ASUS have now included a 4K UHD offering in their Designo MX series in the form of the ASUS Designo MX27UQ 27″ 4K UHD monitor. The MX27UQ is a high performance screen fitted inside a beautifully crafted brushed aluminium bezel featuring soft and elegant curves. The bezel is ultra thin and comes in what ASUS describe as a “Icicle Gold” finish.
But this monitor isn’t just about looks, the ASUS MX27UQ is capable of delivering 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) visuals on its IPS based screen. Not only that, ASUS have included built-in 3W bluetooth stereo speakers which support wireless music streaming from your portable devices.ASUS Designo MX27UQ specifications:
|Display||Panel Size: Wide Screen 27.0"(68.47cm) 16:9
Color Saturation : 100%(sRGB)
Panel Backlight / Type : AH-IPS
True Resolution : 3840x2160
Pixel Pitch : 0.155mm
Brightness(Max) : 300 cd/㎡
ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio (ASCR) : 100000000:1
Viewing Angle (CR≧10) : 178°(H)/178°(V)
Response Time : 5ms (Gray to Gray)
Display Colors : 1.07 Billion
3840 x 2160 at 60Hz via DisplayPort1.2 and HDMI(v2.0)
3840 x 2160 at 30Hz via HDMI(v1.4)
|Video Features||SPLENDID Video Preset Modes : 8 Modes (sRGB Mode/Scenery Mode/Theater Mode/Standard Mode/Night View Mode/Game Mode/Reading Mode/Darkroom Mode)
Skin-Tone Selection : 3 Modes
Color Temperature Selection : 4 Modes
QuickFit (modes) : Yes (Letter/A4/B5/Alignment Grid/Photo Modes)
GamePlus(modes) : Yes (Crosshair/Timer/FPS Counter)
Low Blue Light : Yes
HDCP support : Yes
VividPixel : Yes
|Audio Features||Stereo Speakers : 3W x 2 Stereo RMS with ASUS SonicMaster audio technology and ICEpower® | Bang & Olufsen technology
AudioWizard Preset Sound modes : 4 Modes (Gaming mode / Movie mode / Music mode / User mode)
Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
|Convenient Hotkey||Blue Light Filter
|I/O Ports||Signal Input : HDMI(v2.0), DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI(v1.4)
AV Audio Input : HDMI, DisplayPort
Earphone jack : 3.5mm Mini-Jack
SuperSpeed USB Charger
|Power Consumption||Power On <46W (typical); <52W (max.)
Power Saving <0.5W
Power Off <0.5W
Voltage : 100-240V, 50/60Hz
|Dimensions||Phys. Dimension with Stand(WxHxD): 614.4mm x 429.5mm x 225.4mm
Box Dimension (WxHxD): 700mm x 537mm x 120mm
|Weight||Net Weight (Esti.): 5.5kg
Gross Weight (Esti.): 8.0kg
The usual items are included with the monitor:
- 27″ screen
- Screen base
- Power cord
- Power adapter
- DisplayPort cable
- HDMI cable
- Quick start guide
Just like the online photos of the ASUS Designo MX27UQ, the unit in real life is just as stylish and elegant.
On Screen Menus
The reported pixel density of the MX27UQ is 163 pixels per inch and when combined with the 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution you get to see ultra sharp resolutions on a lot of screen real estate. In fact, 4K UHD gives you around 300% more screen space when compared to 1080P FHD screens.
ASUS have worked with ICEpower® to bring us an immersive sound experience on the MX27UQ. The in-built 3W speakers are based on Bang & Olufsen technology which help provide a much higher quality of sound. The icing on the cake is the use of bluetooth technology to allow the MX27UQ to also act as a wireless music streaming device. All you need to do is connect your bluetooth capable smartphone or tablet and it will also work when the monitor is in standby mode.
This was our first monitor review and had a great experience playing with the ASUS Designo MX27UQ. Everything was straightforward as it should be with any monitor install and the screen build quality was nothing short of amazing. The thin brushed aluminium bezel, low profile and other features including Bluetooth for wireless music playback won us over before we even turned it on.
Fortunately, when used it did not disappoint either. The screen had dark blacks and bright colours and worked well for media playback. The increased screen real-estate with 4K UHD resolution makes it great for working with graphics and supported games as well.
We didn’t get our screen calibration tool in time for this review but I am sure we will be looking at other ASUS screens in the near future and will also include some additional technical information regarding display output quality.
For now, we are still happy to recommend the ASUS Designo MX27UQ as a screen to definitely consider as your next purchase.