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Calibration and Controls

Like most monitors, ASUS provides a number of controls in the ROG SWIFT PG278Q's OSD so users can tune and optimize on-screen images to their liking. There are four color temperature options available, as well as typical brightness and contrast controls, as well as controls for the base's integrated lighting and features like ULMB (ultra low motion blur).

    ASUS incorporated physical buttons and a joystick into the ROG Swift PG278Q, which is our preferred solution. Many monitor makers have used touch-sensitive buttons that don't always register key-presses. They look good, but having to press a touch-sensitive button multiple times just to register some input can get annoying, really fast. The physical buttons and joystick on the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q make navigating the on-screen menus quick and easy.

    We should also mention that the Turbo key allows users to switch refresh rates on-the-fly, without actually entering into any control panels on menus. Navigating the OSD controls is pretty straightforward thanks to the mostly plain-English prompts, however. Should you want to tweak something on the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q, you'll most likely be able to fine the necessary setting quickly and easily.

    Menus and Options

    Sample Test Screens
    For part of our testing of the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q, we used the Lagom LCD monitor test pages found at The Lagom LCD monitor test pages provide tests for saturation, banding, sharpness, uniformity and more.

    Our testing showed that contrast on the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q was excellent. The display was also nice and sharp (thanks it its relatively high resolution and pixel density) and it offered very good black levels too. The white level performance of ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q was good as well. Banding was not an issue at all. And the monitor showed very slight, minimal signs of pixel walk when viewed up close. There was some ever-so-slight backlight bleed visible when viewing black screens in the dark, but it was not noticeable during real-world use.

    Overall, most users should be very pleased with the performance of the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q. As we mentioned earlier, this monitor may feature a TN panel, but it is probably the best TN panel we have had experience with.

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