Asus PB328Q 32-inch AMVA QHD Monitor Review

Conclusion

The PB328Q is part of Asus' professional line but its PB designation puts it below the ProArt series. Basically what you're giving up is the factory calibration and a wide gamut option. But everything else a pro could want is there. And yet the low pricing brings it down to the realm of the general user—someone who wants a great image, accurate color, speed for gaming and most-importantly, good value.

If your work is graphics-heavy, this is an ideal display for you. It won't render the Adobe RGB color gamut but it nails the targets for sRGB and offers a native 10-bit color depth. Gamers may wish for FreeSync or G-Sync but if you'd rather go big, this is the only 32-inch screen to break through the 60Hz refresh rate barrier. 75Hz is supported with no overclocking required and rock-solid all-day stability. And don't forget the quick panel response and low input lag. Short of a 144Hz screen, the PB328Q has few equals.

And what of its fantastic contrast? That's something that every user should lust for regardless of application. There is no time when one needs less contrast. We still maintain that dynamic range is the single most important factor in image quality. Obviously color accuracy, saturation and resolution are important but without high contrast those other elements are lost in a washed-out flat-looking picture.

Considering the quality we've found in the few VA panels reviewed here, it's a little surprising there aren't more options. A quick scan of available LCD parts shows hundreds of TN and IPS screens but only a handful of VA products. At least Asus has managed to bring this all-too-rare technology to the desktop in a jumbo size for such a low price.

And Asus didn't cut any corners that we could see. Build quality is equal to the best products we've worked with and the feature list has no missing parts worthy of mention. If you want greater resolution there are 32-inch Ultra HD panels out there but they'll cost you more than twice as much as this one. For gaming and general use there is probably no better choice in this size.

We doubt a truly perfect display will ever exist but the Asus PB328Q has come awfully close thanks to fantastic contrast, excellent color accuracy, quick panel response, low input lag and great value. For these reasons and its lack of any real flaws we're giving it our Tom's Hardware Editors' Choice Award.

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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.