ASUS MX299Q: 29 Inch Frameless Dream

Some monitors just look different from others. This ASUS MX299Q is the end-game of years of accumulating generations of bezel recession, until we’re at a frameless wonder here today. But the neat design isn’t all ASUS has to offer, as anyone familiar with the brand can tell you.

Features

The 21:9 ratio gives you all the usual advantages of a widescreen, linear workflow by having more side-by-side applications.  The IPS panel means you get flawless color fidelity.

ASUS EyeCare reduces flicker, making it easier to use your monitor or hours at a time. Another thing you’ll notice is images are sharp, and even off-axis viewing gives you a fairly full panoramic view. A0SUS has also developed a multi-frame software that can help you to organize your desktop, and the flurry of windows you might keep open.

Drawbacks

Unfortunately the refresh rate is 60hz and 5mm response time, which are completely standard figures, but they’re not impressive.

 

Specifications

29” Screen
LED Backlit
2560×1080 (2k) native resolution
178/178 viewing angle
300 cd/m2 brightness
80,000,000:1 contrast ratio
5ms response time
AH-IPS
DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort (1 each)
5-20 degree tilt
Not VESA mountable
12 lbs

Conclusion

This ASUS has design that Apple products would be envious of. The Sonic Master audio setup and 3-watt speakers and 5-watt amplifier fits nicely in the frameless edge. The buttons on the bezel are touch sensitive to the smallest tap. Ports are available on the back, including audio in-lines, making this a pretty well-rounded monitor for anyone.