It’s finally here. A 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor with an IPS panel – the ASUS VG279Q.
Until now, if you wanted a 24″ or a 27″ 16:9 gaming monitor with 1080p and 144Hz, you could only pick between TN and VA panel variants.
The IPS-panel ASUS VG279Q will provide you with significantly better colors and viewing angles than the TN versions as well as with no ghosting issues associated with VA models.
This is a slight improvement over the previous generation IPS displays of this caliber which had a peak brightness of 300-350 nits and a GtG response time of 4-5ms.
But that’s not all.
Using the exclusive ASUS Extreme Low Motion Blur backlight strobing technology, you can further increase the response time speed to 1ms (MPRT) which effectively gets rid of ghosting and motion blur.
Basically, you get a response time performance that’s on par with the TN models in addition to having vibrant colors and wide viewing angles of 178 degrees horizontally and vertically.
Other panel related specs are standard including a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio and 8-bit color depth with the sRGB color gamut.
Since the monitor is 27″ and has a 1920×1080 screen resolution, the pixel density amounts to around 81 PPI (pixels per inch).
While this is not ideal for productivity work as there’s limited screen space and detail clarity, it’s not as critical when it comes to gaming.
Besides the motion blur reduction technology, the ASUS VG279Q 144Hz monitor is equipped with AMD FreeSync.
The FreeSync technology allows the monitor to change its refresh rate dynamically and according to the GPU’s frame rates which eliminates screen tearing and stuttering with basically no input lag cost.
The ASUS VG279Q FreeSync range is not specified, though it will likely be either 40-144Hz or 48-144Hz. In either case, LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) is supported which will ensure a smooth performance even south of 40 or 48 frames per second.
FreeSync requires a compatible AMD graphics card or an Xbox One, Xbox One S, or Xbox One X console. You can use the monitor with NVIDIA cards and other consoles, but not the FreeSync technology.
Also, keep in mind that FreeSync and 1ms MPRT cannot work simultaneously.
Other features include the standard bells and whistles found on ASUS gaming displays such as GamePlus (crosshairs, timers, and an FPS counter), GameVisual (FPS, RTS, Racing, RPG, MOBA, sRGB, Cinema, Scenery picture presets), and Shadow Boost for better visibility of objects in dark areas of games.
Lastly, the ASUS VG279Q 1080p display has a flicker-free backlight (unless you enable 1ms MPRT) and an integrated low-blue light filter with four-level modes.
Design & Connectivity
Moving on, the ASUS VG279Q monitor boasts a fully ergonomic design with up to 130mm height adjustment, 90° clockwise and counterclockwise pivot, +/- 90° swivel to the left and right, -5°/33° tilt, and 100 x 100mm VESA mount pattern.
Moreover, it’s got an anti-glare matte screen coating and ultra-thin 10mm matte black bezels.
Connectivity includes a Dual-Link DVI-D, a DisplayPort 1.2a, an HDMI 1.4a, a headphones jack, and two 2W integrated speakers. FreeSync is supported over HDMI and DP.
Price & Availability
At the time of this writing, there’s no word on pricing and availability. We’ll keep you posted.
Though many will find 1080p simply too low for a 27″ screen, this is definitely a step in the right direction.
Gamers who are limited to 1080p and 144Hz will now finally be able to opt for an IPS version.
Hopefully, we will also see similar models in the future with smaller 24″-25″ screens as well as the G-SYNC versions.
ASUS VG279Q Specifications
|Resolution||1920×1080 (Full HD)|
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time||3ms (GtG)|
|Motion Blur Reduction||1ms (MPRT)|
|Adaptive Sync||FreeSync (Unconfirmed: 40Hz-144Hz)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.2a, HDMI 1.4a, DL-DVI-D|
|Other Ports||Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (static)|
|Colors||16.7 million (8-bit)|