There are several factors that make a monitor worthy of buying. Depending upon the users, certain factors get the priority making the monitor best in that category. For those who work on heavy graphics for more than 9 hours, need something with a crystal clear eye friendly display that keeps them screen stuck. Other users include the gamers who go for something that has greater refresh rate and throws ear pleasing gaming sounds to complete the gaming environment. A professional user will opt for a bigger screen with smooth display that makes his excel sheets look bigger and better. So, a shout out to all those prosumers and gamers as today I am going to review, Asus PB328q Monitor which makes itself a reliable choice for both employees as well as hard
Display and Design
You get a screen size of 32 inches with dimensions 84.6 x 35.1 x 55.1 cm. A crystal clear display is the result of 2560×1440 screen resolution. Surrounded by a 9mm high grade plastic bezel strip, the screen looks fantastic with this narrow metal finished edge. The antiglare screen controls the brightest of reflections keeping the image or video distraction free. Asus uses AMVA panel that gives three times the contrast than IPS screens and has a contrast ratio of 100,000,000:1. After a detailed research on VA and IPS panels, I found that Asus PB328q has brightness of 300Nit that gives away crispy clear images. It supports 1.07 billion colors without any flickering and you experience the best viewing angles via the 178 degree horizontal and vertical viewing angle. There are two speakers that throw the sound upwards giving a larger bass. An immersive sound quality, better than other desktops sets the perfect mood for gamers as well as movie fans. The speakers have extra rubber padding to deal with the high bass intensity.
PB328q is flat and thin enough to save much bigger space and is ideal for mounting on wall. You get a stand that supports this 26 pound monitor coming with swivel and height adjustment feature. This makes it more convenient to adjust according to the duration of usage. Talking about the control buttons, the designers have placed it behind the desktop along with a joystick for OSD navigation. The buttons at the back are placed in the following manner-
OSD Menu Button
You get seven different adjustable display modes headlined as Splendid, Blue Light Filter, Color, Image Sound, and Input select. The OSD menu button helps you select all the 7 menus along with toggling between other sub- menus. The settings are done without any hassle, thanks to the 5-way navigation key that makes it convenient to switch between the functions even when it is mounted.
Splendid. In splendid mode, you get different modes such as
All of these modes are adjustable except the sRGB Mode that has pre-described locked settings for color, brightness, contrast and sharpness. Initially, users are recommended to use this mode to get habitual with the display and then try out with others.
Blue Light Filter
Then, we have the blue light filter that reduces the eye fatigue making the display warm. The flicker- free technology ensures that your eyes sense the difference between every color easily.
Next, we have the color menu provides options like saturation, gamma white balance etc. The four color temperatures rise from 9300K (coolest) to 6500K, 5500k and 5000K. You get to customize the Hue and Saturation Level with 6 colors like Red, Green, Blue, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow. Also, adjust the gamma presets from 1.8 to 2.4. The saturation level needs to be adjusted carefully to adjust the luminance.
It is advised to set the sharpness to 40 for better outlines around the images. Trace Free feature avoids the ghosting effect during video and image display. There is an Aspect Control that helps you to reduce the stretching of the image with options like 4:3, 1:1 along with VividPixel feature that improves the image detail when set at level 25. Improve and adjust the image position and focus while using the last three options in the Image feature.
Get the privilege of using PIP (Picture in Picture) and PBP (Picture by Picture) feature where your work efficiency gets doubled on this workforce. The vertical alignment block the backlight coming to the user’s eyes while producing contrast ratios higher than LCD screens. Switch between audio and video source and be a proud Multitasker.
QuickFit Virtual Scale Function
There are times when you are running out of time and unable to edit the photos before printing. The QuickFit Virtual Scale function lets you get the preview of photos and other documents just before printing. The images occur in their actual size making it convenient for printing. You get three alignment grids along with 10 different document sizes adding some variations to the final document. Choose the paper size while the area around the image becomes gray. You adjust the image using the joystick. The landscape and portrait modes have both 8×10 and 5×7 grids. The true WYSIWYG (What you See is what you Get) display matches the image with its actual paper size. Also, edit the photos while adding 7 different background colors to improve the image. This super handy feature is initiated by a Hot Key on the back of the monitor which is third button from the top.
The input select button is additional button for making the toggling process easier. Some additional features include Eco Mode for power consumption, OSD (Timeout, Transparency, and Rotation), 21 language options and Key lock to disables function keys. To make things easier, the selected picture mode, PIP status, screen resolution and refresh rate can be seen at the top right corner of the screen. Time can be saved by assigning any one function to the two Shortcut keys control keys. This will help you prioritize the much needed setting and cut off the trip through the display setting. While selecting the calibration, the sRGB gives a constant adjustment which cannot be changed including brightness. At the end we have the Power button which brings this amazing monitor to Life!
Boxing and Equipments
Backed with 1.4 HDMI cable, you get a dual link DVI and VGA cable connections. The USB 3.0 upstream port is present on the right side. You also get a quick start guide along with a warranty card. There are 3 USB ports on the left edge with a huge amount of ventilation when mounted on the wall. The monitor is certified by Green Compliance Authority making its spare parts eco friendly after Disposal. Also it is a power saving monitor honored with Energy Star backed by a genuine 3 year warranty.
Though gamers crave for higher refresh rate but the 60Hz refresh rate compliments gamers’ skill while 75Hz without over clocking is quite impressive giving all day stability. Contrast has been important factor making color, saturation and screen resolution look worthy. The high contrast helps to give the elements the uplift without which the elements will look flat and boring. With a superior build quality, decent built-in Speakers, an ergonomic and fully adjustable stand, a huge screen that offers great image quality, vibrant color clarity, and reliable refresh rate while gaming, the monitor game has escalated to a different horizon making other brands scratch their heads for a better competent product. With a value for money, this monitor is much recommended for those working on heavy graphics, regular users as well as gamers who require a huge screen. I hope my review saved your time and helped in choosing the best Monitor offering heavy performance and vibrant display. Have a nice day ahead!