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Asus MX279H review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £287
inc VAT

We’d prefer a higher maximum resolution, but this is a beautifully designed monitor with great image quality


The MX279H provides different screen modes, including Scenery, Theater, Game and Night View. Scenery Mode enhances contrast, making images appear sharper, and Theater Mode makes colours look much richer. Game Mode, on the other hand, increases the brightness levels to eliminate shadows, while Night View Mode eases brightness slightly so it creates less strain on your eyes in lower light conditions. Each one is customisable too, so you can tweak each setting to your own liking.

Asus MX279H

Around the back, the MX279H has two HDMI inputs that are HDCP compatible and one VGA port for older PCs. At first we lamented the exclusion of a DVI-D input, but the MX279H comes with a HDMI-DVI-D adaptor cable. It also has a 3.5mm audio line input, a 3.5mm headphone jack and two built-in stereo speakers. The speakers are Bang & Olufsen branded, and although they’re certainly better than typical monitor speakers, they don’t produce a lot of bass. You’ll probably still want a set of dedicated speakers if you plan on listening to a lot of music, but they’re adequate if you’re not too concerned with sound quality.

The Asus MX279H isn’t the best 27in IPS screen we’ve ever seen, but you certainly won’t find one with a better design for under £300. It’s a shame it doesn’t have a larger resolution, as a screen this pretty certainly deserves one, but the Asus MX279H shows that a marriage of great design and decent image quality needn’t break the bank.

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Basic Specifications



Viewable size27 in
Native resolution1,920×1,080
Contrast ratio80000000:1
Horizontal viewing angle178°
Vertical viewing angle178°
Response time5ms
Response time typegrey-to-grey
Screen depth18mm
Base (WxD)622x225mm
Screen elevation70mm


Portrait modeno
Wall mount optionno
Height adjustableno
Internal speakersyes (3W stereo)
Detachable cablesyes
USB hubnone
Integrated power supplyyes
Kensington lock lugyes
Display extras2x HDMI
VGA inputyes
DVI inputno
S-video inputno
Component inputno
Composite inputno
HDCP supportyes
Audio inputs3.5mm line in, 3.5mm microphone jack


Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on37W

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

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