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ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B Monitor Review : Blinding lights | Tech Reviews

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asus tuf gaming vg34vql1b Monitor Review : Blinding lights | Tech Reviews

 

When it comes to the best gaming monitors, it’s hard to ignore curved 34″ ultrawide displays. The ASUS TUF VG34VQL1B falls into this category and offers a surprising amount for just under 640 euros*, namely UWQHD resolution, 165 Hz, FreeSync Premium and even DisplayHDR 400. Sounds like the perfect monitor for the majority of gamers.

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Why it is like that? Because curved 34″ monitors in 21:9 format offer the highest (affordable) immersion. They are therefore perfectly suited for RPGs and are now even responsive enough for first-person shooters. However, the VG34VQL1B has a few more features that not only make it a great gaming monitor, but also a practical everyday companion in general.


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Table of Contents

Impeccable gaming thanks to tons of gaming features
VA panel with very good color representation
Lots of ergonomic features but no Type-C port
Structured OSD with many functions
Simple and stable
Integrated speakers not recommended
Conclusion: ASUS TUF VG34VQL1B

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Let’s get to the scope of delivery. The VG34VQL1B comes in a relatively slim box. ASUS includes the following in the box:

Display Panel
Mainstay
Stand
Power Cord
DisplayPort Cable
USB upstream cable
L-shaped screwdriver
Four screws and rubber covers
Paperwork

Everything important is included. In this case, you can’t do anything with an HDMI cable anyway, because HDMI 2.0 does not support 165 Hz in connection with the UWQHD resolution. Unfortunately, ASUS also uses a lot of plastic to package the display and individual cables and package inserts. It’s more environmentally friendly.

ASUS has solved the assembly of the TUF VG34VQL1B in a comparatively cumbersome manner. Base and leg are connected via wing screw. So far everything is normal. However, ASUS does not use the common solution of hanging the panel on the stand using the snap-in mechanism. Instead, it is screwed into the VESA mount with four screws.

A small screwdriver is included, but a dedicated screwdriver with a reasonable grip gives you more torque and fewer everyday worries. Tip: leave the panel in the styrofoam packaging and only then screw on the leg. You can then cover the screws with the rubber hats.

Impeccable gaming thanks to tons of gaming features

For once, let’s start with the most important topic today and then take care of the ingredients that ultimately ensure a coherent overall picture. After all, you landed on this post because you are looking for a new gaming monitor. Connections, processing and Co. are therefore only of interest if the panel does a sovereign job – and it does it.

Doom Eternal, Cyberpunk 2077, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, CS:GO and also a trip into the world of Elex, which has been on my Pile of Shame for a while, were on my agenda. The first impression: gaming is a hell of a lot of fun on the fast ultrawide monitor.

This starts with the subjective color representation, which comes into its own in both the colorful Ori and the Will of the Wisps and the colorful Doom Eternal. Thanks to DisplayHDR 400 and a very high contrast, the display can generally really show up with high dynamics in games. Sure, DisplayHDR 400 is just the HDR entry, but the panel is much brighter with a maximum of 600 nits than it actually needs to be for the 400 certification. Actually, the monitor would even be suitable for DisplayHDR 600, but local dimming is missing. So it does not meet all the requirements for the next better HDR level.

Doom Eternal is not only colourful, but is also known to be very action-packed and fast-paced. A discipline in which the VA panel also scores with 165 Hz. I didn’t notice tearing in the test. Although the response time is an average of 4ms (GtG), I haven’t noticed any noticeable ghosting in either Doom Eternal or CS:GO – but I’m old and my semi-professional eSports days are over.

HDR On

If you experience ghosting, you can make adjustments using Variable Overdrive. Incidentally, the monitor also has an ELMB setting (Extreme Low Motion Blur), which, however, cannot be used together with FreeSync Premium and HDR. In general, the differences in the settings are difficult to capture even with the Ghosting UFO test. At least the panel can get so bright that the ELMB’s black in-between images don’t affect the overall brightness as much as many other gaming monitors do.

eSports isn’t everything. For example, how does it look in Cyberpunk 2077 if you only achieve 50-60 FPS with UWQHD and a high level of detail? In this case, FreeSync Premium is on board and you can also activate G-Sync Compatible in the Nvidia Control Panel if you own a new GeForce graphics card. Even Cyberpunk 2077 runs pleasantly smoothly at 50 to 60 FPS, since the refresh rate is adjusted to the calculated frame rate. This happens in the range of 48-165Hz via DisplayPort and 48-144Hz via HDMI.

