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Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019 , Ian Cumming, Yannick Khong

ASUS VG279Q
MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

Test Benches:

  • 1.0: Fall 2017
7.9
Mixed Usage
Score components:
Size : 27 "
Resolution : 1920x1080
Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
LCD Type
What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
:
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
:
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

Score components: Subjectively assigned
ASUS VG279Q Design Picture
Curved : No
Curve radius : N/A
Weight (without stand)
What it is: The weight of the monitor when mounted. This is with the stand removed, and if necessary any VESA mounting bracket attached.
When it matters: When choosing a mount for a monitor/
:
7.3 lbs (3.3 kg)
Weight (with stand)
What it is: The weight of the monitor including the stand any any input covers.
:
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
ASUS VG279Q Stand picture
Width
What it is: The width of the stand.
When it matters: When using a small desk, for those who require a monitor with a small footprint.
:
10.8" (27.4 cm)
Depth
What it is: The depth of the stand.
When it matters: When using a small desk, for those who require a monitor with a small footprint.
:
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
What it is: How much the position of the screen can be adjusted to match the viewing preference of the user.
When it matters: All usages, but especially office and gaming use.
Score components:
  • 46% Height Adjustment
  • 18% Switch portrait/landscape
  • 18% Swivel Range
  • 18% Tilt Range
ASUS VG279Q Ergonomics picture
Height Adjustment
What it is: The amount of vertical travel or adjustment of the display.
:
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
ASUS VG279Q Back picture
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
ASUS VG279Q Borders picture
Borders
What it is: The distance from the left edge of the display to the start of the image.
When it matters: When using multiple monitors side-by-side.
:
0.4" (1.0 cm)

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

Thickness
ASUS VG279Q Thickness picture
Thickness (with stand)
What it is: How far the front of the screen protrudes when placed as far back as possible against a wall.
When it matters: When the monitor is placed back against a wall.
:
6.5" (16.5 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
What it is: How far the front of the screen protrudes when the stand has been removed. For monitors which require a bracket to VESA mount this measurement includes the thickness of the bracket.
When it matters: When mounting a monitor with the stand removed.
:
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
What it is: How well built and sturdy the monitor is, and how good the materials used to build it are.
When it matters: All usages.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
ASUS VG279Q Build Quality picture

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

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
What it is: Brightness difference between white and black. This is the main component of picture quality.
When it matters: Always, but especially when watching dark scenes.
Score components:
ASUS VG279Q Checkerboard Picture
Native Contrast
What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
:
1248 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
What it is: Ratio of the white brightness divided by the blacks measured on our checkerboard test pattern with local dimming turned on (maximum) with a white target of 100 cd/m².
When it matters: Dark scenes in a dark room.
Good value: > 3,000
Noticeable difference: 500
:
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
What it is: The lights behind the LCD layer adapt to the picture displayed, improving the contrast ratio.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Local Dimming
What it is: Whether it has a feature that controls the LEDs behind the LCD layer, to match the picture and darkens the dark portion of it.
When it matters: On LED TVs only. Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
:
No
Backlight
What it is: Configuration of the lights of the backlight.
When it matters: Effectiveness of the local dimming.
Good value: Full-array/direct lighting is better for local dimming. As for the uniformity of the screen, it depends on the implementation. Some edge-lit monitors have more uniform blacks than some full-array monitors.
:
Edge

