ASUS MX27UQ ‘4K’ UHD FreeSync with style
ASUS have greatly expanded their ‘Designo MX’ range of monitors in recent times, with recent additions including 25” and 27” WQHD (2560 x 1440) models. The MX27UQ brings this design flair to the realm of ‘4K’ UHD. The stand and bottom bezel feature brushed metal with an ‘Icicle Gold’ colouration for the bottom bezel. Similar colouration is used on the stand and side monitor surround (i.e. bezel as viewed from the top or sides). Speaking of bezels, they are rather slim on this model. There is a very slim hard outer component and a slender panel border – but as you can see, even with both components added together the bezels remains very slight. This is made possible by a new AH-IPS panel as seen on the LG 27UD68. As usual, this sundial-inspired stand offers tilt as the only ergonomic adjustment.
The monitor uses a 27” LG AH-IPS panel, which is 60Hz (variable, with Adaptive-Sync) and features a 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) resolution. Viewing angles are 178/178° with strong colour consistency and viewing angle performance a known strength of IPS panels. 10-bit colour is supports (1.07 billion), through 8-bit + FRC dithering most likely. The screen surface is very light matte anti-glare, likely with a fairly smooth finish. A flicker-free WLED backlight is used, offering 100% sRGB colour gamut coverage (and some extension beyond this) but no support for wide colour gamuts. To further enhance viewing comfort, various ‘Low Blue Light’ settings (Blue Light Filter) and presets are also included. A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified, although as usual this should not be taken at face value. Another aspect which some gamers may be interested in is the inclusion of ‘GamePlus’ features (i.e. the on-screen crosshair and timer plus an ‘FPS counter’). The monitor also supports Adaptive-Sync (and hence AMD FreeSync, for compatible GPUs), although the variable refresh rate range is currently unknown. We suspect it could be 40 – 60Hz like the LG model, however. Note that the FPS counter feature is actually a refresh rate indicator and can only be used with Adaptive-Sync.
The minimalism continues at the rear, with a fairly bare matte black back. There are no VESA holes, but there is a K-Slot and various rear-facing inputs; SuperSpeed USB charger (only for charging – no data transmission), HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, DP 1.2a (with Adaptive-Sync) and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 3W Bang & Olufsen ICEpower speakers also feature for a richer sound than many integrated solutions provide. To help enhance the audio experience, Bluetooth is also supported to allow you to wirelessly stream music from mobile devices within 10m of the monitor. There are also a number of audio presets to choose from.
Further information is available on ASUS’s website. The monitor is expected to be available in the UK in April for just over £500 inc. VAT. We will bring further news including price and availability elsewhere as it comes and would very much like to review this model.