ASUS Republic of Gamer’s Swift PG278Q was one of the main highlights from the company at Computex 2014. It was highly liked due to its impressive specifications. It’s a 27-inch gaming display with 2560×1440 resolution an 120/144 Hz refresh rate along with support for NVIDIA G-Sync and 3D Vision. The Swift PG278Q uses one of the rare TN panels which is capable of 8-bit color output. This feature is usually limited to IPS panels.
Response time of the Swift PG278Q is listed as 1ms GTG which is ideal for gaming. ASUS has rated it to display 16.7M colors and 160-170º viewing angles. For display input signal, it comes with a single DisplayPort 1.2 only. Additionally, there is a USB 3.0 pass-through hub. It weighs 7.0 kg (15.4 lbs) and according to ASUS, its bezels are only 6mm thick which makes it ideal for multi-display setups. It comes with height, pivot, swivel and tilt adjustments along with 100 x 100 mm VESA wall mounts.
Along with other stuff, the ROG Swift PG278Q comes with several gaming oriented features as well. The Turbo Key feature allows for quick selection of refresh rates between 60 Hz, 120 Hz or 144 Hz depending on user’s requirements. Then there is the GamePlus feature which provides a hotkey to enable a crosshair overlay to enhance the gaming experience. There is a small IBM style TrackPoint like nub on the side of the display which is used to navigate the on-screen display.
ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q
|Display||27-inch (68.5cm) widescreen with 16:9 aspect ratio|
|Resolution||2D mode: 2560 x 1440 (up to 144 Hz)
3D mode: 2560 x 1440 (up to 120 Hz)
2D/3D surround: 7680 x 1440 (2D up to 144 Hz / 3D up to 120 Hz)
|Pixel pitch||0.233mm / 109 PPI|
|Viewing angles||170-degree (H) / 160-degree (V)|
|Response time||1ms (GTG)|
|ASUS-exclusive technologies||ASUS GamePlus Technology (Crosshair / Timer)
ASUS Refresh Rate Turbo Key (60 Hz /120 Hz/ 144Hz Overclocking)
ASUS 5-way OSD Navigation Joystick
|NVIDIA technologies||NVIDIA G-SYNC™ Technology
NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Ready
NVIDIA® Ultra Low Motion Blur Technology
|Input/output||1 x DisplayPort 1.2
2 x USB 3.0 (Upstream x 1, Downstream x 2)
|Stand||Tilt: +20°~-5°, Swivel: ±60°, Pivot: 90° clockwise
Height adjustment: 0~120mm
VESA wall mount: 100 x 100mm
|Size||619.7 x 362.96 x 65.98mm|
Due to such impressive specifications, the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q does not come cheap. As mentioned above, it uses one of the best TN panels which is also very rare. It is now up for sale in Europe for around £700 (inc. VAT). It’ll hit US markets in September for around $700. A high-end 27-inch IPS display like Dell UltraSharp U2713HM can be bought for much lower than this but it would be missing features like G-Sync, 3D Vision and high refresh rates; however you do get 2560×1440 resolution. In case you are a pixel hog, there are several 4K displays like the 28-inch Samsung UD590 available in this price range.
If gaming is your top priority and you’ve a beefy rig running NVIDIA GPUs then the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q is definitely the ultimate option.