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Since the WePC team likes competitive games, we have used two ASUS ROG Swift PG278QR monitors for several months. The review of these highly responsive gaming monitors is long overdue, and since this monitor has a 1440p display and an improved 165Hz refresh rate, I think it’s time to start.

If you have enough money and Nvidia GPU, the sequel to this very popular predecessor should inspire your imagination. ASUS PG278QR is equipped with Nvidia's GSync technology and one of the best adjustable brackets.

ASUS ROG Swift PG278QR is an upgraded version of Swift PG278Q. It has different refresh rate overclocking capabilities and includes an HDMI port to provide greater flexibility. We will go straight into the review to see how it compares to some of the best monitors currently available on the market and whether it is worth the money.

Size

27 inches

Refresh rate

144Hz-165Hz

Response time

1ms

Panel type

TN

Maximum resolution

2560 x 1440 4

I purchased PG and

4 QR from Amazon about three months ago. Work has been widely used Since then, I have played almost every day. I am not using the best version, but this system is not far behind. Using i58600 with EVGA 1080 Ti, I have been able to test this monitor.

Since this is a gaming monitor, it is necessary to test it in various games (a good excuse) to see if we can clearly see the higher Hz refresh rate, the advantages of G-sync, and whether There are any disadvantages to the panel TN. When buying a new monitor, the

hardware specification is a good starting point, because it can usually show features you want or tend to avoid.

From refresh rate to contrast, you can find all the specifications in this section.

The following are the specifications of PG278QR:

Size

27 inches

Refresh rate

144Hz-165Hz

Response time

1ms

Panel type

TN

Maximum resolution from Amazon

Display

4447 size 24.5 inches (62.2 cm) x 17.1 inches (43.4 cm), the stand makes the depth of the display 9.4 inches (23.8 cm). Although the size and manufacturing quality of the display are high, it weighs only 15.43 pounds, which is very light. Asus has armed the monitor skillfully, and it feels like it is always attached to the table without any obvious shaking. The

stand is quite heavy, but on the other hand, it effectively supports the 27-inch large screen. Just make sure you have a table large enough to place the monitor and peripherals, because it is absolutely not low-key. The resolution of

PG278QR is 2560 x 1440, which is 2k! It has the 1 millisecond response time you expect and an impressive 144Hz refresh rate.

For those who are not familiar with these terms, a brief description of each term is provided below.

resolution refers to the number of pixels on the display. The maximum resolution is usually displayed as "2560 x 1440", showing the number of horizontal and vertical pixels respectively. Take the resolution of this monitor as an example. Its width is 2560 pixels (2K) and its height is 1440 pixels.

response time refers to the time required for a single pixel to change color. The response time is in milliseconds (ms), and you want this number to always be less than 5 milliseconds, preferably 1 millisecond, depending on the panel type. If the response time is too slow, so-called "ghost images" will appear, which can significantly reduce image quality. The

refresh rate determines the speed at which your monitor physically updates the displayed image, a higher number generally results in a smoother user experience. For example, PG278QR has a factory refresh rate of 144Hz, so it will refresh the image 144 times per second. The

monitor can be overclocked to 165Hz. If you pair it with a good computer, the GSync module will provide a no-hassle winner. The input on this

monitor seems a bit mediocre for the price. We would have liked to see the USB TypeC features, but for modern gamers, you still have plenty of options.

This monitor has 1 DisplayPort 1.2, which allows you to unlock the 165Hz refresh rate. Unlike the previous generation, you can get 1 x HDMI 1.4 for more flexibility. We also saw a 3.5mm headphone jack audio input and 2 USB 3.0 ports.

When it comes to gaming monitors, ASUS ROG Swift PG278QR is packed with features that we want to see. Even if the TN panel lowers this monitor a bit, the feature definitely won't.

In terms of design, the PG278QR has no physical difference from the old PG278Q except for strange updates. The plastic material is a light matte black in color and is well emphasized by the small amount of red here and there (most notably the base of the red LED). We saw a slim bezel feature on this monitor (6mm), which is a nice touch, giving you a more satisfying, unobstructed feel. Moving the

on the back, we see that the ventilation grill for quick cooling is cut at a small angle. The OSD buttons are also located on the back, and they even feel very high-end, including the little navigation joystick. We also saw a cutout for the cable management wiring, I've become a fan of monitors because it really helps organize the table.

