ASUS VG279Q1A Review
The ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A is one of the best ASUS gaming monitors we have reviewed this year. It has a complete set of ports, support up to 165Hz video output, and an IPS display with the widest viewing angle possible at 178°. Unfortunately, the low-resolution 1080P display is a hard sell for users who are already accustomed to 4K display. The lack of HDR is also quite a big disappointment, but ASUS compensated it with GameVisuals technology.
ASUS is one of the most trusted brands in the technology space today. The Taiwanese brand has proven itself as a quality brand in the smartphone, laptop and computer peripherals market. But if there is one thing the brand is also known for, it is for its wide range of products in the gaming category. ASUS continues to manufacture one of the best products in the gaming sector, either under the ASUS brand or the well-known ROG brand.
Today, we are going to be looking at one of the best gaming monitors by ASUS, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A. This ASUS gaming monitor has some tricks up its sleeves, but would it be enough to outweigh all its flaws? To know, continue reading our ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A Review.
ASUS VG279Q1A Review
|Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|
|Panel Size||27 inch|
|Refresh Rate||165 Hz|
|Response Time||3 ms|
|Ports||1x DisplayPort (v1.2), and 2x HDMI (v1.4.)|
- Stealth design
- Wide viewing angle, reaches up to 178°, thanks to IPS LCD panel
- Display features 100% sRGB color space
- Brightness peaks at a decent 250 nits
- AMD FreeSync Premium
- Only comes with 1080P Full HD resolution
- No HDR support
- Doesn’t have a USB 3.0 port
The ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A offers a simple stealth looking design reminiscence of the more expensive gaming monitors. The build is hard plastic, but the bezels from this gaming monitor are so thin you can easily forgive ASUS’ choice of material. Personally, I’m digging the spacecraft-like design, which easily hints that this monitor is made for gaming.
To support that heavy 27-inch monitor, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A includes a stand with impressive dimensions. While the frame is made of metal, the outside is still made of hard matte plastic. The stand allows you to adjust or tilt the monitor between +23° and -5°, and rotate it up to 15° to each side.
This matte plastic design continues at the back, with a large ASUS logo on the top center, and a TUF Gaming range logo just below it. Since the monitor is VESA-compliant, you will see 100×100 holes so you can easily attach the monitor to the wall.
Performance-wise, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A can offer one of the best performance you can ever get on a budget gaming monitor. It can support up to Full HD 165Hz refresh rate if connected on the PC using the DisplayPort v1.2, and up to Full HD 144Hz using the HDMI 1.4 port.
Also, thanks to the IPS LCD, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A offers a very low latency minimum pixel response time at only 1ms MPRT (Motion Picture Response Time), or 3 ms (gray to gray, GtG). This is already one of the best IPS LCD panels we have seen, as IPS are always inferior to TN TFT and VA panel in terms of response time.
Unfortunately, the display only has a 1080P Full HD resolution and not 4K. While the color gamut is quite impressive rated at 100% sRGB (8-bit of course), the monitor also doesn’t support any HDR standards — which is a huge letdown for most gamers. The brightness is said to peak at 250 cd/m², but test reveals that the monitor can reach up to 271.301 cd/m² on FPS mode.
3. Wide 178-degree viewing angle
Thanks to the IPS LCD panel, the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A offers a wide viewing angle of up to 178°.
With all the available LCD panels in the market right now, IPS has the best viewing angle there is. Wider viewing angles deliver the same picture quality from all sides of the monitor. VA panel and TN TFT panels can beat IPS in terms of response time, but the IPS panel remains the best in terms of viewing angle. The ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A max out the best viewing angle the IPS panel can offer at 178°.
4. FreeSync Premium Technology
AMD’s line of FreeSync technology can be divided into three types, depending on the price range of your gaming monitor. The vanilla FreeSync technology, meant for entry-level gaming monitors, offers a tear-free, low flicker, low latency display. This is followed by FreeSync Premium, which targets midrange gaming monitors, and offers at least a 120Hz refresh rate at Full HD, low frame rate compensation (LRC), tear-free, low flicker, and low latency display. The FreeSync Premium Pro has the most demanding specifications as it requires HDR support, at least 120Hz refresh rate in Full HD resolution, low frame rate compensation (LFC), tear-free, low flicker, and low latency gaming in both standard dynamic range (SDR), and high dynamic range (HDR) scenario.
The ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A features FreeSync Premium technology from AMD and instead of going at the minimum requirements, ASUS decided to go full-force with its FreeSync Premium, maxing out at 165Hz via DisplayPort 1.2, or 144Hz via HMDI port 1.4.
5. Number of Ports
The ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A has a limited number of ports compared to the competition. However, given the price, you get all the ports needed to set up your gaming PC. It has one DisplayPort 1.2 which supports up to 165Hz refresh rate, and two HDMI 1.4 port supporting up to 144Hz refresh rate. This is already a great set of ports for a rather cheap gaming monitor, we would say.
6. Mounting options
The ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A comes with a stand, enforced with a metal frame, and hard matte plastic. It allows you to adjust or tilt the monitor between +23° and -5°, and rotate it up to 15° to each side. Since it is also VESA-compliant, it can also be mounted on the wall using a 100x100mm VESA mount.
7. Other Features
> Ultra-Low Blue Light technology
Staring at the screen continuously can create a lot of eye problems like blurry vision, eye strain, dry eye, cataracts or worst, macular degeneration. The tech industry is aware of this issue, and so most gadgets nowadays include a technology called blue light filter, or eye comfort (in some manufacturers). This blocks the blue light from coming out of the display, but also giving the screen a warmer look.
The gaming industry has also started adding a blue light filter on their monitors, as gamers have a high risk of getting too much blue light exposure due to longer gameplay. The ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A included an Ultra-low blue light technology to make sure gamers will not encounter eye strain during long gameplays.
> Shadow Boost Technology
Since the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A didn’t include an HDR-compliant display, ASUS instead added a technology to improve the dynamic range during gameplays. Shadow Boost technology improves the overall quality of the darker areas (shadows), without overexposing the brighter part of the image (highlights) for compensation. This gives clear images, free of blown-out highlights, or crushed shadows.
> GameVisual Technology
Another proprietary technology ASUS added on the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A is the GameVisual technology. The GameVisual technology allows users to choose a preset mode depending on the type of games they are playing. Currently, you can choose between 6 modes: sRGB, Racing, Scenery, RTS/RPG, FPS, and Cinema.
The sRGB mode makes sure that the images you are seeing are near color accurate, and since the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A offers 100% sRGB display, you can take advantage of this preset, and use the monitor for uses other than gaming like photo and video editing. The Racing preset is best when playing racing games, while the RTS/RPG, and FPS is best when playing games with higher contrasts, and graphic-intensive games like PUBG, or Cyberpunk 2077. It also enhances sharpness and color performance. Scenery preset is best when displaying sceneries, like landscape photos, or nature documentaries. It enhances the color saturation (like the blue seas looks bluer, and the greeneries looks greener), improves contrast gradation, and increase brightness. Cinema preset is best when watching movies as it enhances contrast and color saturation for more vivid visuals.
> GamePlus hotkey
The hotkey is important when playing FPS (first-person shooter) games. The ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A features ASUS’ proprietary GamePlus hotkey which allows you to enable OSD crosshair, Timer, FPS counter and Display Alignment functions. Currently, there are four different types of crosshairs available on the GamePlus tool.
> Flicker-Free technology
Since the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A comes with AMD FreeSync Premium technology, the display is flicker-free. ASUS used Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) for the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A to control the brightness, which, unlike the normal gaming monitors, doesn’t produce flickers. You can test if your monitor is flicker-free if you point a camera on it, and the display doesn’t flicker. This flickering can sometimes be unnoticeable, but longer exposure to it makes us even more sensitive causing a lot of issues like nausea, headache, eye strain, and fatigue.
ASUS once again delivered a great product with a low price tag. The ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A is one of the best gaming monitors we have reviewed this year, giving users great specifications at a lower price. Yes, it doesn’t have HDR, but ASUS’ proprietary features included on the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279Q1A easily outweighs this missing feature. The 100% sRGB display, and GameVisual will surely be enough to tackle your need for HDR.