Today, we're checking ASUS Designo series with the new MX27AQ, a sleek 27-inch WQHD IPS monitor sporting 100% sRGB color space, 178° viewing angles, and even Bang & Olufsen integrated audio.
The MX27AQ is a great looking monitor, but I can't help but feel the slim bezel and metallic accents would be lost if the display itself would not be top notch. ASUS seems to agree with me, since they opted to use a 2560x1440 AH-IPS display, with a 60Hz refresh rate, 178°/178° viewing angles and a reported 1000:1 static contrast. On paper, (and at first glance) there are few monitors to match it.
Who is this monitor for though? It doesn't look like a professional tool, and it doesn't have those touted gamer-characteristics either. Well, I'd say its for the premium consumer, the folk who are interested in buying a monitor of top-notch quality that could be used for all forms of media. It's made both for the pro-sumer who does a little bit of gaming, but also wants a good movie viewing experience, or given the opportunity, might do a bit of editing.
To aid in these endeavors, the monitor features adjustable 'TraceFree' overdrive, with a 5ms GtG response-time specified, which is more than decent for an IPS panel display, a flicker-free backlight, and a number of ports that support the notion of multiple media consumption.
While I am taken back by the design, I don't intend to go easy on it. Not because ASUS has ever disapointed me with their displays, quite the contrary, they've actually blown my expectations out of the water with RoG PG278Q and the 4K TN panel PB287Q. No, but by being thorough, I can make sure that MX27AQ is either more than just a stunner, or nothing more than a pretty shell housing mediocre performance. Not that I'm expecting that of course, but it's better to be safe than sorry.