ASUS VG279QM Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Jun 22, 2020 at 08:41 am
ASUS VG279QM Picture
8.2
Mixed Usage
8.1
Office
8.7
Gaming
7.9
Multimedia
8.0
Media Creation
7.3
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 1920x1080
Max Refresh Rate
280 Hz
LCD Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM is an excellent gaming monitor. The 280Hz refresh rate delivers exceptional motion handling, with extremely fast response time, low input lag, and an optional black frame insertion feature. Unlike most monitors on the market, the black frame insertion feature can even be used simultaneously with the variable refresh rate feature. Like most of ASUS' TUF lineup, it also has outstanding ergonomics, a simple design, and great build quality. It's a great monitor for most uses, but the low-resolution screen might disappoint some users, as it's not as good for office use or for multitasking, but overall, this is a great monitor for any usage. Unfortunately, it's not a good choice for console gamers, as it has an extremely high input lag at 60Hz.

Our Verdict

8.2 Mixed Usage

The ASUS VG279QM is a great monitor. It's intended as a gaming monitor, and it shows. It has exceptionally smooth motion with little blur, low input lag at the max refresh rate, and it supports a variable refresh rate. Like most IPS monitors, it has wide viewing angles, but low contrast, so it's not as good for late-night gaming in a dark room. Finally, this monitor is also great for office use and media creation, but the low resolution might disappoint some users.

Pros
  • Outstanding response time.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
Cons
  • Low contrast.
8.1 Office

Overall, the ASUS VG279QM is a great office monitor. It has wide viewing angles, outstanding ergonomics, and excellent gray uniformity. Unfortunately, the low native resolution isn't the best for multitasking, and it has only decent text clarity. It also doesn't support any multiple-input display features, like Picture-in-Picture or Picture-by-Picture.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
Cons
  • Low contrast.
  • Limited 1080p resolution.
8.7 Gaming

The ASUS VG279QM is an outstanding gaming monitor, one of the best we've ever tested. It has outstanding motion handling, resulting in clear motion with very little blur. It also supports a variable refresh rate and is compatible with both FreeSync and G-SYNC devices. It also has exceptionally low input lag when gaming at 280Hz, but, unfortunately, the 60Hz input lag is extremely high, so it's not a great choice for console gamers.

Pros
  • Outstanding response time.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
Cons
  • Low contrast.
  • Extremely high input lag at 60Hz.
7.9 Multimedia

The ASUS TUF VG279QM is a very good monitor for multimedia. It has great horizontal viewing angles, great for watching your favorite streamers with a group of friends. It also has great peak brightness in SDR, and it can easily overcome glare in a bright room. On the other hand, the low native resolution isn't the best for watching the latest high definition videos.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
Cons
  • Low contrast.
8.0 Media Creation

The ASUS VG279QM is a great monitor for media creation. It has excellent ergonomics, wide viewing angles, and outstanding gray uniformity. It also has an excellent SDR color gamut and excellent gradient handling. Unfortunately, the low-resolution screen isn't ideal for video editing, and the relatively low coverage of the Adobe RGB color space isn't great for professional photo editing.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
Cons
  • Low contrast.
7.3 HDR Gaming

Decent monitor for HDR gaming, but mainly due to the ASUS VG279QM's outstanding gaming performance. Unfortunately, HDR doesn't add much, as this monitor has only decent peak brightness in HDR, and it can't display a wide color gamut.

Pros
  • Outstanding response time.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
Cons
  • Low contrast.
  • Extremely high input lag at 60Hz.
  • 8.2 Mixed Usage
  • 8.1 Office
  • 8.7 Gaming
  • 7.9 Multimedia
  • 8.0 Media Creation
  • 7.3 HDR Gaming

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
7.3 lbs (3.3 kg)
Weight (with stand)
12.3 lbs (5.6 kg)

The ASUS VG279QM has a very similar style to other ASUS monitors we've tested, like the ASUS VG279Q and the ASUS TUF VG27VQ.

