ASUS is about to start selling its new ROG Swift PG27VQ, the company's latest 165Hz monitor. Aimed at gamers who are looking for a very high responsiveness in games along with ultimate style, the monitor features a curved panel and 1 ms response time. To make design of the ROG Swift PG27VQ unique, ASUS added its RGB Aura Sync lighting to the back of the display.

RGB LED lighting has (inexplicably) become a signature feature of gaming hardware in 2017. As we've already seen, there are motherboards, graphics cards, memory modules, chassis, PSUs, keyboards, mice, even SSDs with RGB LEDs, on the market these days. Earlier this year ASUS decided to complete the list of RGB lighting-enabled devices with its curved ROG monitors. So far, the company formally introduced three of such displays, but only the relatively inexpensive ROG Strix XG27VQ has been released commercially so far. ASUS is going to change this in the coming weeks as it is getting ready to start sales of the considerably more expensive ROG Swift PG27VQ.

The ASUS PG27VQ uses a 27” TN panel with a 2560×1440 resolution, an “overclockable” 165 Hz refresh rate, a 1 ms response time as well as a 1800R curvature. Responsiveness is a major selling point of the monitor, which is a reason why the manufacturer went with a TN panel featuring 400 nits brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio and 170°/160° viewing angles, nothing unexpected from TN here. As for ergonomics, the ROG Swift PG27VQ can adjust height, tilt, swivel or can be attached to a VESA wall mounting. Those interested in a multi-display configuration will be glad to know that the display has thin bezels. As for connectivity, the monitor comes with an HDMI 1.4, a DisplayPort 1.2, a dual-port USB 3.0 hub and an earphone jack.

Just like any other ‘Republic of Gamers’ monitor from ASUS, the ROG Swift PG27VQ features a host of features aimed just at gamers. Firstly, it supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync dynamic refresh rate technology with ULMB, which is designed to make fast-paced actions look sharper. The combination of a 165 Hz maximum refresh rate, 1 ms response time as well as G-Sync with ULMB should deliver rather impressive experience. Secondly, the monitor comes with the ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting on the back to customize the look of the display or even synchronize its lighting with other components featuring the technology. In addition, the LCD has ROG’s LED lighting projection signature on the bottom, which owners can customize as well. Thirdly, the monitor supports the ASUS GamePlus modes, which are present on other gaming monitors by the company, and ASUS GameVisual color profiles for different type of content. Finally, the monitor is compatible with NVIDIA’s 3D Vision technology for those who still have the shutter 3D glasses kit (or plan to get one now).

ASUS 'Most Responsive' 27" Curved Gaming Monitor
  ROG Swift PG27VQ
Panel 27" TN
Native Resolution 2560 × 1440
Refresh Rate Range 165 Hz overclockable
Dynamic Refresh Rate G-Sync with ULMB
G-Sync Range unknown
Response Time 1 ms (gray-to-gray)
Brightness 400 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 170°/160°
Curvature 1800R
Inputs HDMI 1.4
DisplayPort 1.2
Audio 3.5 mm audio jack
USB Hub Dual-port USB 3.0 hub
RGB Effects ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting
Proprietary Enhancements Trace Free Technology
Color Temperature Selection: 4 Modes
GamePlus Modes:  Crosshair/Timer/Display Alignment
Low Blue Light: Yes
GameVisual Modes: Scenery/Racing/Cinema/RTS/RPG/FPS/sRGB
Power Consumption
Idle 0.5 W
Active 67.5 W
Detailed Information Link

The ASUS ROG Swift PG27VQ is expected to be available from leading retailers like Amazon and Newegg in several weeks. Being a unique offering, the new unit will cost $799.99, a price tag well above average for a 27” monitor.

Source: ASUS



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  • HollyDOL - Sunday, November 19, 2017 - link

    RGB? Gods are punishing us... Reply
  • Lolimaster - Sunday, November 19, 2017 - link

    There we go again with the idiotic curved.

