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.

Datacolor Spyder5 Elite Monitor Calibrator Review

Introduction


We have already posted our first review of the impressive Philips BDM4065UC 40″ 4K monitor, but to review this kind of product we need a specialist bit of hardware. Sure, we could do it all by eye, but that would be completely dependent on the reviewer at the time. Their perception could change massively at different times of the day with different light levels or even sitting at a slightly different angle. While that would make for great reading, it doesn’t give the readers tangible information that can be compared between reviews and it turns into a “he said she said” unprofessional mess.

This issue led us to look for a consistent calibration tool and we found the Spyder5 Elite. This nifty little tool is the creation of Datacolor, a company that has more than 40 years experience in the colour management solutions so know a thing or two about color perception.

New EIZO 27-inch ColorEdge Monitors Display 99% of the Adobe RGB Color Space

EIZO has announced two 27-inch monitors to its lineup, the ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 color management monitors, targeting professionals from digital photography, prepress, video editing, and other similar fields of expertise.

The ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 are said to offer a new wide IPS panel range which reproduces 99 percent of Adobe RGB color space, as well as dark tones which retain depth even when the screen is viewed at an angle in a dimly lit photographic or post production studio. Having LED technology, the monitors also reduce power consumption by 40 percent and uses brightness modulation technology to minimize flickering and eye fatigue.

“The calibration system is astonishing – for the first time I can calibrate my screen without professional help. The colors are entirely in line with what comes out of my large printers, so no guessing anymore; just true what you see is what you get.” said photographer Carl De Keyzer of Magnum Photos.

EIZO has been stated to use its own Digital Uniformity Equalizer technology, having Delta-E difference of three or less across the screen and also counterbalancing the influences which a fluctuating ambient temperature may have on color temperature and brightness. Another EIZO feature incorporated in the ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 is the ColorNavigator calibration software, which is used for setting the target values for brightness, gamma, and white point, and generating an ICC profile. The ColorNavigator even has a scheduling function that activates the self-calibration and self-correction functions for both monitors.

In terms of video editing, the ColorEdge CG277 presents a 3D look-up table which adjusts color individually on a RGB cubic table. Along with the ColorNavigator software’s emulation function, the 3D LUT is said to apply a film look to the image, allowing users to see how a preview image will be seen by their audience.

The ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 monitors have DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI-D connectivity, a 10-bit display with more than one billion colors displayed simultaneously from a 16-bit look-up table via the DisplayPort input, a USB hub with two upstream and downstream ports, stable brightness chromaticity and tone characteristics within seven minutes after power on, ergonomic stand with 25° tilt, 344° swivel, portrait mode, and 151.5 mm height adjustment, as well as a five-year manufacturer’s limited warranty including the LCD panel and a 12-month pixel defect warranty for the CG277 model.

Both the EIZO ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 monitors will start shipping late March or Early April, depending on country and release date. No price has been confirmed for either monitor just yet.

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