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ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Aug 25, 2020 at 08:09 am
ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM Picture
7.6
Mixed Usage
7.7
Office
8.1
Gaming
7.2
Media Consumption
7.6
Media Creation
6.3
HDR
Size
25"
Resolution
1920x1080
Max Refresh Rate
280Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDR10
Yes

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM is an excellent IPS monitor that delivers a smooth and responsive gaming experience. It shares many similarities with its bigger brother, the ASUS VG279QM, as it also has a 1080p resolution and a 280Hz refresh rate. It has great visibility in bright environments thanks to its great peak brightness, but on the contrary, it isn't as well-suited for dark rooms due to its low contrast ratio. It has an excellent response time, a backlight strobing feature, as well as native FreeSync support, and G-SYNC compatibility. It supports HDR10; however, HDR content doesn't look significantly better than in SDR because it lacks a wide color gamut and local dimming. On the upside, it has a great build quality, wide viewing angles, and outstanding ergonomics.

Our Verdict

7.6 Mixed Usage

Overall, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM is a good monitor. It provides a responsive and smooth gaming experience with its low input lag and high refresh rate. Its wide viewing angles and outstanding ergonomics make it easier to share work or content, and its great peak brightness makes it suitable for brightly-lit settings. Sadly, while it does support HDR, it can't display a wide color gamut and lacks local dimming.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
7.7 Office

The ASUS TUF VG259QM is a good monitor for office use. The screen may be too small for some, especially for multitasking; however, it keeps the pixel density high, so text and images look sharper. It gets bright enough to overcome glare, and it handles reflections well. It has outstanding ergonomics and wide viewing angles, making it easy to share your work with coworkers.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
Cons
  • Screen size a bit small for multitasking.
8.1 Gaming

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM is a great gaming monitor. It has low input lag, and its motion handling is superb thanks to its fast response time, high refresh rate, and backlight strobing feature. It supports FreeSync natively and is compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC. Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio that makes it less ideal for gaming in the dark, and its compact size may be too small for some.

Pros
  • High refresh rate.
  • VRR support.
  • Exceptionally fast response time.
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
7.2 Media Consumption

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM is a decent monitor for media consumption. It has a decent screen size with wide viewing angles so you can share content with others, and its outstanding ergonomics allow you to adjust the screen to your optimal viewing position with ease. It has great peak brightness and good reflection handling to combat glare in bright rooms, but its dark room performance isn't that great due to its low contrast ratio.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
7.6 Media Creation

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM is a good monitor for media creation. Its 24.5 inch screen provides a decent amount of space to work with, and its outstanding ergonomics allow you to position it however you like. It has near full coverage of the sRGB color space, but its coverage of Adobe RGB is much more limited. Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio, and it can't display a wide color gamut.

Pros
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
6.3 HDR

Unfortunately, the ASUS TUF VG259QM delivers a mediocre experience in HDR. It has a low contrast ratio and low peak brightness in HDR, so blacks look gray and washed out, and bright highlights don't stand out very well. It doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve contrast, and it can't display a wide color gamut. Overall, although it technically supports HDR, this adds almost nothing.

Pros
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
  • Fantastic gradient handling.
Cons
  • Low HDR peak brightness.
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Can't display a wide color gamut.
  • No local dimming.
  • 7.6 Mixed Usage
  • 7.7 Office
  • 8.1 Gaming
  • 7.2 Media Consumption
  • 7.6 Media Creation
  • 6.3 HDR
  1. Updated May 02, 2022: We tested the monitor with the PS5's new variable refresh rate feature and confirmed that it's not compatible, since the PS5 only supports HDMI Forum VRR.
  2. Updated Apr 08, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  3. Updated Aug 23, 2021: We redid the gradient test with a 10-bit signal.
  4. Updated Aug 28, 2020: We tested the response time with the hidden 120 overdrive mode.
  5. Updated Aug 25, 2020: Review published.
  6. Updated Aug 17, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved
No
Curve Radius
Not Curved

The ASUS VG259QM looks almost identical to its bigger brother, the ASUS VG279QM, just in a smaller, more compact size. It has thin bezels on three sides and a slightly thicker bottom bezel. It isn't too flashy and won't look out of place in an office setting.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The ASUS VG259QM has a great build quality. It's mostly plastic, but it's of good quality and feels sturdy. There aren't any obvious issues with the construction.

