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Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019

ASUS VG279Q
MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.9
Mixed Usage
8.0
Office
8.6
Gaming
7.6
Multimedia
7.7
Media Creation
5.9
HDR Gaming
Size : 27 "
Resolution : 1920x1080
Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
LCD Type
:
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
:
FreeSync

The ASUS VG279Q is a very good 1080p, 144Hz IPS monitor. It has a great design, with a simple stand that has outstanding ergonomics. It delivers decent picture quality, with wide viewing angles and great peak brightness. Motion looks great thanks to the extremely fast response time, and it has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature and supports FreeSync. Unfortunately, the 1080p resolution might be limiting to some people and, like most IPS monitors, it doesn't look as good in a dark room.

Test Results
Design 8.0
Picture Quality 7.0
Motion 9.2
Inputs 8.6
Pros
  • Outstanding motion handling.
  • Excellent color and white balance accuracy out of the box.
  • Great gaming features, including FreeSync support.
Cons
  • Limited 1080p resolution.
  • Mediocre dark room performance.

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8.0

Design

Curved : No
Curve radius : N/A
Weight (without stand)
:
7.3 lbs (3.3 kg)
Weight (with stand)
:
12.1 lbs (5.5 kg)

The ASUS VG279Q has a great design, very similar to the ASUS VG245H. It has a small stand, similar to the ASUS PG279QZ, and it supports the monitor well, with little wobble. It has outstanding ergonomics, making it easy to place in an ideal viewing position or share your screen with someone. Although it is made largely of plastic, there are no obvious build quality issues.

Stand
Width
:
10.8" (27.4 cm)
Depth
:
8.3" (21.1 cm)

The stand is very simple, but supports the monitor well and doesn't take up too much space. The monitor wobbles a bit when nudged, but this isn't too distracting.

9.0 Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
:
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape : Yes
Swivel Range : -90° to 90°
Tilt Range : -30° to 5°

Outstanding ergonomics on the VG279Q, which are nearly identical to the VG245H and are the best we've seen on any monitor. Aside from the excellent height and tilt adjustments, the monitor can also rotate to a portrait orientation in either direction, so you can choose which side the ports face in a multi-monitor setup.

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor has a simple design etched into it, and there is no RGB bias lighting. There is no quick release on the stand, but it can be VESA mounted. Cable management is handled by a hole in the stand arm.

Borders
Borders
:
0.4" (1.0 cm)

The borders of the ASUS VG279Q are thin, which is great for a multi-monitor setup.

Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
:
6.5" (16.5 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
:
2.0" (5.1 cm)

The monitor is thin when removed from the stand, which is great for VESA mounting. When adjusting the height, the distance between the user and screen changes, as the screen moves at an incline.

7.5 Build Quality

The ASUS VG279Q has decent build quality. The design has a few nice design features, including rubber covers for the VESA screws.

7.0

Picture Quality

The ASUS VG279Q delivers decent overall picture quality. It has a mediocre contrast ratio and disappointing black uniformity, which is typical for IPS monitors, but the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle, which is great. It has an excellent sRGB color gamut and color volume, but coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space is too low for most professional users. It has excellent color and white balance accuracy out of the box, and excellent gradient performance for an 8-bit monitor. Unfortunately, it does not support HDR.

6.4 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
1248 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
N/A

The ASUS VG279Q has a mediocre contrast ratio, slightly above average for an IPS monitor, but not as good as a VA monitor, like the Samsung CHG70. These results are nearly identical to the smaller ASUS VG245H.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Edge

The VG279Q does not support local dimming. The above video is for reference only.

8.3 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
:
414 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
431 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
431 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
431 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
431 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
430 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
430 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
431 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
430 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
430 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
430 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.000

Great SDR peak brightness, good enough for most rooms, and quite a bit brighter than the VG245H. There is essentially no variation in brightness with varied content, which is great. The brightness was measured with the 'Racing Mode' picture mode.

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

The VG279Q does not support HDR.

7.5 Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
:
40 °
Color Shift from Right
:
41 °
Brightness from Left
:
50 °
Brightness from Right
:
50 °
Black Level from Left
:
75 °
Black Level from Right
:
75 °
Curve Radius : N/A

Very good horizontal viewing angle, typical for IPS monitors. This is great for sharing the screen with someone else, or if you like to sit close to the monitor, as the sides remain uniform. At wider angles, the brightness of the screen decreases and colors lose accuracy.