Design
Stand
Width
10.8" (27.5 cm)
Depth
8.3" (21.2 cm)

The stand is simple, with a small overall footprint, but it supports the monitor well.

9.2
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range -90° to 90°
Tilt Range -30° to 5°

The ASUS VG279QM has outstanding ergonomics, identical to the ASUS VG279Q.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor is plain, with a simple design and no RGB backlighting. There's no quick release, which is a bit disappointing, but it can be VESA mounted. There's a small space within the stand for cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.7 cm)

The borders are thin on all four sides, making it a great choice for a multi-monitor setup.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
6.2" (15.8 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.1" (5.3 cm)

The monitor has a thin profile and looks great when VESA mounted.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

Great build quality. Although it's mostly made of solid plastic, it has a sturdy stand and it feels solid.

Picture Quality
6.3
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1186 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

Like all IPS monitors, the ASUS VG279QM has a low contrast ratio. This causes blacks to appear gray in a dark room. For better dark-scene performance, look for a VA monitor, like the ASUS TUF VG27VQ.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. This video is provided for reference only.

8.2
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
382 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
414 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
414 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
415 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
415 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
415 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
413 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
413 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
414 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
414 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
414 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

Great peak brightness, but it's not quite as bright as the ASUS VG279Q. This monitor can easily overcome glare in a bright room.

7.2
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
474 cd/m²
HDR Peak 2% Window
505 cd/m²
HDR Peak 10% Window
460 cd/m²
HDR Peak 25% Window
509 cd/m²
HDR Peak 50% Window
507 cd/m²
HDR Peak 100% Window
507 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 2% Window
504 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 10% Window
451 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 25% Window
432 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 50% Window
506 cd/m²
HDR Sustained 100% Window
506 cd/m²
HDR ABL
0.011

Decent peak brightness in HDR, with very little variation in peak brightness with different content. We measured this with the "ASUS Gaming HDR" setting, which is the brightest mode. The "ASUS Movie HDR" setting is about 30 nits dimmer on average.

8.4
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
49 °
Color Washout From Right
51 °
Color Shift From Left
66 °
Color Shift From Right
64 °
Brightness Loss From Left
48 °
Brightness Loss From Right
49 °
Black Level Raise From Left
70 °
Black Level Raise From Right
70 °
Gamma Shift From Left
45 °
Gamma Shift From Right
47 °

Great horizontal viewing angles, which is typical for IPS panels. Similar to the ASUS VG279Q, the image remains accurate even at a wide angle, which is great for sharing the screen with a few other people.

7.3
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
32 °
Color Washout From Above
34 °
Color Shift From Below
47 °
Color Shift From Above
65 °
Brightness Loss From Below
36 °
Brightness Loss From Above
39 °
Black Level Raise From Below
57 °
Black Level Raise From Above
70 °
Gamma Shift From Below
32 °
Gamma Shift From Above
34 °

Decent vertical viewing angles. Even if you're sitting up close, the top and bottom of the screen remain accurate.

8.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.570 %
50% DSE
0.101 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.331 %
5% DSE
0.058 %

Outstanding gray uniformity. The corners of the screen are a bit darker than the center (this is known as vignetting), but the center of the screen is extremely uniform. In near-dark scenes, the uniformity is much better, with almost no variation.

7.2
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.150 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM has decent black uniformity. The screen is a bit cloudy in dark scenes, but there's almost no backlight bleed.

8.3
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Luminance
120 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
8
Contrast Setting
80
RGB Controls
100-100-100
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6711 K
White Balance dE
1.52
Color dE
2.83
Gamma
2.11

With our pre-calibration settings, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM has great accuracy. The only noticeable issue is the gamma, which doesn't follow the sRGB target curve, resulting in most scenes appearing brighter than they should be. Yellows and greens are slightly oversaturated, but we don't expect this to be an issue for most people.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Luminance
103 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
0
Contrast Setting
80
RGB Controls
100-100-98
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6484 K
White Balance dE
0.56
Color dE
0.47
Gamma
2.18

After calibration, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM has outstanding accuracy. We were able to fully correct the gamma, and most scenes are displayed at the correct brightness. Any remaining inaccuracies aren't noticeable.

