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Pros: - Excellent picture for computer output or TV.
- Extremely thin edge.
- Nice array of control options built-in.
- With some simple and quick adjustments, the colors appear reasonably close to "what the camera would see". Ability to quickly make these adjustments, because of configuration options, is impressive.
- Switching between inputs is reasonably quick with minimal flicker/lag during switch-over.
- Modern design and stand minimize overall desktop space consumption.
- Did not see ghosting or blurring during motion/video.
Cons: - Buttons can be "overly" sensitive. Would have preferred the buttons along the front bottom edge for clarity and simplicity.
- Manufacturer's packaging could result in damage during shipment. Box should be sturdier and have more styrofoam to protect it.
Overall Review: - Speakers could be louder - but this wasn't purchased with the intent of using the speakers.
- While assembling, the stand may seem "awkward" or incorrect until you have it on a desk. Initially, tilt action may seem "stiff" until it is worked a little.
- Would like to see this same quality and feature set for a 1920x1200 monitor from Asus. Excellent 1920x1200 monitors in this price range are very hard to find.
Pros: - IPS Panel
- 250 cd/m2 (I prefer 300+ but this was suitable)
- 27" :)
- 80,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
- 311mm pixel pitch - though anything greater would be a con IMO
- Hardly any backlit bleeding but still noticeable - comes with the territory of IPS panels however
- Dual HDMI
- Minimal bezel - awesome for multi-monitor setups!
- No dead pixels
Cons: - 1920x1080 (this size is suitable for me and for many I talked to but I do feel that a screen this size would be better paired with a tighter resolution)
- 5ms (GTG) and 60Hz - real world response time averaged 16ms. That and coupled with a 60Hz refresh rate, ghosting was apparent (yes I know of Tracer Free) and was very apparent while gaming which was a deal breaker for me
- No DVI support
- No DisplayPort - so much for future proofing
- Controls are extremely sensitive!!
Overall Review: I ended up sending this monitor back to Newegg (at a restocking fee hit of just over $50) because while I thought the monitor was very beautiful I couldn't endure the response time and refresh rate working in tangent negatively for anything fast-paced. I thought I could really learn to deal with it because I really wanted a high-quality display monitor (IPS in particular) while not breaking the bank but I obviously couldn't. As mentioned in the Cons section the actual response time averaged 16ms which I could not accept for gaming. While that may be good for an IPS panel - it is not for gaming if you are particular like me.
I ended up going with ASUS's VG series - VG278HE. I have to admit, while the color reproduction is not close to the level of the IPS, it still is very good! So if you are into gaming (hardcore/fast-paced) I recommend the VG series monitors over the MX! 2ms GTG (average 6ms actual) coupled with a 144Hz refresh rate - flawless!~). Added bonus is watching/playing in 3D also.
Pros: I was putting a pc together part by part as I saved up the money and I had left the monitor for last because I was not sure what to buy. I was aiming for the pb278q from Asus but I did not like the way it's housing looked. That lead me to look at Asus' Mx series but sadly they didn't have a 1440p monitor in the Mx series which really sucked. Until the day I was roaming the lonely planes of pcpartpicker and I saw this baby. It didn't have many reviews since it was brand knew but knowing Asus' reputation I took a leap of faith and bought it. It came in a surprisingly thin box, it was in perfect condition and assembly was a single screw on the base. Once assembled I noticed how small it looks compared to other 27" monitors and I realized it was because of how small the bezels were. The image is pretty sharp but the real benefit is the fact that it's is such a large screen with that sharpness. It helps a lot when working on a model in AutoCad or Inventor because it makes one forget that you are looking at a piece of metal glass and plastic and more like looking into a magic portal into virtual reality. It sounds a bit silly but makes sense once you see the appeal of a 1440p monitor.
As for gaming, I do like it a lot. It is no 144hz monitor but it makes up for the fact with the rich colors coming from the IPS panel it's got. I have no complaints from this monitor at all. It impressed me with its bezel, resolution and surprisingly it's speakers. They aren't as good as a dedicated solution that has full and rich sound, I admit it lacks any real base but it is far better than what I expected from tiny speakers built into a thin monitor. So yes I do recommend this monitor if it will go into a work station, gaming station or anything else for that matter. Hell, if you are a narcissist slap a photo of your self and enjoy because I do!
Cons: Why wasn't it out sooner?
Pros: Amazing color accuracy; this monitor has a very wide gamut of color reproduction and is able to replicate colors that other monitors can't.
AH-IPS Panel (Advanced High Performance IPS, the most recent variation of IPS technology refined by LG)
Excellent contrast ratio
Very bright screen
Panel has uniform brightness/backlight/color throughout
Quick response time with no noticeable blurring/ghosting
Not a hint of light bleeding
Wide viewing angles
Very nice aesthetic design
Thin bezel, not truly without a bezel, the screen surface extends past the viewable panel to a thin layer of plastic bezel. Its a very unique look, but still a 1/4" of non-screen surfaces surrounding the panel.
Built in speakers could suffice, but a stand-alone set is highly recommended
Cons: Speakers are unnecessary
Monitor cannot swivel or adjust vertically
Overall Review: My primary use for this monitor is programming, gaming, and watching movies.
