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ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ Preview: 144Hz G-SYNC HDR Gaming Monitor

By August 20, 2017 21 Comments

ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ

Introduction

The CES 2017 announced some really amazing new monitors which we’ll be seeing throughout this year. The ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ is definitely one of the more exciting ones as it offers both the Nvidia G-Sync and the HDR10 (High Dynamic Range) technologies which will dramatically change the world of gaming. At the moment, it is unknown when this beauty will be released but its specifications are promising us an astonishing gaming monitor.

Update: This gaming monitor has been delayed and will be released in Q1 2018.

Specifications

  • 27 Inches Screen
  • 3840×2160 Resolution
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • IPS Panel
  • Ports: 2xDisplayPort 1.4, 1xHDMI
  • 144Hz
  • Nvidia G-Sync
  • Quantum-dot Technology
  • HDR10
  • Brightness: 1000cd/m2

Features

The ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ will be the very first gaming monitor to offer the long anticipated 4K display that is capable of achieving 144Hz rate. No longer will gamers have to choose between a more detailed image and the smooth gameplay but rather simply immerse into the impeccable gaming experience that’s only been fantasized by now.

The LED backlight of the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ is controlled across 384 zones and it’s thus capable of producing life-like images with brightness level up to 1000cd/m2 and HDR10 range of colors and contrast which results in clear, detailed, and crisp picture quality with vibrant colors. Moreover, the quantum-dot display technology provides the cinematic DCI-P3 color gamut which is a 25% greater color space than the standard sRGB. The exact amount of the color accuracy is, however, still unknown.

As one of the first gaming monitors able to fuel the 4K display with the 144Hz rate, the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ will have to rely on the G-Sync technology in order to make the gaming experience fluid and smooth. The Nvidia G-Sync feature synchronizes the frame rate between the graphics card’s GPU and the monitor in order to eliminate screen tearing, stuttering, and lag.

The 4K (3840×2160) resolution on a 27-inch screen will result in stunningly vivid details in video games and all other multimedia activities as it features 163 pixels per inch. In comparison to the more common QHD (2160×1440) resolution for a 27-inch screen, the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ will have a larger pixel count by 67% which will along the HDR and quantum-dot technologies deliver a simply flawless picture. Such range of colors and contrast will also provide a more varied black color tones giving us more clearer picture even in the darkest scenes of games.

Another aspect that is still unknown is the response time speed. The panel is said to be based upon the AU Optronics’ AHVA panel, although the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ features an IPS panel which delivers the impeccable viewing angles of 178 degrees both horizontal and vertical. The IPS panels are also capable of achieving the most precise and vibrant colors.

We suppose that the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ will also offer the standard GamePlus, FPS Counter, and Turbo Key features which are common among the other Asus’ gaming monitors. The GamePlus feature allows the user to set a custom crosshair overlay and fix it to the screen which can be a major advantage in FPS games while the turbo key gives its users the ability to swap between different Hz rates.

 

Design

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The ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ will feature the same award-winning design as the ASUS PG348Q which includes the Armor Titanium Plasma Cooper color scheme and thin bezels. Another cool feature of this design is that it’s able to emit the ROG logo onto the ground as a light projection. The appearance of the monitor may appear too flashy to some, even when the light projection is turned off, but the design itself is very steady with a lot smooth ergonomic options which is a much more important aspect when it comes to the overall design.

Connectivity

The ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ features two DisplayPort 1.4 and one HDMI port. The DisplayPort 1.4 is responsible for the 4K resolution with 144Hz rate and the HDR, and will so require a more powerful graphics card than the Nvidia GTX 10 series which is still unavailable. The HDMI port will only be able to deliver up to 60Hz. At the back of the monitor, there should also be a headphones jack, depending on just how identical the design will be to the PG348Q.

Price

The price of the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ is currently unknown, but given that Asus’ PG348Q monitor is still their flagship model, it should amount to somewhere around $1200, however, that is just an assumption. Given what it all offers, no price would really come as a surprise as even the most demanding games would appear lifelike with buttery smooth gameplay.

Conclusion

There is no doubt that this ultimate gaming monitor will change the way video games will look and feel like with its 4K display, 144Hz, HDR, and G-Sync features. All in all, once we receive more information regarding the response time speed and the color gamuts, we’ll have all the necessary information we need to know, but so far the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ has charmed us.

