ASUS MX27AQ

Intro to the ASUS MX27AQ.

What’s up, guys? Today I have for you a review of the ASUS MX27AQ. You can find this monitor for about $500 or less. This thing not only physically looks great, but with the 2560 x 1440 display, the screen resolution is crispy, as well, and just look at that bezel. ASUS managed to fit this all in a 0.1 cm bezel and, I mean, Pebble couldn’t even do that with the Pebble Time, so props to ASUS for pulling that off.

What bezel it does have, along with the bottom and the stand, as well, is all wrapped in this metal and it looks fantastic. While these sundial displays, first introduced in the 1080P monitors, do look fantastic, but for some, they are a deal-breaker. There is no height adjustment, though you can adjust it for the viewing angle to suit you best. With my current setup, I already have a monitor riser and I don’t plan on mounting this, so that was no issue to me, myself.

The ASUS MX27AQ Display

Again, the ASUS MX27AQ has a 27-inch matte IPS display. The colors look amazing and this thing has a 178-degree viewing angle. If you go back and look, I showed you some pretty extreme angles, and this thing always looks fantastic. Switching around to the backside of this, where thepanel is located, first up, you’ll see there’s an MHL input, which can also be used for HDMI. Then there’s two regular HDMI-only ports, the display port, a headphone-in, your power input and then your power button, as well. Just below that, there are your buttons for accessing all the screen options, and then your Bowers & Wilkins ice-powered speakers. External speakers will always sound better, but these sound pretty good for being built in.

Another feature included in the ASUS MX27AQ is a blue light filter to turn down those harsh bright lights in the nighttime. If we zoom in and take a closer look at that sundial stand, looking at the back of mine, I have this big orange thing and that’s to keep my cables managed right behind my monitor so they’re not going off to the side. Looking at the bottom, when you first get this out of the package, there are no tools required because ASUS has even included this little handle that you just grab this screw and give it a turn and it installs your mount.

Final Thoughts About the ASUS MX27AQ

I think you guys can tell I am really pleased with this monitor. I’m glad this is the one I chose to purchase. I’m glad I went ahead and went with the 27-inch versus a few of the 24 inches that I was looking at, since I’m only running a single monitor.

LG 34 Ultrawide IPS Monitor

Hello everyone. I am super-pumped for today’s review because this will be my first proper wide-screen experience for the desktop, as I go ahead and use the 34-inch LG monitor as my daily driver for two weeks, and explore what the curve on this widescreen 21-by-9 IPS monitor can deliver. The exact model of this panel is 34UC87C, priced over $1,000 USD, so you are looking at the premium investment, one that is unique in so many ways, and just hope that we don’t stumble upon too many drawbacks.

First Impressions of the 34-inch curved ultra-wide

First thing is, this is a 34-inch curved ultra-wide form factor with a resolution of 3440 by 1440 at 60 Hertz. It is a bit of an odd resolution and one that takes some time getting used to, but imagine a typical 2560 by 1440p panel with 34% more wide pixels. It is a beautiful [inaudible 00:00:56] IPS panel that LG calibrates at the factory for correct out-of-the-box colors, that’s highly appreciated. Before switching over to the LG panel, this is what I was used to, dual 27-inch setup, both 1440p panels. This way I can comfortably work on multiple applications, plus they are 144 Hertz G-Sync displays for that incredible stillness. When I started using the LG monitor, the 60 hertz hit me hard with a long adjustment period. This is where 75 hertz G-Sync or even FreeSync would have complemented the panel nicely to future-proof this monitor and expand this ability into gaming, which by the way, at this resolution, delivers a fantastic and unique experience.

Characteristics

The physical characteristics of the monitor are satisfactory, with a tiny bezel and edge-to-edge glass design, with a larger chin at the bottom, and plenty smaller bezels all around to make this LG panel stand out with elegant and slim body. For the I/O at the back, we have a power-in, headphone jack, dual HDMI and a single display port, plus a USB 3.0 hub with incredibly difficult-to-reach ports. For the stand, there isn’t any kind of cable management. Cables are just routed behind it, and the basics with plenty of height adjustment and some angle, the LG stand lacks rotation and pivot, which could have been really handy in multi-monitor configuration, and also allow me to strengthen the monitor, as our sample was just a tiny bit off-angle, that once you notice, it’s very hard to avoid. Although I love the low profile and open design for the stand base that allows me to put some important items … ‘important’ in quotations … in the center for perceived organization.

Pros and Cons

One of the weakest points on this monitor is the on-screen display and the uncomfortable joystick to navigate through the OSD. The layout for a $1,000 monitor is just disappointing. It requires digging around to find the needed functions that are all buried behind flawed navigation, but the 3-axis color adjustment along with 6-axis adjustments are available, which luckily will not require your immediate attention, thanks to factory calibration. The panel curve itself will be a love-it or a hate-it type of feature. There’s nothing on screen that’s straight. While I was enjoying the extra real estate for my timeline in Premier, the curvature of all the horizontal lines on screen made the editor inside of me unhappy, as you can see the bowtie effect very evidently. I ended up moving the preview window closer to the center to reduce the bending lines for that footage. It’s weird but I never thought that I would dislike the curved editing, and also viewing angles suffer when looking at the monitor at an angle. For optimal brightness and color uniformity, you better sit directly in front and view head-on.

Also, here the panel uniformity chart, with the top-left corner being significantly darker than the rest of the screen. At the price, that’s just disappointing. However, what this monitor does best is multi-tasking, having 2 applications side-by-side for a comfortable work environment, plus anything that takes advantage of the wide-screen real estate. This is a dream monitor for Excel work, amazing. Visually outstanding for gaming as well, as the screen curvature is subtle, but adds an awesome layer of immersion as the edges wrap around you. For media consumption that is natively 21-by-9, it is an outstanding experience, one that makes me want to find more 21-by-9 content to enjoy in its full-screen aspect of playback. However, the majority of content is still in the 16-by-9, one that leaves black bars on the side. It’s fine to enjoy a YouTube video, but you wish that there was more content produced in this 21-by-9 aspect for the consumer.

In conclusion

If you think that you will love the panel quality and resolution of the LG 34UC87C, then you are 100% correct. This is a multi-tasking single-panel dream, one that does not favor to creators that work with Photoshop or modelling software, because the lines are just not straight. If only LG made this a G-Sync or a FreeSync monitor, then it would have been a little more future-proof for gaming purposes, as you need really powerful GPUs to drive the games at this resolution for smooth frame-rate. In conclusion, the LG 34UC87C will definitely put pressure on the more conventional 16-by-9 monitors. Unfortunately, the LG monitor is not your all-round versatile monitor, because it is expensive, content is just not ready for the 21-by-9 aspect ratio, and also there is more to be desired with the stand. However, if you are ready to experience the curve and all the benefits that carry over with it, then there is no doubt, you’ll definitely love what you see.