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

8.3 SDR Peak Brightness
What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with SDR content.
When it matters: Bright living rooms; bright objects; SDR content.
SDR Real Scene
What it is: The maximum luminosity the TV can obtain while playing a movie or while watching a TV show. Our Real Scene was selected to represent a more regular movie condition. All measurements are made with the TV set to be as bright as possible, but with a 6500k white. Measured with local dimming on, max backlight and with an SDR signal. Scene: here.
When it matters: When watching movies and TV shows in SDR.
:
414 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, present on screen for a short time
:
431 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, present on screen for a short time
:
431 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
431 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
431 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
What it is: The maximum luminosity, even if only maintained for a short time, of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
430 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 2% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright highlights, persistent during a scene.
:
430 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 10% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: Bright objects, persistent during a scene.
:
431 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 25% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
430 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 50% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
430 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
What it is: The lowest maximum luminosity (usually after it has stabilized) of a white square covering 100% of the screen, with the monitor set to be as bright as possible. Measured with local dimming and over SDR signal.
When it matters: When watching in a bright room.
:
430 cd/m²
SDR ABL
What it is: The standard deviation of the SDR sustained brightness, after linearizing for noticeable differences in luminosity
When it matters: Content with large bright areas, such as for PC or video game use, and sports such as hockey
:
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
What it is: How bright the screen can get. Measured with local dimming and with HDR content.
When it matters: HDR content
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
What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the side.
ASUS VG279Q Horizontal Color Shift Picture
Color Shift from Left
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your left
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
40 °
Color Shift from Right
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
41 °
ASUS VG279Q Horizontal Brightness Picture
Brightness from Left
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your left.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
50 °
Brightness from Right
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
50 °
ASUS VG279Q Horizontal Black Level Picture
Black Level from Left
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
75 °
Black Level from Right
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When sharing your monitor with people on your right.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
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
What it is: Color accuracy when viewed from the top or bottom.
ASUS VG279Q Vertical Color Shift Picture
Color Shift from Below
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
26 °
Color Shift from Above
What it is: Angle where the colors noticeable shift compared to when viewed from directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor when standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
30 °
ASUS VG279Q Vertical Brightness Picture
Brightness from Below
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
35 °
Brightness from Above
What it is: Angle where the brightness drops to 50% of the brightness directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor while standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
37 °
ASUS VG279Q Vertical Black Level Picture
Black Level from Below
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor from below.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
75 °
Black Level from Above
What it is: Angle where the black level drops to 50% of the black level directly in front of the monitor. 0 ° means directly facing the monitor. Measurements are up to a maximum of 75 °.
When it matters: When looking at a monitor while standing up.
Good value: > 50°
Noticeable difference: 10°
:
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
What it is: Evenness of colors onscreen (not just gray).
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Score components:
ASUS VG279Q 50% Uniformity Picture
50% Std. Dev.
What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 50% gray.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 2.5%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
2.236 %
50% DSE
What it is: Dirty Screen Effect. High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Solid colors. Sports, panning shots.
Good value: < 0.165%
Noticeable difference: 0.025%
:
0.118 %
ASUS VG279Q 5% Uniformity Picture
5% Std. Dev.
What it is: Average squared difference of pixels when displaying a mid 5% gray.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 1.15%
Noticeable difference: 1%
:
0.308 %
5% DSE
What it is: Dirty Screen Effect. High-frequency variance of uniformity. Dark spots on the screen.
When it matters: Dark scenes.
Good value: < 0.116%
:
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
What it is: Evenness of blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Score components:
ASUS VG279Q Native Black Uniformity Picture
Native Std. Dev.
What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks.
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: <2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
2.166 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
What it is: Average of the squared difference of the blacks with Local Dimming enabled
When it matters: Dark scenes viewed in a dark room.
Good value: <2%
Noticeable difference: 1%, but keep in mind that it varies a lot by unit, even of the same model; yours likely will not end up exactly like ours.