8.2 Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
:
26 °
Color Shift from Above
:
30 °
Brightness from Below
:
35 °
Brightness from Above
:
37 °
Black Level from Below
:
75 °
Black Level from Above
:
75 °

Great vertical viewing angles, which are typical for IPS monitors. Like with the horizontal viewing angle, the brightness decreases when viewing off angle, and colors lose accuracy.

8.7 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
2.236 %
50% DSE
:
0.118 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
0.308 %
5% DSE
:
0.050 %

Excellent gray uniformity on the VG279Q, one of the best monitors we've tested. Some darker bands can be seen through the screen, but this isn't very distracting with large, uniform areas, like when browsing the web. In near-black scenes, the monitor has nearly perfect uniformity.

5.8 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
2.166 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
N/A

Disappointing black uniformity. There is noticeable clouding throughout, but not as much flashlighting as the ASUS PG279QZ, which is great. This is especially noticeable when watching dark content in a dark room.

8.7 Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Racing Mode
Luminance
:
293 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
100
Contrast Setting
:
80
RGB controls
:
Warm
Color Temperature
:
6782 K
White Balance dE
:
1.39
Color dE
:
2.08
Gamma
:
2.20

Out of the box, the VG279Q has excellent color and white balance accuracy. Colors are slightly oversaturated, but still below the threshold at which point we expect most people would notice. Gamma follows the sRGB target curve very closely, which is great, and the color temperature is only a bit cooler than the target of 6500 K. Like most ASUS gaming monitors, 'Racing Mode' was the most accurate picture mode out of the box.

9.6 Post Calibration
Picture Mode
:
Racing Mode
Luminance
:
99 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
13
Contrast Setting
:
80
RGB Controls
:
95-97-100
Color Temperature
:
6466 K
White Balance dE
:
0.58
Color dE
:
0.52
Gamma
:
2.18

After calibrating, the VG279Q has outstanding accuracy. The color temperature is much closer to the 6500 K target, and color and white balance dE are low enough to not be noticeable by anyone.

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

8.8 SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
:
98.6 %
Adobe RGB xy
:
76.6 %

sRGB Picture Mode: Racing Mode (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Racing Mode

Excellent SDR color gamut. The VG279Q is able to display almost the entire sRGB color space, which is great. There is a dedicated 'sRGB' picture mode, but it does not produce a wider SDR color gamut than 'Racing Mode.'

The VG279Q has good coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space, but can't display the full range of greens and blues, which isn't ideal for professional photo editing.

8.9 SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
:
96.8 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
:
81.4 %

sRGB Picture Mode: Racing Mode
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Racing Mode

Excellent SDR color volume in the sRGB color space, and good color volume in the wider Adobe RGB color space. In both modes, the monitor can't produce very bright blues, which is normal for LCD monitors, and can't produce dark saturated colors due to the limited native contrast ratio.

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

The monitor does not support HDR.

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

The VG279Q does not support HDR.

7.7 Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
:
0.14 %
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 signs of temporary image retention on the ASUS VG279Q, which is disappointing, but it fades very quickly and isn't very noticeable with most content.

8.7 Gradient
Color Depth
:
8 Bit

Excellent gradient performance. One of the best 8-bit monitors we've tested, similar to the ASUS PG279QZ. Some banding is visible, especially in darker colors.

7.8 Color Bleed
Pixel row error
:
0.000 %
Pixel column error
:
0.431 %

Unfortunately, like the Aorus AD27QD, there is some vertical color bleed. Like the Aorus, this is not very noticeable in normal usage.

7.5 Reflections

The VG279Q has good reflection handling, similar to the ROG Swift PG279Q. It is good enough for most rooms, but if there are large windows in the room the reflections may be distracting.

9.2

Motion

The ASUS VG279Q has outstanding motion handling. It has an incredibly fast response time, delivering clear motion with only a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects, and it has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to further clear up motion. It has an excellent 144Hz refresh rate, which is great, and it supports FreeSync, even when connected to a recent 10- or 20- series NVIDIA graphics card.

9.3 Motion Blur
80% Response Time
:
4.1 ms
100% Response Time
:
9.8 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
:
N/A

Trace Free 0
Trace Free 60
Trace Free 80
Trace Free 100

The ASUS VG279Q has an outstanding fast response time, very similar to the VG245H, but not as fast as TN monitors, like the VG248QE. The overdrive can be changed by adjusting the Trace Free setting. We found the '80' setting to deliver the best results overall, but there is some overshoot. If this bothers you, the '60' setting has no overshoot, but adds about 1 ms to the response time.

