A good amount of competition has been injected into monitors recently with a complete raft of tech like 4K resolutions, high refresh rates, ultra-wide panels and variable refresh rate technology i.e. AMD’s FreeSync and Nvidia’s G-Sync. The outcome is that whatever resolution or panel size you’re choosing, you’ll likely have several options to consider. It’s great to see 4K panels becoming less expensive, though, and there’s usually hardly any reason to spend a lot more than £400 unless you are considering G-Sync compatibility or high colour accuracy.
To can be found in at under £400, the 28in Asus MG28UQ has chosen a TN panel instead of VA or IPS. It supports the VESA Adaptive-Sync technology – which is actually FreeSync – so AMD graphics card owners will surely benefit here from silky smooth games because of a dynamic refresh rate and reduced screen tearing. FreeSync is merely supported in the 40-60Hz range, which is pretty limited and prevents AMD’s Low Framerate Compensation (LFC) technology from working. As such, you will have to keep games running at above 40fps to reap the benefits of FreeSync. This isn’t a significant drawback, however, since this is actually the sort of average you have to be aiming for as the very least anyway.
This does make the screen very competitive price-wise too. Your competition when we’re talking 28in, 4K TN panels is mainly more costly or lacks FreeSync support, while IPS panel models cost drastically more, with a couple of exceptions of course.
The MG28UQ isn’t likely to win any awards because of its rather plain look – for something more snazzy you will have to consider the company’s ROG Swift selection of monitors. Additionally, there are monitors out there with thinner bezels but as of this price you can’t complain an excessive amount of as there’s a whole lot available. You obviously get yourself a super sharp 3,840 x 2,160 resolution with a refresh rate of 60Hz. The monitor is fully adjustable and easy to construct aswell, with the stand clunking into place without need of screws – it couldn’t be easier, and you could detach the stand with a single lever on the bottom too.
Something we were extremely impressed with was the OSD, especially the controls. A depressible red joystick makes navigating and choosing the breeze, although we doubt you’d have to go to the OSD that often once you have set everything up and enabled Adaptive-Sync/FreeSync, except maybe to change inputs or for calibration. However, it’s a good touch that certainly made our lives easier when testing it. Other on-screen gubbins include FPS, timer and crosshair overlays in addition to a display alignment tool. Meanwhile, Asus’s DisplayWidget software permits you to switch between preset monitor modes easier together with filtering out blue light and launching specific profiles when applications are launched.
You have four options in terms of connecting your devices to the MG28UQ – a trio of HDMI ports (one HDMI 2.0, two HDMI 1.4) and an individual DisplayPort 1.2 connector aswell, which may be the only connector to aid FreeSync here. There’s a USB 3.0 upstream Type-B port with a set of Type-A ports – simply perfect for connecting a desktop hub or couple of peripherals. Having said that, they’re obviously tricky to gain access to being underneath – the screen lacks any side ports, which can be more accessible. Gleam single 3.5mm music output for experiencing your GPU’s audio tracks stream over HDMI or DisplayPort, either with a headset or stereo speakers. The monitor does add a couple of 2W speakers, but according to usual they are woeful even in comparison to a simple desktop set.
As mentioned, the MG28UQ supplies the full selection of adjustments with the strong base allowing the stand pole to rotate – helpful in working with the TN panel’s somewhat limited viewing angles – plus there’s generous levels of height adjustment, tilt and rotation available too.