:
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
What it is: Monitor's color accuracy before a full calibration. The measurements are taken with out of the box 'factory setting'.
When it matters: All video on an uncalibrated TV. This represents most people's use cases.
Score components:
ASUS VG279Q Pre Calibration Picture ASUS VG279Q Pre Gamma Curve Picture ASUS VG279Q Pre Color Picture
Picture Mode
What it is: The picture mode that was used to do the pre-calibration reading. We usually go for the picture mode that gives us the more control over all the picture quality setting.
:
Racing Mode
Luminance
What it is: The luminance at which the pre-calibration reading was done. This represents the luminance of the monitor when it is at the factory default settings.
:
293 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
What it is: The luminance settings, often named 'Brightness' on monitors, usually range from 0 to 100.
:
100
Contrast Setting
What it is: The monitor contrast setting, usually ranging from 0 to 100.
:
80
RGB controls
What it is: This is the value for each color (red, green, and blue) used in the monitor internal RGB cuts/gains controls. If the monitor does not have an internal RGB cuts/gains controls, then the color temperature setting will be used instead, and the color temperature that gives us the best result will be used.
:
Warm
Color Temperature
What it is: The color temperature is a measure of the color of light. A colder color temperature (7000K) will look bluer and a warmer color temperature (4000K) will look yellower/redder. 6500K is the standard color for PC monitors and also for the sRGB color standard.
When it matters: When you care about color reproduction and accuracy.
Good value: 6500K
Noticeable difference: 400K
:
6782 K
White Balance dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all video.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
1.39
Color dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
2.08
Gamma
What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
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
What it is: Monitor's color accuracy after a full calibration with a spectrophotometer.
When it matters: All graphics and video content on a monitor that has been professionally calibrated.
Score components:
ASUS VG279Q Post Calibration Picture ASUS VG279Q Post Gamma Curve Picture ASUS VG279Q Post Color Picture
Picture Mode
What it is: The picture mode that was used to do the calibration reading. We usually go for the picture mode that gives us the more control over all the picture quality setting.
:
Racing Mode
Luminance
What it is: The luminance at which the calibration was executed. We aim for a luminance level of 100 cd/m².
:
99 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
What it is: The luminance settings, often named 'Brightness' on monitors, usually range from 0 to 100.
:
13
Contrast Setting
What it is: The monitor contrast setting, usually ranging from 0 to 100.
:
80
RGB Controls
What it is: This is the value for each color (red, green, and blue) used in the monitor internal RGB cuts/gains controls. If the monitor does not have an internal RGB cuts/gains controls, then the color temperature setting will be used instead, and the color temperature that gives us the best result will be used.
:
95-97-100
Color Temperature
What it is: The color temperature is a measure of the color of light. A colder color temperature (7000K) will look bluer and a warmer color temperature (4000K) will look yellower/redder. 6500K is the standard color for PC monitors and also for the sRGB color standard.
When it matters: When you care about color reproduction and accuracy.
Good value: 6500K
Noticeable difference: 400K
:
6466 K
White Balance dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of shades of gray.
When it matters: Overall color temperature of all videos.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.58
Color dE
What it is: Average inaccuracy of colors.
When it matters: All colors.
Good value: < 3
Noticeable difference: 1
:
0.52
Gamma
What it is: Brightness of shades of gray.
When it matters: Shadows.
Good value: Between 2.1 and 2.3 (our target is 2.2)
Noticeable difference: 0.1
:
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
What it is: The palette of colors the monitor can display
When it matters: General content consumption or production
Score components:
ASUS VG279Q Color Gamut sRGB Picture
sRGB xy
What it is: Coverage of the sRGB colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Almost all content. Includes websites, standard windows environment and SDR movies
Good value: > 95%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
98.6 %
ASUS VG279Q Color Gamut ARGB Picture
Adobe RGB xy
What it is: Coverage of the Adobe RGB colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: Professional photography.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
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
What it is: How much of the SDR color spaces the monitor can reproduce
When it matters: General usage and SDR media creation
Score components:
ASUS VG279Q sRGB Color Volume ITP picture
sRGB in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the sRGB colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels
When it matters: Most content, including web, SDR video games, and SDR media creation
:
96.8 %
ASUS VG279Q Adobe RGB Color Volume ITP Picture
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the Adobe RGB colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness.
When it matters: Professional media creation
:
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
What it is: The monitor's ability to reproduce HDR color spaces
When it matters: HDR content consumption or media creation
Score components:
Wide Color Gamut
What it is: Whether the monitor can support wider color gamuts
When it matters: HDR content and media creation
:
N/A
DCI P3 xy
What it is: Coverage of the DCI P3 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy
When it matters: When consuming or producing HDR content.
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
What it is: Coverage of the Rec.2020 colorspace on CIE 1931 xy.
When it matters: When consuming or producing HDR content.
Good value: > 90%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
N/A

