ASUS VG279QM 280Hz Full HD IPS monitor

An understated gaming display


Some gamers claim a fast refresh rate plus a rich and reliable production of colours. With IPS-type (In-Plane Switching or similar) panels the range of very high refresh rate displays has been increasing. The ASUS VG279QM of the now formidable TUF Gaming display series delivers an IPS screen with a rather fast refresh rate. The esthetics are almost the same as those of other recent series stars. Compared to some modes, not in your face and gamery, mostly matte black plastic with some subtle red hints. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with a slim panel border that is flush with the rest of the frame plus an outer portion of very slender hard plastics. The OSD (On Screen Display) is operated at the rear of the monitor by a joystick and keys, running along the bottom of the right side as seen from the front.

An understated gaming display

A 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) IPS-type panel is used, with static contrast of 1000:1, horizontal and vertical viewing angles of 178 ° and reproduction of 8-bit colours. A 280Hz refresh rate, plus Adaptive-Sync, is supported via an internal OSD overclock. It provides support for the ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’ of AMD FreeSync and Nvidia, with a refresh rate frequency of 48-280Hz variable coupled with LFC compatibility. Also enabled is ELMB Sync, which calls for the usage of the ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur) strobe backlight setting at the same time as Adaptive-Sync. The backlight is a flicker-free WLED machine giving a standard overall luminance of 99 percent sRGB coverage and 400 cd/m2.

Backed by VESA DisplayHDR 400. It is the lowest degree of HDR support with which VESA certifies, indicating that the display can react to HDR material – however it lacks the local dimming or an sufficiently broad range of colors needed with a ‘right’ HDR experience.

A gray to gray response time of 1ms is defined but you should not give too much attention to this somewhat misleading figure as normal. Many note capabilities include a number of Low Blue Light (LBL) settings to enhance the ease of watching. Plus numerous improvements to ‘GamePlus’ – including an on-screen crosshair, refresh rate monitor, and a ‘Sniper’ function that zooms in and crops the shot. Also included is a gamma enhancement feature (‘Dynamic shadow boost’), engineered to lighten darker colors to improve the brightness for a competitive advantage. The display mounts 100 x 100 mm VESA, with the provided stand providing full ergonomic versatility – it is reversible if you choose to choose an alternate VESA-compatible solution. Includes: DC power input (external ‘power brick’), DP 1.2a, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, and a headphone jack of 3.5mm. Includes 2 x 2W speakers for the basic sound output.

The rear view (different model - similar design)

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