ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q G-SYNC Gaming Monitor: IPS At 165Hz

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ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q Final Thoughts

Just in case it wasn't obvious up to this point, we really dig the ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q. Perusing the specifications alone should make most gamers swoon—an IPS panel with an anti-glare matte finish, 165Hz max refresh rate, DP and HDMI inputs, a 2560x1440 resolution, user-controllable lighting, a highly adjustable stand, good looks, thin bezel. Needless to say, this monitor hits a ton of high notes. What’s better is that all of these elements come together in a truly excellent monitor.

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The ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q is a clear and definitive upgrade over last year’s model, the ROG SWIFT PG278Q. Though the new PG279Q’s GtG response time isn’t quite as fast, it’s still fast enough and the higher-quality IPS panel more than makes up for the trade-off. As we’ve said in a couple of other recent reviews, the 2560x1440 resolution on this monitor also hits that sweep spot where you still get plenty of pixel real estate to work with, without having to deal with some of the annoying issues associated with HiDPI 4K displays and many legacy Windows applications. This monitor’s resolution is also “low” enough that you don’t need an exorbitant amount of GPU horsepower to enjoy smooth framerates, but it’s high enough that even if you do, cranking up the quality will result in some excellent visuals. Couple all of that with good looks, excellent controls, and support for NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology, and you’ve got a clear winner in our opinion.

The ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q’s only caveat is its price. ASUS is asking $799 for this display, and while that is a relatively high price for a 27” gaming monitor, it is not out of line with other high-end monitors equipped with IPS panels that have a similar resolution. And those other displays don’t offer refresh rates as high, nor do they support G-SYNC. As is always the case with high-end gaming gear, you’ve got to the pay to play.

We’ve only spent a few days with the ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q, but to this point, it’s been a pleasure to use. This may be the best gaming monitor available (or almost available) if you’ve got the budget and dig its aesthetics, and as such, we’re giving it an Editor’s Choice Award. We haven’t found the ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q for sale anywhere just yet, but it should be hitting store shelves soon. If a display of this caliber is on your radar, definitely check this one out.

  • High Refresh Rates
  • Great Looks
  • IPS Panel
  • G-SYNC Support
  • Multiple Inputs
  • Physical Buttons For OSD
  • Thin Bezel
  • Price Premium
  • 165Hz G-SYNC Requires GTX 960 Or Better

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