Why discuss the merits of PC and console games, when you can participate in both? If that’s your philosophy, the Asus TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A is a great contender to be your next screen, as it aims to be the best PC game monitor. i state-of-the-art consoles.
Asus announced the VG28UQL1A during the Consumer Electronics Show in January and then said it would come out in June. Well, June has gone by, just like July, and we're more than in mid-August. So where is it?
It has finally arrived … a kind of. Asus released a press release (via TechPowerUp) announcing the availability of the VG28UQL1A and all its sleek features, such as a 28-inch "fast IPS" panel with 4K resolution (3840×2160), a response time of 1 ms from gray to gray (GtG) and a frequency of 144Hz refreshment.
There’s also a detailed product page that highlights “all the essentials for next-generation gaming,” but at the time of writing, it’s not listed on any of the retail sites I’ve checked out, including Amazon and Newegg. Still, I came across a very recent review on PC monitors, so between that and Asus formally announcing its availability, I imagine it will appear on virtual retail shelves. We also have a review of the works, which should be up and running this week.
When it appears on the shelves, it can be a popular choice. One of the key selling points is the inclusion of not just one, but two HDMI 2.1 inputs. It also has a couple of HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4 input, a 3.5mm headphone jack and two USB 3.1 ports.
Having HDMI 2.1 connectivity means that owners of a PlayStation 5 and / or Xbox Series X / S console can access this screen and make the most of its capabilities, including native 4K 4K 120Hz games without chroma subsampling (4: 4 : 4), with variable refresh rate and low latency automatic boot support.
PC gamers have it even better, with the screen's ability to refresh the screen to 144Hz. Of course, you'll need a meaty GPU to push anything close to 144 fps at 4K, but some of the latest graphics cards (if you can change one) are up to the task, especially when leverages DLSS 2.0 (Nvidia) or FidelityFX Super Resolution (AMD) scaling technologies.
It is labeled as a FreeSync Premium screen and also carries the G-Sync compatible badge. Combined means tear-free gaming, no matter where your current loyalty to the GPU is.
According to Asus, the dashboard on this screen offers 90% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, suggesting a high level of color accuracy and image quality (the color gamuts and image quality does not necessarily go hand in hand, but they often do).
This screen also goes through VESA’s DisplayHDR 400 requirements. Part of the certification requires monitors to have a maximum brightness of at least 400 nights, and this is rated at a maximum of 450 nights.
It’s still well below the preferred (and attractive) 1,000-night brightness to do justice to HDR content on an LCD panel, but it still manages to check the HDR box.
The key here will be the price, and if Asus manages to keep it reasonable, you could see that this would end up being a much sought after gaming monitor.