrected. The over-saturations in blue and red cannot be changed but there's really no need since color looks essentially perfect to the naked eye. To get better performance than this, you'll need to spend a lot more cash.

Now we return to the comparison group.

The PB328Q is nipping at the heels of three professional-grade monitors. And it's the top-finishing VA screen so we're pretty sure we know which one is our favorite. Even though a perfect display doesn't exist, this Asus is really close to the mark.

Gamut Volume: Adobe RGB 1998 And sRGB

Slight over-saturation in the red/magenta/blue side of the gamut triangle means you get a little bonus volume. All you need to do for color-critical applications is create a software lookup table to reel in those colors a bit. For all other uses, one can simply enjoy vivid saturated color with class-leading depth and contrast.

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  • King Kii
    price?
  • King Kii
    Quote:
    price?
    for some reason it wasnt loading the price under your spec sheet, but i just checked the amazon link. $ 599.
  • sburgess
    I would love if we could get some insider information about Asus' quality control issues. We can't all get press samples.
  • Poozle
    I would get it but... ASUS has so many quality control issues. Never buying their products until they fix that.
  • Xorak
    Good thing it doesn't have Freesync, or I'd be seriously tempted to pick this up and move my MG279Q to the secondary PC...
  • jonbonwolf
    $469 at Newegg!
  • DookieDraws
    ^^ SHHHHHHHH! I'm still trying to decide if I should get it or not. :)
  • ohim
    Why VGA port on such a product ? At this point a monitor like this should have DP 1.3 and HDMI 2.0 only.. since these are the future from what it seems.

    As a gamer and video editor i really want a monitor that can combine both worlds but for now it seems you have to choose, get high refresh rates but TN panels or good IPS / VA with low refresh rates.
  • ericgl
    I'm still waiting for a UHD display with 120Hz/144Hz refresh rate, 10bit color (1.07b colors), 100% AdobeRGB coverage, 85%+ rec2020 coverage. Am I too unrealistic?
  • JonDol
    Yeah, I'm waiting for that too. With G-Sync or FreeSync and the latest HDMI (2.0 ?) and DP (1.3 ?).

    1339156 said:
    I'm still waiting for a UHD display with 120Hz/144Hz refresh rate, 10bit color (1.07b colors), 100% AdobeRGB coverage, 85%+ rec2020 coverage. Am I too unrealistic?
  • Uri___Pisarev
    I went from a 22 inch monitor to a 32 inch TV..........amazing improvement is overall enjoyment of PC, Gaming and all that. Later went from a TV to a 34 inch, 1440P monitor.............even better. Size matters, it improves the overall experience tremendously.
  • fmyhr
    Out of *6* PB328Qs I tried, ALL had multiple dead pixels. I'm not alone -- see Amazon reviews. Strongly recommend choosing the BenQ BL3200PT over this Asus. (It uses the same VA panel.)
  • NeatOman
    I got a 4K (3840x2160) "perfect pixel" AVMA 10=bit 4:4:4 chroma 39.5" from korea for $580 last July. I should note, the back-light on the edges are slightly off and the new versions of that monitor don't have that issue.
  • Stoo
    I am making a plea : Can you PLEASE start reviewing the anti-glare coating on monitors. Many monitors still have an anti-glare coating that gives an annoying shimmering effect and gives the impression that you are looking through something when looking at objects on the monitor. On monitors that don't do that, objects on the display look like they can be touched directly.

    You need to do this. Please. The stores around me don't have many monitors on display so I can't go look for myself what they look like prior to purchasing on the Internet. So I'm pretty much relying on online reviews to do this but no one ever mentions anything and anti-glare coatings.