The Asus TUF Gaming VG279QM isn’t quite perfect. A lot of gamers would prefer a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution at this screen size, and despite the class-leading colour accuracy there are some weaknesses in the panel’s performance. But if you do have a graphics card and game combination that can get close to 280fps, the 280Hz refresh allied with adaptive sync for both AMD and NVIDIA hardware will give you an edge when FPS gaming. Maybe not a huge edge over 144Hz, but an edge nonetheless, and every little counts.
You also get Asus’s generous array of widgets to further aid your gaming, such as onscreen FPS counters and crosshairs (for training purposes only, obviously). There’s a comprehensive range of adjustments available to position this screen exactly how you want it.
The lack of a USB hub is a bit of a downside, however, and although USB-C isn’t such a significant omission for gamers it’s still something to note when this connection is starting to appear more frequently now.
The other downside is the price. Although £400 isn’t an absolute fortune to pay for a monitor, particularly one with a unique ability like a 280Hz refresh, it is a lot for a 27in Full HD monitor. This is very much a screen specifically targeting FPS gamers where every frame is sacred, and the resolution makes it less optimal for other genres like MOBA or RTS. If you are a FPS fiend, though, this is the smoothest-running screen currently on the market.
The Asus TUF Gaming VG279QM is available from Amazon UK for £399.95.
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- Super-smooth overclocked 280Hz refresh.
- FreeSync 2 adaptive sync plus NIVDIA G-sync Compatibility.
- Superb colour accuracy out of the box, and phenomenal after calibration.
- Useful gaming features in the OSD.
- Expensive for 27in Full HD.
- No USB hub.
- Disappointing gamut.
- Mediocre brightness uniformity.
KitGuru says: The Asus TUF Gaming VG279QM delivers on its promise of the highest refresh currently on the market, with the smoothest FPS frame rates around, but it’s quite pricey for a 27in Full HD screen.