Asus PB328Q; An In-Depth Review

There are lots of factors we need to consider when judging what makes a computer monitor great. But the truth of the matter is, there is no single list of attributes that we can refer to put a particular screen to the best category, as that mostly depends on the kind of use and required application users would like to use their display. Gamers would look for fast pixel response and refresh rate for smooth gameplay experience. Graphic designers and photographers will search for the one with the best colour accuracy and wide gamut to handle their color requirements. For professional users who are looking for a high-end monitor with the latest technology, Asus has something for you – the Asus PB328Q, a 32-inch QHD AMVA panel that does everything quite well. What makes this display standout? Check out Dual Monitors Guide’s in-depth Asus PB328Q review.

 

Asus PB328Q (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

The Asus PB328Q is not labeled as a professional display, but it is surely designed for professional users looking for a computer monitor that can keep up with their high demands for performance and functionality, but don’t want to spend a fortune for a high-performance display. And though it is not really meant for gamers, its Refresh Rate is better than many regular monitors for gaming, allowing it to handle the demands of wide variety of demanding titles.

It is also for anyone who’s looking for great all-around performance, from great image quality, colour accuracy, speed for gaming, and above all – value.

 

Benefits

Asus PB328Q (image from Amazon)


Compared to many high quality 32-inch monitors in the market today, the Asus PB328Q offers a significant price drop. And though its size takes a lot of desk space, its benefits, along with its impressive performance, features and functionalities can make a substantial difference. It runs 2560x1440p WQHD resolution, offering wider view and better details and spacing for crisp and vivid visuals. On paper, everything about this product looks impressive, and many reviewers were really impressed on how this display managed to deliver. 

Asus PB328Q (image from Amazon)


Those looking to use this computer in a brightly-lit room will definitely love the 32-inch screen, as it runs vivid and well-saturated display.

 

Professional Display Quality for Professional Users

For professionals, this means more space for tools, toolbars, and application windows, and for gamers and media enthusiasts, you can see more of the action at once. For perspective, this monitor will let you watch four 720p videos simultaneously. The PB328Q boasts a pixel density of 92ppi (pixels per inch) on this screen and features a narrow 0.277mm pixel pitch (the distance between two pixels).

With so much screen real estate, users can easily run two or more applications and open multiple windows side-by-side for their multitasking needs.

Excellent Colour Accuracy and Image Quality

In terms of color performance, the Asus PB328Q is pretty accurate, as VA (Vertical Alignment) panel normally excels in colors. There are slight saturations in red, blue and magenta, but they are properly compensated and reduced with the help of luminance levels, which results to really low error. This slight saturation also means you get a little bonus volume. For color-critical applications, simply make a software lookup table to reel in your colors a little. For the rest of regular users, we can all enjoy vivid saturated colors with class-leading contrast and depth.

Contrast ratio supports an impressive 100,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio, which automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness levels according to the images or videos being displayed to improve dark details and make colors of the subjects pop out more.

Also, this monitor is supported by a 12-bit LUT (lookup table), empowering the display to reproduce images with gradual transitions between hues, making better true-to-life images.

For its backlight, it has a rating of 300cd/m2 for vivid images, regardless of applications being displayed.

 

 

Fast Response Time and Better Refresh Rate for Smooth Gameplay Experience

Asus PB328Q runs at 4ms gray-to-gray response time, delivering smooth video playback for 3D model manipulation, action-packed movies and most especially for big title and graphically-demanding games, without virtually causing artifacts, blurring and ghosting.

For its Refresh Rate, Asus has lots of better and high-performing gaming monitors in their fleet, which sports 144Hz Refresh Rate. Though Asus PB328Q however, doesn’t come close to that, its 75Hz Refresh Rate is still better than the 60Hz Refresh Rate we find from many all-around monitors that promises decent gaming performance.

 

 

Wide Viewing Angles

Though most of us sit directly in front of our computer screens as we work, the Asus PB328Q offers wide viewing angles, making it quite a handy display for sharing your screen and watching movies or playing video games. It has 178° viewing angle in both horizontal and vertical viewing angles.

