The ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQ comes in a more serious box than you might expect for a gaming screen.
Inside are HDMI and DisplayPort cables, plus an external power supply with its separate lead.
The TUF Gaming range from ASUS is generally of sturdy build, and the VG27AQ fulfils this reputation. It’s not the most exciting of designs, and only has a red ring around the base of the stand to break the black plastic finish. But it’s adequately stylish for the intended gaming audience.
The range of adjustment is comprehensive. You can swivel the panel on its base around 90 degrees in either direction. You can also raise or lower it through a 130mm range. The screen can be tilted 5 degrees forward and 35 degrees backwards. It’s also possible to rotate the monitor into portrait orientation.
The video ports sit one side of the rear. There are two HDMI connections, both of which support the 2.0 standard, plus a single DisplayPort 1.2. If you want to take advantage of the 165Hz ability, you will need to use the DisplayPort connection, because HDMI will only go to 144Hz. There’s also an analog minijack for external speakers or headphones.
The menu is operated by a combination of a joystick and four trapezoid-shaped buttons.