9.8
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-30° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range
-90° to 90°
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

Outstanding ergonomics. It has a wide swivel range and can rotate to portrait mode in either direction. The back of the monitor is plastic and relatively plain. It can be VESA-mounted, but there's no quick-release feature. There's a small cutout at the bottom of the stand that serves as cable management.

Design
Stand
Base Width
10.8" (27.5 cm)
Base Depth
8.3" (21.2 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
6.3" (16.0 cm)
Weight (With Display)
11.0 lbs (5.0 kg)

The stand is relatively small and doesn't take up too much desk space. It supports the monitor well, and there's minimal wobble.

Design
Display
Housing Width
22.1" (56.1 cm)
Housing Height
12.9" (32.8 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
2.2" (5.5 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
6.0 lbs (2.7 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.3" (0.8 cm)
Design
Controls

The monitor's controls are located on the right backside of the monitor. There are four buttons and a joystick, and they allow you to navigate the on-screen menu.

Design
In The Box
Power Supply
External Brick

  • User guide
  • Power supply
  • Power cord
  • HDMI cable
  • DisplayPort cable

Picture Quality
6.5
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,364 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The ASUS VG259QM has an okay contrast ratio. It's quite decent for an IPS panel, but blacks still look grayish in the dark.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The ASUS TUF VG259QM doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.

8.1
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
374 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
387 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
388 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
388 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
388 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
388 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
387 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
388 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
388 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
388 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
388 cd/m²
ABL
0.000
Minimum Brightness
53 cd/m²

Great SDR peak brightness. It's bright enough to combat glare in most lighting conditions and very consistent across different content.

These measurements are after calibration, using the 'Racing' Picture Mode and with Brightness set to maximum.

6.6
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
DisplayHDR 400
Real Scene
374 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
390 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
391 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
392 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
392 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
392 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
390 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
390 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
391 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
391 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
391 cd/m²
ABL
0.000

The HDR peak brightness is okay. The brightness is very consistent when displaying different scenes. It's not bright enough for bright highlights to stand out at all. It displays most scenes at the correct brightness, though, except for bright scenes, which are a bit too bright. There's also a very sharp cut-off at the monitor's peak brightness, which causes a loss of fine details in bright scenes.

These measurements are before calibration, using the 'ASUS Gaming HDR' Picture Mode. The screen's brightness is locked in this picture mode.

7.5
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
30°
Color Washout From Right
31°
Color Shift From Left
52°
Color Shift From Right
53°
Brightness Loss From Left
32°
Brightness Loss From Right
33°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
50°
Gamma Shift From Right
49°

Like most IPS panels, the ASUS VG259QM has a good horizontal viewing angle, but it isn't as good as the ASUS VG279QM. Colors appear washed out when you reach moderate viewing angles, and brightness decreases as well.

6.8
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
28°
Color Washout From Above
28°
Color Shift From Below
39°
Color Shift From Above
39°
Brightness Loss From Below
33°
Brightness Loss From Above
32°
Black Level Raise From Below
70°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
30°
Gamma Shift From Above
29°

The vertical viewing angle is okay. The top and bottom of the screen remain accurate even if you sit up close due to the smaller screen size. It's more important if you have a multi-monitor setup where it's mounted above eye level.

7.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.875%
50% DSE
0.149%

The ASUS TUF VG259QM has good gray uniformity. It's a bit darker at the edges, but it's otherwise very uniform, with very little dirty screen effect in the center.

7.1
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.204%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The ASUS VG259QM has decent black uniformity. There's clouding throughout due to the low contrast ratio, and a bit of backlight bleed along the top and bottom of the screen.

7.5
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
sRGB
sRGB Gamut Area xy
112.0%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
2.49
Color Temperature (Avg.)
7,108 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.18
Color dE (Avg.)
3.02
Contrast Setting
N/A
RGB Settings
Default
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
N/A
Measured Brightness
153 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
Yes

Before calibration, the ASUS VG259QM has good color accuracy. It has an sRGB mode that's more accurate than the other picture modes, but using it locks most picture settings. It's not very effective at limiting colors to the sRGB color space, but the other picture modes are more over-saturated. There are some minor inaccuracies with a few colors, and white balance is a bit off. Gamma is close to the sRGB target curve, but dark scenes are a bit too dark and bright scenes are slightly brighter than they should be. The color temperature is quite cold, giving everything a slightly bluish tint.

