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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HDR isn't supported.
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.
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.
The Designo MX279HS has terrible ergonomics. You can only tilt the monitor which isn't enough to position it comfortably.
The MX279HS's back is plain. It's covered by a glossy plastic that is prone to fingerprints. There's no cable management.
The monitor's borders are very thin and favor a multi-monitor setup.
The monitor is very thin. However, since you can't remove the stand or VESA-mount it, this isn't too helpful.
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.
The MX279HS has a mediocre contrast ratio, just like most IPS monitors. When in a dark room, blacks tend to look more like gray.
The monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. This video is for reference only.
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.
HDR isn't supported.
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.
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.
This monitor has excellent gray uniformity, although some vignetting is visible in the brighter scenes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
s.RGB Picture Mode: StandardAdobe 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.
HDR isn't supported.
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.
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.
There are no signs of color bleed on this monitor.
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.
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.
The MX279HS is completely flicker-free at all brightness levels. Unfortunately, there's no black frame insertion feature to help make motion appear clearer.
This monitor has a native refresh rate 60Hz and doesn't support any advanced features like FreeSync or G-SYNC.
The input lag of this monitor is very low and helps deliver a very responsive gaming experience.
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.
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.
The controls are a series of touch-sensitive buttons found on the underside. They're easy to use.
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.
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Note: The ASUS Designo MX279HS we purchased was manufactured in July 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.