    Is is that difficult to simply launch a 28-32" 1440p 144Hz VA monitor?
  • Beaver M. - Sunday, November 19, 2017 - link

    Curved helps a lot with color issues at the sides on TN panels and IPS glow on IPS panels. its just that they simply cant do good panels like that yet. Backlight bleeding on curved displays is far worse than on the already bad normal ones. Reply
  • Beaver M. - Sunday, November 19, 2017 - link

    This market really is a joke. And it probably uses the old AUO panel all the other 2k TN fail monitors use as well.
    Even the Dell one for $600 is a joke and causes eye cancer, and $600 is bad enough. But other TN ones for $800? LOL!
    I wouldnt pay that much for an IPS panel! Yet all you get in the same form, just with an IPS panel, is complete and utter garbage, too. Customers call it the panel lottery, because they need to order and send back dozens of monitors until they get one that doesnt have dead pixels or massive back light bleeding.

    I just tried to buy one of those monitors as well. And sent a few back in anger. Why on earth anyone would pay that much money for such flawed products is beyond me.
    I now have to wait for the next generation of panels, which are slated for mid 2018. And even those have no guarantee that they are better than the current generation (except for more Hz and bit).
    I have a 2012 Dell U2312HM. Its perfect in its own way. No backlight bleeding, IPS glow is minimal, still no dead pixels. Its just a bit too slow and too small nowadays. I just want a 27" 2K version of it which has an average IPS delay nowadays and maybe G-Sync. Why is that so impossible 5 years later???
  • godrilla - Sunday, November 19, 2017 - link

    While consoles are promoting HDR content at 4k PC gaming is stuck at sdr. Even Nvidia doesn't want you to use a gsync monitor well at least when they are promoting HDR PC gaming in current status! Currently you have to choose from ancient non adaptive sync monitor technology but with Hdr displays and or adaptive sync technology and sdr.

    FYI if you haven't figured this product yet it's targeting the RGB lighting niche target audience. You can sell last year's tech at a premium as long as you add RGB.
  • Xinn3r - Sunday, November 19, 2017 - link

    why doesn't nvidia want you to use gsync? Reply
  • masouth - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - link

    "...stuck at sdr."

    SDR? Standard def is 640x480

    Most PC gaming is being pushed at 1080p which is FHDR

    and nVidia doesn't want you to use G-Sync? How do you figure? If that were true they would have ditched it and jumped on the Freesync bandwagon long ago. Instead they collect practically free money for every G-sync monitor chip sold. G-Sync is the actually superior to Freesync performance wise but that chip cost is just obnoxious compared to free.
  • StrangerGuy - Monday, November 20, 2017 - link

    The PC monitor industry needs a reality check. There is no way a $800 TN isn't a complete ripoff when I was able to find a 55" 4K TV is $300 on last year black friday. They are just treating us as garbage and expecting us to a pay a premium for that. Reply
  • milkod2001 - Monday, November 20, 2017 - link

    vote with your wallet then and don't buy this crap. Reply
  • Opencg - Monday, November 20, 2017 - link

    Anyone ripping on this monitor. Its ok. You are too stupid to be the target for this monitor anyway. TNs have far better response time than IPS. And if you think the manufacturers ratings or toms hardware's measurements of response time are a good way to compare then you really dont understand how pixel response works at all. The one ms response quoted by manufactures is always the best case response out of a whole 2D spectrum of response times that vary according to starting and ending magnitude. Having a 4ms average response time vs a 5ms average response time actally represents a huge difference in motion blur at 165hz and in reality this monitor is probably 2 or 3ms faster than the best IPS gaming monitor. For competitive gamers there is really no comparing this to any IPS. And if the colors are as good as on the pg258q then they only really lag behind IPS for professional design work. This monitor is for the big boys who can afford it and are serious about competitive gaming. And with ASUS you often get the best overdrive functionality meaning this will outclass other monitors using the exact same pannel meaning that this will likely be the top dog in the 2k 27" class for at least 2 years. Reply

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