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ASUS MX27AQ elegant WQHD AH-IPS model

Update: Update on price and availability.
News piece below initially published 11th January 2015.

The inspired design of the ASUS ‘Designo’ MX and VX series has won the affection of many users. Indeed the modern, artistic and to many aesthetically pleasing design is quite fetching. We recently brought you news of a couple of new additions to the ‘VX’ series (the VX24AH and VX249H) which expand the series with new panels and capabilities. The MX27AQ is a new addition to the ‘MX’ series, placing a WQHD (2560 x 1440) AH-IPS panel into that familiar ‘classy chassis’. The brushed bottom bezel and silver stand has a metallic look whilst the top and side bezels are exceptionally thin, maximising screen area relative to the monitor size. The stand is, as always, tilt-only – something which comes to the territory on the ‘Designo’ range. Buttons are pressable rather than touch sensitive, which will please some users.

Elegant with very slender bezels

Elegant with very slender bezels

The monitor is believed to use the same 27” panel seen in the Dell U2715H; the LG ML270WQ4. This is an AH-IPS panel with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 350 cd/m² typical maximum brightness, 60Hz refresh rate, 178°/178° viewing angles and 1000:1 static contrast. The screen surface is very light matte (‘semi glossy’) so not to impart an overly grainy quality to the image or eat away at the vibrancy in the same way as some matte screen surfaces. A flicker-free (Direct Current regulated) WLED backlight is used, offering comprehensive sRGB gamut coverage without extending into wide gamut (Adobe RGB) territory. True 8-bit per channel colour is supported.

The monitor features adjustable ‘TraceFree’ pixel overdrive, with a 5ms grey to grey response time specified. In addition to the flicker-free backlight, visual comfort is potentially enhanced by the inclusion of ‘Low Blue Light’ settings with ‘Reading’ and ‘Darkroom’ presets. Ports include DP 1.2, three HDMI 1.4 ports (one with MHL 2.0 support) and a 3.5mm audio output. Bang & Olufsen ICEpower stereo speakers are included. These can be configured directly from the monitor using the ‘AudioWizard’ section of the OSD (On Screen Display), which essentially offers a five band graphic equalizer with four control modes. To keep everything as slender and self-contained as possible no VESA holes are included.

The usual minimalistic rear

The usual minimalistic rear

Some further information on the MX27AQ can be found on the manufacturer’s website. Apparently alternative colour combinations will also exist for the product, with the three colours including silver, gold and space grey. These are ‘subject to availability’ and may not be available in all regions. The company stated initially that the monitor will be released in regions including the US and UK starting in March with an RRP of $499 USD equivilent in some regions. The monitor is now available in the UK for under £400 including VAT and US for under $470. We will try to review the product if there is sufficient demand.

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