Thin and modern looking monitor, with a quality panel to match.
T here’s a plethora of 27inch monitors on the market and Asus has thrown another one into the mix with the MX27AQ. This model is part of Asus’s Designo MX series of monitors, bringing a 27inch WQHD unit to replace the MX279H, a 27inch HD display.
The MX27AQ is a strikingly good looking monitor. Even when turned off, thanks to a narrow bezel, brushed metal chin and thin panel, it has a modern appearance. The thin bezel would be fantastic for those wanting to use it in a multi-monitor setup, but unfortunately there is no VESA mount. The included stand only allows the monitor to tilt forwards and backwards, there’s no height adjustment.
Luckily when on, the display is top notch. 100% sRGB colour reproduction, excellent 178 degree viewing angles and a lovely high resolution of 2560x1440. Be sure to turn off the VividPixel feature, which over sharpens text to the point of illegibility.
There’s one DisplayPort connector and 3x HDMI ports. One of those HDMI ports supports MHL, so your mobile devices can enjoy the big screen too. No USB ports or a card reader on the MX27AQ. That’s the price you pay for such a 6mm bezel.
Asus includes a weird feature called QuickFit on this monitor. Using the monitor’s on screen display, it provides a grid which aligns to traditional paper sizes (A4, 6”x4” photos, etc.) so that you can resize your windows or images to be at this size. I’m not sure how useful it is, but it’s there for you to use if need be.
The Asus marketing material touts that the built in speakers were co-developed by Bang and Olufsen, but there’s no real evidence of that when using the speaker. It’s no better than the usual audio quality built in monitor speakers put out.
This is a smart looking monitor with a great quality panel to match. The lack of VESA mounting will bother a few people, but if you need your monitor to look good on the desk as well as display a quality image, the MX27AQ might be for you.