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Asus ROG Strix XG32UQ Review

The ROG Strix XG32UQ is a versatile gaming monitor that offers a combination of high resolution, fast refresh rate and low input lag, making it an ideal choice for both gaming and entertainment.

The ROG Strix XG32UQ is a 32-inch 4K UHD IPS gaming monitor, optimized for a smooth 160Hz gaming experience. It features HDMI 2.1 for 4K 120Hz visuals on the latest consoles and supports both NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync for PC gaming. With a peak brightness of 600 nits, 96% DCI-P3 coverage, and 1ms GTG response time, this monitor delivers clear and vibrant visuals with minimal motion blur.

Specifications

Size32 inches
FeaturesTÜV Flicker-free
TÜV Low Blue Light
VESA AdaptiveSync Display 144Hz
VESA DisplayHDR 600
AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
G-SYNC Compatible
Connectivity1x DisplayPort 1.4 DSC
2x HDMI (v2.1)
2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1x USB Type-B port
1x Earphone jack
Resolution3840×2160
Panel TypeIPS
HDRHDR10 DisplayHDR 600
Backlight TechnologyLED backlight
Brightness600 nits
Native Contrast1,000,000:1
Max Refresh Rate160Hz
Response Time1ms (GTG)
Display Colors1.07 billion colors
Color Gamut96% DCI-P3 130% sRGB
Built-in SpeakerNone
Ergonomics Tilt: Yes (+20° ~ -5°)
Swivel: Yes (+20° ~ -20°)
Height Adjustment: 0~80mm
VESA Wall Mounting: 100x100mm

Read the full specifications here.

Packaging

The ASUS ROG Strix XG32UQ comes packaged in a sleek black box with the ROG branding prominently displayed. The front of the box features a large image of the monitor, while the sides and back list the monitor’s specifications and features. The packaging is sturdy and complements the aesthetic of the monitor.

Asus ROG Strix XG32UQ Review
Asus ROG Strix XG32UQ Review

Inside the box, the monitor and all included accessories are carefully protected by foam padding. Each component and accessory is placed in designated pockets within the foam, ensuring they are secure during transit. The package includes the monitor itself, along with the following items:

  • ASUS ROG Strix XG32UQ
  • Color calibration report
  • DisplayPort cable
  • HDMI cable
  • Power adapter
  • Power cord
  • Quick start guide
  • ROG pouch
  • ROG sticker
  • USB 3.0 cable
  • Warranty Card
  • Wall-Mount Spacer Screw x4

Design & Connectivity

The ROG Strix XG32UQ has a premium finish and build quality. The stand feels durable and study to support the weight of this massive 32-inch display and provide smooth movement. This is quite a hefty monitor weighing 10kgs with the stand in place, so you’d need quite a large desk to place this on.

The monitor comes in a black color with silver metallic accents on the back representing the ROG logo. Overall, it has a elegant look and the angular cut base makes it look modern. For wall or other types of mounting, the display is also compatible with the VESA mount. A ¼ inch tripod socket on the monitor stand allows users to mount a camera or additional display for a unique gaming or streaming setup

Asus ROG Strix XG32UQ Review
Asus ROG Strix XG32UQ Review

The ROG Strix XG32UQ has narrow 3-sided bezels so it looks even bigger when you are facing it. All the ports are located at the back and all the cables can be hidden using the included plastic I/O cover. Once the monitor is attached to the base, it can tilt from 5˚ – 20˚ and swivel 20˚ each side. The height can be adjusted via a slide system up to 80 mm. There is no pivot function.

Asus ROG Strix XG32UQ Review
Asus ROG Strix XG32UQ Review

In terms of connectivity, there are 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.1, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A and 1x USB Type B ports. There is a 3.5 mm jack connection for headphones. All of these ports are located on the rear I/O panel, which makes them hard to access. Sadly, the monitor does not have any USB-C or DP out connectivity.

