The Asus PG27VQ is one of the most recently announced 1440p gaming monitor to excite enthusiasts while they build or upgrade their already beastly machines. The company is no stranger to producing excellent gaming displays in any category. But now, they are trying to combine two highly sought after types (curved and 144Hz 1440p) into a single product meant for domination of both the thriving market and your gaming glory.
Update December 10, 2017 – The Asus PG27VQ is now available for order via the links above and below. You can also click here to see it at our favorite retailer.
Update December 20, 2017 – According to an Asus sources, the Asus PG27VQ now available on the market does not include Quantum Dot. The feature was included in the PG27VQ’s reveal and early advertisements but was canceled from the final product due to undisclosed reasons.
Asus PG27VQ Specifications
- Screen Size: 27 Inches
- Resolution: 2560 x 1440 QHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Twisted Nematic (TN)
- Refresh Rate: 165Hz
- Response Time: 1ms
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 300 cd/m²
- Stand: Height – Yes
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – Yes
Design and Features
The Asus PG27VQ sports familiar specs which we have seen from the likes of our best overall gaming monitor, the Asus ROG Swift PG27QR, but it now showcases the second generation of the Asus ROG treatment. The design features the helix design we have seen on the company’s latest gaming displays and the graphite/matte titanium finish which looks even sexier in person.
The biggest changes in this latest iteration are the inclusion of RGB LEDs on the rear panel of the cabinet and the 1800r curvature which is steadily rising in popularity. The lighting feature on the back seeps through the geometric lines of the pattern and changes color and rhythm along with Asus Aura RGB’s capabilities.
The curvature, on the other hand, introduces a tighter radius which is perceived by both designers and users as an additive to the immersive features the Asus PG27VQ. This design is most welcome for TN panels since it brings the edges closer to your face. Viewing it this way allows users to avoid the nasty viewing angles TNs are hated for by the gamer crowd.
But these plus points aren’t enough since we can confidently predict that the Asus PG27VQ is also ergonomic since the mechanism of the helix stand is known to provide swivel, tilt, and height adjustments. To complete its versatility, this model will also include VESA bolt patterns so you can mount it easily on aftermarket solutions.
The Asus PG27VQ is it is mostly borderless, except for the bottom part which is slightly thicker to hold the Asus logo but without disrupting the 27-inches of viewing space. We have yet to get our hands on this model, but like the rest of its PG brethren, we can assure you that the build quality and refinement should be superb.
Display and Performance
The Asus PG27VQ possesses enough juice to produce hair-raising speeds of up to 165Hz for smoother and blur-free gaming. This model comes with a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 on a 27-inch TN panel with a 1ms response time. These are all standard specifications, but we have little reason to believe that this model will be incapable of a lag-free performance.
It’s most likely predecessor; the PG278QR is capable of a sub-4ms performance which is next to zero, making that model and the rest of its ROG Swift siblings are renowned for by enthusiasts and competitive gamers. The Asus PG27VQ should be on par if not better, and you can’t expect anything less from the number one brand in gaming monitors.
Another addition to the Asus PG27VQ is the introduction of Quantum Dot backlighting technology to enhance the colors and contrast of the screen. TNs are regarded as mediocre contenders in the color department, but this flaw was dispelled by the excellent vibrancy of the PG278Q and PG278QR which is provided by their 8-bit interfaces.
Combine the proven color-critical performances for gaming of these AU Optronics panels with Quantum Dot, and you instantly get a game changer which can create a renewed appreciation of what Twisted Nematic screens can do.
Finally, the Asus PG27VQ includes a G-Sync module in its innards, so you enjoy tear-free and buttery smooth visuals across a range of graphics cards and their respective processing powers. This model will use the second generation module which includes an HDMI port instead of a lone DisplayPort, and we have little reason to believe otherwise.
One disappointing aspect of this product is it does not include HDR support, unlike its most-awaited brother, the 144Hz 4K-capable Asus PG27UQ. The most logical reason for this exclusion is that TNs simply do not have the wide gamuts, deep contrast, and high level of illumination necessary for HDR to function, so if you want to reap its benefits, you might have to look elsewhere.
The Asus PG27VQ is one hell of a gaming monitor we are excited about, and we cannot wait to get our hands on a review unit to take it through its paces. It offers a level of performance which we think is hard to look past in this day and age, but that could be the thing that brings it down among rankings.
Getting a new model should offer improvements beyond aesthetics and a few gimmicks, so we are looking forward as to how Quantum Dot improves the already excellent performance of TN panels used by Asus. But nonetheless, the combination of a 165Hz refresh rate, a snappy response, and G-Sync’s capabilities should make the Asus PG27VQ an excellent gaming monitor choice when it releases on Q3 this year.