Asus has been kicking ass in the PC gaming market with their motherboards and other accessories. One more section where Asus knows how to kick ass is their monitors. Their whole Republic of Gamers line up of PC parts are well known for being great products and the Asus ROG Swift PG278Q is a monitor that kicks ass too.
The Asus ROG Swift PG278Q is a 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor which comes with a TN panel of 27-inches. The monitor also supports NVIDIA G-Sync which helps in eliminating any sort of tearing from high frame rates. Let’s take a look at the specifications of this monitor.
Asus ROG Swift PG278Q Technical Specifications
- TN Panel
- 27 inches screen
- 2560x1440p resolution
- 144Hz refresh rate
- 1 ms response time
- Brightness: 350cd/m2
- Contrast ratio: 1000:1
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- Pixel pitch: 0.233mm
- NVIDIA G-Sync support
- 2x USB 3.0; 1x DisplayPort 1.2
Asus ROG Swift PG278Q Review
With features like these, this is one of the best gaming monitors money can buy under $700. But we are going to take a look at this monitor very closely in this review of the Asus ROG Swift PG278Q monitor.
Inside the Box
Inside the box of the monitor, you will find a bunch of accessories and documentation. You will find a USB 3.0 extension cable that you can connect to your monitor’s USB 3.0 port. Apart from that, there’s a Display Port 1.2 cable to help you connect your PC GPU to the monitor through the Display Port 1.2 port.
Next comes the Power Adapter and the Power Cord which will let you power the monitor. Apart from all this, you get all the standard stuff like the Support CD, Quick Start Guide and Warranty Information.
The Looks & The Build
Coming to the looks and build of the monitor, the Asus ROG Swift PG278Q isn’t the best looking monitor out there but it isn’t also the worst. The monitor looks decent and if it is your first 27-inch monitor, you might think its huge. But the design is definitely interesting and user-friendly.
Coming to the looks, as soon as you unpack the monitor, you will notice the sturdy stand that comes with the monitor. The monitor itself has the “gaming accessory” look to it which I don’t mind at all. The monitor’s body is a 2.5-inch thick polycarbonate which is colors matte black. On the front, it has thin bezels of 0.25-inches and the bezels are also matte black.
The back of the monitor houses the air vents that will help the monitor stay cool and the vents are V-shaped which is good. The monitor does get hot but the vents will dissipate the heat quickly and help your Asus ROG Swift PG278Q stay cool even in longer sessions of gaming.
The monitor supports up to 4.7 inches of height adjustment and it can tilt up to 37 degrees. When it comes to the swivel, it has the capability to swivel 120 degrees and pivot about 90 degrees and all these adjustment features make this monitor amazing. But keep in mind that at the end of the day the monitor has TN panel display which isn’t really known for great viewing angles.
All this goodness becomes much better with the VESA mount so you have the option to mount the monitor on the wall if you feel like it. The I/O is also conveniently located on the lower side of the monitor which you can use to connect a keyboard or a mouse.
The monitor is meant for gaming and that’s why I bought the monitor. To play games on it. Here’s what I found out while using the monitor.
First of all, the monitor uses a TN panel instead of an IPS panel so yeah, you will be losing a few points when it comes to viewing angles. It is also not the best-looking panel out there but since it uses a TN panel instead of IPS, you get a response time of 1ms which is great.
The 27-inch TN panel has a refresh rate of 144Hz and you can switch between 60Hz, 100Hz and 144Hz using a dedicated button on the monitor itself. No need to mess with the monitor’s software. When it comes to resolution, it is a 2560×1440 pixels display and things do look good. This is one of the best monitors you can get if you are looking at 1440p gaming.
The display does support 16.7 million colors and the contrast ratio is 1000:1. The brightness of the monitor can go up to 350cd/m2 and the monitor is LED backlit. All this with the combination of the fast refresh rate and response times makes up for a great gaming monitor.
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Talking about the color accuracy, I found it great but that doesn’t mean its the best out there. The monitor has skewed greens while the red and blue colors are closer to the ideal CIE coordinates. The colors look great on the monitor and there’s no sign of tinting of any sorts on the monitor. The colors look good and well saturated evenly through the display panel. There are no backlight bleeds etc. on the monitor at all. This helps while playing a game which has a darker environment.
The 1ms response rate takes care of all the blurring while the images switch and the refresh rate of 144hz also take care and prevent screen tearing where possible. There are no signs of any kind of tearing, blurring or ghosting on the monitor while you’re gaming or watching something on it. Since it is NVIDIA G-Sync supported, it is obvious it will come with other NVIDIA goodies such as support for NVIDIA 3D. The whole combo of the goods makes this monitor a great choice for gaming on 1440p.
Talking about the NVIDIA G-Sync, it helps taking care of the amazing consistency while you’re gaming at 144Hz. Let’s say for some reason frames drop to 40-50 or even 60 fps while gaming, NVIDIA G-Sync will take care of any judder or screen tearing that might happen which gives you a great and immersive gaming experience.
