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Apr 11, 2015

Asus MX27A LCD Monitor Review

Score: 96

Summary: Asus may not be well known locally for their monitors, but that will change soon with products like this entering the South African market.

Tech Specs:
4 ink cartridge system
Wireless function
Print, scan, copy
Double sided printing
Web connected

The idea of UHD 4K is taking on a lot of traction. This extreme screen resolution produces images that are extremely crisp, almost at the limit of human perception. But there is another resolution that comes into play in the form of QHD, also known as quad HD, and it offers four times as many pixels as the 720p HDTV standard. And it is into this field that Asus’ MX27A monitor falls. Actually, to be more accurate, it falls into the wide screen version of QHD, also known as WQHD, and the performance that this high resolution delivers is remarkable.

With a resolution of 2560x1440, the MX27A produces exceptionally clear visuals. Whether you’re doing work, goofing off or playing games (which, let’s face it, doesn’t qualify as goofing off anymore) this monitor will serve your purposes beautifully.

But it’s not just the resolution that sets the MX27A apart. In fact, there are other features attached to this display that are as impressive. Take, for example, the fact that it offers three HDMI inputs. For someone who needs a portable gaming solution, or does their console gaming at a desk, that means you could hook up three consoles at the same time. Or two consoles and a PC, although you may want to run the PC through its native DisplayPort.

It also features audio output in the form of a 3.5mm jack or, if you prefer your sound less personal, a set of ICEpower speakers, which are powered by Bang and Olufsen technology. To be fair, the sound isn’t top notch from these, but it can be tweaked for better performance through the monitor’s comprehensive menu system… and speakers in a monitor at all are still a pretty big deal.
The MX27A has a very thin profile, and the front has almost no bezel. This means that it looks good while it looks good, and the tasteful stand that it mounts on top of allows for a wide degree of tilt.
In addition to all that, various technologies have been built into the MX27A to look after your eyes. It is flicker free, and uses a minimum of blue light. Both of these elements minimise eye strain, meaning that you can use it for longer with less visual impact.

The only concern we found was that the monitor seemed to get pretty warm quite quickly, but this temperature stayed constant during protracted usage, and shouldn’t cause any problems.
Asus are well known for their components and complete systems, but with products like the MX27A coming to the South African market, it shouldn’t be long before they have a reputation from great monitors, too. And it will be well deserved.


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