Asus MG28UQ; An In-Depth Review

Asus is undeniably one of the biggest players in the world of gaming right now, especially in gaming displays. Their Republic of Gamers (ROG) line cruised through their competition with impressive hardware and specs for the best gaming performance. Now, they’ve released another gaming line called MG series, another set of gaming monitor that promises excellent gaming quality. One of which is the Asus MG28UQ, a 4K gaming monitor with powerful, fast, robust and highly customizable display packed with tons of gaming centric features and competitive visuals performance. How does it stand against other 4K gaming monitors in the market today? Read this in-depth review to find out.

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Who is it for?

Asus MG28UQ is obviously meant for gaming. It’s for users looking for a 4K monitor, but don’t want to spend huge amount of money for an IPS panel display. It uses TN panel, which is amazing for gaming, but have its own issues in terms of image performance. 

 

Benefits

As said earlier, Asus MG28UQ is a powerful and robust gaming monitor that leaves users with tons of customization options, along with great gaming-centric features. Image performance is reasonably smooth, but its biggest selling point is the 4K Ultra HD resolution.

 

Excellent Gaming Performance, Ultra-Fast Response Time and High Frame Rate at 4K

 

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As expected, gaming performance is awesome in Asus MG28UQ. Though you will be disappointed at the 4K performance should you decide to run high frame rate at Full HD and 1440p rendering, as the monitor tops at 60Hz Refresh Rate, which is the limitation for HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 cables.

Also important to note is the 1ms Response Time, which is the fastest figure in the market today. This means MG28UQ is definitely on par with the best gaming monitors out there in the market.

 

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In terms of making smooth and seamless gaming environment, this monitor is a solid performer. It may feel weak at some parts, especially on heavy gaming with ultra HD resolution. It also smoothens out the majority of screen tearing and stuttering in some games, and with the help of the PC’s GPU. There are some minor screen tearing issues, even with the AdaptiveSync activated. This is due to the limitation of refresh rate (60Hz). Tears are very minimal though, and other than that, colors still look fresh.

 

Reasonably Vibrant Color Performance and Highly Detailed Visuals, Impressive for a TN Display

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Colour accuracy and performance are expected to be weak, since gaming monitor use TN (Twisted Nematic) panel. Majority of its performance however, is smooth.

Setting the monitor to sRGB will put it to its best settings for colour performance. Obviously, we can’t expect high figures on a TN panel, but nevertheless, results were forgivable, as the monitor is made for gaming performance, not for photo sensitive work.

  

Superb Calibration Options and Performance

Asus’s on-screen menu controls joystick is paired with great calibration performance – extensive settings for more accurate and thorough tweaking. This includes the usual options, such as color settings, brightness, contrast, resolution adjustments.

Also included are the Asus’ GameVisual color temperature presets, along with an assortment of software adjustments for more comfortable and smoother gameplay experience and reduced risk of eyestrain.

The monitor also does a fine job in playing videos and 4K movies, especially when set at Cinema mode.

 

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Setup Options

 

Big monitors definitely require studier and more solid support, especially for dual monitor setup. This is what the Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm is about - provide a perfect solution for whatever type of setup. Bot of its arms are fully adjustable, it even allows you to position one display on top of the other.

If you want a cheaper alternative for your dual monitor display, then you can always opt for MonMount LCD-194 Dual LCD Monitor Stand. The idea is pretty much the same - it allows you to  put two 28-inch monitors side-by-side, minus the fully articulating arm. It provides quality and secured hold on each of the mounted display.

Its simplistic build and straightforward design are what keeps its price low, but quality wise, it's definitely one of the most trustworthy products in the market today.



Design and Features

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Design wise, this Asus gaming monitor don’t brag any flashy aesthetics that we haven’t seen before, though it does look flashy as a gaming monitor. It sports a matte black body and a red strip, which is a staple in Asus gaming display cabinets. There are also two accents on its back to add on its gaming appeal. This means it can definitely look well even when put in an office setting, which is good news for people looking for an affordable 4K monitor.

 

Buttons and Controls

5-Way Joystick Control

Attached to the backside of the cabinet, MG28UQ comes with a joystick control users can use to navigate through the monitor’s menu and on-screen calibrations. It definitely works and feels better to use than the traditional button-controlled menus we have seen in many 4K displays, such as Acer Predator series and Dell UltraSharp UHD monitors.

