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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.

Conclusion

Despite the hardware requirements and the expense, manufacturers continue to add Ultra HD displays to their lineups and prices continue to drop. The 28-inch TN category has been especially prolific with nearly a dozen products all based on the same part from AU Optronics. While this technology may not be as desirable as IPS or IGZO, it represents a great way for users on a budget to at least get their feet wet with UHD and see if it works for them.

In the gaming category, Ultra HD has been slow to take hold and it’s probably more accurate to say that it’s getting there but hasn’t quite established a reference benchmark. However, the addition of adaptive refresh goes a long way toward making this resolution feasible for more users. Few video cards can drive 8.3 mega-pixels at 60 fps in every game but that goal is become ever-more affordable too.

The MG28UQ is one of the better examples of TN and Ultra HD we’ve seen of late. While many such displays cut costs with a non-adjustable stand and external power supply, Asus has not skimped on quality those items. It doesn’t quite have the high-end feel of a ROG product but it sure comes close for less money. In fairness, the PG series is stuck with a $200 G-Sync premium but it also adds blur-reduction to the mix.

We think most gamers can probably live without these two things. While FreeSync imposes additional challenges at low frame rates, it still represents the value choice. All a company has to do is implement the appropriate DisplayPort firmware and another adaptive refresh choice is added to the list.

The MG28UQ’s color performance is on par with other 28-inch TN/UHD panels we’ve covered. Accuracy is decent in either the fixed sRGB mode or after calibration of the User preset. We recommend you try our suggested settings back on page three. Contrast is about average for an Ultra HD panel as well. We’re seeing greater dynamic range from hi-res IPS monitors but they come at a higher cost.

The one thing that sets this Asus apart from other value-oriented products is its build. It’s the first monitor we’ve seen of its kind to include an internal power supply and a fully-adjustable stand. These might seem like minor things but when you use a display every day, trust us, they matter.

While Asus’ ROG monitors rarely fail to impress us, there is excellent performance and usability in all the MG-series screens we’ve reviewed. The MG28UQ makes a great addition to the line and we think gamers looking to test the Ultra HD waters should give it a serious look. For its high value, solid build and good color performance, we’re giving it the Tom’s Editor Approved Award.

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  • 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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