I purchased this monitor as my primary screen along with another Asus 21.5" IPS. This monitor puts the other IPS to shame, it’s just that good! I'm thinking I should have bought two of these.
I don't do any graphic design/artistic work but I have always been very sensitive to color accuracy. I am now a convert. The newer IPS monitors are really worlds apart from TA/VA panels. Some may or may not notice the difference, but for those that want/need a very color accurate monitor, this is it.
Side note: to get the most out of this monitor, head over to lagom.nl/lcd-test/ and calibrate the screen. I set mine on sRGB and it passes all the tests with flying colors. Be sure to use DVI or HDMI. Also be sure to set "trace free" to 0 to avoid artifacts for moving scenes.
BIG SIDE NOTE: The first one I bought had an eyelash sized hair on the left side of the screen with a cluster of dark pixels on the right side. I RMA'd it and received the current unit (much better!) I didn't take off any eggs, figured it was just a QA anomaly.
Pros: Great design, small bezel, light weight, great picture.
Cons: Arrived with one dead pixel....Which kinda bothers me with how much I paid for this monitor. Obviously with it being just one pixel...It's not really worth sending it back, which kind of makes it worse for me.
Pros: Good IPS technology. Matte finish. Colors are very nice. Scored very well on a monitor test where I looked at different shades of color and contrast/black levels. I was able to distinguish between each shade easily. Price is reasonable.
Response time is adequate. I was worried since I have only used low response time panels in the past for gaming. I have a 2ms panel, a 1ms panel and now two of these 5ms IPS monitors. I was going to primarily use them for working and watching movies. However, I did test them out on some games and found no problem gaming on them. I've played Crysis 2, BF3, SC2, XCOM, and a few others so far. They all played perfectly, and I did not detect ghosting. In fact, the colors were better and I prefer to use them for games now.
Cons: Backlight bleed along the corners at off-center viewing angles. Only really noticeable on an all black screen. It spreads the worse the viewing angle (from the corners). It's a bit different than standard bleed from an TN panel (explained below). I assume that's because of the new IPS tech.
For example, to remove the bleed from the lower right corner you'd have to position your eyes directly in front of that corner (wouldn't do anything to a TN panel's light bleed, but works here), which worsens the bleed from the rest of the monitor. Overall, It has wide viewing angles for which an image can be identified with some light bleed on the corners. Not much of a downside considering the price. Doesn't impact my use at all.
The bottom silver strip that adds style to the design prevents using eyefinity for gaming. It is taller than the rest of the bezel making it impossible to do multiple monitors in portrait configuration. The fact that the silver part is also a little wider than the bezel leaves a small (1mm) gap when doing landscape configurations. I didn't have any intention of using it for this purpose.
The "alignment grid" "feature" is freakin annoying. I mean, seriously ANNOYING. The buttons are along the bottom of the monitor and very touch sensitive. I accidentally hit them all the time when moving something on my desk or adjusting the volume for my speakers. I seem to hit the "alignment grid" the most. It is a 15+ second ordeal to get rid of it. It's meant to be used for making 3x5 note cards and the like. Nifty idea. It overlays onto the screen, with some transparency. It also has several "pages" that all have to be flipped through to get it to turn off. But, ALL the pages have to be flipped through and it takes a few seconds for it to flip between pages. Meaning, after you accidentally hit the button you're sitting there spamming the button through each of these pages to get the overlay to go away. And there's no way to skip it and just turn it off. It would be fatal during any kind of gaming. Worst Software Design Decision. Evar. I mean, when is it ever a good idea to not have an 'esc' button? 1 Egg down!
Overall Review: I have two of these monitors and this is my second review. I verified everything I said above with both. Originally I couldn't because of the color difference I noticed between them. However, the color problem was fixed when I switched to "active" adapters on my Radeon 6970. I recommend investing in these adapters if you plan on using multiple monitors. The difference was night and day. There is still a very minor color difference, but easily correct with adjustments.
The "trace free" feature cases artifacts! At first I thought my video card was dying. Pixels would go bright solid, r,g or b. This turned out to be the "trace free" feature that Asus included to lower response time for games. It is set at 60% by default and causes no artifacts at that setting. At 100% artifacts occur due to rapid on-screen movement.
I would recommend this over the 27" version as the light bleed phenomena would probably be worse.
Pros: IPS panel has amazing colors with some tweaking
Bezel is thin
Gorgeous design, looks slick
Surprisingly sturdy stand
Comes with a DisplayPort cable
Cons: None that affect me
Overall Review: I got this after playing the panel lottery on a Qnix brand. And needless to say, I've learned my lesson. This is a fantastic monitor, and while its no 144hz gsync. It still performs well for the price. I use it for many things from gaming, photoshop, and audio recording. The higher resolution is definitely worth it. Looks amazing and sharp. The higher end ROG monitors have the 144hz and gsync, but the QC isnt worth the price tag on those. I'm only running a single 980Ti so i couldnt take advantage of the higher refresh rate anyways. This will be a great monitor for a few years till technology advances and we see 4k take center stage.
Pros: -Amazingly Crisp & Clear
-Ton of features
Cons: Not Cheaper?
Overall Review: I bought this monitor locally after having to deal with one of the Korean QNIX brands and I'll never do it again. This monitor simply puts the QNIX and other brands to shame. This is an amazing monitor and worth every penny, but wish it was cheaper.