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.

8.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
97.6 %
Adobe RGB xy
75.2 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Racing Mode

Excellent SDR color gamut, but it's pretty standard. This monitor can display the entire sRGB color space used by almost all web content, but it has only good coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space.

8.8
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
96.0 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
80.3 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Racing Mode

Excellent SDR color volume. Like most LCD displays, it can't display very bright blues, and due to the low contrast ratio, it can't display dark saturated colors very well.

6.3
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
67.8 %
Rec. 2020 xy
57.3 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
Asus Gaming HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Asus Gaming HDR

The ASUS VG279QM has a mediocre HDR color gamut. It can't display a wide color gamut.

6.1
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
69.2 %
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
51.8 %
DCI P3 Picture Mode
Asus Gaming HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
Asus Gaming HDR

Mediocre HDR color volume. It can't display a wide color gamut, and like with SDR content, it can't display bright blues or dark saturated colors very well.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00 %
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 no signs of temporary image retention on this monitor.

9.1
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

Excellent gradient handling, but some banding is noticeable. The image is a bit brighter than usual, as this monitor automatically switches to HDR when we send a 10-bit signal, and the brightness can't be adjusted in HDR.

9.0
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.000 %
Pixel Column Error
0.201 %

There are some signs of vertical color bleed, but this shouldn't be an issue for most people.

7.4
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.3 %
Indirect Reflections
2.8 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.6 %

Decent reflection handling, very similar to the ASUS VG279Q. There shouldn't be any issues in brighter offices, but it's not a great choice if there's direct sunlight on it.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

Like the ASUS VG279Q, this display has only decent text clarity, even after enabling ClearType (top photo).

Motion
9.7
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
80
Rise / Fall Time
2.5 ms
Total Response Time
5.7 ms
Overshoot Error
3.9 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
2.6 ms
Dark Total Response Time
5.3 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
3.2 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
0 Chart Table Photo
20 Chart Table Photo
40 Chart Table Photo
60 Chart Table Photo
80 Chart Table Photo
100 Chart Table Photo

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM has an outstanding response time at the max refresh rate, resulting in extremely clear motion, with almost no motion blur behind fast-moving objects. Like most monitors, the level of overdrive can be adjusted, and we found that the '80' setting works best at the max refresh rate. There's a bit of overshoot in some scenes, especially when transitioning from a dark shade to a brighter one, but it's not very noticeable.

9.2
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
0
Rise / Fall Time
4.6 ms
Total Response Time
9.8 ms
Overshoot Error
0 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.9 ms
Dark Total Response Time
8.7 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
0 Chart Table Photo
20 Chart Table Photo
40 Chart Table Photo
60 Chart Table Photo
80 Chart Table Photo
100 Chart Table Photo

This monitor has an outstanding 60Hz response time, resulting in clear motion with only a bit of motion blur. This is much better than the Dell Alienware AW2720HF. The level of overdrive can be adjusted, but unlike at 280Hz, we recommend leaving it at '0' when gaming at 60Hz. Higher settings result in significant overshoot.

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

The backlight doesn't use PWM to dim, which is great.

8.0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
280 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
85 Hz

The ASUS VG279QM has an optional black frame insertion (BFI) feature, which ASUS calls "ELMB". Unlike the majority of monitors on the market, this feature is also available when the variable refresh rate feature is enabled. This setting is known as "ELMB Sync".

The standard ELMB feature can only be enabled between 120Hz and 280Hz, but ELMB Sync can be enabled below that. Even though it can be enabled, we found that ELMB didn't do anything between 50 and 85Hz.

