ASUS PG27AQ ROG Swift 27" 4K Monitor Review

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ASUS PG27AQ ROG Swift 27

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We've never understood why some people are willing to spend nearly a thousand pounds on their graphics cards to give them the best possible gaming performance, and then run them through a little £100 monitor. It's the bit of your system that you spend the most time looking at, and it is a fools economy to not have your graphics card used to its fullest capabilities.

The ASUS PG27AQ ROG Swift definitely makes the most of any graphics card you use to power it. With an IPS panel the colour reproduction is spectacular, and there are great viewing angles should you wish to call people over to look at your gaming prowess or digital editing skills. One common worry with regard to large screen panels is the potential for clouding backlighting, but as you can see from out pictures the lighting, and thus blacks, of the Swift are uniform and deeper than a philosophy debate.

Although it is easy to get lost in the magnificence of such a large screen so dense with pixels and rich colours, the quality of the stand is something which shouldn't be overlooked. So often you have to include the cost of a good stand in your monitor budget, but the PG27AQ has a stand which supports everything you could hope for it to do, from portrait and landscape rotation, lots of central rotation, and height/tilt adjustment. If you can't get the Swift into a position that's comfortable then you have a very specific set of requirements indeed.

It does all come back to the excellence of the screen though. There are no washed out colours to be found here, neither are there any blown highlights, lost shadow detail or any of the other issues which can plague the image fidelity on lesser screens. You're not even required to spend a fortnight with your favourite calibration kit to get the most out of it, as it is almost flawless out of the box. If it's possible for a 4K IPS monitor to be entirely user friendly then the ASUS ROG Swift ticks every requirement, and even if you do need to tweak things to your personal taste it is easy to do thanks to an intuitive OSD and well positioned menu buttons.

You might need an nVidia GPU to take advantage of the G-SYNC capabilities, but it is unquestionably worth it to do so as it gives the impression of V-SYNC being turned on, without the inherent limitations of that system. Given how much graphical horsepower you need to break the 60FPS barrier in 4K, then being able to have 4K without screen tearing is a boon. At £799 it's an absolute bargain, and a worthy winner of our OC3D Gold Award.

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21-12-2015, 07:29:56

darthgalactis
Still patiently waiting on the ROG PG348Q from Asus. Quote

21-12-2015, 07:31:13

AlienALX
IMO Asus have released this too soon. Maybe they should have waited for Pascal....

Also, whilst I accept that it's probably nice quality the asking price is plain daft. You can get an Acer with pretty much the same spec for half the price. Not only that, but it's 60hz, which once we do get the graphical power to run 4k properly will soon be left in the dust for higher frequency models.

A strange choice from Asus IMO though I guess it will cater to a niche Quote

21-12-2015, 08:07:08

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
IMO Asus have released this too soon. Maybe they should have waited for Pascal....

Also, whilst I accept that it's probably nice quality the asking price is plain daft. You can get an Acer with pretty much the same spec for half the price. Not only that, but it's 60hz, which once we do get the graphical power to run 4k properly will soon be left in the dust for higher frequency models.

A strange choice from Asus IMO though I guess it will cater to a niche
The Acer one isnt half the price and I actually have one. Its great on paper4 but the Asus image and build quality is much better,

60Hz is actually a display port limitation on 4K so right now you cant go higher.Quote

21-12-2015, 08:14:16

JR23
With the G-Sync IPS 4k Acer at £690 I think it's a sensible place and time to bring it in. People will pay a premium for ROG products and rightly so, already they have an excellent reputation for high quality gaming panels. I guess the IPS factor will open it up to a wider audience although it's not something that bothers me in this kind of product, had it been a little faster and TN I think that would be the right tech for the market audience however more difficult to justify the price to all the FB trolls who think they are pro photoshop.

For those with a beastly GPU set up this has got to be the thing to have. I would be raging for my paycheck to come in if it was a 32". I still think 4k is wasted on 28", definitely 27" and so it doesn't really do much for me personally, I can't understand why the market is pushing for small 4k panels. It's going to take something very interesting to strike the UP3216Q from the top of my wishlist. Perhaps the 32" G-Sync Acer is it, have to admit I would prefer it coming from ASUS though.

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21-12-2015, 08:25:05

tinytomlogan
I think 4k 30-32" would be spot on aswell although youd need a REALLY deep desk!

I thought £799 was lower than I was expecting for a ROG screen considering the original swift was £750+ at launchQuote
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