Ghosting: OverDrive 0
Ghosting: OverDrive 0

 

Ghosting: OverDrive 100
Ghosting: OverDrive 100

 

Ghosting: ULMB Standard
Ghosting: ULMB Standard

 

Ghosting: ULMB Turbo
Ghosting: ULMB Turbo

Interim conclusion: Gaming – whether RPGs or FPS – is a lot of fun with the ASUS TUF VG34VQL1B thanks to good color reproduction, fast panel, lots of screen space and thus high immersion. For professional eSports players, however, an IPS panel with 240+ Hz and 1ms GtG should generally be the better or only choice.

VA panel with very good color representation

So gaming works perfectly, but what about the other panel qualities? As always, I grabbed our SpyderX and let the display analysis run through it. As already described, the first thing that catches the eye is the very high maximum display brightness of up to 594 nits in the center of the screen. In fact, like Barney Stinson’s TV, white areas burn onto the retina. Accordingly, the maximum brightness should only be a pleasant setting for at least the users in the dark gaming room – as long as you are not streaming with sunglasses. In everyday life I was more likely to use 200 nits at 27% brightness, but for HDR content the high maximum brightness is of course a must.

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Too bad, there is a larger outlier in the illumination with a deviation of 16% in the lower left corner. However, since it is still 500 nits, this is not noticeable in everyday life or in the photo I took. At a good quarter of the maximum brightness, you don’t have any problems with noticeable backlight bleeding in dark game scenes. At 100% brightness, bright edges become noticeable at the edges with a completely black monitor content in a dark room, but to be honest, these framework conditions never occurred during my use. Therefore, I never perceived the low BLB as disturbing in the test.

In almost all other disciplines, the display performs well to very well, even before calibration. The color coverage is pretty good at 84% AdobeRGB and 90% DCI-P3, and the color fidelity is even very good with a Delta E of 0.75 ex works. Typical for VA panels, the static contrast is also very high at approx. 4300:1 at maximum brightness. The white point is perfectly hit at a brightness of 50% with 6500K. It decreases and increases minimally in parallel with the brightness. The gamma is also good at 2.2, but the entire curve is not hit 100%.

The calibration changes a few values: The contrast and white point decrease slightly and the Delta E increases in return. In return, the illumination is more even by one percent and the color coverage is slightly higher (91% DCI-P3). The calibration has the greatest influence on the tone value curve, which is now reproduced optimally. Overall, the panel is set so well ex works that calibration is not really necessary. If you want, you can still download the calibrated color profile here as a .zip file.

Thanks to the 34″ diagonal, UWQHD resolution (3440*1440 pixels) and the resulting point density of 110 PPI, the ASUS TUF VG34VQL1B is also well suited for image editing. The prerequisite, however, is that you can get used to the curved panel. When editing photos and videos with many straight lines, slight optical distortions can occur, which the eyes have to get used to.

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Lots of ergonomic features but no Type-C port

Let’s get to the side missions mentioned at the beginning, the fulfillment of which distinguishes between good and very good monitors.

Keyword ergonomic functions: The VG34VQL1B can be tilted from -5° to 15°, can be swiveled by a total of 20° and adjusted in height by 13 cm. The latter function in particular is important for optimal adjustment to the sitting position and is also sensibly covered with 13 cm of room to manoeuvre. A tilt option is a matter of course and the swivel function is more of a nice fee, especially since it is neglected at 20°. In summary, the ergonomic functions for everyday gaming are completely acceptable.

The connections are also important, of which there are enough on the TUF VG34VQL1B with 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x DisplayPort 1.4 and jack. Unfortunately, USB-C is not included, but you can also use 4x USB-A. Positioning it downwards on the back makes sense, but the USB ports can only be recommended to a limited extent for day-to-day access. Connecting to a USB hub is better.