The monitor does not support HDR.

0 HDR Color Volume
What it is: How much of the HDR color spaces a monitor can display at different luminosity levels.
When it matters: HDR content consumption and production. Includes streaming services, UHD Blu-rays and HDR games.
Score components:
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the DCI-P3 colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness output.
When it matters: HDR content.
Good value: 80%
Noticeable difference: 5%
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
What it is: How much of the Rec. 2020 colorspace a monitor can display at different luminosity levels, normalized to the monitor's peak brightness output.
When it matters: HDR content.
Good value: 80 %
Noticeable difference: 5 %
:
N/A

The VG279Q does not support HDR.

7.7 Image Retention
What it is: How much a static image is retained on a monitor screen after a certain amount of time.
When it matters: When working or playing video games on your PC monitor.
ASUS VG279Q Image Retention Picture
IR after 0 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured right after the static image exposure, without recovery time.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.14 %
IR after 2 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 2 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 4 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 6 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 8 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
What it is: Image retention measured after a recovery time of 10 minutes.
When it matters: When changing use or right after changing the type of on screen content (i.e. stopping playing video game to watch a movie).
Good value: 0 is perfect.
Noticeable difference: 0.015%
:
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
What it is: How finely levels of color can be displayed.
When it matters: Details in shadows, sky and skin tones. Matters more for HDR content.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
ASUS VG279Q Gradient Picture
Color Depth
What it is: Number of bits per pixel to represent a specific color. Note: we consider 8-bit with dithering to be equivalent to 10-bit, as long as the 10-bit gradient looks smooth.
When it matters: HDR content like HDR video games or HDR UHD movies. Won't matter for regular Blu-ray movies, SDR video game or desktop environment content displayed from a Windows PC. Those are limited to 8-bit color.
Good value: 10-bit.
Noticeable difference: 1 bit.
:
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
What it is: How much the color from one area of the screen affects the color in another area of the screen.
When it matters: All usages, but especially media creation.
Score components:
ASUS VG279Q Color bleed horizontal
Pixel row error
What it is: The amount of bleed that appears across the screen horizontally.
When it matters: General usage of a PC monitor, can appear when browsing the web or with media creation like graphics.
Good value: <0.2%
Noticeable difference: 0.1%
:
0.000 %
ASUS VG279Q Color bleed vertical
Pixel column error
What it is: Amount of color bleeding that appears across the screen vertically.
When it matters: Most uses of a PC monitor. Can appear while browsing the web or when editing images or graphics.
Good value: <0.2%
Noticeable difference: 0.1%
:
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
What it is: How much light is reflected by the TV.
When it matters: Bright rooms.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
ASUS VG279Q Average room ASUS VG279Q Average room off picture ASUS VG279Q Bright room off picture

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

Score components:

