In my recent article, I promised you a quick review of the gaming monitor. In addition to programming, maintaining the DRAM Calculator for Ryzen, and writing serious materials about the AMD Ryzen ecosystem, in my daily life I do advertising filming. This industry works very closely with both image sensors and devices that are required to display the perfect picture. Therefore, in honor of today’s debut, I will tell you about the ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q. In this material you will find a slightly modified approach to assessing the quality of the matrix and what is really appreciated in the world of professional pictures. We’ll take a look at the pros and cons of the ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q, a monitor that aims to dominate the WQHD gaming niche. Go!
ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q
At the end of summer at Gamescom 2019, ASUS first mentioned the new generation 27-inch ROG Strix XG279Q gaming monitor. In early January, the product reached the Chinese retail network and its technical characteristics became known. However, due to a number of factors and scarcity, there are still no reviews of this device.
ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q is made on a fast IPS-matrix with a somewhat non-standard refresh rate of 170 Hz. At the heart of the product is a panel made by Innolux, which has a frequency of 165 Hz as standard and has been slightly overclocked.
The screen resolution is 2560×1440 pixels, the response time is 1 ms, the contrast ratio is 1000:1, the brightness is 400 cd/m², the viewing angles are 178°/178° horizontally and vertically, the color depth is 8 bits, and the coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut is more than 90 % or 125% of the sRGB palette. In addition, monitors are shipped with factory screen calibration.
ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q complies with the VESA DisplayHDR 400 standard and supports HDMI Variable Refresh Rate sync technology in conjunction with proprietary ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur) technology to reduce motion blur. In addition, the model is G-Sync Compatible certified. Aura-Sync lighting elements are located on the back and stand.
|Model||ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q|
|Diagonal||27″ (69 cm)|
|Matrix type||IPS (8 bit без FRC)|
|Color gamut||125% sRGB / DCI-P3 95%|
|HDR support||HDR-10, Display HDR 400 Compatible|
|Response time, ms||1 (GTG)|
|Vertical refresh rate, Hz||144/170 (Adaptive-Sync, Nvidia G-Sync, ELMB)|
|Maximum brightness, cd/m²||400|
|Number of displayed colors, million||16,7|
|Maximum viewing angles||178/178|
|Video inputs||HDMI(v2.0) x2
|Additional interfaces||USB upstream : USB3.0 Type-B x1
USB downstream : USB3.0 Type-A x2
|Screen adjustment option||Slope: +20°~-5°
Swivel horizontal: +40°~-40°
Swivel vertical: 0°~+90°
Height adjustment: 0~120mm
|VESA mount, mm||100×100|
|Dimensions (including stand), mm||611x(422~542)x270|
|Cost, $||599 (MSPR)|
As for the pricing policy and availability, at the time of writing, it was extremely difficult to purchase the ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q (not even available on the Newegg site), so resellers, taking the opportunity, want from 700 to 1000 dollars for this product.
Scope of delivery and power consumption
The ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q comes with everything you need to quickly connect a monitor. In addition to the device inside the package, the owner will find:
- power cable (in my case with an American plug);
- external power supply;
- HDMI cable;
- Display Port cable supporting 8K image bitrate;
- USB3.0 Type-B cable for connecting a USB hub in the monitor;
- instruction manual;
- factory calibration report.
The small-sized power supply deserves special attention, while the design is very similar to the Apple power supply. It is easy to place it under the table, while the fact of an external PSU should have a positive effect on the service life of the device and maintainability, because if the power supply fails, it is enough to buy a new one, thereby not subjecting the monitor to total disassembly.
Maximum power consumption ranges from 51 to 55 watts at a maximum brightness of 450 cd/m², with 62 watts on the label. Perhaps the built-in speakers «eat» a few more watts. 36W is enough for comfortable use with 250cd/m² brightness and 31W for ELMB mode.
Appearance and ergonomics
ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q has a frameless design, while the stand and the back side are decorated in high-tech style.
The main colors are charcoal shades. The plastic in which the matrix is enclosed is solid, all the details fit exactly and there is no backlash. The stand is metal with an insert of dark cherry aluminum, has a three-blade shape, while one of the legs is short.
This was done in order for the monitor to make the most efficient use of the working space on the table. But in any case, the depth of the table must be at least 70 cm, otherwise the monitor may be too close to the eyes. The manufacturer’s logo has taken its place in the central part of the case. We must pay tribute, it all looks very noble even on red lacquer wood.
Three of the four frames of the screen bezel are hidden under a protective polymer covering the matrix. Their thickness is only about 5 mm. The bottom bezel is about 21mm thick. It is made of rough plastic and aluminum triangular inserts, protrudes somewhat relative to the screen. On top of the monitor, along the entire length, there is a ventilation grill.
On the back side, ROG Strix XG279Q has a combination of several decors at once, connected by a diagonal. On one of the diagonals there is a huge ROG logo in the form of an owl’s eye with RGB backlighting.
The latter is quite gentle, able to create a slight background light. With a similar decision, ASUS killed two birds with one stone: both beauty and comfort for the optic nerve, which needs smooth light transitions.
The connection interfaces are hidden under a special cover-dummy, which can be easily dismantled if necessary.
A multifunctional hinge is located in the center, which allows you to adjust the monitor both in terms of tilt (within + 20 ° … -5 °) and to give the screen a vertical orientation.
The horizontal turn is: +40°…–40°.
The screen height adjustment rail built into the monitor’s main leg is rather tight. Touching the monitor will prevent it from changing its position. The displacement range is not small and is 0~120mm.
The 100×100 VESA mount also remains in place.
Menu and controls
Monitor settings are controlled using a five-way dark cherry joystick and four trapezoidal physical buttons located at the rear of the device.
On the bottom edge is the power LED. Setting the parameters with a joystick and a convenient OSD menu is incredibly simple and convenient. Another advantage of this solution is the convenience of working with the settings in the dark, since you do not need to look for the right button, everything is immediately enclosed in one.
The Gaming section contains the most important functions, such as matrix overclocking (OD and Overclocking), Adaptive-Sync, ELMB SYNC, Game Plus (activation of the game timer, customizable crosshair, counter), Game Visual (monitor settings presets from ASUS) and Shadow Boost (smart shadow highlighting technology).
The second section of the menu contains settings for brightness levels, contrast, HDR mode selection (appears when HDR is activated in the OS environment), Dynamic Dimming (dynamic backlight), ASCR (contrast range expansion), Aspect Control (built-in scaler) and, of course, Blue Light Filter, which allows you to adjust the level of blue light.
The third section allows you to adjust the color temperature (Color Temp), gamma (Gamma) and saturation (Saturation). You can adjust the color temperature in user mode by adjusting the intensity of the RGB channels.
In the fourth section, you can select the signal source.
The fifth section contains the settings for visual lighting effects for the monitor, and if desired, you can synchronize the monitor’s backlight (owl’s eye on the back of the monitor) with the motherboard using Aura Sync. LIGHT IN MOTION allows you to adjust the intensity of the light projection on the table.
In MyFavorite, the user can save all monitor settings (make his own preset) into one of four memory blocks.
The last section of System Setup contains settings for the localization language, sound, USB hub, setting the appearance and position of the OSD menu, blocking control keys, turning off the power indicator and, of course, the function to reset all menu settings to default values.
Not without the ability to configure the monitor from the operating system using ASUS DisplayWidget Software.