Physical Design and Viewing Angles
The MG379Q bears some resemblance to the ROG Swift, and it is apparent that ASUS used it as a base for this design.
That said, there are some differences. The back of the display is not as chisseled and angled as the Swift, mainly due to the need for additional space for an internal power supply (the Swift came with a power brick) and the necessary additional venting to keep that power circuitry cool.
Going through the ports along the bottom edge we start with a two port USB hub (no additional USB ports on the edge of the panel), a pair of HDMI ports (MHL 2.0 capable), and a pair of DisplayPort connectors, one of which is MiniDP. This brings up an interesting point – we know FreeSync only works over DP currently, and this panel has two DP inputs. This makes it the first display we have seen that can accept two VRR-capable inputs (including all G-Sync panels we've seen to date). It's a safe assumption that this new input configuration is enabled by newer Adaptive Sync capable scaler hardware. FreeSync panels have enjoyed the possibility of more available inputs when compared to competing G-Sync hardware, but the MG379Q takes this to a new level. One more thing – that last port is the audio output which is capable of driving headphones and not only a line-out.
On the other side we see the power connector and same type of button configuration seen on the ROG Swift, though this panel gets an additional dedicated button for switching inputs. At the bottom edge you can see the clear plastic that acts as a conduit for the power / status LED.
At the rear we find that red clip we saw earlier. This is for cable management, and as a refreshing change, this one can easily be detached and reattached. This means you don't have to go through a bunch of Tai Chi moves while trying to route your cables when setting up this display – just plug in all of your cables and attach the clip after everything has been connected. Adding extra wires later is also just as simple. Nice touch.
Height adjustment of the stand is good, with an additional inch of travel available on the low end as compared to the Swift. The picture above was taken at the lowest possible height. The total travel is 150mm, which is more than suitable for most placements.
Viewing angle tests show us the ability for a monitor to reproduce an accurate image (with color and brightness) from different directions. If you are sitting at your desk and slouch down, or move your chair to the side, will the screen still show you the image you expect? The Lagom.nl Viewing Angle Test was used for these photos.
20 Degree Up
5 Degree Down
45 Degree Right
The MG279Q uses an AHVA (IPS-type) panel, and that clearly shows in the above viewing angle tests. Constast remains great at all horizontal angles and we see the typical slight difference in color contrast as we start to view from side angles. These results were identical to the Acer Predator XB270HU and simply walk over any TN panel. 'IPS glow' was well controlled and hardly noticable under normal lighting conditions – also just as good as the Acer.