Asus announces 27-inch 144 Hz 1440p monitor with FreeSync

By Scorpus
Aug 20, 2015
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  1. Asus has announced a new gaming-focused monitor, the MG278Q, featuring a 27-inch TN panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1440, and support for AMD's FreeSync adaptive refresh technology.

    The MG278Q is nearly identical to Asus' already-announced MG279Q except for the use of a TN panel rather than IPS. The MG278Q supports a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz with grey-to-grey response times of 1ms, although there is no word on the overall refresh window or minimum refresh rates for this monitor capable of variable refresh.

    The display supports 16.7 million colors, although as this display uses a TN panel, the accuracy or vibrancy won't be as good as Asus' IPS variant. Brightness is rated at 350 nits, and the display comes with 170° and 160° viewing angles in the horizontal and vertical directions.

    Asus has included a full selection of ports on the MG278Q, including one DisplayPort for FreeSync support, dual-link DVI, one HDMI 2.0 port, one HDMI 1.4 port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a USB hub with one input and two outputs. The monitor's stand supports tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustments.

    The MG278Q will be available in North America in early September, although Asus is yet to put a price tag on the monitor. Considering the MG279Q with its IPS panel retails for $579.99, we can expect the MG278Q to be cheaper.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,339   +1,938

    If gaming is all you do on your desktop then TN panels are perfect.
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  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,322   +263

    I tend to have the same view for other people on the occasion that people ask me for my opinion (which is usually for gaming) but since I do so much more on my personal computer, no TN compromise for me.
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    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 906   +242

    I disagree I can't stand the varying brightness/contrast effect you get with TN panels, very distracting... I'm surprised anyone still makes them honestly.
  5. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,322   +263

    I guess it effects those who are very animated when the play video games and move their bodies around...kind of like when you see and hear something whizzing by your head and some people still instinctively physically move away as if to avoid it themselves?

    Or if you're constantly looking at your screen from any angle besides dead forward...
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,339   +1,938

    I'm not seeing they are the most popular, and cheapest panel tech around so expect them to be around for many more years.
    That said, I game with a TN panel and work using a PLS panel and truth be told, I think the games look better on the TN panel.

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