- Possibly the greatest Gaming Monitor of all time
- Feature rich...and not just pointless gimmicky features
- Very maneuverable, stylish and well built
- Even though the price has come down , it's still not overly cheap - but what did you expect!?
- Viewing angles ok, but not the best
The Best WQHD Monitor for Gaming of 2016, 2017…and possibly 2018 at this rate! –
The ROG SWIFT PG278Q has been around for what seems like an eternity now, yet remarkably, still gets our pick for this catagory.
Honestly, we looked long and hard to find an alternative before coming back to our original review of the Asus ROG SWIFT PG278Q and found that everything we said still rings true and it’s still the raining champion. With a superb 2560×1440 resolution, It still manages to stay current with technology and is definitely one built just for the gamers.
With stunning looks and great performance, amazing gaming features, it is definitely something a serious gamer would want to look at.
4K resolution on an LED-lit display, this has to be one of the best 1440p Gaming Monitors out there. Although not yielding the best viewing angles when you’re not right in front of it, does give off decent picture quality. I will at this point note that the “out of box” settings do need to be tweaked in order to get the image crisp and clear.
It also has a lightning-fast 1ms response time, so you never have to worry about ghost frames or frame tearing. This WQHD monitor can run up to 144Hz for its refresh rate and, with a quick change, can scale that down to 60Hz.
Native resolution on this 27-inch wide beast runs at 2560×1440 and a 16:9 aspect ratio. At 15.4 pounds it Is also a lot lighter than you’d expect from the solid construction, so moving it around is easy enough.
The monitor comes with a standard 3-year support and comes with a display port, one-up USB cable and the power cord.
Design, Features and connectivity
Asus definitely know how to make a good-looking monitor. Starting from the base: it is rather thick, but I do believe it was intentionally made thick for much needed support, although it still doesn’t have feet of clay, so maybe it wasn’t thick enough!
The sharp curves and aggressive slopes are very attractive. The base also has the ASUS ROG logo and a small Nvidia G-Sync logo on it. The strong base houses the swivel mechanism, which also has a very cool red light that surrounds it, which can in turn be customized in the monitor’s options. Moving up, the neck is standard size with basic cable management. The neck houses the height adjustment and allows for quick and easy alterations. The screen is connected to a tilt connection that also allows for an easy tilt action. All the movements that the ROG SWIFT PG278Q can perform are held solidly in place by the base. This means that the monitor doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall over at any point.
On to the screen itself: it has a very nice thin bezel and easy-to-access function keys which are located on the lower right side of the display. The function keys are easy to use and the navigation joystick is also fantastic. Overall, you have an amazing-looking gaming monitor that can move to your will when you settle in for a long gaming session.
Moving on to what makes this monitor great in the features department: starting with the GamePlus onscreen timer and crosshair which can help take down any FPS. Alternatively, if you are on any time restraints, the built in timer can help you know when the next creep wave is about to spawn or the next set of resources have spawned. This monitor also features a set of stereo speakers, but they are definitely not something you want to make use of. The sound is tinny and distorts easily.
ASUS also care about your vision, so they have built-in eye-care technology with a flicker-free display.
Most importantly it features Nvidia’s G-Sync. In case you don’t know, G-Sync in short matches the monitors refresh rate to the refresh rate of your input from your graphics card. The monitor also supports Nvidia 3D vision with the use of a 3D engine and glasses which need to be purchased additionally.
Generally monitors that support G-Sync or AMD’s FreeSync only do so via a display port, which means that these monitors don’t have any other input other than a display port. Asus made a pleasant change to this and installed both a display port and an HDMI port. It also has a D-Type USB slot to connect to your PC and two USB 3.0 slots to connect to peripherals.
With amazing looks and great performance, as well as being filled with features to make any gamer drool, this widescreen quad HD monitor is something on everyone’s wish-list. The price has come down substantially since our first ROG SWIFT PG278Q review back in 2015, making it even more tempting. Whilst still not overly cheap, considering what this monitor is capable of, it is definitely worth the price tag.