ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM review: the fastest IPS gaming monitor in the Wild West


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Until recently, a refresh rate of 280 Hz and a pixel response time of 1 ms could only boast

gaming monitors with TN matrices, the disadvantages of whichwe all know perfectly well. The hero of today's review, ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM, is one of the first and few gaming monitors that is equipped with an IPS matrix with good color rendering, decent color gamut, high brightness, HDR support and at the same time such high speed indicators. It has support for Adaptive-Sync and NVIDIA G-Sync and is equipped with a bunch of proprietary technologies to improve the picture. The VG279QM has a pleasant and rather discreet design by gaming standards, as well as a comfortable design with wide adjustment possibilities. Yes, by today's standards, 27 inches and FullHD looks a little small, but with an increase in resolution and such high frame rates in modern games, it would be much more difficult to obtain in terms of hardware requirements. At the moment, the monitor costs about UAH 14,000 and competitors with similar characteristics can still be counted on the fingers of one hand.

ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM

Super fast sensor IPS gaming monitor

27 '' IPS FullHD gaming monitor with 280Hz maximum refresh rate, 1ms pixel response time, Adaptive-Sync and NVIDIA G-SYNC support.

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5 reasons to buy ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM:

  • high-quality IPS-matrix with a refresh rate of 280 Hz and HDR support;
  • many game modes and additional game functions;
  • availability of the necessary video connectors;
  • Adaptive-Sync and NVIDIA G-Sync support;
  • comfortable design and versatile appearance.

2 reasons not to buy ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM:

  • you are looking for a monitor with a diagonal and higher resolution;
  • no USB hub.

Fast passage:

  • What is included?
  • What does the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM look like?
  • What with usability, adjustment and connectors?
  • How is ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM with picture quality?
  • How did he prove himself in games?
  • In the dry residue

What is included?


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ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM comes in largea black and gray box with images of the monitor and information about the main technical characteristics. Along with the monitor, the box will include HDMI and DisplayPort cables, a compact external power supply, a power cable, and a set of documentation. HDMI and waste paper did not reach us for review.

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What does the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM look like?


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The TUF Gaming lineup stands out for being pretty discreeta design that recognizes gamer "motives", but there are no excesses such as RGB-backlighting and other whistles. ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM continues this tradition. It is almost entirely made of matte rough plastic. The bezel around the perimeter of the screen is rather thin, but the so-called “bezel-less” design is not used. That is, physically the sides are present. The gaps on the sides and top are about a centimeter. Below - a little more, under the screen placed a small silver ASUS logo.


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Stand of impressive size, trapezoidalforms, like other current TUF Gaming monitors. For greater stability, inside - metal, and outside - black plastic. On the front of the stand is the logo of the line and the NVIDIA G-Sync designation. The base is adjustable: the monitor can be rotated 90 ° to either side. Decorations include red piping and notched patterns at the base.


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The back of the monitor is also covered with decorativepatterns inspired by ASUS gaming devices. At the top there is a large manufacturer's logo, and on the top of the rack is the TUF Gaming logo. This is where the “decorations” end. Otherwise, everything is as usual: the stand is attached to the central part of the monitor. It can be removed and hung on the wall, VESA 100x100 standard is supported. There is a small through hole at the bottom of the rack for cable management.


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The monitor has a very shallow depth and does not take up much space on the table:


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Of the functional elements on the rear panel there isKensington Lock slot and control panel. It is similar to the rest of ASUS gaming models. This is a five-way joystick and four physical trapezoidal buttons below it. They are large and easy to find.


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The panel with ports is located under the rack mount and is directed downward.


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On the bottom right is a small white LED indicator.


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The appearance of the monitor turned out quiteuniversal: belonging to a gaming line is visible, but in an office environment ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM looks quite harmonious. Build and materials are at a good level: no incomprehensible gaps between parts or "crunch" of the monitor case is observed.

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What with usability, adjustment and connectors?

Control of buttons and joystick is organizedsimilar to previous models. The joystick is responsible for menu navigation and confirmation. The buttons below are canceling (also brings up button functions on the screen), GamePlus functions (sight display, zoom, FPS, timer), switching GameVisual game modes and power. Getting used to this kind of management happens pretty quickly. A little harder is remembering what is where in the OSD. But more on that below.


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On the panel with connectors: a power supply jack, two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.2, a standard 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones and (apparently) a service USB connector. There are not so many ports, but everything you need is present.


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All connected cables can be routed neatly thanks to the hole in the leg.


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The stand allows you to adjust the height with a difference of up to 130 mm. At the same time, in the lower position the monitor practically touches the stand:


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The stand allows the monitor to be rotated 90 °. The tilt is adjustable from + 33 ° to -5 °:


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It is also possible to turn the monitor into portrait mode.