9.8
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Racing Mode
sRGB Gamut Area xy
98.5%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.41
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,481 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.18
Color dE (Avg.)
0.44
Contrast Setting
80
RGB Settings
100-98-91
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
17
Measured Brightness
100 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

After calibration, color accuracy is superb. Any remaining color inaccuracies shouldn't be visible to the naked eye. White balance and gamma are nearly perfect. The color temperature is no longer cool and is nearly perfect.

8.8
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
96.8%
sRGB Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
74.3%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Racing Mode

The ASUS VG259QM has an excellent SDR color gamut. It has near-full coverage of the commonly-used sRGB color space, but its coverage of the Adobe RGB color space is mediocre. If you want a gaming monitor with an even wider SDR color gamut, check out the ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ.

9.3
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
96.4%
sRGB Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
80.5%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Racing Mode

This monitor has fantastic SDR color volume. It can't display dark colors well due to its low contrast ratio, but there are no real issues otherwise.

6.7
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
81.2%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
Asus Gaming HDR
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
57.6%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Asus Gaming HDR

Although the ASUS VG259QM has decent coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut used by most current HDR content, it can't display a wide color gamut.

7.1
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
73.3%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
Asus Gaming HDR
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
53.6%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Asus Gaming HDR

The HDR color volume is mediocre. It can't display a wide color gamut, and can't display dark colors well.

7.7
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.5%
Indirect Reflections
4.0%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.5%

The ASUS TUF VG259QM's reflection handling is good. The matte anti-reflective coating does a great job of reducing the intensity of direct reflections but doesn't do as well when it comes to bright ambient lighting.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

Text clarity is decent. With Windows' ClearType enabled (top photo), the letters look more fleshed out, particularly the diagonal lines on the R and N. The pixels look blurry in the picture due to the monitor's matte anti-reflective coating.

9.7
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM has outstanding gradient handling. At the max refresh rate it only supports an 8-bit signal, and there's some banding in darker shades. If you decrease the refresh rate to anything below about 237Hz, it can also accept a 10-bit signal, and there's barely any banding in any shade.

Motion
9.1
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
280 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
280 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
144 Hz

The ASUS VG259QM's native 240Hz refresh rate can be overclocked to 280Hz using the OSD menu setting called 'Overclock,' but only over a DisplayPort connection.

Motion
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
280 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
DisplayPort, HDMI

The ASUS TUF VG259QM supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, and it's compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC Compatible mode which only works over a DisplayPort connection.

8.7
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
120
Rise / Fall Time
2.8 ms
Total Response Time
6.7 ms
Overshoot Error
8.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
3.4 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
11.6 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
55.4%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
0ChartTablePhoto
20ChartTablePhoto
40ChartTablePhoto
60ChartTablePhoto
80ChartTablePhoto
100ChartTablePhoto
120ChartTablePhoto

The ASUS VG259QM has an excellent response time when playing at the maximum refresh rate of 280Hz, resulting in minimal motion blur in fast-moving scenes. Like most monitors, there are many overdrive settings available to customize your gaming experience. We recommend using the '120' overdrive mode, as it provides the best performance with virtually no overshoot. This mode is actually a hidden setting that has to be enabled through the service menu (find out how here). If you don't want to use this hidden mode, the '60' mode is almost as good, but it has a slower rise/fall time, so there's a longer blur trail behind fast-moving objects.

8.7
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
40
Rise / Fall Time
4.1 ms
Total Response Time
8.1 ms
Overshoot Error
1.1%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
5.3 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
12.7 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
5.7%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
0ChartTablePhoto
20ChartTablePhoto
40ChartTablePhoto
60ChartTablePhoto
80ChartTablePhoto
100ChartTablePhoto
120ChartTablePhoto

This monitor has an excellent response time when gaming at 120Hz from a PS5 or Xbox Series X. Again, the level of overdrive can be customized, but unlike at the max refresh rate, the '40' setting delivers the best experience overall at 120Hz. If you're looking for a "set-and-forget" mode that works well at both 120Hz and 280Hz, the '60' setting is your best choice, but it has a bit more inverse ghosting at 120Hz than at the max refresh rate, and it's not a very good choice for 60Hz gaming.

