ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q Gaming Monitor Review
|Product Name:||Asus ROG Swift PG278Q|
The ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q features a sleek futuristic design that almost all gamers will find appealing. After just a few minutes using the ROG Swift, gamers will quickly realize that ASUS had gamers in mind when designing and developing this monitor. ASUS designed this monitor with two key features in mind, comfort, and immersive gameplay functionality.
It is worthy to note that ASUS has two variations of this model. The other model, the ASUS ROG PG279Q is an IPS panel version and has a higher response time at 4ms but makes up for that with better color reproduction.
Both are fantastic monitors, the ROG PG279Q is suited for slower style gaming.
The monitor featured in this review, The Asus ROG Swift PG278Q is the TN panel version that is suited best with fast paced gaming, but really can be used for both styles.
This monitor is very feature rich and contains many options that have been designed with gamers in mind. ASUS has teamed up with NVIDIA to develop a monitor that is easily one of the best gaming monitors on the market today.
Throughout this review, many of the features that make this monitor a best seller amongst gamers will be discussed.
- WQHD (4 times more pixels than HD)
- Excellent refresh rate (144Hz )
- Blazing Fast response time (1 ms)
- Nvidia G-Sync support included
- Very comfortable (height, tilt, swivel, pivot adjustability with VESA mounting)
- Smart air vent that keeps the display cool
- Only one video output
- Skewed greens
- Moderate viewing angles
- Few Connectivity options
Great Graphics that provide In-Game Advantage
The ROG Swift is the next generation of gaming monitors. This offering from ASUS is a WQHD 2560 x 1440 monitor that delivers quadruple the resolution of a 720p. This provides greater image detail and up to 77% more screen space than a standard FULL HD display. These details may seem minor but when added up, they give gamers a very nice advantage.
Smooth Stutter Free Gaming
The ASUS ROG Swift features a mind-blowing 144Hz refresh rate. This monitor can unlock the highest frame rates available while destroying lag and getting rid of motion blur. This allows gamers to get the upper hand in games such as sports games, first person shooters, and real-time strategy games. The ROG Swift PG278Q boasts twice the frame rate of standard LCD’s.
The ROG SWIFT provides more natural movements by minimizing motion blur. This technology makes the Swift perfect for real time strategy and first person shooters. This provides a huge advantage to gamers by producing quicker reaction times. Users will be able to react quickly and instinctively without having to decipher blurred images and stutters.
Blazing Fast 1ms Rapid Response Time
The benchmarks of a true gaming monitor are ultra-smooth gameplay and how fast the response time is. The Rog Swift offers the fastest available response time on the market, an astounding 1ms. This allows the ROG Swift to eradicate tearing, smearing, and motion blur that allows gamers to quickly react to a game as previously mentioned.
NVIDIA G-Sync Competitive Edge
The ROG Swift features NVIDIA G-Sync which brings lightning fast and silky smooth gameplay. The NVIDIA G-Sync synchronizes the GPU and the refresh rate of the ROG Swift together. This eliminates annoying tearing and reduces input lag and stutter almost completely. With the NVIDIA G-Sync, gamers can expect sharp and vibrant graphics, game scenes that appear instantly, and fluid and responsive gameplay that will give any user the upper hand.
The ROG Swift is also NVIDIA 3-D Vision 1 and 2 compatible. There are over 700 gaming titles and 3D Blue-ray movies that gamers can choose from that this feature can support.
One of the few drawbacks of the Asus ROG Swift is that apart from the video input that allows G-Sync, there is a lack of connectivity options. On the back of the display, there are three USB 3.0 ports, one upstream, and two downstream. There is also the DisplayPort 1.2 connector. These all are used to connect peripherals and other devices.
The ASUS ROG Swift includes a five-position joystick and four selection buttons that are located directly behind the right bezel. Among these buttons are the GamePlus hot key, the Turbo hot key, and the five-way On Screen display navigation button.
GamePlus Hot Key
The GamePlus hot key allows gamers choose between different crosshair overlays to be used in the game as well as take advantage of an in-game timer that calculates gaming time and frame rate.
Turbo Hot Key
The Turbo hot key allows users to select from three different refresh speeds to optimize performance. The refresh speeds include 60Hz, 120Hz, or 144Hz.
Five-Way OSD Navigation
The 5-Way OSD navigation button allows users to quickly navigate the menu and change settings such as Contrast, Color Temperature, Brightness, and NVIDIA’s Ultra-Low Motion Blur technology.
NVIDIA Ultra-Low Motion Blur Technology
Regular 60Hz monitors on the market display motion blur which takes away from the users Gaming experience. ASUS has included NVIDIA ULTRA-LOW MOTION BLUE (ULMB) with the ROG Swift PG278Q that vastly reduces motion blur in fast paced games. This makes the movement more natural in fast paced games such as first person shooters and sports titles as well as improves the response time of users playing a game.
What’s in the Box?
The ROG Swift PG278Q 27” WQHD display, the stand, one power cord, one USB upstream cable, a DisplayPort cable, and a resource CD.
Asus has included a 3-year warranty for this display on panel and casing. More information about the warranty can be found at www.asus.com
- Panel Type: TN
- Screen size: 27 inches
- Resolution: 2560x1440p
- Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
- Response time: 1 ms (gray to gray)
- Dimensions: 24.4 x 14.3 x 9.4 inches
- Brightness: 350cd/m2
- Contrast ratio: 1000:1
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- Pixel pitch: 0.233mm
- Adaptive Sync support: NVIDIA G-Sync
- I/O: 2x USB 3.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.2
- Warranty: 3 years limited warranty
Asus has put a huge dent in the competition with its Republic of Gamers line (RoG).
As the product name line suggests, ASUS has really kept the things that gamers want in mind with the Republic of Gamers tagged products, especially high-speed performance.
These products are not only limited to displays, ASUS also manufactures other components with the Republic of Gamers tag. Gamers can build a complete gaming system by building a blazing pc that consists of ROG Motherboards, GPUS, Sound Cards, gaming headsets, gaming mice, and monitors such as the ROG Swift PG278Q.
The ROG Swift PG278Q comes in a long line of high-quality products from Asus and is no exception. This monitor is a 27’’ WQHD display that includes NVIDIA G-Sync support that backs an amazing 144Hz maximum refresh rate. When you combine those features with a blazing fast response time of 1ms, users can expect a smooth gaming experience that can tackle the fastest paced games on the market. The ROG Swift PG278Q is a monitor designed with the gamer in mind and someone would be hard-pressed to find a gamer who did not like its offerings or did not benefit from the advantages that this gaming monitor brings to the table.