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Asus MG28UQ 28-inch Ultra HD FreeSync Gaming Monitor Review

Asus MG-series has always represented a solid value alternative to its premium ROG products. Today we’re looking at the MG28UQ, a 28-inch Ultra HD monitor with FreeSync.

Packaging, Physical Layout & Accessories

The shipping carton is quite substantial, made of double-corrugate cardboard, and more than adequate to protect its contents from shipping damage. Sturdy foam blocks protect the screen and upright, which is packed separately from the base. That part can be attached with a captive bolt. Even though the panel can be removed from the stand without tools, it’s already assembled for you. Just slide a small switch if you want to use your own mounting bracket.

Unlike most 28-inch TN/Ultra HD monitors, the MG28UQ has an internal power supply. Asus includes an IEC cord for this purpose. You also get heavy-duty DisplayPort, HDMI and USB 3.0 cables. The warranty card and quick start guide represent the printed instructions, while the main user manual is provided on a CD.

Product 360

The bezel measures a thin 19mm making the MG28UQ a good candidate for multi-screen setups. The GamePlus menu includes is a nifty guide-graphic that helps you position adjacent monitors so the images are perfectly aligned. More on that below.

Asus uses an extremely effective anti-glare layer that staves off all but the harshest light and doesn’t harm image quality with annoying grain or softness. Clarity is paramount when pixel density is this high, and it appears that the air gap has been kept thin for maximum sharpness.

You might think the silk-screened icons on the front bezel represent touch controls but there buttons around back instead. They click firmly with positive feedback and are supplemented with a tiny joystick for quick and easy menu navigation. To make a selection, press the stick. The keys access things like input selection, GamePlus and picture modes.

Asus has gone all out with a fully adjustable stand. It’s something you’d expect from a more-expensive ROG product. The height range is just shy of six inches and you can pivot the panel 60 degrees to either side. Tilt goes from -5 to 25 degrees, and there is a portrait mode.

The MG28UQ’s side profile isn’t terribly slim but the flat back means wall mounting is feasible. The handle-like protrusion on the upright is for cable management. An actual handle would be nice since this monitor is a little heavier than most.

Ventilation is provided around the perimeter of the bulge that houses well-shielded internal components. The upright can be removed to expose a 100mm VESA mount. Inputs are marked with molded-in icons.

From the left we have the USB 3.0 ports, two HDMI 1.4 inputs, an HDMI 2.0 jack and the single DisplayPort, which is required for adaptive sync operation. The HDMI 2.0 input will accept 3840x2160 signals at 60Hz.

GamePlus

GamePlus is a feature seen on all Asus gaming monitors and it has a new element in this implementation: multi-display alignment. You also get the usual crosshair/reticule group, countdown timers (30, 40, 50, 60 and 90 minutes) and an fps indicator. The only flaw is you can’t use more than one feature at a time.

These reticules are very handy for the more casual fraggers (fragists?) among us. Once activated you can move it around the screen with the joystick.

This is super-cool. The arrows make it extremely easy to align multiple monitors, on any side, to ensure proper image registration.

Like the reticules, you can move the fps counter around the screen with the joystick. We weren’t thrilled with the black box around the number though. That remains visible regardless of image content.

  • lugi20
    60 hz gaming doesn't appeal to me at any resolution. 1440p at 144 hz or better is really the sweet spot at the moment. I wish companies would focus more on that for gaming.
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  • QWERASZX
    28" 4K is just a waste to time and money go for the 32" or 40" and be done with it
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  • QWERASZX
    ultra wide aspect is nice but jesus ppl there your eyes beg borrow and steal your way to IPS or simmilar stop wasting your time on TN i still have every IPS display iv owned for the last 15 years even an old 19" sony medical display.... NOTHING ---- Nothing else matters video cards come and go but your eyes will only ever degrade Treat them nice although LGs new 65" oled is really contrasty
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  • rwinches
    So the AOC is the the 'best deal' at this point in time as 4K @ 60 is what current graphics cards can manage. It comes factory calibrated. You could buy three for a little more than the price of one of the others.

    Not ready to change my triple AOC 24" 1080 @ 144 setup just yet though. I do want freesync, but so much new tech is on it's way so...

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/aoc-u2879vf-28-inch-4k-uhd-freesync-monitor,4575.html
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  • sillynilly
    You get what you pay for . . .
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  • whitelightsaber
    How long is it going to be before I see the 32 inch 1440p 144hz 1ms ips monitor I have been dreaming of??
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  • f-14
    3800 pixels @60hz = $185, not a penny more.
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  • picture_perfect
    18415465 said:
    60 hz gaming doesn't appeal to me at any resolution. 1440p at 144 hz or better is really the sweet spot at the moment. I wish companies would focus more on that for gaming.

    18416803 said:
    So the AOC is the the 'best deal' at this point in time as 4K @ 60 is what current graphics cards can manage. It comes factory calibrated. You could buy three for a little more than the price of one of the others.

    Not ready to change my triple AOC 24" 1080 @ 144 setup just yet though.

    18417442 said:
    How long is it going to be before I see the 32 inch 1440p 144hz 1ms ips monitor I have been dreaming of??

    Ditto. Manufacturers push 4K because it generates more revenue. It doesn't matter we the consumers pay more for a worse experience. They figured out nobody wanted 3Dtv. Maybe someday they'll figure this out: 4K still not ready for prime time.

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  • ledhead11
    For those who haven't had time to spend with one. Cinema 4k(4096x2160) w/ 10 bit, I have a LG MU 31", color is something to experience. I have an Asus 278q(1440p 144hz) 8 bit color depth. I love it but I can definitely see a difference in the spectrums. For fast I love my Asus, but to look around and take it all in the LG rocks.

    Bottom line, its not just about FPS. We need a 4k, 10bit, 144hz and that will take DP 1.3 or DP 1.4.
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  • zthomas
    I got a acer g-sync 28.. price is about the same.. they sorta look alike to.. these new monitors will up your gaming .. and skills too..
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