ASUS ROG PG278Q Swift G-Sync Monitor Review

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As with any 27" monitor the first thing that strikes you is the sheer size. How quickly a size that was once the preserve of an enormous television is now standard for your desktop. Round the back we have two vents for heat exhausting and a very flexible stand, which has the all important ROG logo.

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The bezel is only 6mm thin which makes a huge difference to how readily two or three of these could be placed in a multi-head display configuration, as well as emphasising the amount of pure screen real estate available. 

In the documentation ASUS claim that the 5 way OSD navigation joystick is exclusive to the Swift PG278Q. It isn't, as we've seen other ASUS monitors with them, but we'll assume they mean exclusive to ASUS rather than the Swift itself. If we pulled every product up on their white lie claims we'd still be trying to finish up a Pentium III review. Away from minor detail things it's actually supremely useful, and far better than the multi-function button arrangement usually found. We know we're not the only people who've accidentally quit out of an adjustment and the Hat Switch eliminates that problem.

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Round the back is a very simple connection layout. USB 3.0 in, two USB 3.0 out, and only a DisplayPort 1.2 input. No HDMI, no DVI or VGA. DisplayPort or the highway. This does mean that it's easier to ensure the monitor syncs with the card, and any card that would do justice to a display of this resolution has a DisplayPort on it, so it's not a negative at all.

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The cable management is more of a hole, but that would be nit-picking on a stand which is fantastic. 120mm of height adjustment, 120° of swivel and 25° of tilt add up to a stand that ensure you can put the display exactly where it's needed and will provide the most comfort for you. It also switches between portrait and landscape easily, with the cable management hole coming into its own. 

It's an extremely minor thing, of little actual worth beyond bling factor, but this wouldn't be a ROG product without some lighting and sure enough there is a red ring around the base. Hopefully not a red ring of death. 

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So what is this 144Hz business all about and how does it actually benefit the user?

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07-07-2014, 09:03:03

Dicehunter
You now have ALL the Hz, It must "hurt" so good......

Great video, Acer are about to release their 4K 1ms monitor with G-Sync built in but only in 60Hz at £120 cheaper than this.

Will be interesting to see how it measures up to this one.Quote

07-07-2014, 09:34:59

JR23
Strong review Tom it did come over better than the 4k review again the only thing which would of been nice is to see the live FPS during the benchmarks just to give an idea of what your seeing. Presumably it was sort of 90-110 area and not actually 144?


Also you've made my life EVEN harder, seriously gov right now call it, stay U2713 or go ROG Swift or LG/Dell 3440x1440 IPS or sit around waiting for better 4k stuff. Seeing this has convinced me I might not need IPS, it looks so good on the desk but I feel like I just want more real estate to work on.

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07-07-2014, 09:37:24

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by JR23 View Post
Strong review Tom it did come over better than the 4k review again the only thing which would of been nice is to see the live FPS during the benchmarks just to give an idea of what your seeing. Presumably it was sort of 90-110 area and not actually 144?


Also you've made my life EVEN harder, seriously gov right now call it, stay U2713 or go ROG Swift or 21:9 GL 34UM95. Seeing this has convinced me I might not need IPS, it looks so good on the desk but I feel like I just want more real estate to work on.

JR

At the moment you will be paying a premium for the ROG branding, Give it a few months and other vendors will bring out this exact screen but without the ROG theme for a lot less money.Quote

07-07-2014, 09:37:42

MadShadow
Nice review, Tom
Is it just me or is there a lot of artifacting?Quote

07-07-2014, 09:44:02

JR23
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
At the moment you will be paying a premium for the ROG branding, Give it a few months and other vendors will bring out this exact screen but without the ROG theme for a lot less money.
I would be happy to pay for it as my desk will look that good, that really doesn't come in to it. My question is sub £1k single monitor setup for a pair of 780's, gaming and CAD work, ROG swift, 4k competitor or 3440x1440 IPS but it must be a substantial upgrade over a U2713.

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