ASUS MX25AQ brings 25 inches of style
The ASUS ‘MX’ series offers a refined look that some users really appreciate, with its sundial-inspired stand design and brushed metal bottom bezel. The ASUS MX25AQ compliments the MX27AQ with its slightly smaller (25”) panel, whilst still offering similar capabilities. Indeed we’ve seen from models like the AOC Q2577PWQ that the lower price and smaller screen in no way forces any sort of compromise when it comes to image quality and performance. Note that the image below doesn’t make this clear, but the monitor uses LG’s dual-stage ‘Cinema Screen’ bezel design. This comprises a thin, hard outer plastic bezel and a thicker inner panel border. You can see this layout more clearly on the AOC review above.
A stylish design
The panel used is the LG Display LM250WQ1-S2A2, a 25” AH-IPS (Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching) panel with 2560 x 1440 resolution, light matte screen surface and 60Hz refresh rate. A 1000:1 static contrast and 178/178° viewing angles are specified, with strong colour consistency being one of the key strengths of this panel type. A true 8-bit colour depth is supported without dithering. The backlight is WLED, providing comprehensive sRGB colour gamut coverage. The backlight uses DC (Direct Current) rather than PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) to dim it and is therefore considered ‘flicker-free’. Eye comfort is also enhanced by the inclusion of 4 ‘Low Blue Light’ settings. A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified, with adjustable ‘TraceFree’ pixel overdrive included.
Some ‘GamePlus’ features on-screen crosshair and timer) are also included as are ‘QuickFit’ on-screen paper size guidelines. The ports include; DP 1.2, 3 HDMI 1.4 ports (one with MHL 2.0) and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 2 x 3W Bang & Olufsen ICEpower speakers also feature, designed to provide a richer sound output than most integrated speaker solutions. These can be customised using the ‘AudioWizard’ feature of the OSD, offering 4 sound modes; ‘Gaming’, ‘Movie’, ‘Music’ and ‘User’. The monitor is designed to be svelte and as such does not feature those figure-busting things called VESA holes.
A fixed tilt-only stand
Further information is available on ASUS’s website. The monitor is currently available for around £300 ($350 USD). If the demand is there we will review this model, but can’t promise the manufacturer will have any review samples available.