Display: 27″, AH-IPS, 2560xx1440, 5 ms response time, 60 Hz
Notable Features: stereo speakers, 0.8mm Bezel, 100% sRGB
Ports: 2x HDMI, 1x HDMI/MHL, DisplayPort 1.2, Headphone
Price Scale: 4/10
ASUS is no stranger to quality monitors. In fact, they are quite well known in almost all categories of electronics. From laptops to motherboards and graphics cards, ASUS is regarded as a premium brand that promises quality. ASUS ROG for example is the epitome of quality that no one can deny.
ASUS Designo MX series of monitors were first released in the year 2011. At that time they were by far the only series of monitors that offered out of the ordinary looks. None had ever experimented with such exquisite classy touches to the monitor. Yes, Apple did have good looking monitors, but ASUS Designo MX were unique. They were in a class of their own.
These days there are many monitors that look great. Some have copied the design, while other such as the HP with Pavilion 25xw and Lenovo with their ThinkVision X24 have experimented and succeeded with their entirely new designs. So, now the competition on sheer looks has become tougher.
ASUS MX27AQ Monitor hails from the same line of series. It has done a few major changes to the design of course. The biggest one being the slim bezel. In fact, and hear this out, this monitor offers THE slimmest bezel in the market. It is only 0.8 mm thick. Now with the current technology you have, you cannot go any thinner. Period.
That is just the surface though. Let us look further into what this monitor offer in this ASUS MX27AQ review.
Design and Features
The monitor is the epitome of the style if you ask me. It would be difficult finding good looking monitors that can actually compete with this. Granted design is not the most important aspect of a monitor, but it surely helps to have an eye candy in your room.
So is it safe to say this monitor is the culmination of art meeting with technology? I think so. Because if it wasn’t for the extremely careful master craftsmanship, this monitor would not have been nearly frameless. Now let me tell you here. The monitors listed in the top 10 list have thin bezels, but nothing comes close to this. This monitor has a whopping 0.8 mm bezel. Take a ruler and measure. You will realize how slim that really is.
The only design flaw I would say this monitor has is that it lacks VESA mounting holes. On top of that, the stand, albeit a gorgeous one, offers very limited adjustability. Some professional environments would demand monitors to rotate or swivel. The fact that it also lacks VESA holes means that you cannot attach it to a stand that actually would have had adjustability. Furthermore, you cannot mount this up on the wall either. Imagine the video wall that could have been possible if it had VESA mounts.
Let us talk about features now. Well, in short, this monitor is loaded with features. For starters, this is a 27 inch monitor with an AH-IPS display that not only offers maximum viewing angles, but also vivid colors. It has a resolution of WQHD which translates to 2560 x 1440. You should be aware that the trend for 27 inch monitor is slowly moving away from FHD to WQHD and even UHD. Therefore, this is a monitor that has been designed for future. The benefit of this is obvious. Higher resolution on a bigger screen means you will have sharper images as well as a lot of real estate to work on.
It has a response time of 5 ms. This is not all bad. In fact, it is much better than most of the IPS panels out there. This is the testament to the fact that the monitor utilizes an awesome IPS panel and not a cheap quality one.
Let us talk about contrast ratio a bit. After all we all want the blacks to be as deep as possible and we all hate backlight showing on a blank screen. So on paper the monitor has a static contrast ratio of 1000:1. which is quite common. It also has a dynamic contrast ratio of 100,000,000:1. Now I personally do not trust the number of dynamic contrast ratio. What I really trust is the static contrast ratio of the native panel as well as the quality of the panel itself. This is because no matter how high your static or dynamic contrast ratio is, if your monitor panel suffers from backlight bleeding, well you can kiss your deeper blacks good bye. Fortunately, with the high quality panel on this monitor, you can be certain that when your screen is showing a black visual that has unhindered depth to it.
Further features on this monitor include speakers developed by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower. ASUS takes pride in these speakers; however, we all know that integrated speakers are only good for emergency and can never deliver as good as dedicated set of stereo speakers. This should therefore not be the deciding factor for you.
This monitor features plenty of integrated technologies. ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio (Splendid) is a technology exclusive to ASUS for enhancing the contrast ratio. Moreover, ASUS eye care technologies such as the Flicker-Free and Blue Light Filter are also included. Apparently blue lights are harmful to the eyes. You can change the filters to protect your eyes via the OSD.
You should also know that professionals such as graphic designers and CAD workers can use this monitor for their work thanks to its 100% sRGB coverage.
This monitor does fairly well in this department. It does not offer DVI or D-Sub port, which is obvious. You can’t possibly run WQHD monitor and not have an HDMI output on your PC. So this monitor offers not one but three HDMI outputs. Along with that it also has a DisplayPort as well as a headphone port.
In all, you have plenty of connection and you will never go short.
This monitor is expensive. In the top 10 list of thin bezel monitors on the home page, this is the second most expensive monitor. However, with all the features that it has, I believe the price is certainly fair. The only thing missing is a fast refresh rate or else this would have been on par with high end gaming monitors in terms of specs. However, unlike the gaming monitors, it does cover 100% of sRGB making it equally excellent.
Given all the features and the looks, this monitor has a great value. But, if you came here looking for just zero bezel monitors, then yes, this is an expensive monitor.
Honestly, there aren’t many cons that can be reported. Other than the fact that it does not feature VESA mounts and has limited adjustability, nothing more could really be criticized.
It would have been awesome if this monitor had a USB hub as well as a 144Hz panel, but that would have naturally increased the price of this monitor.
ASUS MX27AQ Review Conclusion
So you came here looking for the thinnest bezel monitor available in the market. Well, let me tell you that you have got it. Nothing beats this monitor in that aspect. It has a bezel of 0.8 mm making it the winner in this category