9.6
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
280 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (NVIDIA Certified)
VRR Maximum
280 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM supports VESA's Adaptive Sync variable refresh rate technology. It's certified by NVIDIA as G-SYNC Compatible, which works with most recent NVIDIA graphics cards, and it also works with most FreeSync devices, but it's not certified by AMD. G-SYNC only works over DisplayPort, but FreeSync works over HDMI as well. Note that when connected via HDMI, the 280Hz overclock isn't available, and the maximum refresh rate is 240Hz.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
1.7 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
35.1 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
1.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
40.4 ms
10 Bit HDR
4.9 ms
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
1.7 ms

Outstanding low input lag, but only at the native resolution and refresh rate. Unfortunately, the 60Hz input lag is extremely high, making this a poor choice for console gamers. As these results are extremely high for 60Hz, we rechecked them a few times, even with a different tool, and our results were consistent.

7.1
Inputs
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 1080p resolution of this monitor is decent, but it's not the best for multitasking. For a better multitasking experience and sharper text, a 1440p or 4k monitor, like the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG, is a much better choice.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 2 (HDMI 2.0)
DVI No
VGA No
DisplayPort Out No
USB 1 (USB 3.0)
USB C No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply External Brick
Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
No
Speakers
No
HDR10 Yes
Multiple Input Display
No

There are a few additional gaming features on this monitor, including a virtual crosshair, timer, and an frame rate counter.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls

The controls use a combination of a joystick and buttons. It's pretty easy to use, but not quite as good as pure joystick controls.

Features
In The Box

  • User Manual
  • Power supply
  • HDMI cable
  • DisplayPort cable

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 27 inch VG279QM, version VG279QM, but it's also available in a 24.5" model, and there are other similar ASUS Gaming monitors, some of which are listed below.

Model Size Resolution Max Refresh Rate Notes
VG279QM 27" 1080p 280Hz FreeSync, IPS
VG259QM 24.5" 1080p 280HZ FreeSync, IPS
VG279Q 27" 1080p 144Hz FreeSync, IPS
TUF VG27VQ 27"  1080p 165Hz   FreeSync, IPS
TUF VG27AQ 27" 1440p 165Hz FreeSync, IPS
PG279QZ 27" 1440p 144Hz G-SYNC, IPS

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their ASUS VG279QM 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 March 2020, and you can see the label here.

Compared to other monitors

The ASUS VG279QM is an impressive gaming monitor, delivering an outstanding gaming experience, as long as your computer can maintain a high frame rate. Unfortunately, it's not as good for office use or console gaming. Check out our other recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 27" monitors, and the best FreeSync monitors.

ASUS VG279Q
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The ASUS VG279QM is much better than the ASUS VG279Q. The VG279QM has a much higher max refresh rate and a much faster response time, resulting in much clearer motion, with little blur behind fast-moving objects. The VG279QM supports HDR, and it supports ASUS' ELMB-SYNC feature, so you can use black frame insertion and the variable refresh rate feature at the same time.

Acer Nitro XV273X
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Amazon.com

There are very few differences between the Acer Nitro XV273X and the ASUS VG279QM. The ASUS has better ergonomics, a slightly faster response time, and a more versatile black frame insertion feature, which can even be used with a variable refresh rate. On the other hand, the Acer has much lower input lag at 60Hz, making it a better choice for console gamers.

ASUS TUF VG27AQ
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The ASUS VG279QM is slightly better than the ASUS TUF VG27AQ for gaming. The VG279QM has a faster response time, resulting in clearer motion with less blur, especially at 60Hz. The VG279QM is a lot brighter, especially in HDR. On the other hand, the VG27AQ has a higher native resolution, making it a slightly better choice for multitasking.

ASUS TUF VG27VQ
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The ASUS VG279QM is much better than the ASUS TUF VG27VQ. The VG279QM has much better ergonomics, better viewing angles, and significantly faster response time. The VG279QM supports HDR, and it supports black frame insertion and a variable refresh rate at the same time. On the other hand, the VG27VQ has a much better contrast ratio, so it looks better in a dark room.