8.4
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
20
Rise / Fall Time
4.8 ms
Total Response Time
9 ms
Overshoot Error
0.1%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
6.5 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
13.8 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
1.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
0ChartTablePhoto
20ChartTablePhoto
40ChartTablePhoto
60ChartTablePhoto
80ChartTablePhoto
100ChartTablePhoto
120ChartTablePhoto

The response time at 60Hz is great. The best overdrive setting is '20,' as higher settings have way too much overshoot. Like at the max refresh rate, the '120' setting is a hidden mode that has to be enabled in the service menu. Although it's the best mode at 280Hz, it's terrible at 60Hz, with terrible overshoot that makes it unusable for gaming. Unfortunately, this means you'll likely have to go into the monitor's menus and change your overdrive setting each time you switch to 60Hz, as there's no single mode that performs well at any refresh rate.

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Yes
Maximum Frequency
280 Hz
Minimum Frequency
85 Hz
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
203 cd/m²
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
203 cd/m²
Pulse Width Control
No
Pulse Phase Control
No
Pulse Amplitude Control
Yes
VRR At The Same Time
Yes

Refresh RateVRR StatusMotion Blur Photo
280HzOffPhoto
OnPhoto
120HzOffPhoto
OnPhoto

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, to help improve motion clarity. Unlike most monitors, the amplitude of each pulse can be adjusted, as the backlight setting isn't locked when ELMB is enabled. The standard ELMB setting (without VRR) works between 120Hz and 280Hz, while the ELMB Sync setting (with VRR) can be enabled between 50Hz and 280Hz, but it doesn't actually do anything between 50Hz and 85Hz.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight is flicker-free, which can help reduce eye strain.

Inputs
9.0
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
1.9 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
4.8 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
35.0 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
4.3 ms

The ASUS VG259QM has exceptionally low input lag, even with VRR enabled. However, it rises significantly when playing at 60Hz, making it less suitable for console gaming.

6.7
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
2.1 MP
Pixel Density
88 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
25.0"
Screen Area
268 in²

The ASUS VG259QM has a decent resolution and size. The screen may be a bit small for multitasking since there's less room to have multiple windows opened side-by-side, but it's a good size for a 1080p display, as it makes the pixel density higher.

5.0
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
PS5 doesn't output 1440p
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
No

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM only supports basic 1080p formats from the PS5. It supports HDR, but can't downscale a 4k image.

5.0
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
No
VRR
Yes

Unfortunately, this monitor has very limited compatibility with the Xbox Series S|X. VRR works, but if you disable VRR from the monitor's menus, you'll have to turn the monitor off and on again to reenable it. This is only an issue with the Xbox. It can't downscale a 4k image, which means that HDR doesn't work either, since the Xbox only supports HDR with 4k signals. 1080p @ 120Hz works, but you have to override the resolution and refresh rate on the Xbox.

Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
2 (HDMI 2.0)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
No HDMI 2.1
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
1
3.5mm Audio In
No
3.5mm Microphone In
No
Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
1 (Service Port Only)
USB-A Rated Speed
480Mbps (USB 2.0)
USB-B Upstream Port
No
USB-C Ports
0
USB-C Upstream
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Rated Speed
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Power Delivery
No USB-C Ports
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
No USB-C Ports
Thunderbolt
No

The USB input is a service port and can only be used for firmware updates.

Inputs
macOS Compatibility

The ASUS TUF VG259QM doesn't quite work properly with recent Macs. The 280Hz overclock feature doesn't work at all, so you're limited to 240Hz. VRR works, but if you toggle it off and on while connected to a Mac, it sends the monitor into power save mode. There are also some intermittent issues with sleep mode, as windows wouldn't always return to their original position when closing the lid on an M1 MacBook Pro.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
Yes
RGB Illumination
No
Multiple Input Display
No
KVM Switch
No

The ASUS VG259QM has many extra features, including:

  • Crosshair: Puts a virtual crosshair for shooter games.
  • Timer: Puts a timer on the screen.
  • FPS counter: Overlay that shows the current frame rate.
  • Display alignment: Helps align monitors in a multi-monitor setup.
  • Zoom: Zooms in to enlarge a section of the image.
  • Shadow Boost: Helps make objects more visible in dark scenes.
  • Blue light filter: Helps reduce eye strain.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM, which is also available in a 27 inch size. There are many monitors in the TUF Gaming lineup, some of which you can see in the table below.

