The ASUS VG279Q is a good 27 inch, 144Hz monitor with an IPS panel. It has a simple design with outstanding ergonomics. It delivers a good picture quality, with extremely accurate colors and great peak brightness, but it's limited a bit by its 1080p resolution. Motion looks great thanks to the extremely fast response time, and it has a black frame insertion feature to help reduce any motion blur. It also supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology to reduce tearing in games. Unfortunately, as is the case with most IPS monitors, it doesn't look good in a dark room due to its low contrast ratio, but it has wide viewing angles.
The ASUS VG279Q is a good monitor for most uses. It has wide viewing angles, outstanding ergonomics, and great peak brightness. Motion looks outstanding thanks to the high refresh rate, fast response time, and flicker-free backlight. This TV delivers a good picture quality but doesn't look as good in a dark room. Unfortunately, the 1080p resolution may disappoint some people, but the 27 inch screen offers a good amount of screen space.
Great monitor for office use. The ASUS VG279Q has a great design with outstanding ergonomics, so you can place the monitor how you like. It has very wide viewing angles, which is great for sharing your work, and great peak brightness. Unfortunately, the 1080p resolution isn't ideal for multitasking, but it has good reflection handling and won't struggle with light in moderate-lit offices.
The ASUS VG279Q is a great monitor for gaming. It has a fast refresh rate, supports FreeSync, and has a fantastic 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. Unfortunately, the 1080p resolution doesn't deliver an immersive gaming experience.
The ASUS VG279Q is okay for multimedia. It has an excellent response time, so fast-moving objects have 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, but it has outstanding out-of-box color accuracy, so you don't need to get it calibrated if you don't want to.
Good monitor for media creation. The ASUS VG279Q has excellent ergonomics and wide viewing angles, making it easy to share your work with a nearby colleague. It also has an excellent SDR color gamut, but it has limited coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space, which isn't ideal for professional media creation. Unfortunately, the 1080p resolution can't deliver the same clear images that 1440p or 4k monitors can.
The ASUS VG279Q doesn't support HDR.
The ASUS VG279Q has a simple design, very similar to the ASUS VG245H. It's mainly black with some red on the stand and base.
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.
Outstanding ergonomics, similar to the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. The stand allows for a very wide swivel range, and it can be rotated into portrait mode either clockwise or counterclockwise, which is great if you need to place your inputs on a certain side.
The back of the monitor has a simple design etched into it. There's no quick release on the stand, but it can be VESA-mounted. Cable management is handled by a hole in the stand arm.
The borders are thin, which is great for a multi-monitor setup.
The monitor is thin when removed from the stand, which is great for VESA mounting. Since the height of the monitor moves on an incline, the higher you position the screen, the whole setup becomes a bit thinner.
Good build quality. The design has a few nice design features, including rubber covers for the VESA screws.
The contrast ratio isn't bad for an IPS panel. Although VA panel monitors have better contrast ratios, it's still one of the better ones we've seen on an IPS, similar to the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q.
The VG279Q doesn't support local dimming. The above video is for reference only.
Great SDR peak brightness. It can combat glare in most rooms, and there's essentially no variation in brightness with varied content, which is great. It's quite brighter than the ASUS VG245H.
The VG279Q doesn't support HDR.
Excellent horizontal viewing angle, which is typical for an IPS panel. This is great for when you need to share your screen with others.
Decent vertical viewing angle. You'll lose some image accuracy if you mount it below or above eye level.
Excellent gray uniformity on the VG279Q. Some darker bands can be seen through the screen, but this isn't very noticeable with most content. In near-black scenes, the monitor has nearly perfect uniformity.
Disappointing black uniformity. There's visible clouding throughout. This is especially noticeable when watching dark content in a dark room.
Outstanding out-of-box color accuracy. Most colors are accurate, but the color temperature is a bit colder than the 6500K target, so some colors have a bluish tint to them. The gamma follows the target almost perfectly, although some dark scenes appear darker.
After calibration, the VG279Q has superb accuracy. The color temperature is much closer to the 6500K target, and most people won't notice any color inaccuracies.
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.
Amazing SDR color gamut. The VG279Q covers nearly all of the sRGB color space used in most content. The coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing is a bit limited, which might disappoint some professionals.
Excellent SDR color volume. The monitor can't produce very bright blues, which is normal for LCD monitors, and can't produce dark colors due to the low contrast ratio.
The monitor doesn't support HDR.
This monitor doesn't support HDR.
There are signs of temporary image retention on the ASUS VG279Q, which is a bit disappointing, but it fades very quickly and isn't very noticeable with most content.
Excellent gradient performance, similar to the PG279QZ. There's some banding in the darker shades, which is normal for an 8-bit monitor.
Unfortunately, like the Aorus AD27QD, there's some vertical color bleed, although it's not very noticeable in normal usage.
The VG279Q has good reflection handling, similar to the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q. It's good enough for most rooms, but the reflections might be distracting in a room with direct sunlight.
Decent text clarity. The diagonal lines on the letters R and N are easier to read when enabling ClearType (top photo).
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Fantastic response time at its max refresh rate. The recommended Overdrive setting, which is called Trace Free is '60' as there's minimal overshoot, but it still has a bit of motion blur. If you want a quicker response time, the '80' setting is faster but has significantly more overshoot.
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The VG279Q has a good response time at 60Hz. Unlike at its max refresh rate, the best Overdrive (Trace Free) setting is '20.' Although there's still motion blur at this setting, the higher settings have significantly more overshoot and produce artifacts.
This monitor is flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain.
The black frame insertion feature is called ELMB and can be enabled through the on-screen display. It noticeably dims the image and it can't be used at the same time as FreeSync, which are both normal.
The ASUS VG279Q has an outstanding 144Hz refresh rate. It supports FreeSync over HDMI and DisplayPort, and it works with NVIDIA's Adaptive Sync drivers, but only over DisplayPort. We tested this with our NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB and had no issues. If you want a monitor with an even higher refresh rate, the Acer Nitro XV273X is a good option.
Outstanding low input lag across most modes. The input lag is significantly higher with the BFI feature enabled, which might disappoint some more competitive gamers.
The 27 inch screen is a great size, but some people might find the 1080p resolution too low. If the low resolution bothers you, the PG279QZ offers a similar gaming performance, but with a 1440p resolution.