The ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN is an excellent gaming monitor with exceptional motion handling. It has an outstanding response time, a Black Frame Insertion feature, and a 360Hz refresh rate, resulting in clear and smooth motion in fast-moving scenes. It has G-SYNC support and FreeSync compatibility to deliver a nearly tear-free gaming experience. It has good ergonomics and wide viewing angles, making it a great option for co-op gaming and sharing content. Unfortunately, while it gets bright enough to fight glare easily, it isn't enough to deliver a satisfying HDR experience. Also, the screen size might be too small for some, and its IPS panel's low contrast ratio makes it less ideal for gaming in the dark.
The ASUS ROG PG259QN is a great monitor overall. Although it's primarily designed for gaming, it's suitable for a wide range of uses. It has good ergonomics, wide viewing angles, and overcomes glare easily, making it ideal for work and media consumption. It's excellent for gaming due to its exceptional motion handling, low input lag, and VRR support. Sadly, it can't deliver a good HDR experience, as it lacks local dimming, a wide color gamut, and doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out.
The ASUS PG259QN is good for office use. You can easily adjust the screen to your optimal viewing position thanks to its good ergonomics, and its IPS panel has wide viewing angles, making it ideal for sharing your work with coworkers. The screen might be too small for some, especially for multitasking, and the pixel density is a bit low, so text doesn't look as sharp.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN is excellent for gaming. It has a remarkably low input lag, outstanding response time, and a 360Hz refresh rate, resulting in an incredibly smooth and responsive experience. It has native G-SYNC support and FreeSync compatibility to reduce screen tearing. It isn't well-suited for gaming in the dark, though, as its IPS panel has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look grayish.
The ASUS PG259QN is good for media consumption. It has wide viewing angles and good ergonomics, so you can easily share your screen with others. It provides good visibility in bright environments because it handles reflections well and gets bright enough to fight glare, but it has a low contrast ratio that makes it less ideal for dark rooms. Also, some may find the screen too small.
The ASUS PG259QN is good for media creation. It has near-full coverage of the sRGB color space, superb gradient handling, and its out-of-the-box accuracy is exceptional, so you might not need to calibrate it to get accurate color reproduction. However, the resolution and screen size may be disappointing for some, and its low contrast ratio makes blacks look grayish.
The ASUS PG259QN is decent for gaming in HDR. It delivers an incredibly smooth and responsive gaming experience due to its exceptional motion handling and low input lag. However, it can't display a wide color gamut, lacks local dimming, and doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR content.
The ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN's design is very similar to the ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q, but the stand's feet now sit flat on the table. It has thin borders on three sides and a thicker bottom bezel. The back has an etched design and a Republic of Gamers (ROG) logo that lights up.
The stand takes up a fair amount of desk space, but it supports the monitor well and doesn't wobble much.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN has good ergonomics, making it easy to adjust the screen to your ideal viewing position or share content on your screen. If ergonomics are important to you, the MSI Oculux NXG253R is a nearly identical monitor with slightly better ergonomics.
The back of the monitor has a fairly heavy gamer design. The ROG logo lights up, and you can control it through the on-screen menu or the Aura Sync software. There's a cutout at the bottom of the stand that allows cables to pass through for cable management. It can be VESA-mounted, but there's no quick-release feature to remove the stand.
The borders are thin and aren't distracting, great for multi-monitor setups.
Both the screen and stand are quite thick, so it requires a fairly deep desk to put it on.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN's build quality is great. The display is made of plastic, but it feels sturdy, and there are no loose parts. The stand has a solid metal base and supports the monitor well. All the hinges feel well-made, and it feels stable when rotating the screen. It doesn't have the most premium materials, but you shouldn't have any issues with it.
As is expected of most IPS panels, the ASUS PG259QN has a mediocre contrast ratio, resulting in blacks that look grayish when viewed in a dark environment. It's slightly higher than the advertised 1000:1 contrast; however, this can vary between units.
Update 02/22/2021: Some users have asked whether the Variable Backlight feature is a local dimming feature. It is not. We verified it using the test on the Lagom website. It seems to act more like a dynamic contrast feature, because the 253 white pattern is visible when it's off, but not when it's on, which means that it's affecting the contrast.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.
Great SDR peak brightness. It's very consistent across different content, and it's more than enough to overcome glare in bright environments.
We measured the SDR peak brightness after calibration in the 'Racing' Picture Mode, with Brightness set to max.
The ASUS PG259QN's HDR peak brightness is okay. It's again very consistent when displaying different scenes, but it isn't enough to make highlights stand out in HDR content.
We measured the HDR peak brightness in the 'HDR' Picture Mode. The screen's brightness isn't adjustable in this picture mode.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN has good horizontal viewing angles. Images remain accurate when viewed from the side, great for sharing content on the screen or playing co-op games.
