Three new gaming monitors—the MG28UQ, MG24UQ, and MG248Q—are joining the extended family of Asus gaming displays. These new displays have familiar specifications along with a few new tricks. All three monitors are FreeSync-enabled, and they also work with Asus' DisplayWidget Windows app. DisplayWidget lets users customize a number of on-screen display settings without actually fiddling with the monitors' controls.
The MG28UQ and MG24UQ are both 4K displays with maximum brightness of 300 nits. Fancy new features aside, that's where the similarity between these two ends. The MG24UQ is a 23.6-inch monitor with a 4K IPS display. It offers both DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 inputs, as well as a pair of HDMI 1.4 ports. It comes with a typical 4ms response time, 60Hz refresh rate, a 16.7-million-color reproduction range, and 178-degree viewing angles.
Its sibling, the MG28UQ, is a 28-inch 4K display with the same inputs, as well as a pair of USB 3.0 ports. This display's TN panel is specced for a 1ms gray-to-gray response time. The larger MG28UQ can't boast the same off-angle image quality as its smaller sibling, but it has a 1.07-billion-color palette to make up for it.
The MG248Q is the odd one out. This 24", 1080p TN display appears to be a refresh of the very popular VG248QE, which first arrived some three years ago. It comes with DisplayPort, HDMI 1.4, and dual-link DVI inputs. To sustain sufficient brightness in its LightBoost mode, the MG248Q has a higher maximum brightness than the MG-series displays at 350 nits. We're pleased to see this display can perform the FreeSync dance over a range of 40-144Hz.
Asus includes its GamePlus firmware-based overlays in all three displays. GamePlus now includes a timer and an FPS counter alongside the classic crosshair and grid overlays. GameVisual and App Sync, as well as the monitor's blue light filter, can be controlled from the new DisplayWidget app for Windows. No extra connection is required to support DisplayWidget, as its commands are sent over the Display Data Channel/Command Interface protocol in DisplayPort and HDMI.
The included stands support height, swivel, tilt, and pivot adjustments. If you need more flexibility, the bases can be removed to expose VESA mounts. The MG28UQ is available at Newegg for $549, but its smaller sibling isn't listed yet. The MG24UQ can be found elsewhere on the web for $399, though. ASUS says the MG248Q will be available later this month.
|Lenovo ThinkCentre and ThinkPad machines pack AMD PRO APUs||16|
|Seagate 5TB BarraCuda and 2TB FireCuda drives are big and speedy||7|
|Nvidia licenses Rambus' DPA tech for side-channel data leak prevention||9|
|iOS 10.1 update includes portrait mode beta for iPhone 7 Plus||3|
|Biostar belatedly announces GTX 1060 graphics cards||12|
|HyperX Alloy keyboard gets lean and mean for FPS gaming||8|
|AMD drops prices on the Radeon RX 460 and RX 470||50|
|Reports: Radeon RX 470D is a budget Polaris card for China||9|
|Examining reports of slow write speeds on the 32GB iPhone 7||33|
|A real "console monitor" would be 720p @ 30 Hz ;P||+64|