Asus MG279Q Gaming Monitor Review
|Product Name:||Asus MG279Q 27-inch IPS Gaming Monitor (2560 x 1440, 144 Hz, 4 ms, Display Port, HDMI x 2, Freesync, TUV Cert)|
- Stand is Highly Adjustable
- OSD is very easy to use
- Large number of features
- FreeSync is limited to 90Hz
- Speakers are small
- Resolution not as good as competitors
The ASUS MG279Q is ASUS follow up to the ASUS MG278Q. The MG278Q was a popular choice among gamers, but gamers wanted something more. The predecessor was a TN panel and gamers clamored for IPS model with fantastic image quality and wide viewing angles. ASUS listened, and the ASUS MG279Q 27’’ IPS Panel Monitor was born.
Despite having a less than average native resolution and a limit on Freesync, the Asus MG29Q is one of the most popular choices among gamers. This is due to a variety of combined reasons that this review will discuss. The appeal of this gaming monitor is due to a variety of reasons coupled with an affordable price tag as compared to competitor offerings in the IPS field.
What comes in the box?
The following is a list of items that come with the Asus MG279Q: The display, display stand, power adapter, mini Display Port Cable, HDMI cable, Quick Start Guide, upstream USB cable, support CD, and warranty information. The box is packed well with a layer of Styrofoam padding that should keep contents safe no matter how far it is being shipped. Buyers can rest assured knowing that the contents of the box were adequately protected during handling and shipment.
The ASUS MG279Q comes equipped to tackle the highest frame rates and fast speeds. The display boasts a 2,560 x 1,440 IPS with a decent native resolution. There are better options for resolution among competitors in similar price ranges, but the MG279Q with a 144Hz refresh rate coupled with FreeSync, is adequate to get the job done. When you combine the 16:9 aspect ratio on a pixel pitch of 0.233 mm with the static contrast ratio of 1000:1, the result is fantastic output images and video content.
With 16.78m (8-bit) colors, the monitor reproduces accurate whites, grays, and blacks, as well as covering the color spectrum in a very detailed way.
The biggest downside of this monitor is the limit imposed on FreeSync use, which is 90Hz.
Features that Improve the Monitor
Gamers enjoy being able to modify and tweak settings for a custom level of gaming. Most feel that this will give them a competitive advantage, and in some genres of games it can. With GamePlus, users can tweak the gaming experience by utilizing GamePlus to include preset overlays with game timers, custom crosshairs, or even no scope for different playing styles that can allow the gamer to see more of the battlefield or any other advantage they may see.
Did we mention that gamers love to tweak and edit settings? With GameVisual Technology users can select from a selection of display modes that can enhance the visuals and create a custom gaming experience tailored to the look and feel that the user desires.
Players can select from a wide variety of viewing options such as FPS, Cinema, and any other option that can take their gaming experience to the next level.
The Asus MG279Q is a LED backlit display that features an output quality that blows away many other monitors in the same price range. All gamers have faced that scenario where a game was lost because of something missed in an extremely dark area of an otherwise bright scene. LED backlighting prevents dark areas and images that cannot be seen by allowing the images generated to be displayed in a clear manner.
Less Eye Strain
Eye Fatigue is one of the biggest complaints that gamers have from long sessions and inadequate displays. Blue Light coming from a display is one of the leading causes of eye strain and possibly even some sleeping disorders. Eliminating blue light is pivotal to the eye protection of users and Asus has accomplished this in the MG279Q with its Ultra low blue light feature.
The Asus MG279Q implements a high refresh rate and shortens input lag wherever possible which eliminates screen flicker. The display has been tested and certified by TUV Laboratories in these two departments so gamers can rest assure they are getting a display with extremely low blue light and a monitor that is Flicker Free.
Ergonomics and Design
Assembly of the ASUS MG279Q goes quite smoothly. There are not a ton of parts to assemble and the instructions are very clear. ASUS uses high quality materials and parts to build these displays and nothing feels cheap and flimsy. The bezel is very narrow which is always a key indicator of a display that works well in multi-display setups. There are many degrees of viewing angles, swivel, and pivot which ensures that gamers can find options compatible with their ergonomic needs.
The display can be used on the included stand or wall mounted with its four VESA mounting holes. In fact, this display looks fantastic VESA mounted and gamers will be highly pleased. For users that opt for a stand mounted display, the options are just as nice. This display will look great on any wall, desk, or table.
The ASUS MG279Q has a ton of options for connectivity. Peripherals can be charged lighting fast with one of the two USB 3.0 ports. The monitor comes with a standard 3.55mm headphone port, or users can use the 2-watt built-in speakers if they prefer. There is also the DisplayPort, AMD FreeSync support, two HDMI ports, and two downstream USB ports.
Devices can also be charged or powered up when the monitor is off or asleep through the on-screen display options. This allows gamers to have all their devices ready at a moment’s notice including cell phones which can also be charged.
Users can quickly access the OSD by using the joystick. This display also contains a wide variety of calibration options in the color menu that gamers can take advantage of for a custom viewing experience. All the options are clearly laid out and users will have no trouble navigating and using the OSD menu.
- Panel Type: IPS
- Screen size: 27 inches
- Resolution: 2560 x 1440p
- Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
- Response time: 4 MS (gray to gray)
- Dimensions: 29.7 x 8.9 x 17.8 inches
- Brightness: 350cd/m2
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- Adaptive Sync support: FreeSync (range 35 – 90Hz)
- I/O: 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x Mini DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI /MHL
- Warranty: 3 years’ warranty (ASUS Rapid Replacement)
The Asus MG279Q is well designed and features a myriad of options that will appeal to the end user whether a gamer or for professional use. The monitor is built with high-quality parts that users will notice the moment they open the box and begin to assemble this display.
The connectivity and gameplay trump the fact that this display has a native resolution subpar to other monitors in the same $400 to $600 price range. What this monitor loses in native resolution, it makes up for in ergonomics, high-quality build, and provides value with its outstanding gameplay. There are worse options out there for a gaming monitor and buyers of the ASUS MG279Q will be pleasantly surprised.