ASUS MG28UQ test and review: affordable gaming monitor 4K

ASUS MG28UQ test and review: affordable gaming monitor 4K

ASUS introduced the 28-inch gaming monitor Asus MG28UQ, combining a high level of detail with numerous gaming features, fast response time and AdaptiveSync. In our tests, we’ll see how persuasive turned novelty.

High resolution ready to seize the market. Manufacturers continue to improve and expand UHD monitors range, and prices continue to decline. In addition, the graphics have become more powerful, so the UHD resolution we have already playable frame rates. So if you have high resolution is set, then in addition to the popular 34-inch format displays 21: 9 at a high price today, you can buy a model with a smaller diagonal 16: 9 format is much cheaper.

ASUS MG28UQ test and review: affordable gaming monitor 4K

As a rule, in 16: 9 format are available and versatile multimedia monitors, there is also game models, although they are not so much. They just refers ASUS MG28UQ, even if he does not belong to the ROG lineup. We monitor supports many game functions, on the positive side, we note a stylish look and a fast response time. It also supports AdaptiveSync technology prevents effect frame gap, and twitching. ASUS chose a TN panel, but with 10-bit color processing. It will be interesting to see what the picture quality we get in practice.

For the 28-inch monitor will have to pay 470 euros in Europe. Recently tested LG 27UD88-W will cost considerably more expensive than in Europe, from 700 euros, but it is equipped with IPS panel and connector Type C.

ASUS MG28UQ: Design, workmanship

Typically, game models differ from the standard “brothers.” Just look at the aggressive design monitors Acer Predator Z35 and ASUS ROG PG348Q, we’ve tested recently. ASUS MG28UQ by comparison seems modest and unremarkable, though it is still a matter of taste.

The test display is more like PG279Q, than later presented a 34-inch model, which used a new combination of colors in the line of Signature ROG. We monitor dominates matte black frame, but you will notice the red insert discreet stand. If you replace the stand 28-inch monitor at a more modest, we get a virtual office model.

Matte black frame width of 18 mm not too tight, but not too broad to prevent the installation of multiple monitors together. ASUS chose textured plastic, which leaves a good impression, workmanship raises no objections.

As we mentioned above, the rack modest, but it can be called only selects the element 28-inch model. She has an unusual shape, the stand also happy red accents, like other monitors, ASUS gaming family. But, in contrast to the same PG348Q, manufacturer abandoned backlight.

ASUS MG28UQ test and review: affordable gaming monitor 4K

Rear Monitor ASUS MG28UQ looks pretty simple. Even Eizo Foris FS2735 chosen for the big red box, but ASUS approached very cautiously. The eye only stops at the red navigation button menus.

On interfaces no surprises we have not received. Monitor the HDMI port offers three, one of which supports the 2.0 standard, ie it can play UHD image with a refresh rate of 60 Hz. Also, there is an entrance DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.0 hub at the two ports, which are brought to the standard panel interface. It is a pity that the ASUS refused to side port location. In general, the monitor features ASUS leaves a positive impression.

ASUS MG28UQ: Ergonomics

Manufacturers often think through every detail of the monitor design, trying to give it a gaming aggressive appearance, forgetting the ergonomic features. Fortunately, in the case of ASUS MG28UQ ergonomics has been given due attention, you will be able to optimally adjust the monitor, giving the panel the most convenient location for work or play.

Height of the panel can be adjusted in the range of 15 cm, and the slope from -5 ° to 20 °. You can also rotate the panel to the right or left – handy if you need something to show the man sitting next to. Finally, note the rotation function in portrait mode, which is useful for editing large documents.

ASUS MG28UQ monitor remains committed to its management concept. On the back of the monitor from the right end of the arranged buttons and analog stick. ASUS labeled front buttons, so the problems with the work should arise. However, ASUS brings key assignments as on the screen, so one could do without marking. The joystick is very convenient in practice, it allows access to all major functions. The rest of the buttons are used to jump to its menu items.

