Asus TUF Gaming VG279QM 280Hz Fast IPS Gaming Monitor Review. Asus tuf vg279qm
Asus TUF Gaming VG279QM 280Hz Fast IPS Gaming Monitor Review!
Inside the box, you get an HDMI cable and a Display Port cable, The Power cable and power adapter, the base of the monitor stand, a manual with some other papers, and finally the monitor itself.
Installation of these Asus monitors is VERY easy, and you can almost do it with one hand as you just have to put the monitor stand on its base, and then tighten a single screw with hands as it has a D ring.
The monitor has a really great and balanced design, because it does have gamery elements that make it look distinct, but they haven’t gone very aggressive with the aesthetics, so this will blend easily in a variety of environments.
I like the simple design of the stand, as it doesn’t take a lot of space, and with this monitor, you really have all kinds of adjustments.
You can tilt it by 33 degrees, can adjust its height by 13 centimeters, can swivel it by 90 degrees on either side, and can also pivot it by 90 degrees in both directions to use it in portrait mode.
The stand also has a passthrough for cables, because the input ports are at the bottom.
and we have 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.2, a headphone out for audio, along with a kensington lock. The HDMI 2.0 port will limit the refresh rate to 240 Hz, but that will be plenty enough for hooking this up with a console as they don’t reach 240hz anyways.
The stand is also VESA compatible, so you can also use other stands if you want.
All functions and settings of the monitor can be accessed just by using a single joystick at back which works really well, but you also have extra buttons for quick access, along with the power button at bottom.
The On Screen menu is also logically laid out, and all of the settings can be accessed quickly.
In addition to some picture profiles that I don’t use, it also offers some gaming focused features like showing different kinds of crosshairs at center, a timer which you can reposition and can use to check if your eggs have finished getting boiled, a frame rate counter with a graph, a sniper function which zooms the central area of monitor without being considered as cheating, and you also have a shadow boost feature which boosts the dark areas of your games, and this actually looks quite natural so some of these features could be actually useful.
A Blue light filter to prevent eye fatigue is also present, and the monitor also has in-built speakers, which can be useful when your other audio devices aren’t working.
DISPLAY QUALITY PERFORMANCE
With a 27 inch display panel having a 1080p resolution, you’re definitely not going to see sharp looking text that you would see with a QHD or 4K monitor, but it is of course the refresh rate that you’re buying this monitor for, and in that department, it really is one of the fastest monitors at 280 Hz refresh rates which you achieve by overclocking its panel from 240Hz just so you can get the feeling of being on the PC Master Race.
But before we move on to how awesome moving mouse on this monitor is, its IPS display actually has really good colors; we have 99% of sRGB coverage, and the colors on it look really good and well saturated, and even though there are TN panels with good color coverage percentages, the content on this monitor does look better, and we also have much better viewing angles at 178 degrees as it is an IPS panel.
This can also be used for some content creation if 1080p resolution is good enough for you, and the gripe I had with high refresh rate TN panels was that while they were great for gaming, we didn’t have good colors, so this monitor solves that issue, and if you feel like 1080p is too low of a resolution for a 27 inch panel you can also go with the 25 inch version of this monitor, which will also be really great for gaming.
Now TN panels do have better response time than IPS panels typically, but on this particular panel, we have really good response times that will almost let you get full benefits of its 280Hz refresh rate, which is quite impressive for an IPS panel.
You will have to tweak the overdrive settings on the monitor to get the best balance of response time performance and overshoot control, and I’ll link to a review by Hardware Unboxed who have done really exhaustive response time testing on this monitor and found it to be very impressive, but even by testing with your eyes, you can see that the overdrive 80 setting results in a very well controlled response time on the monitor at 280 Hz, but Overdrive 100 setting starts introducing artifacts, even if that achieves the advertised 1ms GtG response time.
So the gaming experience on this monitor is of course really great. 280 Hz is not that big of a jump over the more common 240Hz, but you’re still getting an edge over the competition, and at its price, it can really be a great value when you consider how much the faster 360Hz IPS panel monitor costs.
ADAPTIVE SYNC WITH ELMB
The VG279QM is also G sync compatible, so even if you don’t have a GPU that can deliver a consistent 280 FPS, you won’t get frame tearing, which is very important to have on high refresh rate monitors.
We found the performance while playing esports games to be really great, and the extraordinarily high refresh rate really makes a significant difference while gaming, as you get more information sent to your brain during those quick movements in game, and it can really help you in spotting your opponents or aiming during those quick movements.
Asus has also included their ELMB Sync feature on the VG279QM, and what it basically does is that it strobes the backlight of the monitor to reduce motion blur, and this technology didn’t work along with adaptive sync earlier, even in Asus’s own monitors with ELMB, but now with ELMB Sync we can enable it with G-Sync which is really great.
A drawback to backlight strobing techniques in monitors is that it reduces the brightness significantly as now your backlight isn’t constantly on but since we have 400 nits maximum brightness on this monitor, even with ELMB enabled, it is quite bright, and you won’t have any issues, even in well lit rooms.
Now all backlight strobing implementations on monitors do cause some doubling of images because of strobe crosstalk, but we found that this problem is quite controlled for such a high refresh rate, and even though it is not perfect, I think a lot of gamers will prefer the sharper frames over the blurry frames even with some crosstalk which we didn’t find to be that noticeable.
We also have HDR on this monitor, but as this has a Display HDR 400 certification, we don’t have any kind of local dimming on this monitor, so you will not get a great HDR experience as the contrast won’t be great between the darkest and brightest parts of the scene, but that being said, the brightness and color gamut alone makes the HDR content look significantly better compared to my other monitor that doesn’t have HDR, so even though its HDR experience isn’t going to match the much more expensive FALD monitor like PG27UQ, it is better than having nothing.
One minor thing I didn’t like was how this panel doesn’t get very dim at its lowest settings, but it has been a similar case with other high refresh rate monitors I have tried.
So overall, the TUF VG279QM is really one of the best IPS gaming monitors with high refresh rates. In addition to the 280Hz refresh rate that has been implemented quite well on its IPS panel, you are getting great colors for general content consumption and gaming, it has G Sync and ELMB Sync is a really great feature to have if you like it. Display HDR 400 is not that special, but 400 nits of brightness does have nice benefits, and most features of this monitor are just really well executed which makes it a really great choice for a dedicated gaming monitor that can do more than just gaming, and the 400 US Dollar or Rs. price tag is pretty reasonable for everything that you’re getting.
You can also check out my review of the Asus VG278QR, which is a cheaper 165 Hz monitor with a TN panel.
The 25 inch version of this is also a really great alternative option.
Asus TUF Gaming VG279QM Gaming Monitor Review
240Hz gaming monitors are the new hotness when it comes to ultra-competitive play, but until now they’ve been limited to TN panels with poor viewing angles and less-than-stellar color accuracy. But Asus has finally broken the mold with the TUFGaming VG279QM, which features an IPS panel with a 240Hz refresh rate – or 280Hz with built-in overclocking – along with HDR, G-Sync, and a fast response time to keep motion smooth.
Design and Features
At 400, this display may not look too flashy, with a quarter-inch bezel around the edges and a mostly-unadorned stand. The stand has a cable routing hole in the middle, but it’s too small to easily fit cables through, which makes it kind of frustrating compared to more typical designs. The stand is, however, very adjustable, with customizable height, swivel, and tilt – you can even rotate it 90 degrees for a vertical orientation. On the back you’ll find one DisplayPort, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and a headphone jack – unimpressive, but not offensively bare. There are no USB ports, and the built-in speakers are, as you’d expect, not great.
But all that’s okay, because Asus nailed the important specs. The VG279QM is aimed at competitive, high-speed gaming, with a 1080p resolution and 240Hz refresh rate – overclockable to 280Hz through the on-screen menu, making this the fastest refresh rate monitor you can buy today. Asus warns that overclocking may introduce screen flickering or other issues, but it worked flawlessly for me, apart from an occasional black screen when disabling it (which I easily solved by turning the monitor off and on again). If 280Hz causes too many problems for you, there’s also a 270Hz overclock setting that’s more stable and still plenty fast.
That refresh rate would be impressive enough, but Asus is also using an IPS panel instead of the sub-par TN panels you usually see on high refresh rate displays. That means you get better viewing angles and better color reproduction, without the usual IPS drawbacks of slower refresh rates and response times. Asus puts a cherry on top with FreeSync support (that is certified G-Sync Compatible by Nvidia) and HDR400 (which, okay, can barely be considered HDR without local dimming, but it’s there). At 27 inches, 1080p is less sharp than I’d like, but it’s all in service of getting the highest refresh rates possible, so it’s forgivable for its target audience. I can’t decide whether I’d rather have a sharper 1080p image at 24 inches, or a more immersive experience at 27 inches.
You can adjust the panel’s settings via an on-screen display using a joystick-style controller on the back of the monitor. You get your typical brightness, contrast, and sharpness (which Asus calls VividPixel, for some reason), alongside presets for different types of gaming. Curiously, the default preset is named Racing, and it’s the most accurate of the bunch – Cinema uses far too cool a color temperature – so I recommend leaving it at the default, despite the confusing naming convention.
You’ll also find a few extra gaming features, like Shadow Boost (which lowers the contrast ratio but helps you see enemies in dark places), an on-screen crosshair, and a Sniper mode that zooms in so you can practice your faraway shots. Asus’ strobing backlight feature, which the company calls “ELMB Sync,” is unique in that it’s one of the only motion blur reduction features on the market that can be enabled alongside FreeSync and G-Sync – usually you have to pick one or the other. But it comes with its own drawbacks, which I’ll get to in a moment.
As with all monitors we review, I ran the VG279QM through a few of Lagom’s LCD test patterns to see how the panel performed. Gamma was a touch low on our test unit, hovering closer to 2.0 than the desired 2.2, and I found that black and white levels were just slightly crushed, meaning you might lose out on the darkest and brightest details in a given image. This is where that Shadow Boost feature can come in handy, as long as you don’t care about the loss in contrast ratio – which isn’t particularly great to begin with, due to IPS panels’ grey-ish blacks. Speaking of which, I also noticed some definite glow in the corners of the screen when it’s entirely black – again, typical of IPS panels, and well worth dealing with for the advantages IPS offers. But it’s still there, and still bothersome.
The rest of Lagom’s tests produced stellar results, though, with no visible banding in gradients, great viewing angles, and a fantastic response time. To test response time, Lagom uses a GIF that switches between two shades of grey – the slower your monitor shifts, the more flickering the GIF produces. With the default setting of Overdrive at 60, the VG279QM produced very little flickering, indicating a very low response time – a result backed up by Blur Buster’s UFO test, which showed almost no motion blur at 240Hz.
Note that Overdrive can naturally cause some “overshoot,” which manifests itself as visual artifacts around moving objects. At 240Hz, the default value of 60 was perfect, but if you’re gaming at lower refresh rates, you may need to lower the Overdrive setting to avoid those graphical glitches. At higher levels, the artifacting becomes too distracting for me to recommend. The same goes for the ELMB Sync setting, which seems to lock Overdrive at the highest setting. I wish Asus had left Overdrive user-configurable when ELMB is on, because with the right settings, this could be a killer combo. But thanks to the heavy artifacting, I recommend leaving ELMB Sync off. Feel free to give it a try, though.
If you play highly competitive games, this monitor is a dream. Colorful, fast-paced titles like Overwatch look incredible with IPS colors and super-fast response times, and while 280Hz is a subtle improvement over 144Hz, it is noticeably smoother. Darting around the map feels effortless, and the complete lack of motion blur just makes each movement so smooth and precise that it’s hard to go back to displays with higher response times. Those kinds of butter-smooth framerates are tough to hit unless you have a pretty decent graphics card, though, even at 1080p. You may have to drop some graphical settings to get there, too, so make sure your PC is up to the task before dropping the cash to go all-in on refresh rate.
With more typical single-player games, like Battlefield V, the value add becomes a bit murkier. Sure, you still get the amazing colors of an IPS panel, not to mention the nearly blur-free response time. But you also have a lower contrast ratio than VA panels, barely-there HDR performance, and a lot of wasted refresh rate, since you’re highly unlikely to hit 240 fps in high-fidelity titles. Couple that with the not-quite-sharp-enough 1080p resolution, and many gamers would probably do better with the1440p, 144Hz version of this monitor for a similar price – especially considering the advantages of higher resolution on the desktop. But unlike previous monitors in this space, the VG279QM acts as a pretty good all-arounder, without the larger sacrifices that 240Hz TN panels come with.
Still, there’s a place for those TN panels – if you really want 240Hz but don’t have the budget for Asus’ display, check out AOC’s AG251FZ2. At 279, it’s more affordable, albeit with a less impressive TN panel and a slightly smaller 25” size. But if you can swing the 400, trust me: the VG279QM is a big step up from its TN predecessors.
If you’re a competitive esports player that wants the best refresh rate display tech has to offer – without sacrificing viewing angles and color reproduction – the VG279QM is a fantastic monitor, despite a few minor drawbacks like low pixel density.