Snagging A Deal On My Newest 4K Adaptive-Sync Monitor For Linux Testing
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 18 June 2016 at 07:44 AM EDT. 16 Comments
HARDWARE --
If you happen to be in the market for a 4K 28-inch display, here's the latest one I have purchased for our Linux hardware testing here at Phoronix. Right now it also appears to be for a very competitive deal at one particular e-tailer.

I've been spending the past few weeks thinking of picking up another 4K display to complement the cheap Acer 4K screen I use on my main desktop, the aging Seiki 4K TV, and the Dell 4K 24-inch display. I've been looking for another 4K display to be able to run more tests from the new wooden and steel oversized desk I recently built plus also being more convenient for running some 2 x 4K display tests...

Another reason for craving a new 4K display has been for having one that supports AdaptiveSync/FreeSync for when AMD ends up hopefully having the support on their DAL display stack.


After searching on and off the past few weeks, I pretty much decided on the ASUS MG28UQ as a 28-inch 4K display, supports HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4, supports Adaptive-Sync, and the other specifications are in line with my needs. The ASUS MG28UQ 4K monitor was just released earlier this year so it's still all new in terms of the monitor's relevance for testing new computer hardware.

The ASUS MG28UQ over the past few weeks has been $500~600 USD at all of the Internet retailers I've been monitoring, including Amazon.com at $516 USD for this 4K display with its 4-stars based on 89 reviews. Fry's has it for $549, B&H for $512, etc. It's certainly not the cheapest 28-inch 4K display, so I had been hesitating to buy it, but last night I was surprised to see its price drop on NewEgg.

NewEgg previously was selling it for around $520 too, but on Friday night I noticed the monitor can be had for just $429 USD! As of this morning, the price remains $429 while all other Internet retailers are still pushing it for $520 or more. It's the price for a brand new (non-refurbished, etc) ASUS MG28UQ. With being $100 cheaper, I went ahead and ordered the display right away and the order went through.

No idea why NewEgg is selling the monitor so cheap, if it's a mistake, or how long this deal will last, but if you've been after a 4K display, I doubt you can find a better monitor for $430 USD. (NewEgg currently offers this monitor with the World of Tanks game for free, with what they say is a $40 valued gift, but it's not Linux-native.)

So if you're in the market for a 4K display that also supports Adaptive-Sync and other latest features, I'd recommend checking out the ASUS MG28UQ on NewEgg while you can still hopefully get it for just $430. I'll be sharing my thoughts about this monitor under Linux in the next week or two, but would be surprised if the price on this monitor remains so low for much longer.
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