The absolute best of Asus’ VG1A series is in the VG279QL1A monitor, at a more affordable price and a sexy 27-inch screen.
What should you look for in a good gaming monitor?
A key aspect for any half-decent to totally glorious gaming rig is the gaming monitor which will showcase the power of the system. Ideally, you’d want a sizable portion of your budget to go towards a great gaming monitor, in addition to the other hardware that you will need to purchase. However, it’s also worth noting that there is a limit to how high-end it needs to be, and that this is wholly dependent on the specs your PC will have.
If your system is capable of pushing out a decent frame rate for the games you plan to be playing, investing in a high refresh rate gaming monitor is a great idea and should always be prioritized over other peripherals.
To put it in rather simple terms, frames win games; whether it be for first-person shooters like CS:GO, Valorant or Call of Duty, or MOBAs like League of Legends or Dota 2, a high frame rate will almost certainly elevate everything about the way you play, and this is possible with the power of a good gaming monitor.
With that in mind, while 144hz has been the gold standard for high refresh rate gaming, 165hz is proving itself to be a good alternative for those who want something noticeably smoother.
If your system can handle it and if you want that distinct advantage, then the ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QL1A is the perfect gaming monitor for your needs.
- Panel: 27-inch IPS LED panel, non-glare surface, 1980x1080p resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio
- Brightness: 400 nits, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 16.7m display colors, 178-degree viewing angles, HDR10 support
- Refresh rate: 165hz high-refresh rate, 1ms response time, Adaptive FreeSync Premium VRR technology, Trace-Free technology, GameVisual, GamePlus and GameFast Input technology, HDCP 2.2, Low Blue Light feature
- Ports: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 2, with earphone jack and built-in 2Wx2 speakers
- Others: Tilt, Swivel, Pivot and Height adjustments, VESA Wall mounting, Kensington Lock, with included DisplayPort and HDMI cable
ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QL1A: our review
The VG279QL1A has taken the place of my main monitor for more than a couple of months now.
I was using a VP249QGR previously, another ASUS monitor but with one key difference – that one sports a 144hz refresh rate. The VG279QL1A is one of the best 165hz monitors in its range, and you can feel the difference when using it, especially coming from a lower refresh rate monitor.
That 165hz refresh rate is the perfect sweet spot for a lot of games if you have a proper setup to leverage it, especially competitive first-person shooters and most AAA titles.
You can feel and see the performance increase for whatever you’re playing, and the VG279QL1A is a perfect gaming monitor for that purpose. Even just scrolling around the desktop or browsing the web is a much more comfortable experience on the eyes, with the high refresh rate giving everything a smoother, more responsive feel.
While there is an ongoing debate over 1080p versus 1440p, I’d argue that the former is still a very decent resolution for most PC games, especially if your monitor is within the 24-to-27-inch range.
The gaming monitor can stand out at that panel size and provide clear visuals without showing off the imperfections that come in those resolutions.
1080p is also a very good starting point to get into PC gaming, and you can easily achieve 165 fps goodness with the VG279QL1A gaming monitor, even with a semi-decent graphics card.
Another noteworthy feature of the VG279QL1A is its 1ms response time with HDR10 support. The two combined are an amazing plus to have for those who value color accuracy without sacrificing input delay, and it works incredibly well for consoles that support high-definition range as well.
The VG279QL1A also comes with the bells and whistles of the ASUS VG1A series, like trace-free tech that prevents picture ghosting,
GamePlus modes and GameVisual options to help you set the tempo on numerous genres and even a low blue light mode for your work needs.
If you have a compatible graphics card, the FreeSync Premium tech is also there to completely avoid and blot out screen tearing in games with higher frames.
The VG279QL1A also did not skimp out on ports, and you can easily pair it up to your graphics card via a single DisplayPort 1.2 or two HDMIs 1.4 if you also want to hook your console up as well.
It also comes with two 2W built-in speakers that do sound acceptable, but you would absolutely not want to have it as your main source of audio. The 3.5mm headphone jack fares better provided you have speakers of your own, but plugging it directly to your motherboard would be an even better option.
The VG279QL1A does come with some negatives, though: the 400 nit brightness may not be enough, especially if you’re not using HDR.
The colors will appear washed out at higher brightness levels as well, which means that you cannot reliably use some of the color modes and options built into the monitor as it’s unusable if your room is too bright.
However, assuming you are always using HDR10, this problem would be moot entirely.
- Solid entry gaming monitor at 165hz
- Smooth, non-ghosting panel
- Great HDR10 support
- Good choice of modern ports for systems and consoles
- IPS panel for great viewing angles
- Completely customizable viewing angles thanks to pivot, height, tilt and swivel
- Brightness levels may be lacking in some situations
- 1080p may be too low resolution for some
- Weird V-shaped stand may take a lot of space on some desks