OSD & Features

The OSD menu is controlled via an analog button and a 5-way joystick. The other buttons include a back button, another one to quickly switch between the video inputs, an OC button and a power button. These buttons are located under the screen on the right and are easy to reach. The initial OSD menu allows you to quickly adjust the settings and a detailed main menu can be opened.

Asus ROG Strix XG32UQ Review
Asus ROG Strix XG32UQ Review

The monitor can also automatically adjust the screen brightness via a sensor located on the lower frame and is activated via the OSD menu. Brightness Intelligence detects the light around you and adjusts brightness and color temperature for longer, more comfortable viewing. The ROG Strix XG32UQ also includes different blue light filters. Overall, the OSD menu offers plenty of configuration options, and the 5-way joystick is convenient to navigate with.

The ROG Strix XG32UQ supports AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-SYNC with a variable refresh rate up to 160FPS, eliminating screen tearing and stuttering when used with a compatible graphics card.

Display

The ROG Strix XG32UQ comes with a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, 600 nits brightness, and horizontal and vertical viewing angles of 178 degrees. The display sports a reaction time of 1ms (GTG) and a high refresh rate of 160Hz.

With HDR, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and 96% DCI-P3 gamut, color reproduction and image quality are great for gaming, watching videos and general use. The brightness is good enough for most conditions at 300 cd/m2 output and a 600 cd/m2 peak in HDR mode. The UHD resolution with 160Hz refresh rate lets you enjoy fast-paced gaming with HDMI 2.1 supporting native 4K 120 Hz gaming on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

The ROG Strix XG32UQ monitor features software-emulated HDR, which analyzes and adjusts images to enhance their appearance. However, it should be noted that this monitor does not offer true HDR performance, as the HDR effect is software-emulated rather than through the display’s hardware capabilities. The monitor adds a virtual HDR visual effect to your content.

Asus ROG Strix XG32UQ Review
Asus ROG Strix XG32UQ Review

In addition to its standard features, the ROG Strix XG32UQ also includes several proprietary technologies developed by ASUS. These include:

  • The GamePlus hotkey, which offers in-game enhancements and was co-developed with input from professional gamers, to help you improve your gaming skills.
  • GameVisual technology, which offers seven pre-set display modes to optimize visuals for different types of content, and can be easily accessed through a hotkey or the on-screen display settings menu.
  • Flicker-Free technology, which reduces flicker to minimize eyestrain and improve comfort during long gaming sessions.
  • Ultra-Low Blue Light technology, which reduces the amount of potentially harmful blue light emitted by the display, with four different filter settings available to control the level of reduction.

Asus ROG Strix XG32UQ Review Verdict

The ROG Strix XG32UQ is a UHD 4K gaming monitor offering high refresh rate of 160Hz and 1ms response time, making it perfect for next-gen gaming on the big screen as well as entertainment and causal use. The monitor also features a built-in HDMI 2.1 ports, HDR and Motion Blur Reduction, which ensures that you get the best image quality in your games. Additionally, the monitor has Eye Care features that reduce the strain on your eyes, making it comfortable to use for long periods of time.

The monitor also boasts a futuristic design, cable management and built-in microphone, which makes it easy to use and helps keep your desk clutter-free.

Some of the downsides are that there is no USB-C connectivity or built-in speakers and the HDR is emulated.

8.5

Asus ROG Strix XG32UQ

The ROG Strix XG32UQ is a UHD 4K gaming monitor offering high refresh rate of 160Hz and 1ms response time, making it perfect for next-gen gaming on the big screen as well as entertainment and causal use. The monitor also boasts a futuristic design, cable management and built-in microphone, which makes it easy to use and helps keep your desk clutter-free.

THE GOOD
  • Great colors and viewing angles
  • 4K & 160Hz Refresh Rate
  • AMD FreeSync Pro and NVIDIA G-Sync compatible
  • Lots of ports
THE BAD
  • Expensive
  • Emulated HDR
  • No USB-C connectivity
  • No built-in speakers
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