ASUS VA326H detailed review
ASUS is probably one of the few companies that has one or the other in almost every PC product category. The only thing they are missing at the moment are CPUs and that won’t change for a long time. For everything else, there are plenty of ASUS SKUs to choose from. Displays are one such category where ASUS has brought out new technologies time and again. However, the VA326H we’re reviewing here isn’t a new offering. It has been around since late 2016 and came to India sometime early this year. However, the monitor remains competitively priced for its segment. The only other 32-inch/31.5-inch 1800R 144Hz monitor would be the BenQ EX3200R, which also happens to have a VA panel. Let’s see how the VA326H does.
ASUS VA326H 31.5-inch 1800R 144Hz Gaming Monitor
144 Hz would be the current sweet spot for high refresh rate monitors. You get a really high refresh rate and it doesn’t break the bank. Sure, you can get 240Hz monitors from the top brands these days, but those are destined to leave you with a kidney deficiency. The VA326H uses an AHVA panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and has ample I/O capabilities. However, you can only get the most out of the VA326H if you use HDMI or Dual-Link DVI and the analog D-Sub is limited to 75 Hz.
The curvature of the monitor follows the 1800R standard and the AHVA panel offers viewing angles of 178 degrees along both planes. As for the tilt, the VA326H supports a tilt of -3 to +10 degrees front and back, making it a total of 13 degrees. The BenQ EX3200R, on the other hand, gives 25 degrees of tilt along the same axis.
The kickstand is quite wide and has a low center of gravity, but the fact that there is no height adjustment is a bummer, especially considering the price range. Installing the stand is easy as they just mount with a few screws. If you prefer a wall mount, the VA326H also supports 10×10 VESA.
As for the I/O, the VA326H uses the standard IEC C14 which means the power board is built into the monitor and for the video cables there are DL-DVI, HDMI and VGA as mentioned before. In addition, there is also an audio pass-through.
The package comes with the monitor, stand and cables for all the ports mentioned. Overall, the VA326H comes in a very basic package with no extra bells and whistles.
ASUS VA326H Specifications
|ASUS VA326 Series Curved Gaming Monitors|
|Refresh rate range||144 Hz via HDMI, DL-DVI 50~75 Hz via D-Sub|
|Response time||4 ms (gray-to-gray)|
|Viewing angles||178°/178° horizontal/vertical|
|Inputs||1 × HDMI 1.4 with HDCP 1 × DL-DVI with HDCP 1 × D-Sub|
|audio||Audio in/out ports|
|Patented improvements||Trace Free Technology Skin Tone Selection: 3 Modes Color Temperature Selection: 4 Modes GamePlus Modes: Crosshair/Timer/Display Alignment Low Blue Light: Yes VividPixel: Yes GameVisual Modes: Landscape/Racing/Cinema/RTS/RPG/FPS/sRGB|
|Active||28W at 200cd/m²|
The VA326H has bright colors, but the AHVA panel can’t quite match some of the flagship units we’ve seen over the past year. Within its budget, however, the VA326H stands tall and clear. Or should we say clear and punchy.
The tonal response seems a little off the ideal curve. We don’t expect it to be in the middle of most panels, especially ones built for gaming.
If we go to the color uniformity, we can see that the panel has a degrading gradient when we slide to the right. Values as high as 3.8 are rarely observed. In general, we see these peaks at 2.6-2.8 towards the edges. That said, these numbers are still very good for any panel.
Luminance uniformity also experiences a similar gradient to the right side of the panel. Double digits are a concern, single digits are where it’s best.
Here’s the best summary of the VA326H. We see that the panel compromises on color accuracy and luminance uniformity and even contrast levels to some extent. But that’s what you get for non-maker-oriented panels. For something suitable for gaming, the VA326H is a great monitor.
The ASUS VA326H is a truly competitive gaming monitor in its segment. Considering that we are looking at the Indian market, there are hardly any other 31.5-inch 144Hz curved monitors besides the BenQ EX3200R. The latter prevails in terms of color accuracy and uniformity. And it’s even more adjustable compared to the VA326H, but all that comes with a 10% price increase. The VA326H has a fairly even panel, but loses in some areas that aren’t so crucial for gaming, so at the end of the day you’ve got a pretty good gaming monitor in the VA326H.