The vertical viewing angles are decent. This only affects image accuracy if you have the screen mounted far above or below eye level.
Gray uniformity is excellent; however, this can vary between units. The sides and top corners are noticeably darker, but dirty screen effect is minimal, and uniformity is much better in dark scenes.
Black uniformity is decent on our ASUS PG259QN; however, this can vary between units. There's backlight glow along the top and bottom edges, making some parts of the screen look more grayish.
Before calibration, the ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN has exceptional accuracy; however, this can vary between units. White balance is nearly perfect, and the minor color inaccuracies aren't noticeable without the aid of a colorimeter. Gamma follows the sRGB curve relatively well, but both dark and bright scenes are slightly over-brightened. The color temperature is just slightly warmer than our 6500K. There's a dedicated 'sRGB' Picture Mode, and its accuracy is also exceptional, but not quite as good as the 'Racing' Picture Mode.
After calibration, accuracy is only slightly better since it was already exceptional out-of-the-box. White balance is closer to our 6500K target. Gamma is a little better, but dark scenes are still slightly too bright and bright scenes are too dark.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit due to manufacturing tolerances, even for the same model.
The ASUS PG259QN has an excellent SDR color gamut. It has near full coverage of the widely-used sRGB color space, but it only has decent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used for photo editing.
Excellent color volume. It only has trouble displaying dark and saturated colors due to its low contrast ratio.
Unfortunately, although the ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN supports HDR, it can't display a wide color gamut. Its DCI P3 coverage is only decent, and it has poor coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space. If you'd like a gaming monitor with a wide HDR color gamut, check out the Dell Alienware AW2721D.
Due to the way we measure the DCI P3 coverage, our measurement is likely lower than most other reviewers. We measure it by sending a Rec. 2020 signal, but unlike most reviewers, we limit the colors to the DCI P3 primaries. This results in a lower but arguably more accurate measurement.
The HDR color volume is mediocre, mainly due to its limited color gamut. It has difficulty displaying very bright colors, as well as dark and saturated colors.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN doesn't exhibit any signs of image retention; however, this can vary between individual units.
The ASUS PG259QN has exceptional gradient handling. The small amount of banding in the reds shouldn't be visible in most content.
There's a bit of vertical color bleed, but it shouldn't be noticeable in regular content.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN has great reflection handling. The matte anti-reflective does a good job of reducing the intensity of reflected lights. Combined with the monitor's high peak brightness, you shouldn't have any visibility issues in bright settings.
Text clarity is decent. Enabling Windows ClearType (top photo) makes letters look more even and improves diagonal lines, such as on the R and N.
|Overdrive Setting||Response Time Chart||Response Time Tables||Motion Blur Photo|
The ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN has outstanding response time at its maximum refresh rate, resulting in clear images in fast-moving scenes. The recommended overdrive setting is 'Normal', as it provides the best performance without adding an overwhelming amount of overshoot like the 'Extreme' option. The 'Off' option has virtually no overshoot, but it's slower. If you want a 360Hz monitor with less overshoot, then check out the Dell Alienware AW2521H.
|Overdrive Setting||Response Time Chart||Response Time Tables||Motion Blur Photo|
The ASUS ROG PG259QN's response time at 60Hz is excellent, although noticeably blurrier than at its max refresh rate. The best overdrive setting is also 'Normal' because the 'Extreme' option adds a lot more overshoot. If you want a similar 360Hz monitor with an even better response time at 60Hz, check out the Acer Predator X25 bmiiprzx.
The backlight is flicker-free at all brightness levels, which helps reduce eye strain.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to improve motion clarity. However, unlike other ASUS monitors, it's called Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) and is advertised as NVIDIA's implementation of this technology. It only works at fixed refresh rates, 144Hz or 240Hz. It can't be used simultaneously with VRR and enabling it disables the overdrive settings menu. Also, it causes slight image duplication due to strobe crosstalk.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN has a superb maximum refresh rate to deliver a smooth and responsive gaming experience. It has native G-SYNC support and is compatible with Adaptive Sync, so it works with AMD graphics cards, too. The 360Hz is only achievable over a DisplayPort connection, and it caps out at 300Hz with 10-bit HDR. Over HDMI, the maximum refresh rate is 240Hz and 120Hz with 10-bit HDR. G-SYNC works over HDMI and DisplayPort.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN's input lag is remarkably low, resulting in an incredibly responsive gaming experience. We measured the input lag with 10-bit HDR at 120Hz because we can only measure it over an HDMI connection, and the maximum refresh rate with 10-bit HDR over HDMI is 120Hz.
The ASUS ROG PG259QN has a decent resolution and size. The screen might be a bit too small for productivity, and the pixel density is also low, so text and images don't look as sharp. That said, the 1080p resolution makes it easier for the graphics card to reach higher frame rates.
