ASUS PG278Q Review
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ASUS PG278Q Review: Bottom Line
- WQHD (4 times more pixels than HD)
- Excellent refresh rate (144Hz )
- Excellent response time (1 ms)
- Nvidia G-Sync support
- Highly comfortable (height, tilt, swivel, pivot adjustability with VESA mounting)
- Has a smart air vent that keeps the display cool
- Only one video output
- Skewed greens
- Moderate viewing angles
One of the best gaming monitors in 2016
The Asus PG278Q focuses on two things above all else (even above having multiple video inputs and a futuristic design) – gameplay and comfort. And if you are a gamer who cares less about the little things and more about your gaming experience, then this is the right display for you. There is also an IPS version (ASUS PG279Q) of this gaming monitor, which provides better color reproduction but at the expense of higher response time (4ms). These two monitors are both great for their own respective users. If you play a lot of fast faced paced games like Counter strike, Overwatch and etc. then the TN panel version is best for you (Asus PG278Q). If you mostly play slower paced games like League of Legends, Starcraft, Diablo and etc. then I would you recommend you to go for the ASUS PG279Q (IPS Panel Version). Read our ASUS PG279Q Review to find out more. If you want one of the best ultrawide gaming monitors then I recomend you to read our review of Asus Pg348q.
Asus PG278Q For the gamer at heart
The monitors under the ROG tag (republic of gamers) are made keeping in mind all that a gamer needs, especially concerning performance, and hence, it’s popularity. The ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) line includes all the components you need to build a high-end gaming PC: GPUs, Motherboards, Gaming Keyboards, Sound Cards, Gaming Mice, Gaming Headsets, and Monitors. The ROG Swift PG278Q is a 27” WQHD display that has a 144Hz maximum refresh rate backed up by NVIDIA G-SYNC support. Combining these features with a response time as low as 1ms ensures a silky smooth gaming experience with compensation for frame rates according to the demands of almost any game.
In this review, we will be deep diving into the ASUS ROG PG278Q, taking a look at its specs, add-ons, performance, and comfort.
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.
- 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
The ASUS ROG PG278Q is indeed, made for the hardcore gamer. A top of the class gaming experience demands three things from the system – image quality, consistency and add-ons to tweak a few things to make the experience more user-friendly. So let’s talk about this one by one.
First off, the ASUS ROG PG278Q has a 27-inch screen with excellent specifications. The panel used is the TN panel – and where it might lack in giving you the same viewing angles as an IPS panel, this panel supports a 1ms response time, a 144Hz refresh rate and a native resolution of 2560x1440p. So you really can’t complain here as you already have so much here in image quality. The resolution, however, is not the best of the best here, but it will do – especially if you are looking for a hassle free gaming fiesta more than you are looking for aesthetics and beauty. The 2560×1440 pixel resolution comes with a pixel pitch (distance between pixels) of 0.233mm. The display supports 16.7 million colors, and the contrast ratio and brightness are at a standard 1000:1 and 350cd/2 respectively. On top of these, the panel is LED backlit. All of these features combined ensure smooth transitioning between images and quality that satisfies content viewing as well as gaming needs.
Color accuracy of the PG278Q is great, though not perfect. When some tests were carried out on the PG278Q, the chromaticity charts display that red and blue colors (denoted by the dots) are relatively closer to their ideal CIE coordinates (represented by the boxes), but the green ones miss the box completely. However, the Swift PG278Q doesn’t exhibit any signs of tinting. So in a nutshell, colors appear rich in tone and evenly saturated.
Now the second thing here is consistency in this color reproduction. This is ensured by a speedy pixel response rate and refresh rates. The 1ms gray to gray response time takes care of any blurring, tearing or ghosting that occurs during gaming. The 144Hz refresh rate takes care of gaming at high speeds, and the display is Nvidia 3D ready. When we combine these two things with Adaptive Sync support, the PG278Q becomes a boon for the FPS gamers and covers nearly everything in the consistency table.
The Nvidia G-SYNC in this display not only ensures quality and consistency in performance while gaming at 144Hz, but it also compensates and maintains the same performance even when gaming below 60Hz refresh rate. Even when falling to 40-45fps, there is no judder or tearing. So even though you might have the GPU power to run games at 144Hz most of the time, if you suffer a slowdown during certain sequences, the ASUS ROG PG278Q will still appear as smooth as it did before.
