ASUS Designo MX27AQ arrived in a premium full colored box, with a nice glamour image of the monitor on the front, and specs placed on the sides. Inside, I discovered a number of neatly arranged additions, including the standard reading material, a medium-sized power-brick, HDMI & DisplayPort Cables. All in all, pretty standard packaging.
The solid aluminum alloy sundial base is easily mounted to the stand via a single large thumbscrew. Though simple to mount, with no necessity to use any tools before using the monitor, the construction ends up feeling solid enough.
Unfortunately, the attractive base doesn't have that many adjustment options. The screen cannot be turned in Portrait Mode, there are no height-adjustment options, and it can only be tilted back and forward for about +20°~ -5°, and that's about it.
Committing to its design, ASUS has also decided to remove any VESA wall-mount support, so you will only use the monitor with the included stand.
Turning to its rear panel, we find three HDMI ports (with one MHL2.0 enabled), a DisplayPort 1.2 port, a 3.5mm earphone jack socket, and lastly, the DC-IN socket for power.
As one might expect, ASUS has opted to use physical interface screens running along the edge of the screen. These are easy to use, with each button corresponding to a menu-item.
An added little clear light at the end indicated the activity state for the monitor, with orange for standby and blue for on.
Lastly, the menu is quite easy to navigate through, being the same intuitive standard I've seen on the PG278Q, just without any Gamer-esque features added.
On the package, a Bang & Olufsen audio sticker stands out. Now, B&O are an established brand with decades of work in the audio department. They produce sleek, polished devices that sound at least as good as they look (and they're usually very good looking). They could also be considered a premium brand, since they don't really sell budget items.
Design MX27AQ comes with two built-in 25MM, 3W speakers. They're not meant to replace a proper pair of monitor-speakers, but they are a step above the classic built-in pair. While the volume isn't one to blow your ears, there's little to no distortion, even when the audio-level is cranked up to 100% and the bass is dropped so hard it could burrow inside the earth (or in the 3W version, shake the desk a lil bit).
Lastly, we have the display itself. The semi-glossy Designo MX27AQ features an edge-to-edge frameless panel with a 0.1cm thick bezel. It uses an AH-IPS panel capable of delivering a 100M:1 smart contrast ratio, 100% sRGB color-space, and a 178 degree viewing angle. While it isn't exactly a professional grade monitor, it could still be used as one.