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Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q 4K Monitor Review: Ultra HD, Ultra Cheap

Asus’ VG289Q delivers 4K HDR and Adaptive-Sync for a super-low price.

Asus VG289Q Ultra HD HDR
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To read about our monitor tests in-depth, check out Display Testing Explained: How We Test Monitors. We cover brightness and contrast testing on page two.  

Uncalibrated – Maximum Backlight Level 

The Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q competes in a price category dominated by QHD monitors with fast refresh rates. Though it tops out at 60 Hz, it will appeal to those looking for maximum pixel density. To compare its performance, we’ve rounded up the Aorus FI27Q, Aorus CV27Q, Razer Raptor 27, plus two 32-inchers, the Dell S3220DGF and BenQ EW3280U

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Asus VG289Q Ultra HD HDR

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The TUF Gaming VG289Q topped out at just over 370 nits with SDR content, and that’s plenty of light in any room environment. Black levels were mid-pack in the group overall, but of the IPS panels, the VG289Q carried a slight advantage here. All the screens managed over 1,000:1 contrast ratio, so the Asus is in good company. Not surprisingly, the widest dynamic range came from our two VA panels, the Dell and Aorus displays. 

After Calibration to 200 nits 

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Asus VG289Q Ultra HD HDR

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Asus VG289Q Ultra HD HDR

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Calibration (see our recommended settings) didn’t cost the TUF Gaming VG289Q any noticeable amount of contrast. Black levels remained respectable with a slight advantage going to the FI27Q in the IPS category and an even larger difference seen in the VA monitors. The VG289Q’s calibrated contrast ratio of 1,026.3:1 is a solid number for any IPS screen.

When measuring the checkerboard pattern for the ANSI contrast test, we recorded a slight elevation in black levels at the corners. It was hard to see with the naked eye but it did reduce the overall value a little. Still, the VG289Q compares well with above-average IPS screens in this benchmark, which is impressive given its low price. When considering value, this Asus punches above its weight class.

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  • Kridian
    The Amazon reviews of this ASUS TUF VG289Q are brutal! Buyer beware.
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  • rsymartin27
    One thing I hope dies soon is dp 1.2, I mean why even if they just use 1.4 we can get Gsync nd hdr both on same port. They should clearly mention that HDR will work only on hdmi in these monitors. Nd HDMI does not support G. Sync.
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  • Phaaze88
    Kridian said:
    The Amazon reviews of this ASUS TUF VG289Q are brutal! Buyer beware.
    Yeah, longevity is something most reviews don't cover. That's something for us as the customers to discover...

    Speaking of longevity, those Enermax Liqtech coolers come to mind...
    Reply
  • Neuspeed
    Just buy a Pixio PX7 Prime for $399 and call it a day.. 2k IPS / 165 Hz / HDR / AMD free-sync / G-sync supported.
    Reply
  • Zorkiz
    This is a zero buyer's regret purchase for me! I'm not a gamer, I just needed the best 4K IPS monitor for extended use at a sensible price. I took a gamble and bought the VG289Q for CAD/Office use based on its specs before there were any in depth reviews such as this one. Based on my subjective observations, I think this is an accurate review of what I have found to be an excellent and reliable 4K monitor for work/general purpose use, which is particularly surprising given the price. It looks like Asus have chosen a good IPS panel here. It's all in the review, but some points to emphasise:

    flicker-free backlight
    good colour accuracy
    even backlight brightness distribution
    zero dead pixels
    IPS panel gives very good viewing angles
    blacks are good
    three year warranty
    superb stand - very solid and adujsts for height/tilt/rotation
    not noticed any IPS "glow"
    28" size
    modest price

    After about 500hours of operation there are no issues at all . BTW -if you look closely the Amazon reviews are actually for a mish-mash of similar Asus monitors.
    Reply
  • zainpk60
    Zorkiz said:
    This is a zero buyer's regret purchase for me! I'm not a gamer, I just needed the best 4K IPS monitor for extended use at a sensible price. I took a gamble and bought the VG289Q for CAD/Office use based on its specs before there were any in depth reviews such as this one. Based on my subjective observations, I think this is an accurate review of what I have found to be an excellent and reliable 4K monitor for work/general purpose use, which is particularly surprising given the price. It looks like Asus have chosen a good IPS panel here. It's all in the review, but some points to emphasise:

    flicker-free backlight
    good colour accuracy
    even backlight brightness distribution
    zero dead pixels
    IPS panel gives very good viewing angles
    blacks are good
    three year warranty
    superb stand - very solid and adujsts for height/tilt/rotation
    not noticed any IPS "glow"
    28" size
    modest price

    After about 500hours of operation there are no issues at all . BTW -if you look closely the Amazon reviews are actually for a mish-mash of similar Asus monitors.

    I am also about to buy this and yeah most of the reviews on Amazon are for different styles. But I will still ask you this just as a suggestion. Should I proceed to buy it like I am coming from a 24 inch 1080p so is the 4k amazing on this monitor and how about the HDR.
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  • Zorkiz
    Hi Zainpk60,

    I went from a Dell IPS 24" to this one and yes, I think you should find the 4K amazing! I really can't say how good the HDR effect is as it's something I don't bother with as this is mainly my work monitor. IMHO the Tom's HARDWARE review seems pretty much spot-on so I think you could safely go with their take on HDR. I seem to recall that the maximum brightness, while plently bright enough for most purposes, is not quite enough to do HDR really well.
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  • zainpk60
    Zorkiz said:
    Hi Zainpk60,

    I went from a Dell IPS 24" to this one and yes, I think you should find the 4K amazing! I really can't say how good the HDR effect is as it's something I don't bother with as this is mainly my work monitor. IMHO the Tom's HARDWARE review seems pretty much spot-on so I think you could safely go with their take on HDR. I seem to recall that the maximum brightness, while plently bright enough for most purposes, is not quite enough to do HDR really well.

    So do you think its worth the investment of £350.
    Reply