ASUS ROG PG278Q Swift G-Sync Monitor Review
Reviewing monitors is, as we've said before, difficult. After all you're looking at this on whatever you currently own, so even if we had a perfect fidelity reproduction it will never look as it should because of the limitations in your display. The best 4K Television advert on earth wont look any better on a black and white portable television.
So largely you have to rely upon what we say, and we say that you should stop whatever you are doing and go and seek out an ASUS ROG PG278Q Swift monitor to see for yourself the difference that it makes.
Having all those extra frames makes a considerable different to the smoothness of your gaming experience. Let's see if we can make a comparison. You know how when you first went to Youtube it all looked fine because online video was always blocky and terrible? Then later on with a fast connection and HD videos on Youtube you got so used those that when you find an old video recorded on a potato it's so bad it's unwatchable? Now it's maybe not quite as extreme but the difference between a regular monitor and the G-Sync equipped PG278Q is very similar to that difference. You just didn't realise what you were missing, and when you go back afterwards what was once acceptable has suddenly become a, relatively, jerky mess. It's spectacular.
Colour is fantastic too. This might be a TN panel in the specifications, but if it is it's one of the best we've ever seen. Incredible colour reproduction and even the blackness, or what is usually greyness, is outstanding for a panel of this type. That thin bezel only emphasises how much screen there is here. It is barely noticeable at all. We love the stand too, and the benefits of a fully adjustable stand cannot be overstated given how much of our lives is now spent in front of a screen. Especially gamers hardcore enough to need, and be able to do justice to, a screen of this capability and price.
There are, of course, some caveats. That G-Sync module has to be built into the monitor and that doesn't come cheap, which is a large part of the reason why the PG278Q is a fair chunk more expensive than a normal 1440P monitor. You also need the graphical heft to make the most of it. Frame rates above 60FPS are where the PG278Q really shines and as all video is below that then it's gaming where you're going to get the benefit. Gaming at 1440P and going above 60FPS takes some serious graphical horsepower, so those with a value GPU need not apply. Although if you've got £700 spare and plan on buying a monitor we'd expect you to be in the GTX780/R9 290X bracket at least.
It's at times like this that we wish we could take OC3D on tour and show you all how this ROG PG278Q Swift really breathes new life into a monster gaming rig. ASUS were wise to apply the ROG logo to this particular model, which has everything you could require from a big single display. It's fantastic and worthy of our OC3D Performance Award.