ASUS VX239H, VX279H and VX279Q
The ASUS MX239H and MX279H (Designo MX9 series) were arguably the most elegant of the spate of recent monitors employing LG’s AH-IPS (In-Plane Switching) panels with seamless ‘invisible bezel’ technology. These monitors proved to be very capable all-rounders, bringing a strong variety of rich colours to users without them needing to endlessly tweak settings. They also had a design that many people found attractive with a ‘sundial’ inspired stand, brushed metal bottom bezel and slender side and top bezels of around 10mm (including the visible panel border). ASUS have decided to refresh this monitor series with the launch of their Designo VX9 models. As you can see below the style has remained largely unchanged with the exception of the stand and brushed metal bezel changing from silver to black.
The core capabilities also remain similar with the same AH-IPS panel being used as previously – offering enhanced colour consistency and accuracy, a light matte screen surface (less grainy than on older IPS models) and an energy efficient WLED backlight completely covering the sRGB colour space. There are again two size offerings launching initially with the 23” VX239H, the 27” VX279H and 27″ VX279Q. A 23” VX239Q model may also be in the works. All of these models feature a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 1000:1 static contrast, 5ms grey to grey response time and 250 cd/m2 typical maximum brightness. Unlike the MX series they do not feature configurable ‘Trace Free’ pixel overdrive (grey to grey acceleration) which is why this isn’t explicitly mentioned in the current official product specifics. The ports differ slightly between the ‘H’ and ‘Q’ models with VGA, MHL-capable HDMI and 3.5mm audio inputs and outputs being common to both. The ‘H’ models feature an extra MHL-capable HDMI port which the ‘Q’ model(s) feature a DisplayPort input. As you can see in the image below there is again no VESA mounting as ASUS want to maintain the integrated thinness of the screen and the tilt-only stand.
The Q model with DisplayPort
Aside from the black bottom bezel, MHL capability and existence of a new ‘Q’ variant we don’t expect these VX models to vary significantly from the current MX models. There are a few additional changes to bear in mind, however. Firstly is the loss of the 3W Bang & Olufsen ICEpower speakers which are pretty decent as far as built-in speakers go. These are being replaced by some more generic 1W (23” models) or 1.5W (27” models) stereo speakers. Some additional features are being included, one of which is the GamePlus on-screen crosshair and timer feature carried over from the VG248QE. The other is a completely new feature called ‘VividPixel’ which is basically a sharpness and saturation enhancer that can be set in intensity – being enabled at ‘25’ by default.