Design and Build
There's no denying that the MX279H is one of the best-looking monitors we've seen yet. In spite of its relatively large screen size, the aluminium stand is really quite compact. This, and the grey plastic used to finish the slim bezel and the bar along the bottom of the screen, mean that the Asus MX279H will make a stylish addition to any desk.
This monitor's casing may look great, but it doesn't give you many hardware features. For starters, that sleek little stand only lets you tilt the screen slightly—there's no sign of swivel or height-adjustment functions here. Connections comprise two HDMI ports, one VGA connection, a headphones socket and an audio input. The only extra you get here is a pair of 3-watt speakers. With no additional hardware features (such as a USB hub), the Asus MX279H lags behind in this part of our review, with a score comparable to many entry-level monitors.
However, the good news is that this monitor has an IPS screen. This ensures wide horizontal and vertical viewing angles, which is sure to interest anyone looking for even, consistent colour reproduction over the screen. Another good thing about the MX279H we received to test is that no light leaked through into darker zones onscreen.
Colours and Contrast
Out of the box, the MX279H displays accurate onscreen colours. We measured the average Delta E at 3 with the factory settings (Delta E measures the difference between perfect colours and those displayed onscreen, and should be 3 or under for colours to be considered accurate). The contrast came in at a healthy 1070:1. The only slight downside is that the 290 cd/m² brightness is a bit too high for an office or a room with standard lighting.
To switch down to a more reasonable brightness level (here, we got to 178 cd/m²) without affecting colour fidelity, all you need to do is switch the colour mode from Standard to sRGB. This doesn't have much impact on contrast either, which we measured at 1100:1.
With results like these, the Asus MX279H would be suitable for users in need of a faithfully reproduced onscreen image, such as photo editors or graphic designers.
Like the PB278Q, the MX279H is prone to a slight but visible level of reverse ghosting. And the solution to get rid of this is the same in both monitors—switch "TraceFree" from 60 to 20. With that done, we measured the ghosting time at 12 ms, which beats the ViewSonic VX2770-LED, but which could still prove a little too slow for demanding gamers (especially FPS-fans).
This graph shows the ghosting time, measured in ms, which measures the time it takes this monitor takes to entirely remove the previous frame. The shorter the time, the more fluid moving images will appear.
- Accurate colours out of the box (Delta E = 3)
- Contrast (between 1070:1 and 1100:1)
- Design and finish
- Power use isn't too high (22 watts at 200 cd/m²)
- Wide viewing angles
- Not responsive enough for gamers (12 ms average ghosting time)
- Buttons for using the OSD are very sensitive
- Only Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Like the ViewSonic VX2770-LED, the Asus MX279H will appeal to users looking for an accurate onscreen image. Colour fidelity is spot-on, the contrast is very good and viewing angles are nice and wide. However, the lack of hardware features and a response time that's not quite fast enough for gaming held the MX279H back from a five-star score.