Asus TUF Gaming VG28U UHD Review: Solid Gaming and HDR Performance

Packed with 144 Hz, Adaptive-Sync, ELMB blur reduction, extended color and HDR

Asus TUF Gaming VG28U
Editor's Choice
(Image: © Asus)

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Uncalibrated – Maximum Backlight Level

The VG28U is midpack for SDR output, being one of those monitors that isn’t super bright but more than bright enough. I used it in a sunlit room with no trouble. Its black level is also decent, which sends the contrast ratio over 1,100:1, good enough for the top spot. I wish VA would take a greater foothold in this category, but it seems IPS technology has upped the contrast game a little.

After Calibration to 200 nits

Calibration robs a bit of contrast from the VG28U thanks to a slightly elevated black level. 961.9:1 is typical performance. The good part is that gamma is nearly perfect, making the image very satisfying with saturated color and clear detail.

ANSI contrast holds steady with the static value, which indicates good quality control and component selection on Asus’ part. It’s rare that any IPS monitor can top 1,000:1 in this test. The VG28U delivers slightly better than average performance here.

Christian Eberle
Contributing Editor

Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors.

  • ssj3rd
    „Excellent HDR“ with HDR400? Hmmmm
    You can’t be serious
  • peachpuff
    ssj3rd said:
    „Excellent HDR“ with HDR400? Hmmmm
    You can’t be serious
    Indeed, hdr is junk at that price.