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This review is from: ASUS MG279Q Black 27" IPS 144Hz 4ms Adaptive-Sync (Free Sync) WQHD LED Gaming Monitor, 2560X1440(2K),W/ Asus Excusive GamePlus and Flicker free Technology, Pivot&Height Adjustment, Built-in speakers
Pros: -1440p resolution! If you're coming from 1080p, the amount of screen real estate gained is CRAZY. Much less scrolling involved!
-Decent build quality and quick release that attached panel to stand is a nice touch.
-IPS panel, so colors are accurate without being falsely oversaturated unless you want that look. Viewing angles are very good, especially given this panel's additional AHVA technology.
-144 Hz! This is a must for gamers demanding the smoothest frame rates out there.
-Freesync support, with caveats.
Cons: -As is the issue with current IPS displays, there is a fair amount of IPS glow involved. Its only really noticeable when working or playing against a dark background, but it can be distracting depending on the person.
-Freesync is hard-capped at 90 FPS with this monitor. Any AMD users wanting to push above that cap will need to disable Freesync. I'm not sure why this is a thing, as other Freesync monitors out there easily push past 90 Hz. Seeing as I own an Nvidia card, its kind of a non-issue for me, but I can see how it would be offputting to others. That said, Freesync is an open and "free" standard that may not quite stand up to Nvidia's G-Sync, but can offer similar quality for WAY less money. I'd like to see a world where Nvidia ditches the expensive G-Sync and supports the ever improving Freesync standard.
-TERRIBLE QA (see below)
Other Thoughts: The apparent void of QA is where this monitor loses an egg. My guess is Asus has decided that the process of Quality Assurance is too costly in terms of manpower and assets, so they have none in place for this particular product. I have seen statements on this very site from Asus as well as other places that they have QA working away on the Nvidia version of a similar IPS panel otherwise known as the PG279Q. The PG279Q includes the pricey G-Sync module, a slightly higher refresh rate, and the ROG tag, therefore it is typically hundreds of dollars more than this panel. Otherwise they are very comparable to each other. Asus had problems with defects and stepped things up for that model. Meanwhile, the MG279Q has apparently been left out in the cold.
The first TWO monitors I got had terrible backlight bleeding in the lower right corner, as well as a few other areas. Finally on my third panel, I got one that is acceptable. Otherwise the plan was to get a refund and wait longer for another similar screen to hit the market with some sort of QA process in place. Even so, the panel I decided to keep is not perfect. There are a couple small areas that have backlight bleeding, though they are small and minor enough that I do not readily notice them unless I toss up a totally black background and look for it. Its a mild annoyance I am willing to live with. However, one could argue that paying a premium price for a premium monitor should net you a product that stands up against scrutiny.
I gave this monitor 4 eggs because of the above issues. If Asus bothered with QA and had high standards, this would be an easy 5 eggs for anyone in the market for this kind of monitor and willing to drop the cash. However, the QA issues are severe enough that I'd advise caution to anyone looking at this. "Playing the panel lotto", as it has been referred to with this particular monitor, is a very real thing. Sure, you may get lucky and receive a panel with little to no defects the first time out. But why should that be a concern, especially a YEAR after this monitor was released?? The backlight bleeding issues alone are crippling this product. Sure, Asus may advise you to make tweaks to the monitor settings such as the Blue Light settings in order to hopefully reduce BLB, but these tweaks will likely compromise the overall visual integrity. When buying this kind of high end monitor, you should be able to adjust the settings to your liking with no compromise.
All in all, I'm happy with my third monitor. Its just unfortunate I had to go through two just to get there, and even now there are minor defects in the form of backlight bleed. Props to Newegg's RMA service... Both exchanges went smooth as can be. I just hope Asus starts taking their QA process seriously with ALL their products, not just with their ultra-expensive ones like the Nvidia version of this panel. Tread carefully.
Pros: This PSU was in my last build. I bought it because it was a good deal and I'd heard good things about OCZ. 700W seemed able to provide enough headroom for future upgrades. I got this unit and used it for years, thinking it was high quality.
Cons: Here comes the bad part.... I'd been experiencing random system freezes and reboots. I just blamed it on the OS and lived with it. After a few years of this, it started to get worse. My PC would lock up and reboot nearly daily. Foolish me did not think to suspect the PSU. I didn't find out until I built a new PC for myself, and attempted to "recycle" my old build for a family member. This PSU made the transition to a new case and motherboard. Build completed... and wouldn't turn on. RMAed the motherboard. Same problem. Then I swapped my brand new SeaSonic PSU out of my new build to test a theory out. Fired right up! Needless to say, I bought another SeaSonic from Newegg and launched this thing into the trash where it belongs.
Other Thoughts: Don't skimp on a PSU. Literally the most important component of any build. I personally love SeaSonic, as they produce all their own units and have very rigid quality standards. Other good brands are Corsair and EVGA, though other manufacturers make their units, SeaSonic included. Don't make same mistake I did, or you're in for a headache.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is my first wireless headset, and it's pretty impressive. The sound quality is night and day coming from my old Creative Fatal1ty wired set. The old headset sounds like a muffled toy in comparison. Operating range is good on these, with no loss of signal if I get up and move around room with these still on. The receiver has a decently long cord that makes it easy to plug in and charge during use. Also the level of control right on the headset itself is a nice feature that most competing headsets don't have. There is a mute button, a switch to toggle 7.1/stereo, and customizable hotkeys. The mic flips up and automatically mutes voice on the fly. There's a lot to like here.
Cons: It's no secret that signal quality can be erratic. Much of this is just due to the nature of operating on a 2.4 GhZ wireless network. The strength and quality of your router will make a big difference, as well as the level of interference that is around. The signal drops for me have not been as bad as I feared when ordering these, but they still happen from time to time. I also have experienced some weird occurrences of the headset just shutting itself off for no apparent reason. The battery charge will be fine, and I have to just turn it back on. It's annoying but honestly doesn't happen that often. Also, the plastic-like material on the earcups make this headset somewhat uncomfortable after a while. Not a fan of ear sweating.
Other Thoughts: All in all, this headset is a good choice. I'm not sure I'd pay the full fare for them. I got these for $70 around Black Friday, which I'd call a good deal. I'm loving the massive boost in sound quality and the freedom of a wireless headset. The build quality is nice aside from the plastic earcup lining, and there's a lot of features. Again, with these utilizing wireless technology, mileage may vary. Best to order these while keeping in mind that you may need to return them if your wi-fi situation is less than ideal.READ FULL REVIEW