At a glance, you would instantly think that Asus MX279H was taken out of a Sci-Fi playbook. The overall appearance is a testament that Asus is indeed going the extra mile to incorporate the ‘future’ in all its products today. Let’s have a quick Asus MX279H Review and know the two sides of this modern-day and seemingly game-centric monitor.
The MX279H is actually one-half of the Asus’ Design series. This is a 27-inch monitor while the other half of the series is four (4) inches smaller. Two things that you could instantly see in the monitor once you plug it in – it is frameless or edgeless and it is also equipped with a good backlight. One feature that makes this monitor stand out in an instant is that it is quite slender and sleek. With a minimal thickness of about 17.55 mm, it is quite difficult to find another model that could be thinner than that.
From the aesthetic point of view, the Asus MX279H is designed to give users an edgeless or borderless viewing experience. For design-conscious users like me, it is quite evident that the sundial-inspired stand is massive plus point. No wonder this model has been recognized in the 2012 Good Design Awards. The stand itself is reminiscent of the aluminum iMacs, although it is clearly not made from metal.
It is quite apparent that Asus has taken a step further when it comes to incorporating technological advancement with their products, and this is particularly true with the MX279H. This monitor is also equipped with the Asus SonicMaster Technology, which practically produces top-notch immersive sound. The crisp audio also boasts more distinct vocals even at a louder volume and comes out of the 32-mm built-in speakers. This technology is also designed to provide a maximum resonance chamber of 100cc as well as better bass performance. You would also be surprised of the clarity and how striking the sound is. The truth is – this monitor comes with an internal amplifier.
Here are the most important ASUS MX279H specifications:
27.0”| Wide Screen AH-IPS Panel Type
1920 x 1080
178 degrees both Horizontal and Vertical
5ms (Gray to Gray)
Full HD 1080P
3w x 2 Stereo RMS-equipped with ASUS SonicMaster
Tracer Free Technology
Asus has been known to utilizing unique or fresh technological features to their products, and the Asus MX279H is no exception here. When I first came across this 27-inch monitor, one of the very finest things that actually intrigued me is the advantage of the Trace Free Technology. Upon testing, it appears that the said technology is effective in eliminating tracers and ghosting during the video playback.
Moreover, the Tracer Free Technology feature boosts the response time to 5ms. I have figured out that the technology improves the response time by controlling its voltage levels. So, if you are a passionate gamer or video maker, you can expect a silky-smooth flow of motion and a fluid video playback while at work or at play. If you spot a hint of red or green color on the screen, you may opt to turn the feature off and these spots of colors will instantly disappear.
Not only is the Asus MX279H a good option for gamers, but is also an excellent tool for photographers. The feature called the QuickFit Virtual Scale let users get an accurate preview of the photos or any on-screen documents prior to printing them. This is a good tool especially if your job requires graphic designing, brochure designing, and the like. There is no problem working on documents of A4 length or photos of standard sizes such as 3 x 5, 2 x 2, and bigger ones such as x 10, 5 x 7 and 4 x 6.
The Asus MX279H let you enjoy a 27” Full HD AH-IPS (1920 x 1080) display. The materials used for this Asus model looks more solid, especially the housing. You can easily spot the touch-sensitive buttons right at the button where you can adjust or configure the settings and generally operate the screen. As the bezel has been slimmed down to less than a centimeter wide, the display appears to be virtually frameless. With a 27-inch large screen, the entire display appears to be wider, which makes it perfect for gaming.
The display is also matte-finished which eliminates glare and diffuses reflections well. Even though you are working close to a window or under any type of lighting condition, the quality of images remains the same. Best of all, it does not add strain to your eyes. If there is another striking characteristic of the display, the backlight luminance let the images you see on screen reach the brightest whites and the deepest blacks. This gives life-like visuals which make gaming even more exciting. The adjustments are made possible by another feature called the ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio of 80,000,000:1. This feature also augments the sharpness and brightness of the screen to achieve the best visual and imaging results.
As per color calibrator results, the Asus MX279H has obtained a respectable score of 97.1% of the sRGB gamut when at default settings. If you are keen on finding a monitor with a good wide-view angle visibility, the Asus MX279H can be an excellent option. As it has a 179-degree viewing angle (both vertically and horizontally), you can see that the visuals remain of top quality from any direction. One of the first tests I did was to check whether you can tilt the panel itself. This is actually an important point for people who wish to maximize the ergonomic efficiency of their workspace or gaming space. The good news is – yes, you can tilt the panel with ease and you can move to up to 20 degrees. On the other hand, the display does not rotate to a different orientation or does not swivel. You may have to move the entire stand to change its position.
Incredibly Vivid Visuals
Equipped with the latest in IPS technology, this Asus MX279H prides itself for having improved color accuracy. As it also features a 16:9 aspect ratio LED-backlit display, it ensures minimal color shift when on the vertical and horizontal planes when viewed from a wide-view angle. The edge-to-edge or borderless panel, as well as the incredibly vivid visuals, also help boost anyone’s viewing experience.
Sophisticated Overall Design
This Asus MX279H Review cannot stress enough the overall sophisticated design of this monitor. In fact, both monitors from the ASUS Designo MX Series possess ultra-slim profiles that make them a tough competition when it comes to design. The thinnest point of the monitor only measures 17. 5 mm while the bezel has a minimal thickness of only 0.8mm. For design-conscious users, you would instantly love the design of the sundial-inspired stand and the sturdiness it offers.
Aside from the aesthetic value that you get in the physical design of this monitor, you will also benefit from the advanced features that come with it. The ASUS SonicMaster Technology powers the speakers and sound output. This technology has been co-developed by Asus and the Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®, an authority when it comes to speaker design and audio technology. The ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio is also one feature that you will be pleased with. This feature practically brings the images to life and consequently gives you a pleasurable viewing experience.
Another equally impressive and practical feature is the QuickFit Virtual Scale that can be instantly activated using a monitor hotkey. This is highly useful and practical tool for people who intend to use the monitor for professional photography, graphic designing, and another computing purpose. In addition to these features is the Trace Free Technology, which is designed to get rid of the tracers and ghosting images.
When it comes to connectivity, it is evident that ASUS prefers to keep it simple yet efficient. This Designo MX279H has a D-sub (VGA) and a dual HDMI input. It also supports Full High Definition resolution of 1920 x 1080. In the goal to enrich the entertainment experience of its users, the ports included are guaranteed compatible with different multimedia devices included game consoles, digital cameras, and even Blu-ray disc players. When tested on X-Box 360 gaming console and there was no problem connecting it. Moreover, the surround sound is certainly a big plus.
The downside is that you will have to invest in an adapter to make the monitor with wireless connection enabled devices. The absence of USB slots could be an issue for some people, but there’s nothing a good adapter can’t fix.
Apart from the slim and ultra-sleek design of the Designo MX279H, one makes it really stand out among other IPS display is the integrated impressive built-in Bang and Olufsen ICEpower-designed speakers. The 32mm diameter built-in speakers offer superb resonance and smoother sound. The internal amplifiers is a big plus also. This 27-inch is ideal for gaming, watching videos, and general computing purposes. If there’s an area that Asus can tweak with this Asus MX279H is the connectivity. Overall, this MX279H makes an excellent investment whether you are a professional gamer, a hobbyist, or any individual who simply wants the best viewing experience at home.
An award-winning design that screams sophistication and elegance, a high-quality color display, superior images, cutting-edge features, and great audio quality – you can have all of these with Asus’ Design series MX279H. Without any doubt, this model can very well be the best monitor under $300 from Asus.