ASUS MX299Q Monitor Review
AED 1299 at Carrefour
22" Display, IPS Panel, 2560x1080 resolution.
When it comes to desktop displays, you tend to not worry too much about them. They’re functional, do what they’re supposed to do, and don’t take up any more space than they need to. But what happens when you switch your regular old 23” display for a 29” widescreen one? That’s exactly what I did this week with the gorgeous ASUS MX299Q .
Build Quality & Design
The MX299Q is certainly something that makes you do a double-take when you see it in person. Poised on an elegant ringed base, the MX299Q does live up to its name as a wide-screen display, measuring 29” and sporting a crazy 2560 x 1080 resolution. The base fits together with one simple screw, and only provides adjustment to the screen’s tilt. The display itself has a very narrow bezel, and the matte finish means that very little light is reflected off the display, making it great for even bright environments.
At the back you’ve got ports for DVI, HDMI/MHL, DisplayPort, and audio, as well as the OSD controls around the front. From almost any angle, the MX299Q looks stunning, and that’s just the start.
Performance / Display
Having a resolution of 2560 x 1080 is very much a mixed bag. Running regular apps like Word or even Chrome can be a bit awkward, as the extra wide screen leaves most of the content in the middle. For best practice, it’s much better to position two apps side by side and use the screen this way. With games that have a first-person view, you’ll enjoy the larger field of view, while movies looked a lot better without wide black bars at the top and bottom.
In terms of display quality, the MX299Q offers some excellent color reproduction and viewing angles. Images are crisp and vivid thanks to the AH-IPS panel, and the 21:9 aspect ratio comes in handy for apps that require more screen space.
The MX299Q also comes equipped with speakers that are powered by ASUS’s SonicMaster technology, which was co-developed with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower. The 32mm 5W speakers offer fairly smooth output, however for the best audio experience I recommend just using external speakers or headphones.
So do you actually need something like the MX299Q? It depends greatly on what you do – for regular office work this monitor would be serious overkill, but if you’re into a creative line of work such as 3D modeling, photography, or video editing, than this is a great display to get. The increased desktop space will make your life a whole lot easier, and you’ll almost certainly ditch your dual-monitor setup in favor of this beauty. Coupled with a responsive and gorgeous display panel, the ASUS MX299Q is a beautiful widescreen display that can easily win you over.
Lots of Screen Estate