We can only wait and hope that one day the time will come when these kind of monitors will become more affordable; until then, most of us will have to make drastic budget sacrifices in order to obtain this beautiful machine, yet I have a feeling that none of us would regret it.

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  • Max Leung

    No ULMB?

  • Meta Four

    *grabby hands*
    Will definitely be keeping an eye out for this, as well as the competing Acer model.

  • Tyrann

    I thought that didn’t work with gsync enabled.

  • MaDxSkill

    Im keepimg my eyes out for HDR monitor with 4k for my ps4 pro. With a few of the hdr monitors hdr is supported via hdmi. Will this apply for this monitor as well? I know you limites to 60hz but with console thats all i need anyway atm. And im looking to get a pc as well so can use it dial purpose if thats possible.

  • Rectal Prolapse

    No it doesn’t, but several gsync monitors support ULMB as well.

  • jacobpederson

    Will this monster mount to a VESA arm?

  • Kelvin Williams

    This ticks so many boxes…

  • Andrei Birsan

    This ticks all of my boxes. What worries me is not really the price but these two questions: 4k on 27 inch. I’ll go for it but how will be the scaling in windows 10. Also, HDR, do I need more GPU power in games compared to SDR? Also, playing games at 1440p on this monitor will it look better because it’s 4k?

  • Andrei Birsan

    I am hoping for a VESA mount as well.

  • Zander

    The scaling will probably be shit… Considering you’re not going to get 144hz at 4k anyway in most AAA games even with dual titanP’s (will obviously change with future gpu’s), you should probably just run the monitor at 1080p in windows since it won’t look any worse than native 1080p, and then manually change the res to 4k for the games that u know you can handle (if you like to play in borderless like me).

    Also, remember that as the screensize increases, the pixel density will decrease, so while 34inch or larger is maybe better in windows scaling, in games on 27 inch it will look incredible.

    I don’t actually know if HDR requires more gpu power… google gives no results so I am assuming it doesn’t.

    I am going to buy this monitor anyway as I’ve been waiting for these exact specs. This is about as future proof as you can get with a monitor these days. And considering its price I will likely not be buying a new monitor for the next 10 years…..

  • BL

    Meh call me when they make it 32 inches or bigger. 27 inches doesn’t cut it after years of using 30 inch and now 40 inch 4k monitors.

  • jt3z

    Same here but for the new Xbox. I want one thats 4k/HDR/at least 27Inch+/Freesync. Now there is nothing out atm thats has those and with HDR satrting to become a thing in gaming monitors we’ll have to wait til 2018 for these.

  • HDR depends from Monitor Software and Hardware, but right now we are on HDR10+ not HDR 10, so better wait more time to buy those 4k until appear a better OS for 4k monitors and better graphic cards.

  • shadowhedgehogz

    “you should probably just run the monitor at 1080p in windows since it won’t look any worse than native 1080p”

    Wrong, don’t understand everyone who says this stuff.. Anything other than native resolution is going to look worse.

    If you have a 1080p TV and play a 1080p Bluray film it’s going to look its best, but if you play that on a 4k TV it’s going to look worse if you compare them side by side.. Scaling/interpolation isn’t perfect usually.

    Though i have heard a few people say that their 1080p Blurays look good on their 4k TV so i dunno.. guess it’s a bit different comparing to PC monitors.

  • 40 Inch 4k monitor… That’s called a TV

  • tophat1234

    Lets see what Volta has to offer first. AMD already flopped with their Vega cards., They cant even beat the 1080ti and they barely beat the 1080. So we are depending on Volta to give us at least a 50% increase in power over the 1080ti. Which i seem to doubt it will

  • Christoph Leipold

    me 2

  • I Kyuun

    lol, how smaller a monitor how beter the screen quality. the pixels near together.

  • I Kyuun

    for hdr u should use displayport 1.4.

  • Claire AwesomeSauce

    It’s a double edged sword. The bigger screens give a more immersive experience, but they also reduce the PSI. 27 – 32 inches would be a sweet spot, imo.

  • Sam

    Just make a Freesync version of this please 😀