ASUS MG279Q 144Hz IPS FreeSync Monitor Review

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Introducing The ASUS MG279Q

When we took a look at the ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q G-SYNC monitor last year, we praised it for its sleek design, thin bezels, support of NVIDIA’s adaptive refresh rate technology, and high-quality TN panel—relatively speaking. TN (Twisted Nematic) panels generally have fast response times and can be more affordable, but at the expense of color accuracy and viewing angles. The TN panel used in the ROG SWIFT was surprisingly good, but it still couldn’t compete with higher-end IPS panels in terms of overall quality. And because the display was designed for G-SYNC, it was outfitted with only a single DisplayPort input. So, while we really liked the ROG SWIFT PG278Q, it wasn’t without its drawbacks.

If you had asked us back then what we’d like to see upgraded in a display like the ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q, we would have said a fast IPS panel and additional inputs would have been ideal. But, IPS panels with ultra-high refresh rates were virtually non-existent last year. That’s not the case today, however. The ASUS MG279Q we’re going to show you here has an IPS panel with a 144Hz refresh rate, a bunch of inputs, and many of the same styling cues we liked on last year’s ROG SWIFT. Take a look...
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ASUS MG279Q
Specifications & Features

Display Panel Size: Wide Screen 27.0"(68.47cm) 16:9
Color Saturation : 100%(sRGB)
Panel Backlight / Type : In-Plane Switching
True Resolution : 2560x1440 *1
Display Surface Non-glare
Pixel Pitch : 0.233mm
Brightness(Max) : 350 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio (Max) : 1000:1
ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio (ASCR) : 100000000:1
Viewing Angle (CR>=10) : 178°(H)/178°(V)
Response Time : 4ms (Gray to Gray)
Display Colors : 16.7M
Flicker free
Video Features Trace Free Technology : Yes
Skin-Tone Selection : 3 Modes
Color Temperature Selection : 4 Modes
GamePlus(modes) : Yes (Crosshair/Timer)
Low Blue Light : Yes
HDCP support : Yes
VividPixel : Yes
GameVisual :6 Modes(Scenery/Racing/Cinema/RTS/RPG/FPS/sRGB Modes)
FreeSync technology supported
Audio Features Stereo Speakers : 2W x 2 Stereo RMS
Hotkeys Input Selection
GamePlus
5-way OSD Navigation Joystick
GameVisual
I/O Ports Signal Input : HDMI/MHLx 2, Mini DisplayPort 1.2, DisplayPort 1.2
USB Port(s) : 3.0x2
Signal Frequency Digital Signal Frequency : 51.2~221.97KHz(H) / 35~144Hz
Power Power Consumption < 38.7W (based on ES 6.0)
Power Saving Mode <0.5W
Power Off Mode <0.5W
Mechanical Design Chassis Colors : Black
Tilt : +20°~-5°
Swivel : Yes
Pivot : Yes
Height Adjustment : Yes
VESA Wall Mounting : 100x100mm
Super Narrow Bezel Design : Yes
Quick Release Stand Design : Yes
Security Kensington lock
Dimensions Kensington lockPhys. Dimension with Stand(WxHxD) : 625 x 559 x 238 mm
Phys. Dimension without Stand (WxHxD) : 625 x 368 x 63 mm
Box Dimension(WxHxD) : 753 x 452 x 224 mm
Weight Net Weight (Esti.) : 7.3 kg
Gross Weight (Esti.) : 10.5kg
Accessories Mini-DisplayPort-to-DisplayPort cable
Power cord
Quick start guide
Support CD
Warranty Card
Approval Energy Star, BSMI, CB, CCC, CE, C-Tick, ErP, FCC, J-MOSS, PSE, RoHS, UL/cUL, VCCI, WEEE, WHQL (Windows 8.1, Windows 7), TUV Flicker-free , TUV Low Blue Light, CU(EAC)
Note FreeSync technology supported (35Hz-90Hz)
*1 - 2560 x 1440 at 144Hz (DisplayPort), 1920 x 1080 at 120Hz (HDMI)

That’s an extensive list of specifications, but we’ll call out some of the more noteworthy items. First is the ASUS MG279Q’s size and resolution. This monitor is packing a 27” panel with a native resolution of 2560x1440, which equates to a pixel density of about 109ppi. We’re not dealing with the same kind of ultra-high pixel densities as seen in similarly sized 4K panels, but 1.8 megapixels on a 27” screen is nothing to sneeze at. In fact, with all of the funky graphical issues associated with pixel scaling in Windows on high-DPI displays, an argument could be made that more mainstream, but still high resolutions like 1440p, are still the way to go.
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The ASUS MG279Q also offers a fast 4ms GtG response time, and a refresh rate as high at 144Hz. The panel is LED backlit and is of the IPS variety. You read that correctly. Although mainstream IPS (In-Plane Switching) panels have been stuck with 60-75Hz refresh rates for years, this particular panel is capable of a super-fast 144Hz.

Brightness on the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q is rated for up to 350 cd/m², it has an actual 1000:1 contrast ratio, and it can display up to 100% of the sRGB color space. Other features include support for Adaptive-Sync / FreeSync (35 - 90Hz), HDCP, color temperature selection, and everything else you’d expect from a high-end display targeted at gamers.

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