ASUS MG24UQ and MG28UQ Monitor Review

Introduction


ASUS has rapidly become a dominant force in the gaming monitor sector due to the popularity of its ROG range. According to Digitimes, the company has seen a staggering growth rate of 30 percent throughout Europe in 2015. Models such as the PG278Q, commonly referred to the ROG Swift beautifully catered towards users requiring a high refresh monitor and G-Sync functionality. This combination proved to be extraordinarily successful and inspired future products such as the PG279Q. The advent of responsive IPS panels featuring enhanced viewing angles and colour reproduction compared to their TN counterparts, forged a new audience for the ROG series.

Today, we’re taking a look at the company’s latest gaming monitors which opt for FreeSync technology instead of the NVIDIA’s proprietary alternative. As a result, these products provide a fluid user experience at a more digestible price point. The MG24UQ utilizes a 4K IPS panel, 4ms response time and 178 degree viewing angles. This is targeted towards consumers who enjoy stunning image quality and yearn for a high pixels per inch display. In contrast to this, the MG28UQ is based on TN technology and has a 1ms response time. While the colour gamut isn’t as impressive on TN monitors, they have a quicker response time and better suited towards professional gamers. Of course, it’s all about your individual priorities and whether you care more about image quality or responsiveness.

Packaging and Features

ASUS MG24UQ

Firstly, it’s important to note that the press samples I received contain the MG24U and MG28U branding. After performing extensive research, I discovered these are now known under the UQ title instead for retail channels so please disregard the box’s naming scheme. As you can see, the packaging adopts a really bold, stylish design and lists the monitor’s key features.

The monitor’s base and cables are housed within the top section to allow for easy access. On another note, the hardened polystyrene inserts offer superb protection and ensures the display arrives in perfect condition.

ASUS gaming monitors incorporate a number of unique features including:

Rather bizarrely, the information here is incorrect and the PPI rate should read 185.


ASUS MG28UQ

The 28-inch model utilises identical packaging apart from the 1ms response time icon.

Here we can see the larger variant has a lower ppi rate, 1ms response time and USB 3.0 hub.

ASUS Announces PB279Q: 10-bit, 4K Monitor With 100% sRGB Color Gamut

ASUS announced the new PB279Q 4K/UHD monitor designed for prosumers and gamers alike. The new monitor has a 27-inch IPS display and uses a 16:9 ratio 3840 x 2160 resolution with a pixel density of 163 PPI. The 100% sRGB gamut and 10-bit colour technology will give you a billion colours displayed perfectly, may it be to view the mountains and valleys of Kyrat in FarCry 4, or your pictures and videos of the great outdoors.

The monitor has plenty of connection options with one DisplayPort, one miniDisplayPort and four HDMI ports, but it’s only the DisplayPort connections that support 60Hz. ASUS also added its EyeCare technology, consisting of a DC-controlled WLED backlight to completely avoid PWM flicker, and low-blue light modes to reduce eye-strain. Further ASUS-exclusive technologies inside include SplendidPlus Video Intelligence Technology with eight display modes, QuickFit Virtual Scale, VividPixel Technology and GamePlus Technology.

The PB279Q isn’t the fastest on the block with the 5ms grey-to-grey refresh rate, but it should be enough for enjoyable gaming as well as anything else. Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture modes further enhance the abilities of this large display that comes with a narrow 9mm bezel.

The ASUS PB279Q will be available from mid-December in Taiwan, Asia Pacific, and Europe. Prices start from $799 USD and may vary by region. Overclockers UK have it listed as pre-order with an estimated arrival on the 19th and with a price of £679.99.

Specifications:

  • 27-inches, 16:9
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz via DisplayPort/Mini DisplayPort
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30Hz via via HDMI
  • 1.07 billion colors (10-bit)
  • 300cd/m² brightness
  • Pixel pitch 0.155mm / 163 PPI
  • Viewing angles 178 degrees (H) / 178 degrees (V)
  • Brightness (max) 300cd/m2
  • Contrast ratio 100,000,000:1
  • Audio 2-Watt stereo speakers
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x Mini DisplayPort (mDP) 1.2, 4 x HDMI/MHL, 3.5mm Earphone-out, 3.5mm Audio-in
  • Stand Tilt: +20°~-5°, Swivel: ±60°, Pivot: 90° clockwise
  • Height adjustment: 0~150mm
  • VESA wall mount: 100 x 100mm
  • Size (WxHxD) 640.78 x 429.84 (lowest) x 240mm (With stand) and 624.96 x 368.23 x 58.8mm (Without stand)
  • Estimated Weight: 7.7kg

Thanks to ASUS for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of ASUS