We get familiar and well-structured menu ASUS, but it is focused on the consumer segment. For example, there are no color adjustment in six axes, but it is unlikely most users this is concerned. But ASUS has integrated numerous preset modes, including games. Below we look at how they affect the picture quality.

ASUS MG28UQ test and review: affordable gaming monitor 4K

Furthermore game modes in the OSD menu, Asus MG28UQ have something to please gamers. In the menu “System Setup” ASUS has added the item “GamePlus”. In it the user gets the game features typically found in more expensive gaming monitors. For example, you can turn the sight, although this feature, many users find the cheat. It is also possible to set the timer, which is useful to control the time of occurrence of objects in the game. Finally, you can display the current fps or frames include accounting mode configurations with multiple monitors.

Due to its characteristics of ASUS MG28UQ theoretically should consume less power as TN technology more efficient power consumption. In practice, we got the level of 31.6 watts (brightness 150 cd / m²), ie MG28UQ consumed even a little more recently tested LG 27UD88-W with IPS panel.

The ASUS menu also added Eco mode, which allows to save about 5 watts, but by reducing the brightness. A significant this increase can not be called.

ASUS MG28UQ: conclusion

For ASUS 28-inch monitor panel Asus MG28UQ chose a high-resolution display at first glance it does not seem a game, but in fact it offers the corresponding functions.

Visually Asus MG28UQ looks quite modest, if not to take into account the stand, which is closer to the gaming family ROG. Such a strict appearance is hardly a drawback, of course, gaming monitor ASUS does not look so bright and aggressive as the same ROG PG348Q, but do not have to worry about the design obsolete. manufacturing and material quality is high, and the price is reasonable (at least in Europe). Also, you do not have to go to any interfaces on the victim at the monitor there are three inputs the HDMI, a DisplayPort, and the USB-Hub. That is, there is everything you need. As the situation is even better ergonomics, the monitor supports basic physical configuration, including height adjustment, it is also possible to turn the panel into portrait mode. Control buttons and the analog stick is quite typical for modern monitors ASUS, here too, no complaints.

To keep the price low, ASUS chose a TN panel. In practice, it is noticeable because ASUS MG28UQ inferior competitors on IPS Contrast. The backlight can also be brighter, but for rooms with standard lighting it is enough to note the positive side and good uniformity of illumination, the naked eye differences in brightness is not visible. Color quality is sufficient for most users, but for working with photos is not enough subtle gradations of shades, and the color gamut is not as wide as we would like. Colour temperature in practice is relatively neutral, so use a colorimeter is not necessary. There are a variety of pre-set color modes. Finally, UHD resolution is one of the most significant advantages of 28-inch monitor, you will get the detail of the image and an abundance of space on your desktop.

ASUS MG28UQ test and review: affordable gaming monitor 4K

Even in games there is the use of high-resolution, and if you play a game of 3.840 x 2.160 pixels, it is unlikely to want to return to a lower resolution. But you need a powerful graphics card. Due to the rapid panel input lag at ASUS MG28UQ very small. Supports and FreeSync technology, but with a small range of frequencies. In addition, through the OSD you can activate a variety of game functions. As far as they are useful – decide for yourself.

Overall, ASUS MG28UQ – an interesting display for those gamers who love to play in high definition and values the variety of game functions. The benefits add up quickly and panel support AdaptiveSync. If the monitor you want to work with photos, you better take cover IPS.

Benefis ASUS MG28UQ:

  • The modest appearance
  • 4K Resolution
  • Numerous gaming functions in OSD
  • Fast panel
  • Good ergonomic features
  • Support AdaptiveSync

Disadvantages of ASUS MG28UQ:

  • Range AdaptiveSync only up to 60 Hz
  • The viewing angles are limited to the TN panel

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ASUS MG28UQ test and review: affordable gaming monitor 4K was last modified: August 6th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby