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One look at the new ASUS monitors has on display at their Computex booth and one would think that Full HD 1080p is passé. The latest windows to the world – the MX 299Q and the PQ321 boast native resolutions of 2560 × 1080 and an astonishing 4K UHD 3840 × 2160 respectively.

The MX299Q Ultrawide 21:9 Cinematic monitor has a 29-inch AH-IPS LED display with a 178° wide-view angle on both horizontal and vertical planes. It has a widescreen 21:9 aspect ratio for a true home cinema experience; this eliminates the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen often seen on 16:9 aspect ratio displays. A 5ms GTG response time eliminates ghosting and an ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio of 80,000,000:1 ensures the darkest black and brightest white hues to ensure life-like images.

Like other Designo MX Series monitors before it, the MX 299Q features an ultra-slim elegant award-winning design. The front façade of the MX299Q has a 0.8mm-thin bezel to create the illusion of a frameless display. An aluminum lower bezel houses hidden touch sensor buttons and links the display to its tilt-adjustable sundial-inspired stand. On the flipside, the rear of the MX 299Q has multi-device connectivity options that include DisplayPort, HDMI/MHL, and dual-link DVI. It is also home to dual 3W stereo speakers with ASUS SonicMaster technology, co-developed with B&O ICEpower® for premium audio.

On the more extreme end of the spectrum is the ASUS PQ321 True 4K UHD monitor. Ideal for those looking for extremely detailed high-res visuals, the 31.5-inch PQ321 is easily graphic professionals’ and gamers’ dreams come true. 4K ultra-high resolution (UHD 3840 × 2160) quadruples the image detail quality found on Full HD 1080p, with DisplayPort and dual HDMI ports provide 4KUHD signal support. The PQ321 features an LED-backlit display with 140 pixels per inch. Greater image detail aside, it also has a larger onscreen area to work on than standard displays.

This is achieved through the use of an advanced Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) panel that offers 176° wide view angles with minimal colour shift and increased energy efficiency. The PQ321 has two built-in 2W speakers and is just 3.5cm at its thickest point. This slim profile allows it to be wall mounted; it also has a tilt, swivel, and height-adjustable ergonomic stand to ensure a comfortable viewing experience at your desk.

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