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The Display Panel
When it comes to the TN Panel display on this monitor, Asus has made sure that they use a premium grade TN panel manufactured by AU Optronics. The panel has a color depth of 8-bit and can produce 16.77 million colors.
The display panel covers the sRGB color gamut which will display true life colors on the display. The TN panel used on this monitor doesn’t come with a normal TN film. It actually comes with a premium grade film.
The display panel itself is covered with a medium anti-glare coating. It is a great monitor to use if you are using it in a fluorescent light condition. The coating makes sure that there are no rainbow-y or cross hatching patterns on the screens which are of course annoying.
The screen is lit by a White-LED or W-LED backlight which helps in reducing the power consumption and also adds environmental benefits to the display. As per Asus, the display covers 72% of the NTSC gamut which is good for the purpose of gaming. If you are looking at a monitor for editing and color correction purposes, you might want to look at other monitors.
There are a lot of extras given by Asus on this monitor which you won’t really find on a monitor under $700. When I discovered the extra buttons etc. and what I could do with them, I was ecstatic to see Asus hasn’t skimped anywhere when it comes to functionality on this monitor. Let’s have a look at these add-ons.
The Turbo Key on the Asus ROG Swift PG278Q is a toggle which lets you change refresh rates on the monitor while you’re gaming or using it. You can easily switch from 60Hz to 100Hz by just a click of the Turbo Key and the same stands true for 144Hz. With the help of the Turbo Key, you can easily eliminate the screen tearing and motion blur while you’re gaming at a lower refresh rate like 60Hz. Having this feature along with the already present adaptive sync; the NVIDIA G-Sync is amazing and you don’t have to go through the hassle of turning your monitor off to change your refresh rate.
Ultra Low Motion Blur or ULMB
The ULMB helps you get rid of the motion blur while gaming. This feature will let you reduce the motion blur in a game to a great extent even when your NVIDIA G-Sync is turned off. But keep in mind that this works only when you are on a refresh rate of 85 Hz or higher. It can work with 85, 100, or 120Hz and the ULMB gives you a reduction the motion blur thereby providing much crisper images on the screen when you need it in fast-paced games. This helps you attain accurate movements in the game and there are presets to this feature and you can choose from ‘low,’ ‘normal’ and ‘extreme’ depending on what you need.
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Asus Game Plus – The Winning Trio
The Asus Game Plus technology is a suite of three features in particular. The first one is a Crosshair feature that lets you have a crosshair overlay on the screen and you can adjust the crosshair as per your needs to attain that to the point accuracy you’re looking for. This feature will definitely help you in first person shooter games.
The second feature is an On Screen Timer which you can utilize for setting up timers to do chores while you’re gaming. Yes, I understand that gaming can be really immersive and you might forget the frozen pizza you just put in the microwave to heat up. No worries though, just set up the timer and game while your pizza is getting ready.
The third and last of the Asus Game Plus trio is the FPS counter which is inbuilt to the monitor. You can easily turn it on and have an instant real-time look at the frame rates you’re getting in a game. This eliminates the need for any other external FPS counters which are known to eat up some of your FPS while you’re gaming.
Gaming is an activity that not only stresses our brain for those swift movements but also strains our eyes. But the Asus ROG Swift PG278Q has an EyeCare function that reduces stress on your eyes. It does this by simply eliminating the blue light and by ensuring flicker-free backlighting.
I/O & Connectivity
The Asus ROG Swift PG278Q offers 2 USB 3.0 ports and a Display Port 1.2 connector which will be used as the input for the monitor. Sadly, there’s no HDMI port on the monitor which might scare away some console players but let’s be fair. The monitor is built for PC gaming and Display Port 1.2 has the ability to transmit high refresh rate video to the monitor.
You can use either of the two USB ports to connect your keyboard or mouse to the PC and these are USB 3.0 ports we are talking about so if you want to use a pen drive on this monitor, you will get good read and write speeds.
Coming to the buttons on the monitor, there are a total of four buttons on the monitor. One is present as the power button while another is the Turbo Key which will help you change the refresh rate instantly. Next is the Asus Game Plus button which gives you three options on the monitor to turn on the crosshair, the FPS counter and the timer on the left side of the screen.
At last, there’s the 5-way OSD navigation button that lets you browse through the inbuilt monitor menu options.
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The Final Word – Asus ROG Swift PG278Q Review
Coming to the verdict, the Asus ROG Swift PG278Q has been a positive product to test. It gives you an option to play games at 1440p at such a low price bracket of under $700 which is amazingly cool for a monitor from Asus. It has more cool features like adjustable refresh rate through the Turbo Key. The tilt, swivel, and height adjustment options are great as well. The only thing that the monitor misses out of, if you ask me is an HDMI port which would have made it a great choice for console gamers as well.
But under the price of $700 you get a bunch of cool features like 1ms response time, 144Hz refresh rate with support for NVIDIA G-Sync and it also supports NVIDIA 3D if you’re into that.