28-Inches of TUF Gaming: The ASUS VG289Q 4K IPS Monitor w/ DCI-P3 & FreeSync

ASUS has introduced a new TUF-series monitor, which is designed for mainstream gamers who need a quality monior with support for major features, but are not necessarily interested in extreme performance. The TUF Gaming VG289Q combines all the main selling points of modern gaming displays: a large screen size with a 4K resolution, AMD’s FreeSync variable refresh rate, and DCI-P3 as well as HDR support.

Based on a non-glare 28-inch IPS panel, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG289Q has a 3840×2160 resolution, 350 nits peak luminance, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles, a 5 ms GtG response time, and a 60 Hz refresh rate. Overall then, ASUS seems to be covering their bases by building a modest monitor around a solid 28-inch panel, but not chasing high-end features like high refresh rates that quickly drive up the price of a monitor.

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Meanwhile, the TUF Gaming VG289Q monitor can display 1.07 billion colors and covers 90% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, something that will please multimedia enthusiasts. The LCD also technically supports HDR modes — the ASUS Multi HDR (for games and movies) mode as well as the HDR10 mode — although its peak brightness is too low for HDR, so the actual HDR user experience is something that remains to be seen.

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Because the TUF VG289Q is designed for gamers, it inherits pre-set display modes for gaming, including genre-specific Gamevisual presets, Gameplus overlays (crosshair, time, FPS counter), and Shadow Boost feature that makes darker areas lighter without overexposing bright areas within a scene.

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As far as connectivity is concerned, the ASUS TUF VG289Q has one DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and a headphone jack, an essential set of connectors to plug-in a PC and a couple of game consoles. Meanwhile, the monitor comes with a stand that can adjust height, swivel, tilt, and orientation.

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ASUS has not announced pricing of its TUF Gaming VG289Q display, but considering positioning of the TUF brand and characteristics of the LCD, the product should be priced reasonably for a 28-incher. As for its launch date, the monitor should become available in the near future.

ASUS TUF Gaming VG289Q
  General Specifications
Panel 28″ IPS with non-glare coating
Native Resolution 3840 × 2160
Maximum Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Dynamic Refresh Rate AMD FreeSync (40 Hz ~ 60 Hz?)
Response Time 5 ms (gray-to-gray)
Brightness 350 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Color Gamut 90% DCI-P3
Pixel Pitch 0.1614×0.1614 mm
PPI 157 PPI
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.2
2 × HDMI 2.0
Audio 3.5-mm headphone jack
Color Black
Power Consumption Standby 0.5 W
Maximum 65 W
Additional Information Link
Price ?

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Source: ASUS (Hermitage Akihabara)

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