 

The joystick also lets you change and set everything for the screen quality, from display performance, gaming setup, and other settings on the fly, with minimal work, and even when you’re in the middle of your game.

 

Presets and Loads of Gaming-Centric Features

As said earlier, Asus MG28UQ packs a lot of gaming-centric features and presets meant to improve gaming experience. For menu controls, users can choose several preset display settings, namely Cinema mode, Scenery mode, Racing mode, FPS mode, RTS/RPG mode, and sRGB mode. The last one is supposed to offer wide level of colour gamut coverage.

Also included are the usual image controls, such as brightness, contrast, colour temperature, saturation, and skin tone. All of these adjustments can be found in “Colour” section from the menu controls.

As expected, Blue light filter and Flicker Free technologies are still present, which is meant for longer hours of gaming that won’t hurt the eyes.

Gaming-friendly features includes Asus’ own Trace Free technology, which improves the screen’s visual sharpness. This however, only works when you’re using an AMD GPU in your PC.

 

Asus-MG28UQ (image from Amazon)


Another gaming feature is the GamePlus technology, which allows different sets of overlays to the screen, which will come in handy for various games. Overlays include timers, crosshairs, as well as an FPS counter across the screen on gaming runs. For dual monitor or multi-monitor setup, there is the Display Alignment setting, which easily and quickly configures the monitor to work as a single display unit.

 

Connectivity Options

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All of Asus MG28UQ connectivity ports are located on the left side of the display, allowing easy access and on-the-fly use. And fortunately for users, this monitor is stocked with plenty of connectivity options. There are dual HDMI 1.4 ports, and a HDMI 2.0 port to spice things up and expand 4K at 60Hz. There’s also one DisplayPort 1.2 slot, which is more than enough for most gaming setup. For data transfer, it has USB 3.0 ports.

 

Stable and Fully Adjustable Stand for Gaming Comfort and Ergonomics

Asus clearly made MG28UQ with a lot of flexibility in mind. The stand is not only tall, narrow and fairly robust, providing stable and secured support for the 28-inch screen, but it also provides full adjustments. It allows the screen to swivel, tilt, and pivot 180˚ to switch from landscape to portrait and vice versa, adjust in height.

 

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Along its sizeable base are the several rubber pads, which do a fine job in keeping the whole thing stable on top of your desk; limit any possible wobbling.

 

Tech Specs

Package includes Power cord, DisplayPort cable, HDMI cable, USB 3.0 cable, Quick start guide, Support CD and Warranty Card.

 

Bottom Line

Though there are definitely many better 4K monitors in the market, the Asus MG28UQ still offer a myriad of factors that makes it worth your money. Obviously, it packs tons of gaming-centric features, shows decent visuals despite the limitation of its panel technology, and comes with superb connectivity options. The absence of screen-tearing technology from Nvidia is surely a weakness, but Asus makes up for it through other features, which undoubtedly help the monitor’s performance.


From its overall design, specs, up to software, there is very little to complain about this Asus monitor as a mid-range 4K gaming display. Though it doesn’t exactly look flashy as with other 4K monitors out there, it still manages to stand its ground and provide users with plenty of ways to improve viewing ang gaming experience, such as myriad of options for image performance and easy calibration menu controls. Also, as with many Asus monitors, it comes with fully adjustable stand for comfort and ergonomics of gamers. And with a generous set of connectivity options, this screen can handle almost any type of gaming setup you have in mind.

In terms of gaming performance, this Asus display is almost perfect – it runs games fast and smooth, with incredible 4K details. Its weaknesses are basically weaknesses we can expect from any monitor using a TN panel; poor color accuracy and performance, low backlight, subpar viewing angle and weak contrast. But then again, this display is not meant for incredible imagery for photo-editing, graphics design, etc., rather, for explosive gaming. Also, it runs in 4K, and as any other 4K monitors in the market, it can’t go more than 60Hz of refresh rate. Obviously, this is not Asus’ fault, as the more pixels you need to display, the more horsepower it requires to keep response time low and refresh rates high. Unfortunately, until we get the DisplayPort 1.3, it doesn’t look like we can get 4K monitors anywhere near 144Hz refresh rate anytime soon.

If you’re a fan of 4K gaming, then the Asus MG28UQ is definitely one of the best out there for you. It’s a robust piece of gaming display, with very minor flaws. Gaming experience is excellent, comes with AdaptiveSync from AMD, and connectivity options is great.

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