Asus MG278 Freesync Monitor long time use Review

Asus MG278 Gaming monitor

As we all know every advantage a gamer can afford if they are able, they will purchase it. So lets talk about a gaming monitor that I purchased a few years back and how it compares with to days technology.

Hello as well! I am Leland a new member of the Tipsgeeks family and an intense, competitive gamer or a rank junkie to be precise. I’ve been playing games way back family computer consoles to personal computers with dial up connections. Currently a part of Peenoise Realm / Peenoise Plays as well, so I’ve done close to nothing but play computer games all of my life (Is this even worth bragging oh dear lawd).

A disclaimer: My reviews will be on the gamers perspective, meaning most of the numbers game will not be included as we have other people for that. I am here to tell you how I experienced using all of the devices that I have reviewed. Given specs will be from the brands official website and now off to the gamers perspective review.

The MG278 Monitor is a 27″, 2k, 144Hz, 1ms, Freesync monitor, that uses a TN panel. Assembling this monitor doesn’t require any tools as you can place the base and neck using the tool less screw. Given the this monitor has a TN panel gives you an advantage to have lower refresh rates at the cost of color fidelity. But lets be honest, I purchased this monitor for its refresh rate and response time since IPS panels at the time of purchase, are really expensive.

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Panel Size: Wide Screen 27.0″(68.47cm) 16:9
Color Saturation : 75%(NTSC)
Panel Type : TN
True Resolution : 2560×1440 *1
Display SurfaceNon-glare
Pixel Pitch : 0.233 mm
Brightness(Max) : 350 cd/㎡
Contrast Ratio (Max) : 1000:1
ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio (ASCR) : 100000000:1
Viewing Angle (CR≧10) : 170°(H)/160°(V)
Response Time : 1ms (Gray to Gray)
Display Colors : 16.7M
Flicker free
Refresh Rate(max) : 144Hz

Video Feature

Trace Free Technology : Yes
Skin-Tone Selection : 3 Modes
Color Temperature Selection : 4 Modes
GamePlus(modes) : Yes (Crosshair/Timer/FPS Counter)
Low Blue Light : Yes
HDCP support : Yes
VividPixel : Yes
GameVisual :6 Modes(Scenery/Racing/Cinema/RTS/RPG/FPS/sRGB Modes)
G-Sync compatible
FreeSync™ technology supported

Audio Features

Stereo Speakers : 2W x 2 Stereo RMS

I/O Ports

Signal Input : HDMIx2, DisplayPort 1.2, Dual-link DVI-D
Earphone jack : 3.5mm Mini-Jack
USB Port(s) : 3.0×1

Signal Frequency

Digital Signal Frequency : 24 ~222 KHz (H) /40 ~144 Hz(V)

Power Consumption

Power Consumption < 38.7W
Power Saving Mode <0.5W
Power Off Mode <0.5W

Mechanical Design

Chassis Colors : Black
Tilt : +20°~-5°
Swivel : +60°~-60°
Pivot : 0°~+90°
Height Adjustment : 0~150 mm
VESA Wall Mounting : 100x100mm
Super Narrow Bezel Design : Yes
Quick Release Stand Design : Yes


Kensington lock


Phys. Dimension with Stand(WxHxD) : 625 x 563 x 233 mm
Phys. Dimension without Stand (WxHxD) : 625 x 368 x 63 mm
Box Dimension(WxHxD) : 753 x 452 x 224 mm


Net Weight (Esti.) : 7.65 kg
Gross Weight (Esti.) : 11.5kg


Dual-link DVI cable
Audio cable
Power cord
DisplayPort cable
Quick start guide
HDMI cable
Support CD
Warranty Card


2560 x 1440 at 144Hz (DisplayPort and HDMI-1)
1920 x 1080 at 120Hz (HDMI-2)
Adaptive-Sync (FreeSync) technology supported within 40Hz~144Hz for DP only


Aesthetics: Most of the monitors that was launched around the year this monitor was launched be close to each other. No sugar coating but aside from the brand name and or the lighting around the monitors they don’t really give us anything when we play our games. But here’s a few pictures of it being able to turn around 90 degrees.

Onscreen menu: This are the options that you get along with its features. One of the main thing that Asus boasts is that they are one of the brands that had a Blue Light filter a long time ago. Personally I don’t use this but for other people who needs to control such thing, they can do so with this on the menu. Specially the gameplus features that could give you a cross hair on the screen, a timer, and FPS counter if ever you are gonna be using the Freesync for some single player or offline games.


Backlight bleed: With the amount of time I’ve used this monitor, the back light bleed has been like this or close to what it was from the day I purchased it.

Overall experience and performance: With what has been said above, most of the time I play first person shooters which gives me an advantage to other gamers who don’t use monitors of the same caliber or better. I purchased this monitor roughly 3 or 4 years ago and it was because it had most of the specs that I was looking for before. Being able to jump from a 60hz monitor to a 144hz monitor is overwhelming at the start and is extremely hard to jump back down once you’ve been blessed by such. The 2560 x 1440 resolution takes a few days to get used to as well specially when you’ve been playing from a 1080p resolution. The response time really helps you out with playing games like Rainbow Six Siege, Modern Warfare, Overwatch, and even moba games like Dota 2 and HotS. Some of you might ask how does it compare to the technology nowadays, well I’m glad to tell that it still holds up and is pretty competitive. Most of the new monitors now have an IPS panel with 1ms response time and a whooping 240hz refresh rate. Technology does improve through the years and with those new monitors, unless you have the money to shell out or need an upgrade with your refresh rate this monitor is still worth your money and you can make sure that you can use it for more years to come.


Definitely deserves a

TipsGeeks Worth Buying Award

Post Author: Leland Bernal

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