ASUS ROG has been making high-performance monitors for years now. Not too long ago, ROG announced the new ROG Strix XG32V gaming monitor here – and now we got the chance to do a full review on it. It’s a 31.5-inch curved gaming monitor with 144Hz refresh rate and comes with FreeSync to eliminate screen tearing. Just ASUS being ASUS, they’ve even added lighting behind the monitor and it can be synced through Aura Sync.
Let’s take a deeper look at how the ROG Strix XG32V performs.
First of all – let’s address the elephant in the room. I mean the figurative elephant – because the ROG Strix XG32V comes in a humongous box. It isn’t that heavy – just bulky. There’s a perfectly good reason for this bulk, actually. To accommodate a curved screen into a square box – you’ll need to make the box wider.
ASUS is actually considerate enough to include little handles on both sides where I can slot my fingers in. I find it easiest to slot my non-dominant hand into the handle, and my dominant hand to carry it from the opposite corner from below.
With that said, the ROG Strix XG32V’s packaging design is highlighting on a few things in particular – the RGB lighting, and also the light signature that shines down to the desk.
On the side of the packaging, it shows all of the different features that the ROG Strix XG32V has – including the 3-year warranty.
Digging up everything, the box actually comes with quite a lot of accessories. There are three different display cables – one full-sized DisplayPort to full-sized DisplayPort, a DisplayPort to mini-DisplayPort, and a HDMI cable. ASUS also included a two-prong to C5 header cable, and a USB 3.0 uplink cable. The last cable is important as you’ll need it for Aura Sync to function.
Of course, there’s also the driver disc for Aura Sync and a bunch of documentations. It is recommended to read the user manual before proceeding with the assembly.
And by the way, the ROG Strix XG32V uses an external power brick. Bleh. For a monitor of this size, an external power supply is just… mind-boggling. Looks like ASUS repurposed the power bricks from the ASUS ZenBook series of laptops too. Primarily, the ZenBook Flip S and the ZenBook 3 Deluxe that we reviewed here.
|Panel Size||Wide Screen 31.5-inch (80.1cm) 16:9|
|Color Saturation||125% (sRGB)|
|Display Viewing Area (HxV)||697.344 x 392.256 mm|
|Brightness (Max)||300 cd/m2|
|Contrast Ratio (Max)||3000:1|
|Viewing Angle (CR≧10)||178°(H)/178°(V)|
|Response Time||4ms GtG|
|Trace Free Technology||Yes|
|Color Temperature Selection||4 Modes|
|GamePlus (modes)||Crosshair/Timer/FPS Counter/Display Alignment|
|Low Blue Light||Yes|
|Game Visual||8 Modes(Scenery/Racing/Cinema/RTS/RPG/FPS/sRGB Modes/MOBA Mode/User Mode)|
|Chassis Colors||Dark gray, Red|
|Super Narrow Bezel Design||Yes|
|Aura Sync Lighting Effect|
|Signal Input||HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort 1.2|
|USB Ports||USB 3.0 x2, 1 upstream|
Alright. Setting it up. At first sight, it might look daunting. The base – which is actually the three-legged piece – screws in to the bottom. Then, attach the cover piece that hides the screws and holds the light signature piece. Just like any other ROG monitors, the signature piece can be customized. You can have your own custom logo made and placed there.
Once the monitor is set up, it’s ready to go!
The ports behind are slightly tilted and pointed to one side. It has a single HDMI port, a DisplayPort, another mini DisplayPort, an audio line in, a USB 3.0 uplink, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, and a single power jack. There’s also a piece of cover to hide all of these connectors and make it look like one giant back plate.
When that cover is on, the cables come out through the other corner, and through the cable management hole that’s found on the stand itself. Clever and clean design by ASUS ROG here.
On-screen display menu
One thing’s for sure – the 5-way joystick is useful and eases up the OSD navigation. There are many monitors that have these types of joystick too – for example, the AOC AGON AG322FCX that we reviewed here. However, ASUS’s implementation is much more natural for the hand.
Since all the buttons are either having a orientated facet or texture, I can know which button is which by just touching and feeling. I didn’t have to look.
As for the OSD menu itself, there are quite a lot of features here too – which leads us nicely to the next segment.
Remember that ASUS has a lot of features printed at the side of the box? Let’s take a look at some of those features here.
ASUS gave this feature the tagline “Play Like a Pro”, but many people will think of it as cheating in the hardware level. Let me explain why.
