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Reviewed on Oct 24, 2019

ASUS MX279HS MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
6.9
Mixed Usage
7.1
Office
7.1
Gaming
6.7
Multimedia
6.6
Media Creation
5.1
HDR Gaming
Size : 27"
Resolution : 1920x1080
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
LCD Type
:
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
:
No

The ASUS Designo MX279HS is a decent budget 1080p monitor. It has a decent overall picture quality with excellent gray uniformity, good reflection handling, and wide viewing angles. It's more suitable for a dim room as it can't get too bright and blacks look like gray in a pitch dark room. It has a completely flicker-free backlight, while the fast response time displays fast-moving content with little motion blur. It has a low input lag, but no support for any advanced gaming features, like FreeSync.

Test Results
Design 7.0
Picture Quality 6.6
Motion 7.0
Inputs 8.3
Pros
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Can't get very bright.
  • Bad ergonomics.

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25" ASUS Designo MX259HS
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27" ASUS Designo MX279HS
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7.0

Design

Curved : No
Curve radius : Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
:
N/A
Weight (with stand)
:
12.3 lbs (5.6 kg)

The Designo MX279HS has a decent design. The stand supports the monitor well and prevents most wobble. Unfortunately, the ergonomics are bad and it's hard to place comfortably on your desk. It's made mostly of plastic and doesn't feel premium, but it's solid and the overall building quality is decent.

Stand
Width
:
22.3" (56.6 cm)
Depth
:
22.3" (56.6 cm)

The stand supports the monitor well and only allows minimal wobble. It doesn't take too much space and won't be in your way.

2.8 Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
:
N/A
Switch portrait/landscape : No
Swivel Range : N/A
Tilt Range : -20° to 5°

The Designo MX279HS has terrible ergonomics. You can only tilt the monitor which isn't enough to position it comfortably.

Back
Wall Mount : No Mount

The MX279HS's back is plain. It's covered by a glossy plastic that is prone to fingerprints. There's no cable management.

Borders
Borders
:
0.2" (0.5 cm)

The monitor's borders are very thin and favor a multi-monitor setup.

Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
:
14.5" (36.8 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
:
N/A

The monitor is very thin. However, since you can't remove the stand or VESA-mount it, this isn't too helpful.

7.0 Build Quality

The build quality of the Designo MX279HS is decent. It's mostly plastic and doesn't feel premium. It's a solid build with no gaps or loose ends and resembles the Sceptre C325W.

6.6

Picture Quality

The picture quality of the Designo MX279HS is decent. It has wide viewing angles and an excellent gray uniformity that displays web pages without the annoying dirty screen effect. The contrast ratio, however, is just mediocre and blacks look more like gray in a dark room. The monitor can't get very bright either, so it's more suitable for an average-lit room.

6.1 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
1073 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
N/A

The MX279HS has a mediocre contrast ratio, just like most IPS monitors. When in a dark room, blacks tend to look more like gray.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Direct

The monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. This video is for reference only.

5.9 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
:
186 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
206 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
206 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
206 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
206 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
206 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
205 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
206 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
206 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
206 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
206 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.000

Sub-par peak brightness although the monitor does hit its marketed values. This monitor isn't suitable for a very bright room as it won't fight glare.

0 HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
:
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
N/A
HDR ABL
:
N/A

HDR isn't supported.

7.2 Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
:
38 °
Color Shift from Right
:
36 °
Brightness from Left
:
46 °
Brightness from Right
:
47 °
Black Level from Left
:
75 °
Black Level from Right
:
75 °
Curve Radius : N/A

The Designo MX279HS has decent horizontal viewing angles. This is important if you often share your work with a colleague, especially since the monitor's ergonomics don't allow any swiveling.

7.6 Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
:
24 °
Color Shift from Above
:
23 °
Brightness from Below
:
30 °
Brightness from Above
:
28 °
Black Level from Below
:
75 °
Black Level from Above
:
75 °

The MX279HS's vertical viewing angles are good. When someone is looking at the monitor from above they will enjoy the same accurate image as if they were sitting straight in front.

8.5 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
3.573 %
50% DSE
:
0.110 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
0.535 %
5% DSE
:
0.076 %

This monitor has excellent gray uniformity, although some vignetting is visible in the brighter scenes.

4.8 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
2.776 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
N/A

Just like most IPS monitors, the MX279HS has poor black uniformity. There's significant clouding, but it only becomes noticeable when you watch dark scenes in a dark room.