9.4 Image Flicker
Flicker-free : Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
:
120 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
:
85 Hz

The VG279Q has a flicker-free backlight, which is great. There is an optional Black Frame Insertion feature that can be activated by enabling the ELMB feature on the monitor's OSD. This feature is only supported at a refresh rate of 85, 100, or 120Hz. When activated, the perceived brightness of the monitor is cut by about half.

In our BFI frequency measurement, there is a secondary signal; this is only present when BFI is enabled and is not noticeable in real life. We don't know what causes this and haven't seen it on any other monitor.

ELMB can't be enabled at the same time as FreeSync.

9.2 Refresh Rate
Native
:
144 Hz
Factory Overclock
:
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
:
FreeSync
G-SYNC Compatible
:
Yes
VRR Maximum
:
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
:
< 20 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
:
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors : DisplayPort, HDMI

The ASUS VG279Q has an outstanding 144Hz refresh rate, but there is no factory overclock. It supports FreeSync, even with NVIDIA's new Adaptive Sync drivers on 10- and 20- series graphics cards, over DisplayPort only. We tested this with our NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB and had no issues. FreeSync is only supported over HDMI and DisplayPort; it is not natively supported over DVI.

8.6

Inputs

The ASUS VG279Q has outstanding low input lag, great even for competitive gaming. The 27" screen is a great size for most people, but the low 1080p resolution might be an issue for some, as it isn't ideal for multitasking. It has a good selection of inputs, including a DVI port, which is not very common anymore.

9.5 Input Lag
Native Resolution
:
4.3 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
:
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
:
9.4 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
:
4.5 ms
10 bit HDR
:
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
15.5 ms

Outstanding low input lag across most modes. When the optional Black Frame Insertion feature (ELMB) is activated, there is slightly higher input lag, but this is still low enough for most gamers. Input lag with BFI enabled was measured with the refresh rate at 120Hz, as BFI is not supported at 144 Hz.

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

The 27" screen is a great size, but some people might find the 1080p resolution too low. If the low resolution bothers you, the PG279QZ offers similar gaming performance, but with a 1440p resolution.

Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort : 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort : No
HDMI : 1 (HDMI 1.4)
DVI : 1 (DVI-D, dual link)
VGA : No
DisplayPort Out : No
USB : No
USB C : N/A
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Microphone In 3.5mm : No
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out RCA : No

The VG279Q has a good selection of inputs, including HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI. There is a 3.5 mm analog audio out port with adjustable volume, and an audio in port for the DVI connector.

Features

The ASUS VG279Q has a few additional features, most of which are designed with gamers in mind. It can add a crosshair, timer, or FPS counter to any program or game, and it can display alignment indicators to assist you in aligning multiple monitors. There are built-in speakers, but it does not support HDR. The OSD and controls are easy to use.

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

The VG279Q has a few additional features, which can be accessed through the 'GamePlus' menu, which is accessed by pressing the dedicated button for it on the back of the monitor.

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls

The controls are nearly identical to the other ASUS gaming monitors, including the VG245H. All of the controls are located on the back right-hand side of the monitor and are easy to access.

In The Box

  • Manual
  • Audio Patch Cable
  • DVI Cable
  • HDMI Cable
  • DisplayPort Cable
  • Compact Power Adapter (Not Shown)

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 27" VG279 version VG279Q, which is the only size available, but there are other ASUS Gaming monitors.

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their ASUS VG279Q doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Model Size Resolution Refresh Rate Notes
VG279Q 27" 1080p 144Hz FreeSync, IPS
VG245H 24" 1080p 75Hz FreeSync, TN
PG279QZ 27" 1440p 144Hz G-SYNC, IPS

The VG279Q we reviewed was manufactured in November 2018.

Compared to other Monitors

Left: BenQ Zowie XL2540. Middle: ASUS VG279Q. Right: ROG PG279Q.
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The ASUS VG279Q is an excellent gaming monitor at a great price. It is better than most similarly priced monitors. See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best gaming monitor size, the best monitors for Xbox One X, and the best gaming monitors for PS4.

Acer Nitro VG271

The ASUS VG279Q is better than the Acer VG271. The ASUS has a much better stand, with a full range of ergonomic adjustments, and it has slightly better black uniformity, but this varies between units. Unlike the VG271, the VG279Q doesn't support HDR, but this doesn't add much on the Acer anyway.

ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is slightly better than the ASUS VG279Q. The PG279Q supports G-SYNC and has a higher native resolution. The VG279Q supports FreeSync and has a stand with better ergonomics, to help you place it in a more comfortable position.

Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD

The Aorus AD27QD is slightly better than the ASUS VG279Q. The AD27QD supports HDR, although there isn't much benefit to this. The AD27QD also has a higher native resolution, delivering a more immersive, detailed gaming experience. The VG279Q, on the other hand, has much better ergonomics and slightly better black uniformity.

Dell S2719DGF

The ASUS VG279Q is a bit better than the Dell S2719DGF. The VG279Q has much better black uniformity, although it still isn't great, and the VG279Q has an optional black frame insertion feature. The S2719DGF has a higher resolution screen, which some people might prefer, and it has a faster response time.

ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ

The ASUS PG279QZ and ASUS VG279Q are very similar overall, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The PG279QZ supports G-SYNC and has a higher native resolution. The VG279Q supports FreeSync, which is more universally supported, and the stand has better ergonomics.

Acer VG271UP

The ASUS VG279Q is a bit better overall than the Acer VG271UP, depending on your use. The VG279Q has much better ergonomics and better black uniformity, although the black uniformity varies between units. The VG271UP, on the other hand, has a higher native resolution, and it supports HDR, so it might be better for some people, especially if you plan on VESA mounting the monitor and ergonomics don't matter to you.

ViewSonic XG2402

The ASUS VG279Q is much better than the ViewSonic XG2402. The VG279Q has better ergonomics, much better viewing angles, better gray uniformity, and an optional Black Frame Insertion feature. The VG279Q also has a larger screen, but the same 1080p resolution as the XG2402.

ASUS VG248QE

The ASUS VG279Q is much better than the ASUS VG248QE. The VG279Q has better ergonomics, and the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle. The VG279Q also has a larger screen, a faster refresh rate, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.

LG 27UK650-W

The ASUS VG279Q and LG 27UK650-W have very similar overall performance but are very different. The ASUS has a faster refresh rate and a lower input lag, which is better for gaming. Also, the ASUS has much better ergonomics to allow you to place it in a comfortable position with ease. The LG, on the other hand, has a higher resolution and supports HDR.

Samsung CHG70

The Samsung CHG70 and ASUS VG279Q use different panel technologies, each with their advantages and disadvantages. The CHG70 looks best in a dark room, it supports HDR, and has a higher native resolution. The VG279Q, on the other hand, has better ergonomics and the IPS panel delivers wide viewing angles, but it doesn't look as good in a dark room.

LG 27GL850-B

The LG 27GL850-B is slightly better than the ASUS VG279Q for most uses. The LG has a higher resolution screen, and it supports HDR. The VG279Q has much better ergonomics and an optional black frame insertion feature. The LG has better motion handling overall, with a faster response time that delivers extremely clear motion, with almost no blur behind fast-moving objects.

ASUS VG245H

The ASUS VG279Q is much better than the ASUS VG245H. The VG279Q has a larger screen, much higher refresh rate, and much better viewing angles. The VG279Q also has better gray uniformity, can get much brighter, and has an optional black frame insertion feature.

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7.9 Mixed Usage
Very good monitor for most uses. It has wide viewing angles, excellent ergonomics, and great peak brightness. Motion looks outstanding thanks to the fast refresh rate, fast response time, and flicker-free backlight. It delivers decent picture quality but doesn't look as good in a dark room. Unfortunately, the 1080p resolution may disappoint some people.
8.0 Office
Great monitor for office use. It has a great design with outstanding ergonomics, which is great if you are buying a monitor for multiple people. It has very good wide viewing angles, which are great for sharing your work, and great peak brightness. Unfortunately, the 1080p resolution isn't ideal for multitasking, and it doesn't have any Picture-In-Picture or Picture-Beside-Picture mode.
8.6 Gaming
The VG279Q is an outstanding monitor for gaming. It has a fast refresh rate, supports FreeSync, and has an outstanding response time, so motion looks great with very little blur. It also has excellent low input lag in most modes, which is great for even the most competitive gamers. The 1080p resolution might be disappointing for some users.
7.6 Multimedia
This is a good monitor for multimedia. It has an excellent response time, so fast-moving objects have only a very short blur trail behind them. The image also remains accurate when viewed at an angle, which is great for watching with a few other people. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as good in a dark room.
7.7 Media Creation
Good monitor for media creation. It has excellent ergonomics and wide viewing angles, making it easy to share your work with a nearby colleague. It also has an excellent sRGB color gamut and volume, but limited coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space, which isn't ideal for professional media creation. Unfortunately, the 1080p resolution might be disappointing for some users.
5.9 HDR Gaming
The ASUS VG279Q does not support HDR. For a decent HDR gaming monitor, check out the Samsung CHG70.

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