• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Display Size: 31.5-inch VA Panel
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1440
  • Connectivity: 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, 1x Mini DisplayPort, 2x USB 3.0, 1x 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • Refresh Rate: 144Hz
  • Response Time: 4ms
  • Dimensions: 713.38 x 490.02~590.2 x 299.27mm
  • Weight: 9.6kg
  • Pros:
  • Great build quality
  • 144Hz
  • Cons:
  • Price

Curved, Fast, Glorious and Gorgeous

When we received the ROG Strix XG32V, it was neatly packed into its provided box, and not much larger than a normal sized computer chassis. But don’t let its look deceive you, for the monitor itself is pretty hefty in weight. We had to turn the box on its side and pulled out the monitor before being able to assemble it. There were only two parts that you need to connect together: the base and the monitor. To secure the monitor to the stand, you will need a screwdriver to lock them together on a single screw.

Once connected, all you need to do is remove the cable cover, neatly organise your cables, then clip on the cover and you are good to go. It took us roughly ten minutes to complete the build, so with some skill, you can have it set up faster. When you fire up the monitor, you will notice the glowing light projection of the monitor onto your desk. This is similar to other monitors that were released by ASUS a while back. However, this time you will also notice a unique silver ring at the back of the monitor that will glow in all its rainbow-like glory when turned on. You can also customise the monitor with the help of Aura Sync and sync it to breathe along to your other RGB capable components and peripherals. To be honest, we don’t really see the point of the RGB ring. It’s something we will not be able to pay attention to, as it is placed at the back after all.

With this monitor, you can swivel, tilt and change its height. You can’t rotate it into portrait mode, but let’s face it – why would you purchase a curved monitor just to use it in portrait mode for your Excel sheets? As for gaming, the monitor comes packed with a 144Hz of refresh rate, 4ms of response time and comes with FreeSync. FreeSync will reduce screen tearing and overall frame rate choppiness on AMD cards, so it benefits those that are already using AMD GPUs. It doesn’t mean that you can’t use NVIDIA GPUs, as the monitor will still perform without issues.
During our tests, we managed to keep some of our games at a steady 100Hz at 1440p. However, it is worth noting that gaming on a curved monitor will take some getting used to. Especially if you are gaming on a lower resolution as it will make your characters in game slightly stretched out. However, the 1800R curvature allows you to see more of the action during gameplay that usually requires you to turn your head slightly on a flat screen. The monitor also comes with a colour gamut of 125%, showing off your games with vibrant colours.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A curved gaming monitor that is disguised as an art piece and comes with 144Hz of refresh rate, 4ms of response time and FreeSync enabled – a win for Team Red.ASUS-ROG-Strix-XG32VQ-600x500

(previously published in issue June 2018)