Asus MG279Q; An In-Depth Review

Some display manufacturers are now using IPS panels for their gaming monitors, this means aside from fast and smooth performance, they can also provide good colour accuracy and vibrancy, giving more life to our favorite games. Asus is one of the first few to get into this trend, as their Asus MG279Q offers solid gaming performance, with FreeSync technology and uses IPS panel. What makes this monitor stand out from the sea of gaming monitors? Check out Dual Monitors Guide Asus MG279Q review.

 

Asus MG279Q (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

The Asus MG279Q is tailor-made for gamers who are looking for improved gaming display that supports FreeSync technology and good color quality. It comes with all the specs you can expect from a high-quality gaming monitor, with performance that should be enough even for the most demanding gamers.

 

Benefits

To start off, the Asus MG279Q is undeniably a great performer when it comes to gaming. The 27-inch screen packs a native resolution of 2560x1440p, which is equals to a pixel density of 109ppi. It may not have the same kind of pixel as 4K monitors, but the 1.8 megapixels in a 27 inch screen definitely deserves some recognition. As a matter of fact, with the graphics issues associated with pixel scaling in Windows on high-DPI displays, many would say 1440p resolution is still the best way to go.

 

Rich Colors, Outstanding Details in Images, Excellent Viewing Angles, Common in IPS Panels

Asus MG279Q (image from Amazon)


We expect IPS panels to have the best colour accuracy, well the Asus MG279Q falls a little short in that department, but it still better than most non-IPS panels, as it has no issues showing rich colors and highly detailed images. Chromaticity test shows colors red and green are both a little off in their ideal marks, while blue is on the fringe. The good news is, this doesn’t result to any tinting or over saturation of colors. Also, the 27-inch screen runs Quad HD resolution, with 77% more pixels than the standard Full HD 1080p resolution monitors.

Asus MG279Q (image from Amazon)


Also, the IPS panel has no troubles showing shades of gray, as DisplayMate 64-Step grayscale test showed this monitor can display every shade of gray. Also, no color shifting or luminance loss even when viewed from extreme angles.

 

Fast Pixel Response and Refresh Rate Combo for Superior Gaming Experience

This Asus gaming monitor runs at 4ms gray-to-gray pixel response. Though it is a little short compared to the 1ms that the best gaming monitors runs with, it is still fast enough to handle the most demanding games. It is enough to provide smooth motion handling, with no noticeable blurring or ghosting.

 

Asus MG279Q (image from Amazon)


Also, it is paired with 144Hz Refresh Rate, providing smooth transitions for fast-paced actions and scenes in action-packed games. This is quite an impressive spec, as most IPS panels can only run at 60 to 75Hz refresh rates.

 

Disabled Screen Tearing through FreeSync Technology

Asus MG279Q (image from Amazon)


FreeSync technology is AMD’s answer to Nvidia’s G-Sync. Both technology provides anti-tearing and smoothing technology for games. Both can also control monitor’s refresh rate and eliminate screen tearing, an annoying screen artifact that is usually present in monitors with fixed refresh rate that tries to keep up with the system’s graphics card.

FreeSync also helps reduce input lag (the time it takes for the monitor to recognize controller commands). It also utilizes DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync, the standard for controlling refresh rate through DisplayPort 1.2 input.


To take advantage of this technology however, your computer system should have AMD Radeon graphics card that can support the FreeSync technology, with AMD Catalyst Control Center software and drives.

 

Energy-Efficient Monitor for its Type and Performance

The Asus MG279Q consumes only 37 watts of power at Standard mode, which is a little lower than many of its close gaming monitor rivals such as Acer K272HUL (38 watts) and BenQ XL2730Z (42 watts). Enable the Eco Mode and you can bring the power consumption down to 28 watts.


Dual Monitors and Multiple Monitors Setup 

 

For many dedicated gamers, having a nice and fully adjustable monitor stand can make a huge difference in gaming comfort. However, there aren't a lot of options out there for dual monitor setup of 27-inch monitors and bigger. There are however, a couple of good options that can be enough.

Ergotron LX Dual  side-by-side arm (image from Amazon)


Ergotron LX Dual  side-by-side arm is definitely one of the best choices out there for dual monitor setup of 27-inch monitors. It's a high-end monitor stand with two fully-articulating and independently-adjustable arms. It is made with solid polished aluminum construction and high quality materials. It can supports two 27-inch displays and both arms can be adjusted independently, allowing users to reposition their display; up, down, forward and back, with one simple touch, and still keep the displays secured and stable in place through the help of its patented Constant Force (CF) technology.

