Asus ROG Swift PG278Q Review and Rated
Computer monitors such as the Asus ROG Swift PG278Q ($799) are in a world of their own and much like televisions no PC monitor is created equal, typically computer screens are dull desk monoliths for spreadsheets and eye strain. Yet if you are a gamer the opposite is true and a high performance monitor with looks to match is what is needed.
Many gaming enthusiasts will kit their PC’s with bleeding edge graphics cards to push the performance envelope High speed gaming and eye watering frame rates is fair enough but you have probably always experienced artifacts and motion tearing, clipping and so forth.
With the Asus ROG Swift PG278Q which is priced at roughly $800 but can be found retail for much cheaper you can enjoy smooth artefact free HD gaming, courtesy of Nvidia’s G-Sync technology. The PG278Q’s 27-inch Twisted Nematic (TN) panel has a maximum resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 all of which combine to deliver a sharp, blur-free gaming experience. This monitor is perfect for those who also appreciate 3D gaming on a big screen but while it is a big screen it is quite slim so will not over occupy your desk.
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So What is G-Sync Technology?
G-Sync technology is a video processing technology developed by Nvidia a major PC video cards and a GPU manufacturer to eliminate the screen tearing and stuttering artefacts that often crop up ( no pun intended ) in today’s high performance gaming titles. Graphical tearing occurs when the monitor is not in sync with the GPU as it attempts to display multiple video frames in a single refresh cycle.
Image tearing appears as a disjointed, skewed image , often more noticeable in the center of the screen. Enabling Vertical Sync (V-Sync) in your graphics card’s control panel will help reduce these effects, but it allows other issues to propagate, including increased input lag (the time it takes for the screen to react to a controller command) and image stuttering which can break up the gaming atmosphere considerably as games strive to become more ‘human’.
Graphical stuttering occurs in a computer game when the graphics CPU, while waiting for the screen to refresh, sends the identical frame many times over, causing a noticeable delay. This also leads to annoying response time issues as the screen tries to play catch up. With G-Sync technology, the GPU takes control of screen refresh rates, rather than the computer’s monitor. The result is a much smoother fluid and artefact free gaming experience, with decreased controller lag. The downside of course is that you need a compatible monitor and GPU card such as those available from Nvidia.
Asus ROG Swift PG278Q Design and Features
The PG278Q from Asus has an refined sharp appearance that is out of the ordinary amongst monitors. The chassis of the monitor is supported by a wedge shaped base and a mounting arm with a sliding hinge that offers 4.7 inches of screen height adjustment, 37 degrees of tilt adjustment, and a 90-degree pivot range for viewing in Portrait mode.
Its 2.5-inch-thick, matte-black cabinet sports extremely thin (0.25-inch), matte-black bezels on the front and V-shaped air vents on the back.
This precision monitor swivels 120 degrees and is surrounded by a neat ring of funky LED lights that glow red when the Light In Motion feature (LIM) is enabled. You can remove the stand assembly to mount the monitor on a nearby wall using an optional VESA mounting kit if you prefer to game off the desk.
The Asus ROG Swift PG278Q is a great high performance PC monitor, not the cheapest but will make your games shine fluidly in motion like never before.