Note that if you cannot take advantage of this technology due to the low-end version, you should choose a model without the GSync module to save some money.

This is a robust monitor, one of its best features is its excellent stand. The stand base feels sturdy, with a bit of weight behind it to keep the bulky screen from shaking. The base can be rotated 60 ° to the left and right, and the center is illuminated by a red LED. The center of the

bracket is a hollow, angular plastic, which fits very well with the rest of the design, and is where we see the cable management slit. The monitor is attached to this elongated part of the stand and you can effortlessly adjust the height to less than 5 inches.

The stand that connects the monitor and the stand has a tilt function, allowing a 5 ° downward tilt and a 20 ° upward tilt. The monitor is 100% VESA compliant with rubber grommets covering the screw holes. The VESA mounting hole is located in the round bracket, allowing the monitor to rotate 90 ° clockwise for alternative configurations.

Some of us use monitors day and night (especially if we like to play games at night after leaving work). Whether we are at home or in the office, we tire our eyes and sometimes risk computer vision syndrome. Both diseases can cause health problems, which is why it is a kind of fresh air to introduce eye care to our monitors.

ASUS eye care technology is designed to prevent the development of these diseases and ensure that we have a comfortable viewing experience, even if we plan to participate in a marathon.

Ultra Low Blue Light is part of this eye care technology and is reflected in ROG Swift PG278QR. This function can eliminate harmful blue light and radiation without affecting the image quality, thereby protecting you from harmful blue light. You can switch between the four different filter settings available in the OSD.

PG278QR also uses flicker-free technology as part of the eye care package. Screen flicker is very harmful to our eyes. Unfortunately, the flicker is not visible to the naked eye, which means that we hurt our eyes without knowing it. Flickerfree technology can reduce flicker, thereby reducing eye fatigue and eye damage during long-term gaming.

When I sat in front of this 27-inch beast for the first time, it felt large and bulky, with many more advanced options, claiming to provide a similar level of performance. Almost after I got used to it, these negative thoughts quickly disappeared. The 2560 x 1440 resolution is very good, and I would definitely recommend 1440p for gaming, as long as your system can handle such a resolution.

Let’s start with bittersweet; the TN panel easily becomes one of the best panels I have ever used. However, it is ultimately a TN panel. Although it is a panel type, the reason we attach great importance to this is because its response time is 1ms and it has an 8-bit interface, so it is very sensitive. For TN panels used in games, the most impressive is the out-of-the-box DeltaE, which is located at 1.2 and can be increased to 1.6.

uses three preset options in the OSD, including 1.8, 2.2 and 2.5. Changing the gamma is not a problem for this monitor. I found that 2.2 is the best of the three; however, this is only when the Blu-ray is turned off to level 0. No matter what settings you plan to use on this monitor, the color reproduction and contrast of the TN panel are excellent.

Due to better color and contrast reproduction, many gamers now prefer IPS panels to TN, but this is not always the best choice. In the last few months of testing, I did not see any ghosting or backlight bleeding on the monitor. This monitor has ultra-fast pixel conversion, which is very suitable for competitive games, as long as you sit directly in front of it, you will not find that it has too many problems. The

monitor is 144Hz out of the box, so it can be used as a responsive gaming monitor out of the box. If you don’t want to turn it on, you don’t need Gsync, but there are cheaper models that can meet this need. I use DisplayPort Set it up and overclock the refresh rate to 165Hz immediately after turning it on. By combining this refresh rate with GSync technology, this is one of the smoothest gaming experiences I have ever had. I tried GSync on Battlefield 5 and some CS: GO, and it was a big improvement over the 144Hz monitor that I had budgeted before. The color is not as good as my 4K monitor at home, but the difference is not big, and after using PG278QR, I will never go back to my 4K 60Hz monitor.

For the TN panel, the image reproduction is very good and it easily becomes one of the best panels I have used. The high refresh rate and the GSync module can run smoothly, providing the best experience for any competitive gamer.

Overall, while the ROG Swift PG278QR is impressive, it's hard to understand why I would choose this over the IPS version. That being said, this monitor packs great features, and it looks like the price tag that is often included in the calculations will be lowered.

size

27 ”

refresh rate

144Hz - 165Hz

response time

1ms

panel type

TN

maximum resolution

2560 x 1440 Amazon

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