 

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Setup

 

For bigger monitors  like  the Asus PB328Q, the options for dual monitor, and multiple monitor setup is quite limited. Which means you really need to do your homework to find the right one that suits with this display best.

Planar Monitor Stand 997-6504-00 (image from Amazon)


Planar Monitor Stand 997-6504-00 is one  of the few choices out there. It can support two monitors of up to 32-inches, with maximum weight limit of 26 lbs. per arm. It is made up of all-metal construction, ensuring solid built. The only plastic parts you will find are the tightening knobs and some washers. It offers flexible adjustments; you can slide your monitors in and out the pole, twist, pivot, etc.  It comes with a cable organizer to help keep your desk or workstation neat, and it is very easy to setup and install.

Planar Monitor Stand 997-6504-00 (image from Amazon)


Should you want to more flexible adjustments and ergonomics for single display use, you can opt for single monitor mounts or stands, like the Ergotron LX Desk Mount LCD Arm. It’s nicely polished arm stand made with extra durable construction. It’s well-built and well tested, proven to last 10 times longer than the life-cycle of many competitive brands.

Ergotron LX Wall Mount LCD Arm (image from Amazon)


The Ergotron LX Wall Mount LCD Arm is quite similar to the one above, except that it's a wall mount-type.. It also comes with a polished aluminum construction and with the same CF technology we see from other Ergotron monitor stands and mounts, which provides stable and secured hold for the display, and still allow smooth  and easy adjustments.

 


Design and Features

Asus PB328Q (image from Amazon)


Asus PB328Q is not only impressive performance wise, Asus also spent quite some time on the design of this product. It sports thin bezel design of 9mm metal strip, which is barely noticeable when the monitor is turned off. This makes dual monitor or multiple monitor of this display quite inviting, as the thin bezel makes the screen look borderless. Though it’s hard to imagine for anyone to put two 32-inch big monitor side-by-side, but who knows. The rest of the cabinet sports high-quality plastic, with textured matte finish.

This 23-inch monitor sports an AMVA panel, which has triple contrast than IPS panel. The screen comes with an anti-glare layer, which is very effective in minimizing harsh reflections, without causing artifacts or grains to the picture. In terms of quality, this Asus monitor is an excellent performer as well, not just for the details, but for image depth as well. The backside also features a lot of ventilation holes.

 

Buttons and Controls

Asus PB328Q (image from Amazon)


To help keep the bezels thin, Asus put the control buttons for Asus PB328Q behind the lower right corner of the frame, along with a handy joystick for easy and convenient OSD (On-Screen Display) navigation, which is extremely intuitive that once you get a hang out of it, you will find little use for the keys.

OSD functions are broken down into nine sub-menus, which the joystick makes easier to navigate. For the image modes, Asus calls it Splendid mode, which offers seven options, namely Standard, sRGB, Scenery, Reading, Darkroom, and User modes 1 and 2. All of which are adjustable in color, except for the sRGB. Also, the two user modes are fully adjustable.

There’s also the Bluelight filter for the image mode, which features 4 intensity levels. This feature is very helpful in reducing risk of eye strain, as it minimizes the screen’s emission of the harmful blue light.

For the Color options, there is Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Hue, Color Temperature, Gamma, Advanced Settings, and Color Reset.

For the image, there is Sharpness, Trace Free (Asus’ version of overdrive), Aspect Control, VividPixel (improve detail without introducing edge enhancement), ASCR (dynamic contrast function), Position, Focus, and Auto Adjust (the last three are analog signals).

 

With QuickFit Feature for Your Work Convenience

Asus PB328Q (image from Amazon)


Like the ProArt series, Asus PB328Q also comes with QuickFit feature, which provides quick alignment grids for the most commonly used document sizes that you can superimpose on the screen. This feature offers precise measurement, allowing users to make true WISIWYG display, where the image displayed on screen matches the actual size of the paper. This feature appears when you press the third button, and you can even cover the whole screen with a measurement grid (in centimeters or in one inch squares). You can also choose to have a 9 zone array. You can also select the size of the paper as well as the area surrounding the image (grayed out).

