Asus MG278Q Is A 1440p FreeSync Monitor With A TN Panel

Asus' MG279Q, a 27-inch FreeSync monitor with a high-quality IPS panel, has already been on the market for some time now. But some gamers will prefer the response times and snappiness that a TN panel can offer. For those customers, Asus now introduced the MG278Q, which is largely the same monitor with the exception of the different panel.

Of course, that different panel changes everything. It has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, and a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz. It is capable of displaying up to 16.7 million colors, has a 75 percent NTSC color saturation, and Asus' Smart Contrast Ratio sits at 100,000,000:1, though the real (static) contrast ratio is 1000:1. Its viewing angles are 170 degrees horizontal and 160 degrees vertical, and most importantly, it has a 1 ms response time.

The monitor still supports AMD's FreeSync, and with a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz it is superbly smooth. The lower end of the refresh rate sits at just 35 Hz, which gives the monitor a huge range to play with. Such a huge refresh rate range is important, because it is within that range that FreeSync actually makes a difference.

The feature set surrounding the monitor and stand is identical to the MG279Q. The stand is height-adjustable, can swivel, pivot, and tilt, and is attached over a VESA mount with a quick-release mechanism. Features such as Asus' GameVisual modes, VividPixel, Low Blue Light and GamePlus modes are all supported, and there are two 2 W speakers built in. A dual-port USB 3.0 hub is also present.

Asus did not announce formal MSRP pricing for the monitor, but it is reasonable to expect pricing to be a notable notch below the more premium IPS variant, which sells for around $575.

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  • Frozen Fractal
    Sooooo, ASUS is in both G-Sync & FreeSync waters now. Great for everyone :D

    Nice, waiting for a comparison review between the "P" & the "M" :P
  • Puiucs
    The lower end of the refresh rate of just 35 Hz is really nice, but it's still just a TN panel.
  • Jerahmia Wood
    Ill never use a crap TN+Film panel when there are 144Hz VA/IPS (and those based on them) panels avalable with 4ms responce times available for not much more and youd be hard pressed noticing the differance between 4ms and 1ms (or anything less than 8ms g-g anyway) and the increased color accuracy and near-unlimited viewing angles are more than worth the tradeoff in a few ms of responce time. TN+film is too early 2000s and it about time for it to be phased out, havent owned a TN+film since 2004 and ill never go back. more marketing gimmiks.