Asus TUF VG259QM Monitor Review: Ultimate 280Hz Gaming

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Asus TUF VG259QM
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Viewing Angles

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Many users buy IPS monitors for their superior off-axis image quality, and on that score, the VG259QM delivers. You’ll see a 30% light reduction and blue shift to the sides while the top down view shows a green tint, reduced detail and a 50% loss in brightness. It performs like most IPS screens in this test. However, the VG259QM is small enough that we don’t expect many users to be sharing.  

Screen Uniformity

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Our VG259QM sample showed no visible bleed or glow. The meter recorded a slight hotspot in the center, but we couldn’t see it in a completely dark room. All field patterns from black to white showed uniform tones from edge to edge without variation in color or brightness.

Pixel Response and Input Lag

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We’ve saved the best for last in this review. The VG259QM is our new record holder in the panel response test with a time of 4ms. We ran the response and lag tests at 280 Hz with and without ELMB engaged and found no difference in times. ELMB and Adaptive-Sync didn’t exact any measurable performance penalty whatsoever. Does 4ms look better than 5ms? When ELMB is engaged, the answer is a resounding yes. As we said earlier, you must see it to appreciate it. Motion resolution is perfect. That means moving objects are just as clearly rendered as stationary ones. 

And while the VG259QM didn’t take the total input lag crown, we doubt anyone will be able to perceive the difference between 18 and 20ms. This monitor is in a league of its own when it comes to motion processing.

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Christian Eberle
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Christian Eberle is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He's a veteran reviewer of A/V equipment, specializing in monitors. Christian began his obsession with tech when he built his first PC in 1991, a 286 running DOS 3.0 at a blazing 12MHz. In 2006, he undertook training from the Imaging Science Foundation in video calibration and testing and thus started a passion for precise imaging that persists to this day. He is also a professional musician with a degree from the New England Conservatory as a classical bassoonist which he used to good effect as a performer with the West Point Army Band from 1987 to 2013. He enjoys watching movies and listening to high-end audio in his custom-built home theater and can be seen riding trails near his home on a race-ready ICE VTX recumbent trike. Christian enjoys the endless summer in Florida where he lives with his wife and Chihuahua and plays with orchestras around the state.

  • nofanneeded
    FHD gaming in 2020 is not acceptable :P the same way 800x600 screens are not made anymore today , also FHD should disappear and Monitors should start from 1440P.

    Enough already monitor makers ! Enough !
  • plas7208
    We need OLED monitors, not TN or IPS. This is old school for sure
  • nofanneeded
    plas7208 said:
    We need OLED monitors, not TN or IPS. This is old school for sure

    Get OLED TV from LG will be alot cheaper than monitors for PC .
  • svs1512acxs
    What is minimal brightness candell on white fone?