 

AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm (image from Amazon)


AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm on the other hand, is the more practical and affordable choice. They look very similar, which gives you an idea where Amazon took its inspiration from.  It comes equipped with two fully-adjustable monitor arms, both can be adjusted independently, allowing users to position their display to the most ergonomic setup. It is built with quite sturdy construction, and its matte-black finish actually make it look better than in photos online.

 

 

Design and Features

Unlike its closest rivals Acer Predator X34 models and BenQ XL2730Z, the Asus didn’t seem to bother on Asus MG279Q’s aesthetics. Nonetheless, this model still looks nice in its black paint, 2.5-inch thick cabinet, 0.4-inch thin bezel which is one of the thinnest we have ever seen, and matte anti-glare coating.

 

Buttons and Controls

Asus MG279Q (image from Amazon)


The right side of the cabinet houses the buttons for the Asus MG279Q. There are four function buttons, a Power switch, and a 5-way jog dial that makes navigation of the Menu settings super easy. There’s also the ‘GameVisual’ setting, which is a setting for optimized picture presets for specific type of games, such as Cinema, FPS (First Person Shooter), Scenery, Racing, RTS/RPG (Real-Time Strategy/Role-Playing Game), and SRGB modes. 

Asus MG279Q (image from Amazon)


Aside from Brightness and Contrast settings, there are also five Blue Light Filter settings (including Off) to help gamers last longer by reducing blue light that causes eye strain. 

Asus MG279Q (image from Amazon)


There is also the three Skin Tone setting (Redding, Natural and Yellowish), four Color Temperature settings (Normal, Cool, Warm and User), and the Eco mode that dims that screen by reducing brightness and reduce power consumption.

Asus MG279Q (image from Amazon)


For gamers, there’s the GamePlus technology, which offers four different types of crosshair aiming overlays, perfect for FPS games. Plus, there’s the in-game timer, helping users keep track of things necessary about the game, such as overall gameplay times, re-spawn times, etc. Other features include TraceFree (works by speeding up the pixel response), VividPixel (improves standard definition images) and the ASCR (dynamic contrast).

 

I/O Ports

Asus MG279Q (image from Amazon)


The inputs/outputs ports are located at the backside of the cabinet, facing left, and include two HDMI/MHL inputs, one DisplayPort, one mini DisplayPort, one upstream USB 3.0 port, and two downstream USB 3.0 ports, as well as a headphone jack. Though it is nice to have four digital inputs, a couple of good old ports such as VGA and DVI ports would have been nice.

 

Small and Tinny 2W Speakers

This Asus gaming monitor comes with a pair of 2W speakers, which feels underpowered and sounds tinny. They can be enough if you’re the kind of gamer who wants to save space on your desk. It also adds great convenience for watching movies and videos from time to time.

 

Supported by a Nice and Adjustable Wedge-Shaped Base

Asus MG279Q (image from Amazon)


The cabinet is supported by a wedge-shaped base with a mounting arm that provides wide range of adjustment options such as 5.9-inch height adjustment range, 120° swivel, 25° tilt and 90° pivot to switch the screen orientation from landscape to portrait, and vice versa. This is quite a unique feature, as only few gaming monitors out there offer adjustments.

The backside of the cabinet also comes with four VESA mounting holes,

 

Tech Specs

Package includes Mini-DisplayPort-to-DisplayPort cable, Power cord, DisplayPort cable Optional 18W BoostMaster fast-Charging adapter, Quick start guide, HDMI cable Optional 18W BoostMaster fast-Charging adapter, Support CD, Warranty Card and MHL cable Optional 18W BoostMaster fast-Charging adapter.

 

Bottom Line

Monitors like Asus MG279Q forces gamers to make a difficult decision. 4K displays, which are considered higher-end in today’s technology, offers great color uniformity, sharpness and immense pixel real estate. However, they can only provide a maximum of 60Hz refresh rate, which in some games looks inferior. This Asus gaming monitor on the other hand, offers decent color uniformity and sharpness, and though not as accurate in color performance as other IPS, it offers excellent gaming performance such as higher refresh for fast and smooth gaming experience. Also, the IPS produces very good imagery, perfect for games as it easily elevates the game’s environment by making color pop out.

All in all, the Asus MG279Q is easily one of the best gaming monitors we have in the market today. It’s best for anyone with FreeSync compatible system and an excellent choice for gamers looking to experience IPS panel monitor for rich colors and wider viewing angles. Resolution wise, this display is more than enough to deliver sharp image details, with fast and smooth gaming experience. Also, it is one of the few gaming screens out there that offer ergonomic adjustments. Color accuracy may be a bit off, but it doesn’t cause any issues on colour performance of the screen.

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