Model Size Panel Type Resolution Max Refresh Rate Variable Refresh Rate
TUF Gaming VG259QM 24.5" IPS 1920 x 1080 280Hz FreeSync
TUF Gaming VG279QM 27" IPS 1920 x 1080 280Hz FreeSync
TUF Gaming VG27VQ 27" VA 1920 x 1080 165Hz FreeSync
TUF Gaming VG27AQ 27" IPS 2560 x 1440 165Hz FreeSync

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM 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.

Our unit of the ASUS VG259QM was manufactured in May 2020, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The ASUS VG259QM is an excellent gaming monitor with fast response time and a high refresh rate; however, its smaller size isn't ideal for multitasking, and its HDR performance is limited due to the lack of a wide color gamut.

For more options, check out our other recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best FreeSync monitors, and the best budget gaming monitors.

BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM is much better than the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K. The ASUS has a better contrast ratio, higher peak brightness, and wider viewing angles. It has a stand with a much wider swivel range, and it supports HDR. The BenQ has better reflection handling, and its input lag is much lower when playing at 60Hz.

ASUS TUF Gaming VG258QM

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG258QM is the TN variant of the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM. The TN panel, however, doesn't offer a significant advantage, as the VG259QM is a bit better in most ways that matter. They are very similarly built and look almost identical, but the IPS panel of the VG259QM has wider viewing angles and a slightly better contrast ratio. Most importantly, it has faster response times at both the max refresh rate and 60Hz, resulting in smoother motion. It also has a better HDR color gamut.

ASUS VG279QM

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM and the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM are almost identical, as it's mostly a size difference between them. The VG279QM is slightly better, as it has wider viewing angles, better color accuracy, and gets much brighter in HDR. Gradient handling is also much better on the VG279QM since the VG259QM can only accept an 8-bit input signal.

Dell Alienware AW2521HF

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM is better than the Dell Alienware AW2521HF. The ASUS has a higher refresh rate to provide a smoother gaming experience, a Black Frame Insertion feature, and supports HDR. On the other hand, the Dell has a better build quality, wider viewing angles, and more USB ports for charging.

Dell Alienware AW2521H

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM is slightly better for gaming than the Dell Alienware AW2521H. The ASUS has significantly better ergonomics, a bit better reflection handling, a wider BFI flicker range, and it has built-in speakers. However, the Dell has a higher 360Hz refresh rate, better response time, and slightly lower input lag.

AOC 24G2

The AOC 24G2 and the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM are both 1080p IPS gaming monitors. For the most part, the ASUS performs better because it has a much higher refresh rate of 280Hz and faster response times at max refresh rate. However, it has slower response times and higher input lag at 60Hz than the AOC, making it less ideal for playing 60fps console games. The ASUS supports HDR, but it doesn't add much because it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough for true HDR.

ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN

Overall, the ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN and the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM score similarly but are quite different. The PG259QN has a much higher refresh rate, significantly better out-of-the-box color accuracy, and better gradient handling. On the flip side, the VG259QM has much better ergonomics and better response time due to less overshoot.

ASUS TUF Gaming VG249Q1A

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259Qm is much better than the ASUS TUF Gaming VG249Q1A for gaming. It has a significantly higher refresh rate of 280Hz, resulting in smoother motion and better responsiveness. However, the VG259QM has slower response times and a higher input lag at 60Hz, so it's not as ideal for 60fps console gaming. That said, it's better suited for productivity than the VG249Q1A because it has a bigger screen, much better ergonomics, and provides better visibility in well-lit settings. It supports HDR, whereas the VG249Q1A doesn't, but it doesn't add much because it can't display a wide color gamut.

ASUS TUF VG27AQ

Overall, the ASUS TUF VG27AQ is marginally better than the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM. The VG29AQ has a higher 1440p resolution and wider viewing angles. However, the VG259QM has a higher refresh rate and faster response time.

