- G-Sync HDR is a type of high-dynamic-range (HDR)
- Excellent image quality
- Response time is quick
- Color gamut is broad
- Design is excellent
- Extremely costly
- Requires a powerful computer
Because it ushers in a new era of panels, the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ is one of the best gaming monitors. For excellent visual quality, it combines Nvidia’s G-Sync technology’s fast refresh rates with 4K resolution and HDR (high dynamic range) capabilities.
We spent more time with the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ as part of TechRadar’s PC Gaming Week 2018, which promises to be one of the best gaming monitors ever manufactured.
HDR 10 and DCI-P3 color gamut support are included, as well as a high 144Hz refresh rate for seamless gameplay and an ultra-high resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. The Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ is a truly amazing monitor if you have a gaming setup that can keep up – and it’ll have to be big.
the cost and the availability
The Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ is now available for $1,999 (£2,299, roughly AU$4,000), which is a hefty sum for a gaming monitor. It will be more expensive than other 4K gaming monitors, but keep in mind that you’ll be receiving Nvidia G-Sync, 144Hz refresh rates, and HDR, which is a combo of technology that very few monitors presently have.
The Acer Predator X27, which has a similar specification, will cost £2,199 (approximately $3,000, AU$4,000), so the extra money for the ROG is primarily for the Asus design and build quality.
However, at this price, the ROG Swift PG27UQ is a monitor that only enthusiasts and pro gamers willing to pay that much money will be interested in.
Features and design
The Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ boasts the eye-catching design we’ve come to expect from the ROG (Republic of Gamers) brand from Asus. If you enjoy the looks of Asus’ ROG brand, the extra money spent on this monitor over the more conservative Acer Predator X27 may be justified.
The 27-inch screen is a good size for a gaming monitor, and it has a typical widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9, so it’s large enough to immerse you while not dominating your desk like larger gaming monitors.
The screen is surrounded by a medium-sized bezel, with the ROG logo at the bottom. A larger, illuminating ROG logo appears on the rear of the screen’s body, along with designs that resemble circuit boards.
The Asus Aura Sync software can regulate the luminous ROG logo, so it can match other ROG gadgets with AURA lighting. The Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ closely resembles the design components of other ROG devices, so if you already own some, the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ will blend in nicely.
With a blade-like form that feels strong and an LED light that shines down towards the desk, the stand is also eye-catching. An onscreen menu will guide you through the process of customizing the lighting when you first power on the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ.
There are also buttons on the back of the display for managing the on-screen menu. If you’re a fan of the ROG series, the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ will appeal to you, and even if this is your first ROG product, the monitor’s design isn’t too garish.
The real star of the show, though, is the technology underlying the screen of the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ. The Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ is capable of providing incredibly amazing visuals thanks to its 144Hz refresh rate, 4K UHD resolution, and G-Sync HDR technology.
It has a dynamically regulated LED backlight with 384 zones that creates outstanding contrast between light and dark scenes. It also incorporates quantum-dot technology and a DCI-P3 color gamut, which provides a 25% broader color spectrum than sRGB monitors, allowing for far more accurate color reproduction.
This latter feature, in our opinion, has the potential to significantly improve the image quality of the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ. This will benefit not only games and media that support the DCI-P3 color gamut, but it will also make the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ a good monitor for film and photo editors, which may help justify its high price tag.
A HDMI 2.0 input, DisplayPort 1.4, 3.5mm connector for connecting speakers, and two USB 3.0 connections are located on the back (along with a USB 3.0 input to power the USB hub).
The Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ will stand out from the crowd thanks to its combination of high resolution, high refresh rate, low latency, and HDR compatibility, which helps to explain its astronomically high price tag.
We’ve had more time to play with the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ, and we’re still blown away by its capabilities.
When playing Destiny 2, which has a lot of bright colors and gloomy locales, the G-Sync technology really shines, producing in some truly stunning visuals to go along with the 4K resolution – it matches, and frequently exceeds, many 4K HDR TVs we’ve seen.
The 144Hz refresh rate also did wonders for the game, making it feel quick and responsive with no sign of screen tearing. We also played Hitman in 4K and HDR, with the bright surroundings of the assassination simulator benefiting greatly from HDR. When the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ was set to ‘on’ in the game’s menu, it automatically switched to HDR mode when the game started and went off when the game ended.
Even with a powerful PC (with an Nvidia Titan Xp graphics card), the strain of displaying 4K resolutions at such high refresh rates is visible. You should be sure you have a rig that can keep up with the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ before spending so much money on it. Many people will have to spend even more money as a result of this.
With Windows 10 scaling nicely to 4K, the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ makes a great productivity monitor. We found that scaling the desktop to 120 percent was still comfortable to work on (without text and icons being too small), while also providing extra desktop space, thanks to its 27-inch size.
Because of its ability to reliably reproduce colors, the larger DCI-P3 color gamut makes this a great monitor for photo and video editing. If you’re looking for a monitor to work as well as play on, this can help explain the price (though you’ll probably want to turn off the colored LED lights when in an office).
The screen is an IPS (In Plane Switching) panel, which provides good viewing angles and allows you to watch the screen from a variety of angles without sacrificing color fidelity.
The Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ has a response time of 4ms (Gray to Gray), which isn’t the fastest, but it still feels very responsive, with no discernible lag. Playing games in 4K with HDR enabled and G-Sync technology delivering high refresh rates is truly great. This display will be a worthwhile investment if you seek the best gaming graphical experience possible.
You may also use the onscreen menu to activate a number of options. Around the back, there’s a joystick button for navigating the menus, as well as four buttons for opening different areas of the menu system. It’s simple to use, and several of the gaming-specific features, such as an FPS counter and onscreen crosshairs for improved accuracy, are very useful.
The final word
The Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ is one of the greatest gaming monitors on the market, thanks to its 4K resolution and G-Sync HDR technology, which provides incredible visual fidelity and fast frame rates.
The fact that companies like Nvidia and Asus are striving for HDR compatibility will be welcomed by any PC player who has watched enviously as PS4 and Xbox One titles acquire HDR support while their platform stays disregarded.
It’s a really forward-thinking display, and as more PC games support 4K and HDR, you’ll be well prepared if you have the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ on your desk. It’s a fantastic demonstration of the potential of PC gaming.
However, some people may be turned off by its foresight. First and foremost, all of this cutting-edge technology comes at a cost, and at over $2,000, this is a prohibitively costly monitor. In addition, 4K and HDR support on PC is still in its early stages, with only a few titles supporting it. That will change in the future, but for the time being, it may mean that you have an expensive display that you can’t use to its full potential.
To run it, you’ll need need a strong computer. If you don’t have a Nivida 1080 Ti or better, hitting 4K at 144 frames per second will be difficult. You won’t be able to use the G-Sync capabilities if you have an AMD card, of course.
In an era when monitors are getting bigger (and wider thanks to 21:9 ultra-wide aspect ratios), the 27-inch screen size and 16:9 aspect ratio may be a letdown. This technology will eventually make its way to larger monitors, but we shudder to imagine how much they will cost.
If you have the money – and the hardware – for the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ, the graphic quality this monitor brings to your favorite PC games will astound you. For the rest of us, it’s a fascinating view into what gaming monitors might look like in the future.