Having add-ons make a lot of difference in a gaming machine when we have a look at a monitor that has all the major gaming prospects covered already. The Asus PG278Q pays attention to the little things by providing us with some interesting add-ons.
The first one is the Turbo key. With the help of this feature, one can toggle between refresh rates on the go (during gaming), seamlessly switching from 60Hz to 100Hz for a smooth and ‘tearing-free’ gameplay. Since tearing is nothing but a visual artifact that can occur in video outputs as a result of the video feed to the device not being in Sync with the display’s refresh, having a good refresh rate (144Hz in this case) incorporated with this ‘Turbo Key’ on the top of having adaptive Sync here takes care of that problem effortlessly.
The second one is the ULMB (Ultra low motion blur). Many conventional 60Hz monitors show extensive motion blur, which eventually detracts you from your gaming experience. This feature helps reduce motion blur while gaming even when G-Sync is not enabled (however this works only if the monitor’s refresh rate is set to 85, 100, or 120Hz). This Ultra Low Motion Blur technology reduces the effects of motion blur by delivering ‘crisp edges’ in fast-paced gaming environments. This helps in achieving notable differences in natural movements. You can select from presets like ‘low,’ ‘normal’ and ‘extreme’ to achieve more clarity and reduce motion blur.
The Asus Game Plus technology is a combination of three main features that cover minor details providing you major comfort while gaming on the ASUS ROG PG278Q.
Just like many other ROG monitors we have seen, this one also has the ‘Crosshair’ feature that lets you choose from 4 different overlays. You can fine tune the position of these ‘crosshair overlays,’ ensuring a pinpoint accuracy. This is a feature that works well in first-person shooter games. However, you also have the ability to simply set it to ‘no-scope’ though, just like a pro gamer.
The second one is an on-screen timer that can be utilized for anything from receiving a pizza to thinking about strategies, or to take a short break. And finishing off, the last one in a series of Game plus add-ons (excluding the Game plus hotkey) is the FPS (frame per second) counter that simply displays the rate at which frames are being drawn on the monitor screen. You can use this data to evaluate the performance impact of different graphics settings.
Build and comfort
Now, let’s dig into the structure and build of the ASUS ROG PG278Q. Right off the bat, this is one of the most ergonomic designs we have seen in a while. The panel is 27 inch with a sturdy stand and an edgy look. The cabinet is a 2.5-inch-thick, matte-black that offers extremely thin (0.25-inches), matte black bezels on the front. On the back are V-shaped air vents that keeps the display cool. The ROG SWIFT PG278Q is made for long gaming sessions, and it is supported by its design. It has a smart air vent on the back of the stand that aids in heat dissipation to keep things cool on the inside of the panel. The cabinet is supported by a wedge-shaped base and a mounting arm with a sliding hinge to it.
The monitor has excellent height adjustment (4.7 inches), tilt (37 degrees), swivel (120 degrees at the base), and pivot (90-degrees) adjustment. Since it is a TN panel and is somewhat prone to color shifts if you move a bit off-axis, being able to set it up to be perfectly is a very good thing. On top of this, it also has VESA mounting, so you can mount it up on a wall if needs are. There is a pair of USB 3.0 ports that are located conveniently just on the bottom of the rear panel. It is a handy connectivity option for a keyboard or mouse, but there are none on the side that can provide easy access to flash drives and other accessories. That is a drawback for sure here, and so is having only one video input option on the PG278Q.
Other than the video input that allows G-Sync, the ROG Swift PG278Q does not offer much regarding connectivity, and it is a drawback. Along with the DisplayPort 1.2 connector at the back of the cabinet, we have three USB 3.0 ports (one upstream, two downstream) that you can use to connect peripherals and other devices.
Behind the right-hand bezel, the PG278Q offers four different buttons (one of which is the power button) and a small, five-position joystick button. Starting off, we have a Turbo hot key that lets you toggle between the three refresh speeds (60Hz, 120Hz, or 144Hz). The other one is a Game Plus hotkey. This one allows you to choose one of four crosshair overlays. It also enables you to set a game timer that shows up on the left side of the screen.
After these, we have an intuitive 5-way OSD navigation button. The use of this button is to navigate the menu system and change settings. You can use this button to adjust Brightness, Contrast, Color Temperature, and Nvidia’s Ultra-Low Motion Blur (ULMB) feature. The OSD is quick and hassle-free to navigate.