Acer Nitro XV252Q Fbmiiprx

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM and the Acer Nitro XV252Q Fbmiiprx are very similar overall. The Acer has slightly better viewing angles and better accuracy out of the box. The ASUS, on the other hand, has better black uniformity and slightly better ergonomics. The Acer is a bit better for gaming, as it has a faster refresh rate and a slightly faster response time.

Gigabyte M27Q

The Gigabyte M27Q and the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM are both excellent gaming monitors, but they have very different configurations. The ASUS delivers a smoother and more responsive gaming experience because it has a higher refresh rate and faster response time. However, the Gigabyte has a larger, higher-resolution screen to provide greater immersion and more screen space for work and media consumption. The ASUS allows for more ergonomic adjustments, including swivel and pivot, which the Gigabyte lacks.

Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx

The Acer Nitro XF243Y and the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM are both 1080p IPS gaming monitors, but the ASUS has a much higher refresh rate, 280Hz compared to the Acer's 165Hz. This results in a smoother and more responsive gaming experience. Other than that, these two monitors are remarkably similar. The ASUS is an inch bigger than the Acer.

MSI Oculux NXG253R

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM and the MSI Oculux NXG253R are extremely similar overall, but the ASUS is slightly better for gaming. The ASUS has a more versatile black frame insertion feature, a better response time at the maximum refresh rate, and the stand has better ergonomics, with a wider swivel range and better tilt range. The MSI has better connectivity, though, with a built-in USB hub and support for NVIDIA's Reflex Latency Analyzer.

Acer Predator X25 bmiiprzx

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM and the Acer Predator X25 bmiiprzx are similar monitors. The Acer has a higher refresh rate at 360Hz, compared to the 270Hz on the ASUS. However, the ASUS has a slightly quicker response time at its max refresh rate than the Acer, but it's slower at 60Hz. The Acer supports G-SYNC natively and doesn't support FreeSync, whereas the ASUS has native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility. Aside from these small differences, they're both great monitors with similar features.

ASUS VG279Q

Overall, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM is better than the ASUS VG279Q. The VG259QM has a much higher refresh rate, faster response time, and HDR support. However, the VG279Q has better viewing angles, out-of-the-box color accuracy, and gradient handling.

AOC CQ27G2

For most uses, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM is significantly better than the AOC CQ27G2. The ASUS gets brighter, its IPS panel has much wider viewing angles, and it has better motion handling due to its higher refresh rate and faster response time. It also has better ergonomics and supports HDR. The AOC is a better choice for dark room gaming, though, as it has a VA panel that can produce deeper blacks.

LG 27GN650-B

The LG 27GN650-B and the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM are both 1080p gaming monitors. The ASUS is better for gaming because it has a much higher refresh rate of 280Hz compared to the LG's 144Hz, and it also has better response times. However, it has a fairly high 60Hz input lag, making it less ideal for console gaming. It has better ergonomics than the LG and gets brighter to combat glare. It has a smaller screen than the LG, but this means it has a higher pixel density to display sharper images and text.

ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM and the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV are very different monitors. The VG259QM has a 1080p monitor, a 280Hz refresh rate, and is primarily designed for gaming, while the PA278QV has a 1440p resolution, a 75Hz refresh rate, and is meant for creative professionals. The PA278QV has wider viewing angles, better color accuracy, and it gets brighter. The VG259QM has a much faster response time, and it supports HDR.

Dell S2419HGF

Overall, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM is much better than the Dell S2419HGF. The ASUS has an IPS panel with much wider viewing angles, a much higher refresh rate, and it gets significantly brighter. Its response time is faster too, and it has a Black Frame Insertion feature to further improve motion clarity. The Dell has better gradient and reflection handling.

ASUS VG246H

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM is much better than the ASUS VG246H. The VG259QM has a much higher refresh rate and much better response times, so motion looks significantly better. The VG259QM also supports HDR, and the unit we tested has much better black uniformity than the VG246H. The VG259QM also has better connectivity, with an additional HDMI port and a DisplayPort input.

MSI Optix MAG161V

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM and the MSI Optix MAG161V are very different displays with different intended uses, so they're not really directly comparable. The MSI is a portable monitor with a 16 inch 1080p screen designed for better productivity on the go. The ASUS is a desktop gaming monitor with a 25 inch 1080p screen. The ASUS delivers a much better experience overall, especially when gaming, but isn't portable.

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