ASUS Designo MX27AQ 1440 IPS Monitor Review
Published: 15th May 2015 | Source: ASUS | Price: £480 @ OCUK |
There are two distinct audiences for reviews such as these. Those of you who are genuinely interested in seeking out an excellent display. We'll get to you in a moment. The other section is those of you who looked at the review, looked at the price and thought that it couldn't possibly justify the price being asked. That the difference between a great monitor and the "sort by lowest price" ones is negligible. To you we have to say that you have no idea what you're missing. You wouldn't expect your phone to take pictures as good as an EOS 1D, so why would you expect your GTX Titan X to look as good on a TN panel as the IPS on offer from the ASUS MX27AQ?
Now we have everyone's full attention the MX27AQ is a fantastic quality monitor.
We'll start with the looks. That ultra-thin bezel is to die for. Really gorgeous. It isn't just one of those modernist ideas that will actually end up looking dated. Nor is it solely beneficial when the monitor is off. By allowing the screen to be nearest to you the image quality actually benefits from having nothing surrounding it. Speaking of which, what image quality it is. The IPS panel is always the best compromise between the needs of the gamer to have fast gaming performance with the minimal ghosting possible, and the needs of everyone to have accurate colour reproduction. As we're ever more incentivised and capable of creating our own digital content this need for accurate colours, something which previously was the preserve of the graphic designer or professional, is now important to everybody. The MX27AQ knocks it out of the park by providing fantastic colours, deep blacks, great highlight detail levels and still has the capability to handle fast moving images without blurring or ghosting. Its not a monitor for the hardcore FPS gamer that thinks they have to have 1ms to own Minecraft its a monitor for that that want their reds red and their blacks not grey! I have actually been testing this screen right beside my 'main rig' and to say that the Asus screen has made my current monitors look washed out is a total understatement.
Monitor sound isn't something that we really cover much. The needs of ultra thin displays has always come at the expense of sound quality and it's taken as a given that you should dispense with your screens sound as swiftly as possible and invest in some speakers or a good set of headphones. So - with the slight caveat that a monitor sound will never be as good as a dedicated (and much larger) audio solution - you can imagine how quickly our jaws hit the floor when we heard the speakers within the MX27AQ. They're amazing. Loud, clear, and far better than they have any right to be given their slender proportions. You can, quite seriously, use it for anything from delicate voices to thunderous symphonies, its better than pretty much every laptop we have ever tested and probably a higher quality than any TV we have ever owned.
Our only negative is the eternal one about the adjustability, or lack thereof, of the stand. A little height adjustment never killed anybody and it's something we'd like to see more manufacturers focussing upon. However, that is a tiny issue of an otherwise outstanding product that we have shown can be addressed with a £10 stand from amazon so the MX27AQ easily wins our OC3D Gold Award.