ASUS VC279H with ‘Neo Blade’ AH-IPS panel
With the plethora of ‘4K’ UHD monitors, curved models and high refresh rate models being launched at the moment it’s easy to forget that some people only require the humble 1920 x 1080 resolution and 60Hz refresh rate. For console gaming, for example, there is no need for anything more. And for some users pushing more pixels can be challenging on their computer system or even their visual system. The ASUS VC279H makes use of LG’s latest ‘Neo Blade’ AH-IPS panels, with a ‘cinema display’ bezel design. This comprises of an extremely thin hard black plastic outer border and a slender dark grey inner panel border – for a thickness of 0.9mm at either side and the top. The bottom bezel has the infamous ‘ASUS lip’, with pressable buttons facing downwards towards the right side. The stand is a simple circular design that affords 5° of forwards tilt and 20° of backwards tilt, but not further ergonomic flexibility.
This model uses a 27” LG AH-IPS panel, with the aforementioned ‘Neo Blade’ design and a 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution. This is accompanied by a 60Hz refresh rate and uses a relatively light matte anti-glare screen surface. The brightness will reach a maximum of 250 cd/m², typically, from the standard flicker-free WLED backlight. Approximate coverage of the sRGB colour space is also expected. A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified, without any user adjustment (i.e. no ‘Trace Free’ feature). Other features include ‘VividPixel’ sharpness enhancement (a word we use loosely, it’s best left off generally) and ‘GamePlus’ On-Screen crosshair and timer. There are also a range of ‘Splendid’ presets, including a few which also double as ‘Low Blue Light’ settings (‘Reading’ and ‘Darkroom’). In the ‘Standard’ Splendid preset you can also apply ‘Blue Light Filter’ settings, with the user able to select one of 5 levels of ‘Low Blue Light’ reduction (0 being ‘off’ and 5 being ‘maximum’).
The ports of the monitor are fairly restrictive, with VGA, HDMI and DVI-D featuring alongside a 3.5mm headphone jack and 1.5W stereo speakers for basic low-power sound output. The ports are down-firing, giving users the flexibility to wall mount the monitor or use an alternative stand. To facilitate this, 100 x 100mm VESA holes are included. A ‘VC279N’ model (plus ‘VC279N-W’ model with white rather than black plastics for the bottom bezel, stand and rear) will also feature in some regions. This lacks the HDMI output and audio features.