ASUS MX299Q; An In-Depth Review

Ultrawide monitors really have come a long way with the introduction of curved screen monitors. However, not all consumers were fan of the curved screen, because aside from its usually expensive price tag, it requires you to sit directly in front of the monitor to experience the so-called better field of vision, which is usually a problem for multiples viewers. Also, for many users, the slight curve almost hardly delivers its promise of more immersive experience. ASUS MX299Q puts everything back to basics with its flat screen, but also a step higher when it comes to field of view as it sports 21:9 Aspect Ratio. But is it really an upgrade from the standard 16:9 aspect ratio? What makes this monitor a good alternative? Let’s find out in this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide.

ASUS MX299Q (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

This ultrawide monitor is for anyone looking to either replace their dual monitor setup, or simply have more screen real estate. It offers a stylish way to amp your workstation, and its AH-IPS panel boasts WQHD resolution, with 21:9 Aspect Ratio, along with an improved built-in sound system, which we don’t normally find from most monitors in the market.

 

 

Benefits

ASUS MX299Q (image from Amazon)


To start with, the ASUS MX299Q is definitely a solid all-around performer. Wider aspect ratio of course, offers wider field of view, which has been long proven to be excellent for gaming, especially for FPS games, MMORPG games, racing games, etc. Also, the WQHD resolution (2560x1440p) provides excellent avenue for general productivity.

 

 

Good Colour Accuracy and Grayscale Performance for Good All-Around Functionality

ASUS MX299Q (image from Amazon)


Color wise, the ASUS MX299Q is pretty good right out of the box. Though not ideal, CIE chromaticity test shows colors red and blue are very close to their ideal coordinates, while green is just a little bit off. This gives somehow skewed green results, which is pretty common among midrange monitors. Though it doesn’t compromise image quality, or even cause oversaturation or tinting of colors. Color quality is still good, even in Blu-ray movies like World War Z. Shadow details in dark are good, as the screen has no issue showing dark shades of gray, especially in darker night scenes, which pops the colors even more.

For grayscale performance, DisplayMate-64 Step grayscale test shows the screen is able to deliver sharp images by displaying each and every shade of gray. Image tests were sharply delivered. Those who work with multiple documents will surely love the well-defined fonts from all font sizes, and the crisp display of this Asus ultrawide monitor.

 


Decent Response Time for Smooth Video Playback and Pleasant Gaming Experience

The ASUS MX299Q runs at 5ms (gray-to-gray) pixel response, which is a little longer compared to the ideal time in most gaming monitor. It is however, quite a respectable pixel response, as it doesn’t seem to fail in providing smooth video playback and action-packed movies like Aliens vs. Predators. Also, for gaming, there were some minor ghosting issues in graphically-demanding games, particularly in darker scenes, but they don’t cause any serious trouble in gaming.

 

Decent Power Consumption for its Size and Function

The ASUS MX299Q runs at 43 watts of power at Standard mode, and pulls it a little bit at 40 when set in Eco mode. It consumes a little bit more compared to its competitors like Acer B296CL which runs at 32W, and LG 29EA73-P that consumes 34W, both in Standard mode.

 

 

Design and Features

ASUS MX299Q (image from Amazon)


For its design, Asus maintained that sleek, floating-feel in ASUS MX299Q, similar to its smaller sibling Asus MX239H. The 29-inch AH-IPS panel is coated with an anti-glare coating and housed in a 1-inch bezel-free cabinet. Yep, you read it right; the rest of the screen is bezel-free, while the bottom bezel is reasonably thin (0.8-inch), with silver finish.

 

Buttons and Controls

The 6 touch-sensitive buttons and Power switch of this monitor are all located at the lower left side of the cabinet (lower right hand side, if you’re facing the monitor), which provides access to the OSD (on-screen display) of the monitor, such as adjustments for Picture Settings. The buttons feels nice to touch, but they can be too sensitive, making them difficult to use, navigate the Menu and adjust without overshooting your desired target.

 

 

The buttons also work as hot keys to choose Picture mode, input source, adjust the volume of the monitor’s built-in speakers and use Asus’ very own QuickFit feature, which opens up different templates to allow users to preview their work, such as real-life document size and photo layouts on the colossal screen, before printing.

Preset Pictures are of course, accessible through the buttons, and the selection includes Standard, Theater, sRGB, Scenery, Game and Night View. Also included is the adjustment section for Brightness, Contrast, Color Temperature and Gamma settings. Asus also included their ASCR (Asus Smart Contrast Ratio) control to let you set the monitor’s contrast ratio, sharpness and aspect ratio, depending on the contents of the screen.

 

Connectivity Options

ASUS MX299Q (image from Amazon)


Connectivity options are located at the back side of the cabinet, which includes all the inputs you will need, from Dual-Link DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI (with MHL connectivity to connect smartphones and tablets and charge these devices simultaneously) and audio line-in and headphone jack. There’s also an external power brick to support the power and give the cabinet that thin look.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with USB ports, which would have been really a great plus for the monitor.

 

With a Pair of Good Quality 3W Speakers

ASUS MX299Q (image from Amazon)


Built-in speakers in monitors are usually are mediocre in performance, but that’s not the case in ASUS MX299Q. Rather than using the traditional 2W speakers, Asus used a pair of 3W Bang & Olufsen ICEpower speakers, which delivers outstanding mid and high tones, as well as decent bass performance. Though it won’t really replace good 2.1 channel desktop speaker system and third party external speakers, they are decently crisper and louder than most built-in speakers in the market.

 

Circular Base That Complements the Design Has Limited Adjustability, No VESA Too

ASUS MX299Q (image from Amazon)


The circular, two-tone silver base definitely complements the sleek and stylish design of ASUS MX299Q. However, Asus compromised the adjustability of the stand, which limits the adjustment to tilt. Sadly, you can’t swivel, adjust the height and pivot the display.

 

ASUS MX299Q (image from Amazon)


Also, the backside of the cabinet doesn’t include VESA standard mounting holes, which would have eased up the adjustment limitations and allow users to use third party ergonomic products.

 

Tech Specs

Package includes dual-link DVI cable, HDMI cable, audio-in cable and the Quick-Start guide.

 

Bottom Line


ASUS MX299Q really has good combination of sleek aesthetics, solid performance and affordable price. Aesthetic wise, this monitor is stylish to say the least, which is something we usually see from utlrawide monitors, as manufacturers try to package their products with excellent design to make them more appealing. Also, its bezel-free design makes it a good choice for dual monitor setup.

It may not come with the bells and whistles in terms of features like in other ultrawide monitors such as Acer B296CL and Philips Brilliance MultiView (298P4QJEB), but it’s the cheapest ultrawide monitor out there, and it doesn’t fall short in doing what it’s expected to do – deliver good image details with robust audio. If your budget can stretch to extra hundred dollars, then you should consider Acer B296CL, as it offers better colour accuracy, grayscale performance and more importantly, ergonomic stand and multiple USB ports. Plus, with extensive selection of video ports.

ASUS MX299Q has lots of things to offer, and as with other 29-inch monitors out there, it falls to its own niche. If you’re working on multiple tasks that require you to open and use multiple apps and windows simultaneously, then you definitely should consider this display, as the 21:9 Aspect Ratio can provide real convenience. Nice and accurate colors right out of the box, as well as good calibrated results. Contrast ratio is also impressive, as well as screen uniformity, which had been a challenge for some monitors of its size.

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



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