The panel does not make the monitor. As I saw in my last 21:9 monitor review, even if you have the exact same panel in two displays, a whole lot more makes the display good or bad. One might assume that all the 21:9 displays now hitting the market are likely to be similar, or even the same, since they all use the same panel, but they would be greatly mistaken as that is but a small part of the overall display. Because of this I was looking forward to seeing what ASUS could manage to do with a high quality panel at its disposal for their MX299Q monitor.

While 21:9 aspect ratios were initially designed around movies in the scope format (2.39:1 and other similar aspect ratios), they also offer a unique experience for gaming. The wider aspect enables a wider field-of-view in many games and can offer an advantage. Personally, however, for general productivity work like Word and Excel I find a 2560x1440 display to be more useful as those benefit from the vertical space.

Out of the box the MX299Q has a stylish look to it. Vendors are trying to make a splash with their 21:9 panels and the styling on them has been nice so far. ASUS puts a thin silver bezel at the bottom of the display while the rest of the screen is effectively bezel-free. I’d like to see this bezel-free look come to more displays in the future. The inputs, DisplayPort, DVI, and HDMI/MHL, are located on the rear along with a headphone jack and audio line-in. Power is handled by an external power brick to accomplish the thin look.

One quirk that I have with the MX299Q is the OSD. Even after I tell it to be in the lower-left corner, it always defaults back to the upper-left. If I adjust it again it moves back, but then it resets. ASUS tested this for me and it appears the early firmware on mine is the culprit as it has been fixed. The OSD has a normal amount of control available with multiple color settings, a user white point, and a pair of gamma presets. Controls are small buttons on the bottom of the panel that I find easy to confuse for each other. The small size and tight spacing make adjustments harder than they need to be, but they do get the job done.

Another feature ASUS has integrated is their Smart Grid overlay. If you are working on a document and want to see how it fits into a pre-defined area, such as 4x6, you can do that. An overlay will appear on the screen and you can position it over what you are working on. Perhaps a graphics designer might find it more useful than I do as a writer and reviewer. Finally there are a pair of speakers that utilize B&Os ICEpower Class D modules.

Video Inputs DVI-DL, DisplayPort, HDMI/MHL
Panel Type AH-IPS
Pixel Pitch 0.2628 mm
Colors 16.7 Million
Brightness 300 md/m^2
Contrast Ratio 80,000,000:1 Dynamic
Response Time 5ms GTG
Viewable Size 29"
Resolution 2560x1080
Viewing Angle (H/V) 178/178
Backlight LED
Power Consumption (operation) < 31.7W
Power Consumption (standby) < 0.5W
Screen Treatment Anti-Glare
Height-Adjustable No
Tilt Yes, -5 - +20
Pivot No
Swivel No
VESA Wall Mounting No
Dimensions w/ Base (WxHxD) 27.6" x 15.4" x 8.5"
Weight 12.1 lbs.
Additional Features 2 x 3W speakers
Limited Warranty 1 Year
Accessories DVI-DL Cable, AC Power Cable, Power Adapter, 3.5mm Audio Cable, HDMI Cable, MHL Cable
Price $550

I utilized the DVI input for all of my testing other than lag.

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  • idiot consumer - Monday, November 4, 2013 - link

    Seems to be best so far. in $ terms
  • MaariN - Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - link

    Does anybody know if an Overscan-Mode is availible, so PS3, XBOX 360 games could be played in "full-screen" and not only in 1980x1080 which black edge? Thanks guys.
  • cm5cm5 - Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - link

    Any issue running a macbook air with this monitor. I have a gaming machine on the side, but use the Air for work. Won't need all the bells and whistles, just want to make sure the integrated crud 4000 will actually make the display work. Thanks
  • AmadeusMozart - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - link

    Format: It all depends where you use it for but I use it daily for trading - I love it above the others. (also had a 24" 16:10 and have a 27" 16:9). Only issue I have with mine, a Lenovo U2913WM is that it does not sit exactly horizontal because one side is slightly heavier than the other... (hence me investigating others)

    It is also very handy to compare two documents next to each other or for very wide spreadsheets.

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