ASUS Gets Its FreeSync Freak On With MG278Q 27-Inch WQHD Monitor For Gamers

It seems like we went for years without any real kind of innovation in the monitor market. For the longest time, if you wanted a high-end display, you shopped IPS panels topping out at 30 inches with a 2560x1600 resolution. And these days? You have monitors like the new ASUS MG278Q, a 27-inch WQHD display with a 144Hz refresh rate AMD's fancy FreeSync technology.

This isn't a monitor that's aimed at graphics professionals. Instead, ASUS is targeting gamers with a TN panel that sports a low 1ms response time (gray to gray). Other features include a 2560x1440 resolution via DisplayPort and HDMI (or 1920x1080 at up to 120Hz via HDMI-2), 100,000,000:1 dynamic contrast rato, 350cd/m2 brightness, and viewing angles of 170 degrees horizontal and 160 degrees vertical. There's also a built-in USB 3.0 hub (two down, one up) and a pair of 2W speakers.


All that said, it's AMD's FreeSync technology in a 28-inch package that's the real selling point here.

"Thanks to its 144Hz refresh rate and 1-ms gray-to-gray response time, the MG278Q eliminates smearing, ghosting, and motion blur. AMD FreeSync technology synchronizes the refresh rate with the graphics card’s frame output, ensuring fluid animation without unsightly tearing. These attributes make the MG278Q ideal for fast-paced racing games and first-person shooters," ASUS says.

ASUS MG278Q Triple Monitor

AMD FreeSync is similar to NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. They're not exactly the same, though both purport to eliminate distracting screen tears and other unwanted artifacts during game play.

On the ergonomic side, the MG278Q sports a stand with full tilt (+20 to -5 degrees), swivel, pivot, and height adjustment. It's also wall-mountable.

The MG278Q will be available in North America early next month.