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
What it is: The performance of the pixel response time. Poor response time causes trails to follow moving objects. Response time is one of a few sources of motion blur.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Score components:
ASUS VG279Q Motion Blur Picture ASUS VG279Q Response Time Chart
80% Response Time
What it is: How quickly pixels can reach 80% of a full transition from one color to another.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Good value: < 8 ms
Noticeable difference: 4 ms
:
4.1 ms
100% Response Time
What it is: How quickly pixels can fully transition from one color to another.
When it matters: When there's fast movement on screen, such as during video games and sports.
Good value: < 20 ms
Noticeable difference: 10 ms
:
9.8 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
What it is: If the monitor has adjustable pixel overdrive settings, which one produces the best response time with minimal overshoot.
When it matters: When adjusting the monitor's settings to get the least possible motion blur.
:
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
What it is: Luminosity pattern when displaying images
When it matters: Nearly all the time during PC monitor use, but especially during fast movement such as video games
ASUS VG279Q Backlight Picture
Flicker-free : Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
What it is: Flickering pattern at different luminosities.
When it matters: For people sensitive to flickering.
Good value: N/A or high frequencies (> 300 Hz). Frequencies that are multiples of 60Hz are better.
:
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
What it is: Option to turn screen black between frames
When it matters: Reduces eye tracking blur in motion
Good value: Yes
:
Yes
ASUS VG279Q BFI Picture ASUS VG279Q BFI Frequency Picture
BFI Maximum Frequency
What it is: Highest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye-tracking blur in motion
Good value: Matches the native refresh rate
Noticeable difference: 20 Hz
:
120 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
What it is: Lowest possible frequency of flickering pattern
When it matters: Reduces eye-tracking blur in motion
Good value: 60 Hz
Noticeable difference: 20 Hz
:
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
What it is: How frequently the monitor can refresh and show new frames, and whether it can vary its refresh rate in real time using technologies like G-sync and FreeSync.
When it matters: Mostly for gaming, but does provide a little better motion during normal usage.
Native
What it is: The frequency at which the monitor is capable of displaying images every second
When it matters: General usage, but better results are most important for gaming
Good value: >100 Hz
Noticeable difference: 15 Hz
:
144 Hz
Factory Overclock
What it is: The frequency at which the monitor's can be boosted to using its internal menu.
When it matters: Gaming and other usages where high frame rate content is consumed.
Good value: >100
Noticeable difference: 15
:
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
:
FreeSync
G-SYNC Compatible
What it is: We test for FreeSync compatibility with an NVIDIA GTX1060. We check for any excess blur, screen blanking, or excess tearing, and confirm the variable refresh rate range.
When it matters: If you have an NVIDIA graphics card.
Good value: Yes
:
Yes
VRR Maximum
What it is: The maximum frequency covered by the Variable Refresh Rate feature of the monitor.
When it matters: Any time the VRR feature is enabled.
Good value: Matches Refresh rate
Noticeable difference: 10 Hz
:
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
What it is: The lowest frequency covered by the monitor's Variable Refresh Rate feature.
When it matters: When using the VRR feature of the monitor at lower frame rates.
Good value: 30 Hz
:
< 20 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
What it is: The maximum frequency covered by the Variable Refresh Rate feature when the monitor's overclocking feature is used.
When it matters: When both the overclocking and VRR features are used.
Good value: Matching the overclocked refresh rate.
Noticeable difference: 10 hz
:
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

Score components:

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
What it is: Delay between input and onscreen reaction.
When it matters: General usage of the mouse and gaming.
Native Resolution
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying its native resolution at its native refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage and while playing video games.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
4.3 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
What it is:

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
4k UHD QHD
QHD FHD
FHD 1600x900
3440x1440 2560x1080
2560x1080 1920x1080
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying its native resolution at a refresh rate of 60 Hz.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
9.4 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is using its Variable Refresh Rate feature at its native resolution.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
4.5 ms
HDR
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying an HDR signal at its native resolution and refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
What it is: Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when BFI is enabled and the monitor is displaying a signal at the highest supported BFI refresh rate.
When it matters: General usage as well as gaming.
Good value: < 15 ms
Noticeable difference: 5 ms
:
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
What it is: The number of pixels the monitor can display, and the surface area of its screen.
When it matters: All usages, but especially for office and media editing.
Score components:
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
What it is: Additional features found on the monitor
Speakers
What it is: Whether or not the monitor features standalone speakers.
When it matters: When using your computer without headphones or a dedicated pair of speakers.
:
Yes
HDR10 : 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
ASUS VG279Q Controls picture

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
ASUS VG279Q In The Box picture

  • 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

ASUS VG279Q Group Shot Picture
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 monitors for Xbox One X, and the best gaming monitors for PS4.

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.

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.

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.

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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Conclusion
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7.9Mixed Usage
Score components:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ASUS VG279Q does not support HDR. For a decent HDR gaming monitor, check out the Samsung CHG70.

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