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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The VG279Q does not support local dimming. The above video is for reference only.
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.
The VG279Q does not support HDR.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The monitor does not support HDR.
The VG279Q does not support HDR.
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.
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.
Unfortunately, like the Aorus AD27QD, there is some vertical color bleed. Like the Aorus, this is not very noticeable in normal usage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying an alternative resolution at its native refresh rate. The non-native resolution tested depends on the native resolution of the monitor, following this pattern unless otherwise specified in the Input Lag text:
|Native Resolution||Non-Native Resolution Tested|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The VG279Q we reviewed was manufactured in November 2018.
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 monitors for Xbox One X, and the best gaming monitors for PS4.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.