CES 2015: ASUS MG279Q WQHD Gaming Monitor with 120Hz IPS Panel

Subject: Displays | January 5, 2015 - 07:30 PM |
Tagged: monitor, ips, in plane switching, gaming monitor, display, ces 2015, CES, asus

UPDATE 1/9/15: Just a heads up that we have video of the ASUS MG279Q as well as new information on pricing and confirmation that AMD will NOT blacklist this monitor out of working with its GPUs in a variable refresh manner.

ASUS is showing the 27-inch MG279Q monitor at this year’s CES, and this display features the vaunted in-plane switching (IPS) technology and a 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution.

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Even more impressive, this panel offers frame rates of 120Hz with a 5ms grey-to-grey (GTG) response time according to ASUS. Additionally, the display features a narrow bezel, the ASUS-exclusive navigation joystick for the on-screen display (OSD), and their dedicated “GamePlus” hotkey which “displays a customizable crosshair and timer overlap for enhanced combat”. The stand is also built with full tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustment, cable management, and is VESA wall-mountable.

Connectivity includes DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort, two HDMI ports (for native WQHD) and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) 2.0 socket for 1080p connections to mobile devices (with simultaneous charging). The monitor also includes a two-port USB 3.0 hub.

One more thing...

While officially only listing a generic "DisplayPort" input, we have learned this supports DP 1.2a Plus. What does this mean? At least on paper that would indicate that this monitor could offer AdaptiveSync / FreeSync support. We could also pretty safely assume that a WQHD monitor without G-SYNC will be priced considerably lower than an ROG Swift. It's all very interesting...

Pricing and availability have not been released.

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Source: ASUS

January 5, 2015 | 07:39 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

If it's freesync compatible then why isn't it on AMD pr list ?

January 5, 2015 | 07:45 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It can be DP 1.2a and not have freesync. Last year Dells new monitors started to have DP 1.2a.

January 5, 2015 | 07:46 PM - Posted by Fishbait

dammit, I thought it would also have G-Sync, I would've traded in my Swift for this if that.

Still want to know why the manufacturers are not considering MVA, I'd love to see deeper blacks in a G-Sync 120hz display.

January 5, 2015 | 08:37 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

DP 1.2a was there before. Adaptive Sync is just an optional Spec for DP 1.2a.

I hope you check with ASUS if this monitor is indeed Adaptive Sync capable, or just a "normal" DP 1.2a capable Monitor (Supposedly Dell has/had a DP 1.2a compliant monitor, well before the VESA announcement or any FreeSync announcement)

January 5, 2015 | 11:45 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I wonder what backlighting system is being used with the panel.
Potentially GB-r LED?

If the displays come out with very minimal backlight bleeding, if any at all and have a fabulous backlighting system, I think ASUS have got a sale. ;)

January 5, 2015 | 11:49 PM - Posted by fade2blac

Here's hoping that "DP 1.2a Plus" actually means AdaptiveSync support. Also, yay for not wasting cost/resources on weak built-in speakers.

Back in mid-September, I posed the following question:

Is it asking too much for a display that can do the following?
1) use a good 27" 1440p non-TN panel
2) support a variable refresh range of at least 24-96 Hz
3) doesn't lock buyers into a single GPU vendor
4) costs less than $300 or so

I am still waiting, Asus et al. To be fair, this monitor does have quite a few more bells and whistles (multi-input, MHL, premium stand, OSD "stuff", and USB 3 hub) so I won't hold them to a $300-ish MSRP :P (TBH, I can see Asus easily slapping a $550-600 price on this).

On a related note. If you actually get to see and/or play with FreeSync, please try and find out how it handles framerate stalls. Does it cause flickering as seen with G-Sync displays?

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