7.6 Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Standard
Luminance
:
206 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
90
Contrast Setting
:
80
RGB controls
:
100-100-100
Color Temperature
:
6832 K
White Balance dE
:
2.88
Color dE
:
3.01
Gamma
:
2.23

The pre-calibration color accuracy of this monitor is good. The existing errors both in the grays and in the colors are hard to spot unless you're an enthusiast. The gamma doesn't follow the curve too well and most scenes don't have the brightness they should.

9.5 Post Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Standard
Luminance
:
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
38
Contrast Setting
:
75
RGB Controls
:
100-99-93
Color Temperature
:
6466 K
White Balance dE
:
0.44
Color dE
:
0.91
Gamma
:
2.18

The Designo MX279HS has remarkable accuracy after calibration. Most inaccuracies are corrected and even enthusiasts will need a colorimeter to spot them. The gamma follows the curve more closely and the color temperature is very close to the target of 6500K .

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.

8.2 SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
:
91.5 %
Adobe RGB xy
:
71.7 %

s.RGB Picture Mode: standard (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: standard

Impressive SDR color gamut for this monitor similar to the HP 27F. The standard sRGB color space is covered adequately, but the wider Adobe RGB color gamut, used mainly in professional applications, has just decent coverage.

8.5 SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
:
93.2 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
:
77.2 %

s.RGB Picture Mode: Standard
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: standard

Excellent SDR color volume. The monitor displays the standard sRBD color space well in various luminance levels. Its Adobe RBG volume, on the other hand, is good but still limited by the monitor's coverage of the Adobe RGB color gamut.

0 HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
N/A
DCI P3 xy
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
:
N/A

HDR isn't supported.

0 HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
:
N/A

HDR isn't supported.

10 Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
:
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
:
0.00 %

There are no signs of temporary image retention on the Designo MX279HS, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for 10 minutes.

8.8 Gradient
Color Depth
:
8 Bit

Excellent gradient handling on the MX279HS. There's some minimal banding visible in the darker shades, but this is mainly due to the 8-bit color depth.

10 Color Bleed
Pixel row error
:
0.000 %
Pixel column error
:
0.000 %

There are no signs of color bleed on this monitor.

7.5 Reflections

Good reflection handling, very similar to the Dell P2417H. The monitor's matte coating diffuses slight reflections across the screen minimizing their intensity, but this causes some smearing across the screen. Reflections shouldn't be an issue unless you're in a very bright room.

7.0

Motion

This monitor has decent motion handling. It has a fast response time that displays fast-moving content with little blur and it's completely flicker-free. Unfortunately, it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology.

7.7 Motion Blur
80% Response Time
:
7.8 ms
100% Response Time
:
16.8 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
:
0

Response Time 0
Response Time 20
Response Time 40
Response Time 60
Response Time 80
Response Time 100

The response time of the Designo MX279HS is good. Fast-moving content has a little more blur than most monitors, which is okay for casual use, but not good for gaming. You can select the overdrive setting at intervals of 20 in the range from '0' to '100'. We recommend that you choose level '0' as the rest of the levels either have significant overshooting or, in the case of level '20', the improvement in response time isn't enough to justify the overshoot level.

7.5 Image Flicker
Flicker-free : Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
:
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
:
N/A

The MX279HS is completely flicker-free at all brightness levels. Unfortunately, there's no black frame insertion feature to help make motion appear clearer.

6.7 Refresh Rate
Native
:
60 Hz
Factory Overclock
:
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
:
No
G-SYNC Compatible
:
No
VRR Maximum
:
N/A
VRR Minimum
:
N/A
VRR Maximum With OC
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors : No VRR

This monitor has a native refresh rate 60Hz and doesn't support any advanced features like FreeSync or G-SYNC.

8.3

Inputs

This monitor has a very low input lag that will please most gamers. It has a decent resolution and a fairly good size, but it's not a great choice if you need to have many windows open at the same time.

9.0 Input Lag
Native Resolution
:
8.8 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
:
9.0 ms
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
:
8.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
:
N/A
10 bit HDR
:
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
N/A

The input lag of this monitor is very low and helps deliver a very responsive gaming experience.

7.3 Resolution and Size
Native Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio : 16:9
Megapixels : 2.1 MP
Pixel Density : 82 PPI
Screen Diagonal : 27.0 inches
Screen Area : 310 sq inches

This monitor has a decent native resolution and size. Although it's not ideal for working simultaneously with many windows, it's gentle on the eyes thanks to its larger size.

Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort : No
Mini DisplayPort : No
HDMI : 2 (HDMI 1.4)
DVI : No
VGA : 1
DisplayPort Out : No
USB : No
USB C : No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Microphone In 3.5mm : 1
Digital Optical Audio Out : No
Analog Audio Out RCA : No
Power Supply : External Brick

Features

The MX279HS isn't rich in additional features apart from the speakers. The controls are easy to use.

Additional Features
Speakers
:
Yes
HDR10 : No
Multiple input display
:
No

The monitor features very few additional features apart from the speakers. It has a Kensington Lock to help you secure it, and allows you to display a grid and certain alignment options.

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls

The controls are a series of touch-sensitive buttons found on the underside. They're easy to use.

In The Box

  • Manual
  • Power Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • HDMI to DVI
  • Aux Cable
  • VGA Cable

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 27" (Designo MX279HS) and we expect the review to also be valid for the 25" (Designo MX259HS) variant. There are other variants within the ASUS Designo series, but they have different characteristics and likely perform differently.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Designo MX279HS doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, such as gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

Model Size Native Resolution Refresh rate
MX279HS 27" 1080p 60Hz
MX259HS 25" 1080p 60Hz

Note: The ASUS Designo MX279HS we purchased was manufactured in July 2019.

Compared to other Monitors

The ASUS Designo MX279HS is a decent 1080p budget monitor. It has a low input lag and wide viewing angles. It delivers a good performance in most uses for the price. See also our recommendations for the best budget monitors, the best budget gaming monitors, and the best 1080p monitors.

ASUS VG279Q
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Newegg.com

The ASUS VG279Q is much better than the ASUS MX279HS. The VG279G has a much faster refresh rate and faster response time, so motion looks a lot crisper and smoother. The VG279G is much better for gaming, as it supports FreeSync and it can get much brighter, so it's also suitable for brighter rooms.

HP 27F
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The HP 27F is better than the ASUS MX279HS. The HP has a higher refresh rate for smoother motion and supports FreeSync for nearly tear-free gaming. Also, blacks appear more uniform on the HP 27F when in a dark room.

Samsung CF398
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Amazon.com

The two monitors have different panels, each with advantages and disadvantages. The Samsung CF398 has a VA panel and displays deep uniform blacks when in a dark room, whereas the ASUS MX279HS maintains an accurate image when viewed from the side thanks to its IPS panel. The Samsung has a curved profile and supports FreeSync for nearly tear-free gaming.

Dell P2417H
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B&H

The Dell P2417H is better than the ASUS MX279HS, mainly due to its better ergonomics. The Dell has a stand that allows you to place it comfortably on your desk. The MX279HS, on the other hand, is larger, but the Dell can get brighter and has a faster response time that leaves a slightly smaller blur trail behind fast-moving content.

6.9 Mixed Usage

The MX279HS is a decent monitor for most uses. It has a large size but the 1080p resolution can be limiting. It can't get very bright so it's more suitable for a dim room. The low input lag offers a responsive gaming experience but there are no advanced gaming features. Motion is smooth and fast-moving content has only a little blur trail.

7.1 Office

This is a decent monitor for office use. It has a large size but the resolution is only 1080p and this will limit the amount of work you can display on your screen. The image remains accurate when viewed from the side, which is good for sharing your work with a colleague. Unfortunately, it can't get too bright, so it's more suitable for a dim office and the terrible ergonomics will trouble you when you set up your desk.

7.1 Gaming

The MX279HS is a decent monitor for gaming. It feels very responsive thanks to its low input lag, and fast-moving content has little blur trail. The monitor is a large size, but the 1080p resolution limits the gaming arena displayed on your screen. There's no support for any advanced gaming features like AMD's FreeSync or G-SYNC.

6.7 Multimedia

Decent monitor for consuming multimedia. The monitor has a large size but the 1080p resolution is limiting if you often consume higher resolution content. On the upside, the monitor has excellent gray uniformity, feels very responsive thanks to its low input lag, and the image remains accurate when viewed from the side.

6.6 Media Creation

The Designo MX279HS is decent for media creation. It has a large size, but only a 1080p resolution which can be limiting. The ergonomics don't make it easy to place comfortably, but it has wide viewing angles which favors sharing your work with a colleague. It has a low input lag and only little blur behind fast-moving content.

5.1 HDR Gaming

HDR isn't supported.

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