 

 

I/O Ports with Multiple Simultaneous Inputs Features

Asus PB328Q (image from Amazon)


The backside of the cabinet houses a generous set of inputs/outputs ports, from HDMI v. 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, dual-link DVI, and a VGA port, as well as 3.5mm input for Analog audio support and a headphone jack. The right side houses the USB 3.0 upstream port.

Asus PB328Q (image from Amazon)


Asus also provided multiple simultaneous inputs, allowing users to hook up to two sources to the display at once, using PIP (Picture-in-Picture) or PBP (Picture-by-Picture) image. Users can also switch between main and alternate sources easily, even swapping audio sources.

 

 

With Decent Built-in Speakers

The backside of the cabinet also features 2 small upfiring speakers, which are quite larger compared to many built-in speakers that comes in some monitors, giving it better bass power. Also, the drivers come with rubber surround, providing extra excursion, which results to improved volume and presence. Sound quality is better. 

 

Ergonomic and Fully Adjustable Stand

Asus PB328Q (image from Amazon)


As expected, this 32-inch display comes with a tough and hefty stand, but unlike many stands that come with big monitors, the stand of Asus PB328Q offers complete range of adjustments. It doesn’t only support the 26 lbs. heavy monitor, it also provides ergonomic adjustments we normally see from medium-sized displays such as tilt, swivel, height adjustment and pivot to switch from swivel to pivot and vice versa.

Asus PB328Q (image from Amazon)


The stand’s arm can also be snapped to open the VESA 100x100mm mounting holes for convenient wall mount. You can also use the VESA for improved ergonomic solutions, such as monitor stands with articulating arm, etc.

 

 

Tech Specs

Accessories includes the IEC power cord, DisplayPort cable, HDMI cable, DVI cable and VGA cable connections, as well as a USB 3.0 and analog audio. Package also includes the quick start guide, and warranty card. The manual can be downloaded from the company’s website.

 

Bottom Line

Though Asus PB328Q doesn’t belong to Asus’ professional line – ProArt series, it’s pretty obvious this product still aimed for professional users. What it’s only lacking is the factory calibration and wide gamut option. Everything else that a pro would want is all here. Plus, its low price puts it within reach of general users – anyone who’s looking for great all-around performance, from great image quality, colour accuracy, speed for gaming, and above all, value for money.

Those who are working on graphics-heavy work can also enjoy this display. It may not render Adobe RGB color gamut, but it is fully capable of targeting sRGB, with native 10-bit color depth.

For gamers looking to hook this monitor with their FreeSync or G-Sync system, it doesn’t offer such rendering advantage. However, its 75Hz refresh rate is way better than 60Hz that many models offer.

All in all, there are very few displays out there that offer and do what Asus PB328Q does. This product can do everything, anyone looking for a huge screen with great all-around functionality can definitely enjoy this display.

For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!

Accessories includes the IEC power cord, DisplayPort cable, HDMI cable, DVI cable and VGA cable connections, as well as a USB 3.0 and analog audio. Package also includes the quick start guide, and warranty card. The manual can be downloaded from the company’s website.   Bottom Line Though Asus PB328Q doesn’t belong to Asus’ professional line – ProArt series, it’s pretty obvious this product still aimed for professional users. What it’s only lacking is the factory calibration and wide gamut option. Everything else that a pro would want is all here. Plus, its low price puts it within reach of general users – anyone who’s looking for great all-around performance, from great image quality, colour accuracy, speed for gaming, and above all, value for money. Those who are working on graphics-heavy work can also enjoy this display. It may not render Adobe RGB color gamut, but it is fully capable of targeting sRGB, with native 10-bit color depth. For gamers looking to hook this monitor with their FreeSync or G-Sync system, it doesn’t offer such rendering advantage. However, its 75Hz refresh rate is way better than 60Hz that many models offer. All in all, there are very few displays out there that offer and do what Asus PB328Q does. This product can do everything, anyone looking for a huge screen with great all-around functionality can definitely enjoy this display. For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!

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