You should definitely use the DisplayPort connection for video transmission, because HDMI 2.0 does not support 165 Hz in connection with the native UWQHD resolution. Incidentally, the monitor automatically recognizes the input signal used (plug & play). Sounds logical, but unfortunately it is no longer a matter of course with many monitors these days.

Structured OSD with many functions

The ASUS TUF VG34VQL1B uses a 5-way joystick and four individual buttons on the back for operation. The bottom button acts as a power button. The three buttons above it open the OSD when pressed, whereby a double press on the second button grants quick access to the eight presets ex works. If you press the third button twice, you get to the gaming features. A crosshair, an FPS display or a timer are included. You know, 15 minutes of exercise every hour. “The classic everyday gaming.”

       

You control everything else with the 5-way joystick. The first press opens the quick menu, the second takes you to the extensive OSD. As with many other manufacturers, the important settings such as video input source, resolution, refresh rate, HDR and preset are displayed right at the top. Otherwise, the OSD is divided into seven tabs and you can use the joystick to make all settings quickly and intuitively. FreeSync Premium, ASCR (ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio), Shadow Boost and the Blue Light Filter are particularly worth mentioning.

The two buttons for quick access can be assigned individually.

Simple and Stable

Similar to the Lenovo G34w-10 (test), the ASUS TUF VG34VQL1B is also very positive thanks to its optical modesty. Matte black plastic is the dominant surface on the front, back and leg. Fortunately, ASUS does not ignite color experiments or RGB rockets, only a white ASUS logo on the lower bezel and the back reveals the origin of the monitor.

 

 

The processing is also exemplary. There are no sharp edges or unnaturally large gaps. The base is very expansive and thus takes up a lot of space on the desk, but the ultrawide monitor is also stable and quickly recovers from vibrations. If you want, you can also attach the panel to a monitor arm using a VESA mount (100×100). However, you will then no longer be able to use the cable routing integrated in the leg.

Integrated speakers not recommended

A quick word about the built-in speakers: Better not to use them. They sound flat, unfortunately under reverberation and just don’t perform well overall. Especially in comparison with two mid-range bookshelf speakers, music reproduction is very meager, and there is also a complete lack of bass. YouTube videos also sound flat and muddy, and voices clearly lack volume.

Conclusion: ASUS TUF VG34VQL1B

To sum up, the ASUS TUF VG34VQL1B is one hell of a gaming monitor. With 34″, UWQHD resolution, 165 Hz and 4 ms response time, games like Doom Eternal are not only buttery smooth, but also very attractive to play. In addition, with DisplayHDR 400, ELMB, Variable Overdrive and Co. there are a lot of useful gaming features. Thanks to FreeSync Premium or G-Sync Compatible, role-playing games are still pleasantly smooth even with medium frame rates.

But it doesn’t stop there, because the ultrawide is also a very decent all-round monitor. The VA panel scores with a very high maximum brightness of almost 600 nits, excellent color fidelity, high color coverage, perfect contrast and an almost optimal gamma. The illumination, on the other hand, is not that even, but this is hardly noticeable in everyday use given the high brightness. Calibration is not necessary for occasional image processing due to the consistent factory settings.


In addition, the VG34VQL1B also convinces with the other equipment. In addition to many ergonomic functions, it is also well positioned with the connections with 2x DP, 2x HDMI and 4x USB-A. Unfortunately, there is no USB-C port. The OSD is structured very intuitively and can be operated easily and quickly thanks to the 5-way joystick and quick selection buttons.

There is also nothing to complain about in terms of design and workmanship. The lavish base ensures a stable stand and the simple appearance makes the gaming ultrawide a pleasant working device – both for the home office and excessive gaming hours. However, you shouldn’t rely on the built-in speakers, and ASUS could have made the installation a little more comfortable. Also a pity: The VG34VQL1B has a relatively high power consumption.

If you can overlook the few shortcomings, you get a very good and flexible gaming ultrawide with the ASUS TUF VG34VQL1B at a fair price of just under 638 euros*.

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