Let’s say that you’re playing CS:GO. AWP, being a one-shot-one-kill sniper rifle, doesn’t have a crosshair and you’ll have to scope in to see the crosshair. Some OG players will put sticks or rubber bands on the screen to “draw” the crosshair. With the ROG Strix XG32V, there’s no need for such blasphemy. Game Plus actually draws a crosshair on the screen without any additional software. Who’s your boss now, Valve Anti Cheat?
Of course, the Game Plus has other uses as well. It has a built-in hardware-level FPS counter, which means you don’t need third party software like FRAPS or NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience overlay for that. This can reduce load on your PC.
Game Plus also has a timer feature. Again, it’s built into the hardware itself. As the name implies, it’s a timer meant for just taking time measurements of whatever you’re doing without an additional timer app or physical stopwatch. Speedrunners will love this feature, actually.
The name is basically just glorified version of built-in display profiles. There are profiles built into most if not all of the monitors found in the market today. One thing that the ROG Strix XG32V stands out from the crowd is the amount of profiles it has – a total of 8.
These 8 different profiles are scenery, racing, cinema, RTS/RPG, FPS, sRGB, MOBA, or user settings (custom). These are highly subjective and varies from person to person. Personally, I like cinema mode the most. Most comfortable to view for all sorts of contents. The RTS/RPG mode though is highly saturated. Probably because higher saturation means all the subtle color differences between small little units in RTS and RPG games can be seen clearly.
Who can forget about Aura Sync? This is one of the main selling point of the ASUS ROG Strix XG32V. Once you’ve hooked up the USB 3.0 uplink cable from your Aura Sync-compatible PC to the ROG Strix XG32V, you can control its RGB lighting via Aura Sync software. By default, it’ll be cycling through all of the colors.
And yes, you can sync it perfectly with other ASUS products that supports Aura Sync as well. That means your motherboard, graphics card, keyboard, mouse, and headset can have all of its colors synced up together perfectly.
There are a lot of other features built into the ROG Strix XG32V as well. Here’s a quick rundown of these features.
Low blue light is there as usual, and can be selected from level 0 all the way up to 5. Levels 2 or 3 is pretty okay for most usages.
Overdrive function is here as well, available from level 0 to 5. This feature is to minimize ghosting on the panel. Again, level 3 is pretty okay for most usages.
The ROG Strix XG32V has FreeSync as well. It is obviously to minimize screen tearing. It works from 48Hz ~ 144Hz refresh rate range.
Regarding the aesthetics – some people might find the light signature distracting. Maybe you place your ROG Strix XG32V on a glass table – that light signature is no good. You can turn it off or bump up to brightness from level 0 to 3.
The colors on the ROG Strix XG32V really do pop. This massive 31.5-inch VA 1440p VA panel display looks amazing and has minimal color distortion too. The colors look great, and with the 1800R curvature, it’s actually feeling quite immersive. I really do appreciate that ASUS opted for a 1440p panel instead of 1080p like the AOC AGON AG322FCX that we reviewed here.
The immersion if offers is just great for open world RPG games like GTA V, Witcher 3, Far Cry 4 (and now Far Cry 5), Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Mafia 3, The Division, Okami HD and the list goes on. For those has a console and a console, you can enjoy some other games like Ratcher & Clank and Horizon Zero Dawn on this too.
Viewing angle isn’t an issue since a curved screen means there’s only one single point that’s optimal to look at the screen. If you’re off to one side, then the curved screen just looks… weird.
If you do sit on one side all the time, then fret not – the ASUS ROG Strix XG32V does have swiveling, height adjustment, and tilt. Fine tune its position all you want until you get a comfortable viewing position.
As for light bleeding, it’s quite visible in the dark – especially at the left edge and bottom leftmost side of the panel. Not a big issue since no one stares in the complete blackness on their screen, right?
Wrapping up the ASUS ROG Strix XG32V review
Here’s the deal. The ASUS ROG Strix XG32V is priced at RM2,649. It’s not really that pricey, actually. This monitor has a lot more advanced features and better hardware compared to the similarly-sized and curved AOC AGON AG322FCX, and that is priced at RM1,888.
Considering the core aspects of a monitor itself, this ROG Strix XG32V is actually a great gaming monitor. Color reproductions is great too – but due to the curvature, it’s not really suitable for all content creators as it messes up the perspective. Again, it’s a matter of personal preference.
Honestly, I just can’t think of a reason why ASUS opted for an external power supply for such a huge monitor. The ROG Strix XG32V is really heavy and sturdy, by the way – just that having a teeny external power supply feels out of place.