Asus MX279H review
We’d prefer a higher maximum resolution, but this is a beautifully designed monitor with great image quality
Review Date: 11 Feb 2013
Price when reviewed: £287
Reviewed By: Katharine Byrne
The Asus MX279H is a very attractive monitor. Its frameless 27in AH-IPS display is just 18mm thick, and it has a touch-sensitive menu bar running along the bottom of the screen. Sadly, its stand is fixed, but there’s plenty of screen tilt to help you find the perfect working angle.
Unlike some more expensive monitors, such as the Asus PB278Q and Viewsonic VP2770-LED, the Asus MX279H has a 1,920x1,080 resolution rather than a higher resolution of 2,560x1,440. This helps keep the price down, but text looks a little jagged on a screen this large.
Its matt finish diffuses reflections brilliantly, and we had no trouble looking at it in direct sunlight or with bright overhead lights. The only disadvantage is that it makes colours looks slightly less vibrant. Its reds, greens and blues were all very bright, but they didn’t leap out of the screen at you. Whites also appeared just a little grey, and blacks showed a very small amount of backlight bleeding in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Even so, you’d be hard pushed to notice this on a day-to-day basis, unless you were looking at a particularly dark image.
Its contrast levels were better, with lots of visible detail in both the light and dark areas of our test photos. The MX279H’s good contrast is possibly a result of its AH-IPS (advanced high-performance IPS) panel, which is supposed to provide better brightness and contrast than a standard IPS panel. In testing, the MX279H’s AH-IPS panel didn’t provide significantly better image quality than other high-quality IPS panels we’ve reviewed.
Our colour calibrator showed it was displaying 97.1% of the sRGB colour gamut at its default settings. This is quite average by IPS standards, but it’s still a respectable score and exactly what we’d expect to see given the price. Its horizontal and vertical viewing angles were also good, although its viewing angles fell a little short of the claimed 178 degrees.
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