The ASUS PG259QN has many additional features, including:
Unfortunately, unlike most of the other 360Hz G-SYNC monitors available now, like the MSI Oculux NXG253R, this monitor doesn't support NVIDIA's Reflex Latency Analyzer.
The controls are located on the right backside. There are four buttons and a joystick to turn the monitor On/Off and navigate the on-screen menu.
We tested the ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN, and there are no other variants. However, there are many monitors in the ROG Swift lineup with various configurations, some of which you can see in the table below.
Update 07/20/2021: ASUS has released an updated version, known as the ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QNR. The updated version appears to perform the same but supports NVIDIA's Reflex Latency Analyzer feature. It also includes a desk mount kit that can clamp to the edge of most flat work surfaces.
|Model||Size||Resolution||Panel||Max Refresh Rate||VRR|
|ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN||24.5"||1920 x 1080||IPS||360Hz||G-SYNC|
|ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QNR||24.5"||1920 x 1080||IPS||360Hz||G-SYNC + Reflex Latency Analyzer|
|ROG Swift PG279QZ||27"||2560 x 1440||IPS||165Hz||G-SYNC|
|ROG Swift PG329Q||32"||2560 x 1440||IPS||175Hz||G-SYNC|
|ROG Swift PG35VQ||35"||3440 x 1440||VA||200Hz||G-SYNC|
|ROG Swift PG43UQ||43"||3840 x 2160||VA||144Hz||Adaptive Sync|
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their ASUS PG259QN doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, such as the gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.
Our unit of the PG259QN was manufactured in September 2020; you can see the label here.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG259QN is an excellent gaming monitor with exceptional motion handling. However, it's expensive for a monitor of its size and resolution. Also, it's very difficult to make use of the full 360Hz refresh rate, even with top-end hardware. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best 24-25 inch monitors, the best gaming monitors, and the best G-SYNC monitors.
Overall, the ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN and the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM score similarly but are quite different. The PG259QN has a much higher refresh rate, significantly better out-of-the-box color accuracy, and better gradient handling. On the flip side, the VG259QM has much better ergonomics and better response time due to less overshoot.
The ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN is better than the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K for most uses. The ASUS has a higher 360Hz refresh rate compared to the BenQ's 240Hz, gets brighter to combat glare, and supports HDR. It also has wider viewing angles and better accuracy out of the box. Its response time is faster, but there's more overshoot. The ASUS is a native G-SYNC monitor, while the BenQ supports FreeSync natively with G-SYNC compatibility. The BenQ has better ergonomics due to its wider swivel range.
The Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T is marginally better than the ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN. The Samsung has a higher resolution, better contrast ratio, and although its response time isn't faster, there's less overshoot. However, the ASUS has a higher refresh rate, an IPS panel that provides wider viewing angles, and better ergonomics. The Samsung is a native FreeSync monitor, while the ASUS has native G-SYNC support.
The ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN is a bit better than the Dell Alienware AW2521HF. The ASUS has a higher refresh rate, better color accuracy out of the box, and better gradient handling. The Dell Alienware has wider viewing angles, and although its response time is slightly slower, there's significantly less overshoot.
The Acer Predator X25 bmiiprzx and the ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN are very similar monitors. Each has a 25 inch screen, 1080p resolution, and 360Hz refresh rate. They're both excellent gaming monitors, especially aimed at competitive gaming. That said, the Acer has slightly faster response times at 360Hz and even more so at 60Hz. So, if you want the fastest monitor, the Acer has a slight edge.
Overall, the ASUS VG279QM is a bit better than the ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN. The VG279QM has a bigger screen, wider viewing angles, and better ergonomics. It also has a better response time due to less overshoot and a Black Frame Insertion feature that works over a wider range. However, the PG259QN has a much higher refresh rate to deliver smoother gameplay, and its out-of-the-box color accuracy is significantly better. The PG259QN is a native G-SYNC monitor, while the VG279QM has native FreeSync support.
The ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN and the MSI Oculux NXG253R offer nearly identical performance, with a few minor differences between them. The ASUS we bought is much more accurate out of the box, but this can vary between units, and it has slightly better reflection handling. The MSI has a better response time, and it supports NVIDIA's Reflex Latency Analyzer, which isn't available on the ASUS.
The ASUS TUF Gaming VG258QM and the ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN use different panel types. While they both offer excellent gaming performance, the PG259QN is a bit better overall, though the VG258QM may represent a better value to some. The PG259QN uses an IPS panel, so it has wider viewing angles. It also has much better out-of-the-box color accuracy than the VG258QM, so you may not have to calibrate it. It has a higher refresh rate at 360Hz, but the 280Hz on the VG258QM is still very high and you likely won't notice a huge difference. While there's more overshoot, the PG259QN also has faster response times and it's significantly better for 60Hz gaming since the VG258QM has issues with response time and input lag at 60Hz.