Asus' MG279Q display melds IPS panel, variable refresh

— 3:30 PM on January 6, 2015

We already told you a little bit about Asus' 27-inch MG279Q monitor earlier this week. We've now learned more about it—and Scott has seen it in person. Turns out there's more to this 120Hz IPS offering than meets the eye.

While it lacks FreeSync or G-Sync branding, the MG279Q supports the DisplayPort 1.2a specification with Adaptive-Sync. Translation: it does have a variable refresh rate, despite what we initially surmised. We're told the monitor will be able to sync up its refresh rate with FreeSync-capable Radeon graphics cards. As to why it has that capability without the FreeSync label, we don't yet have a clear answer.

First-hand, the MG279Q looks to have slightly better viewing angles than the G-Sync-enabled ROG Swift PG278Q, which we reviewed in August. That's no doubt because the MG279Q uses IPS panel technology, while the PG278Q has a TN panel. (The PG278Q still looks eminently decent, though.)

Look for the MG279Q in stores late this quarter. Asus hasn't set a price yet, so stay tuned for more details.

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