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

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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