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Now let's move on to the menu. It is organized quite logically, but the monitor has a very impressive number of functions and additional features. So it will take some time to adjust everything to your tastes. At the same time, it is worth remembering that when some factory presets are activated, some functions will be inactive. For example, in sRGB mode, the brightness is fixed and cannot be changed. The first menu item "Game" is responsible for overclocking the matrix to 280 Hz, overdrive, enabling adaptive synchronization, ELMB SYNC (simultaneous operation of ELMB, low-motion-blur technology and Adaptive-sync), GamePlus functions, GameVisual presets and ShadowBoost function (highlighting dark parts of the picture). The second item called "Image" is responsible for the standard settings for brightness, contrast, and so on. The “Color” section allows you to adjust the color temperature. The purpose of the “Selecting an input” section, I think, is clear from the name. The MyFavorite section allows you to assign two individual presets to keyboard shortcuts. In the "System Settings" you can select the language, the menu itself, sound, reset the settings and so on.


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A few words about GamePlus. This model has the usual functions of a screen sight, an FPS counter, a timer and a utility for aligning the picture on the screen. Added to them the Sniper mode with a choice of scale. The small rectangular area in the scope is enlarged. The on-screen sight and Sniper mode can be considered cheating, which is why ASUS calls them Practice Mode.


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How is ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM with picture quality?

ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM has 8-bit27-inch FullHD AHVA-matrix. A variation on IPS from AU Optronics. To be precise, the M270HAN03.0 model is used with W-LED backlighting, a native picture refresh rate of 240 Hz and a response time of 5 ms (from gray to gray, GTG). The maximum rates of 280 Hz and 1 ms are achieved by overclocking the matrix. The maximum declared brightness is 400 cd / m², DisplayHDR 400 is supported. Among other important things, it is worth noting NVIDIA G-Sync Compatible. But you should understand that this is not the presence of a hardware G-Sync module, synchronization is implemented by the DisplayPort 1.2 interface and GeForce video cards starting from the 10th series with the latest drivers. In addition to this, there are a couple of ASUS developments: Extreme Low Motion Blur to reduce blur in dynamic scenes, which in this monitor, thanks to ELMB SYNC, can work together with an adaptive frame rate. Well, nice bonuses: Flicker-Free (elimination of flicker) and Ultra-Low Blue Light (reduction of the intensity of the blue component).

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As for the picture itself, ASUS TUF Gaming hasVG279QM with her in complete order. The viewing angles are maximum, both horizontally and vertically. Contrast decreases very slightly. The glow effect is present, but within the normal range for IPS panels. Parasitic shades appear against a dark background at corners, but in general everything is at a comfortable level. There are no critical problems with the uniformity of the backlighting: there are no obvious annoying highlights even on a black background. Measurements have shown that the maximum brightness of the monitor is 412.859 cd / m², the brightness of the black field is 0.409 cd / m², and the contrast ratio is 1009: 1, which is very good and corresponds to the declared indicators. These results were obtained in Racing mode. In the rest (except for sRGB), the results are similar. Color reproduction is also good: the color gamut is almost the same as sRGB, the color temperature is close to 7000K, the excess of blue is minimal. Average color error ΔE is 3.1.


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In FPS mode, the brightness is the smallest: 418.79 cd / m², but the color accuracy is slightly worse: the color temperature is about 7500K, the gamma curve is quite different from the reference, and the ΔE (average) is 3.69:


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Closest to reference sRGB mode: the average ΔE is 2.86. But the brightness in this mode is fixed at a very low rate of 156.87 cd / m², which is not always enough.


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How did he prove himself in games?


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In games ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM showed itselfexcellent with one “but”: with a diagonal of 27 inches and a resolution of FullHD, the pixel density is about 81.5 ppi. And if you watch movies from a distance on the monitor, then everything is fine. But during the game we usually sit close to the monitor and the pixels are really visible. On the other hand, this is quite normal for a gaming model: at a higher resolution, in order to get the coveted high frame rates, you need more powerful hardware, especially if you play mostly modern games. We mostly ran fast first-person shooters on the monitor, such as DOOM Eternal, CS: GO, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, in which frame rates are especially important. There are no obvious artifacts, breaks or plumes. As far as GamePlus game gadgets go, the FPS counter can be useful. Perhaps a timer. And the on-screen sight and sniper mode with an increase in the area in the center of the screen are very doubtful. Although it is possible that someone will use it.

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In the dry residue. Three things to know about the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM:

  • the monitor is equipped with a high-quality IPS-matrix with a maximum refresh rate of 280 Hz in overclocking (240 Hz is the native frequency) and a pixel response time of up to 1 ms.
  • there are 2xHDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones, but no USB hub.
  • The monitor supports Extreme Low Motion Blur, G-Sync Compatible and ELMB SYNC.

Specifications ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM

Diagonal
27 ″

Matrix type
AHVA IPS

Aspect ratio
16: 9

Resolution
1920 × 1080

Contrast
1000: 1 (max)

Viewing angles
178/178

Colors displayed
8 bit

Pixel pitch
0.311 × 0.311 mm

Response time
1ms (GtG)

Brightness
400 cd / m2 (max)

Maximum refresh rate
240Hz (280Hz Overdrive)

Coating
anti-glare

Connectors and ports
2xHDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, 3.5 mm audio, Kensington Lock

Wall mount
VESA 100 × 100

Built-in speakers
2x2 W

Size (with stand)
619.4 × 376.73-506.73 × 211.37 mm

Weight (with stand)
5.6 kg

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