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.

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.

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.

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.

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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  • surt - Friday, November 15, 2019 - link

    Really not sure who would buy a monitor today without at least 120hz. Reply
  • milkywayer - Saturday, November 16, 2019 - link

    Monitor industry has been slacking off for years meanwhile TVs have gotten better overtime. I'm considering buying a good TV to act as a secondary monitor as you can buy 43" models from last year with 4k and hdr for $300 and less. These idiots have been milking with the same spec monitors for years. No one is going to spend $1000 plus for a monitor in this spec range. Add 144hz and then we can talk Reply
  • drgigolo - Sunday, November 17, 2019 - link

    Too bad none of the 43" TV's support more than 60Hz. Like Samsung Q60 or Q50-series. If you buy the 55" in the same series, you get FreeSync _AND_ 120Hz (although not 4K _AND_ 120Hz at the same time mind you, no HDMI 2.1 for that).

    But looking for such a set for a long time. Ended up getting a cheap Samsung 32" VA with 4K and FreeSync as temporary solution (for less than 300dollars).
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  • flyingpants265 - Friday, November 15, 2019 - link

    Still waiting for the cheap 40" sets... Can't go back after using a 55" for so long. Reply
  • boeush - Saturday, November 16, 2019 - link

    Yup. If it was 38" rather than 28", it'd be pretty close to perfect for a general desktop monitor. (In my book, the remaining step toward perfection would be a curved screen - IMHO required at that size for arm's-length use... but YMMV) Reply
  • flyingpants265 - Monday, November 25, 2019 - link

    38" or 40" is great.. 32" is way, way, wayyyyy too small small for me. After using 55" for so long, I could use a 46" quite comfortably. 40" is about HALF the screen area of 55".

    A curve would be fantastic, so long as there is an uncurved version too (my current 55" set doubles as my main TV).

    IMO, gaming perfection would be a slightly curved 40" 16:9, or maybe a 43" 18:9. 1440p/4k, 90/100/120/144hz. I think that should honestly be the new standard for gaming. Large screens make it much easier to see guys in FPS games, and are much more immersive. For general desktop use, it would be like having 3-6 screens.
    Reply
  • Dr_Derpface - Friday, November 15, 2019 - link

    "Stealth fighter" design, 60Hz, and if it breaks, it goes off to GTech or Pegatron where they take over a month to NOT fix whatever the issue is, and you end up waiting on hold for 90 minutes trying to get someone who can deal with the screwup... Reply
  • timecop1818 - Saturday, November 16, 2019 - link

    I wish someone would make a 24" 4K 450-500nits, HDR/DCI-P3/10bit monitor with DP1.4 in, non-WLED backlight (GB-R or something else proper), there hasn't been anything decent in this space since Dell UP2414Q, I would gladly trash my trio of those monitors for an upgrade with thinner bezels, better color / brightness and non-MST DP1.4 input Reply
  • Soulkeeper - Saturday, November 16, 2019 - link

    Yeah, we want 120Hz ! Are you listening asus !? Reply
  • TristanSDX - Saturday, November 16, 2019 - link

    why there are so few 24 inch 4K monitors ? just few models
    coukd be great if they release more of it, especially with high frame rates
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