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[PG27AQ] Asus PG27AQ - Panel Issues just like PG279

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Hello everyone,

just wanted to give an heads up to everyone interested into the PG27AQ (4K Ips with GSync).

The bottom line is that its panel suffers from the same issues the PG279 has, such as:

- plenty of dead pixels
- Terrible yellow BLB

At least my unit has all above issues... Dead Pixels I could live with but the Cheetos glow in the bottom left corner is truly terrible and very distracting when playing dark themed games (i.e. Alien Isolation) or even when browsing dark websites.

I hoped that PG279 issues were due to it being a fast IPS panel and thus limited to that model but I was wrong.

I already went through the RMA process and I truly hope the second sample is in better conditions... otherwise I hope to obtain a full refund and I'll go back to my gsync vg248qe.

edit: picture of BLB
BLB Picture
Edited by NIGos - 1/12/16 at 6:56am
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Hello everyone,

just wanted to give an heads up to everyone interested into the PG27AQ (4K Ips with GSync).

The bottom line is that its panel suffers from the same issues the PG279 has, such as:

- plenty of dead pixels
- Terrible yellow BLB

At least my unit has all above issues... Dead Pixels I could live with but the Cheetos glow in the bottom left corner is truly terrible and very distracting when playing dark themed games (i.e. Alien Isolation) or even when browsing dark websites.

I hoped that PG279 issues were due to it being a fast IPS panel and thus limited to that model but I was wrong.

I already went through the RMA process and I truly hope the second sample is in better conditions... otherwise I hope to obtain a full refund and I'll go back to my gsync vg248qe.

edit: picture of BLB
BLB Picture

Thanks for the info. Any news, did you get a good one or a refund? How is the antiglare coating, is it strong?

I've been thinking of this or the PG348Q to replace the PG279Q, now waiting for 4th of those. If it's problem free I'm in gaming heaven, but with the shabby quality control of AUO I've been looking for alternatives. At work I need good colors and great uniformity + as little BLB as possible and there aren't too many under $1500 that fit in that category...

TIA!
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I'm about to receive the new one this week... I went for a refund with the original seller and purchased directly from Amazon in the hope of getting a new batch and faster Return times if I have to do so again.

Curved IPS seems nice but I've read that the LG panel, used within the monitor, has lots of BLB and the over clock on the gsync (beyond 60hz) is prone to issues like gsync banding and black screens ( I'm drawing a parallel with the Acer curved IPS here, which should use the same panel as the Asus one ).

Also I've to admit that after returning the pg27aq, and being forced to go back to my old gsync VG248QE, I feel like some one puked on my monitor. I now hate 1080p and TN colors... I truly hope that the new one will be free of issues.

P.s. AG coating seemed ok back when I had it, but I never really used glossy monitors, so I might just be used to it. I didn't notice any particular grain tough.
Edited by NIGos - 1/30/16 at 3:15pm
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Yup! I hope that's a good one! Good luck! YEah the faster the returns the better if it comes to that..haha.. I gotta wait a few days for the monitors I send back to be taken to Germany or the Netherlands, depending on which Asus warehouse takes it, and then wait for a new one to be sent after they've received the old monitor. That takes a few days too, so about 6-8 working days total per monitor including the wait time between replies. Their customer support is excellent though and it's been a great pleasure finally having a nice person handling the warranty/RMA cases after BenQ, Acer & other companies! Asus and Microsoft have been very nice.
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Curved IPS seems nice but I've read that the LG panel, used within the monitor, has lots of BLB and the over clock on the gsync (beyond 60hz) is prone to issues like gsync banding and black screens ( I'm drawing a parallel with the Acer curved IPS here, which should use the same panel as the Asus one ).
Ah... Right, and the word is everywhere that it's the exact same panel. The different design inside and out could make the BLB better, I hope, but we'll only know maybe in a few weeks after people have received them. If it has the same problems I guess I'll just give up, get a decent regular IPS or accept one of the least faulty PG279Q's and wait for a reasonably priced OLED biggrin.gif 2017-2018 probably.
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Also I've to admit that after returning the pg27aq, and being forced to go back to my old gsync VG248QE, I feel like some one puked on my monitor. I now hate 1080p and TN colors... I truly hope that the new one will be free of issues.

P.s. AG coating seemed ok back when I had it, but I never really used glossy monitors, so I might just be used to it. I didn't notice any particular grain tough.
Hahaha yeah that's exactly how I felt when I had a month in between the PG279Q's waiting for new supply, the colors and uniformity and everything are just soooooo bad.....

I then removed the AG film from my very old BenQ G2320HDB and that made it SO much better! The film added tons of grain and blur and I'd always thought it's my photos that are grainy....ha. Sure, it's very reflective now, but it's not too hard to control the lighting in the room. Colors, contrast and the whole image is better. If you have the courage and can accept if it breaks, you could try that too. I made one kinda big mistake though: I didn't check every half an hour if the film gets off, and let it just soak for 2.5 hours thinking it's maybe even too short (some Dells take 5-6 hours or even more), and the polarizer under the hard coating/AG film got a bit wet, so on bright white backgrounds when I move my head I can see faint rainbow waves in it. Then there are the diagonal stripes that came when I apparently took the film off with too steep an angle.. First time, and next time I hopefully can avoid those mistakes.

Sorry for the wall of text biggrin.gif
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Well, I just received my new PG27AQ.

Luckily the batch is new as this one has been manufactured in December (prior was Nov) and I can definitely say that it is better, albeit not perfect.

There is a limited orange glow along the right border but it might disappear over time and it kinds of get absorbed when I press the bezel on the right spot, also only 1 dead pixel (top left corner, practically invisible). IPS glow is quite prominent also especially in the left corners but it's silverish and not cheetos as the previous one.

I now have to make up my mind if to keep this one as it is, or just try the lottery once more..after shelling 900 I just might.
Edited by NIGos - 2/1/16 at 3:09pm
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Nice! That sounds much much better! Could you send a pic of the BLB and dead pixel I'd possible? I'm curious! But the pixel density is so high it's probably really hard to see biggrin.gif you might just have won the lottery,at least 2nd place!
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