The ASUS PG279Q is a great 144Hz gaming monitor with a 1440p IPS panel. The picture quality is decent with a great brightness, good for overcoming glare in a bright room. The monitor has a low native contrast ratio so blacks appear gray in a dark room, but good viewing angles so the image remains accurate when viewed from up-close. Motion handling is excellent due to the very fast response time and high refresh rate, and the monitor feels very responsive due to the low input lag.
The design of the ASUS PG279Q is very good. It has a nice stand with great ergonomics and the entire build feels solid and sturdy. It is made out of plastic, but this should not be an issue. Borders are thin and the back is clean with good cable management. It is thicker than most monitors, but the nice ergonomics are worth it.
The back of the monitor is plastic and plain. It has two vents designed to dissipate heat that traverse from top to bottom. Cable management is provided through the stand as seen here.
The built quality of this monitor is good. It is mostly plastic but feels very solid.
This is one the monitors that we have been using in the office for quite some time and because of the regular cleaning, the A on the ASUS logo on the front of the monitor has gone missing as you can see here. As expected this did not affect the performance of the monitor.
The picture quality of this ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q monitor is decent. It has an okay contrast ratio, better than most IPS monitors, and good brightness levels to overcome glare. It is a good choice for both darker or brighter rooms. It is a good monitor to work together with a colleague as it does not lose picture quality when viewed from the side and has very accurate colors. Gray uniformity should not be an issue, so you can browse the web without noticing any dirty screen effect.
Decent contrast ratio and among the best for IPS panels we have tested so far. However, the blacks are not very deep and look slightly grayish when watched in darker rooms. In brighter environments, however, this should not be an issue.
The Asus Swift PG279Q does not have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.
Very good SDR brightness performance for the Asus PG279Q. The monitor can get bright enough to overcome glare and thus it is suitable for brighter rooms. Also, the brightness level remains relatively constant at the different window sizes and this is great.
Compared to its rival, the Acer Predator XB271HU, the ASUS ROG is about 100 cd/m² brighter on the SDR real scene.
HDR is not supported.
As most monitors with IPS panels, the ASUS Swift PG279Q has decent horizontal viewing angles. This means that you can view the monitor from the side and the image will remain accurate as long as you stay in small angles.
Very good vertical viewing angles of the ASUS PG279Q. You can look at the monitor from small angles from below or above without noticing image deterioration. This is also good if you sit close to the monitor as the edges will not lose accuracy.
Excellent gray uniformity on the ASUS PG279Q. Especially in the darker scenes, the uniformity is remarkable and it is unlikely that you will notice any clouding or dirty screen effect while browsing.
The black uniformity of the ASUS PG279Q is disappointing. There is some clouding all over the screen although it is not very noticeable unless you are in a dark room watching a dark panning shot.
Excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy for the ASUS ROG PG279Q. We obtained the best results when we chose the Racing Mode. The white balance dE and the color dE were below the threshold of 3 where we expect people to start notice inaccuracies. Gamma followed the curve decently and the color temperature was very close to the target as well.
Almost perfect score in color accuracy after our calibration for this ASUS ROG Monitor. Even the small inaccuracies that were observed before calibration were improved.
Note for those who wish to calibrate the monitor: During calibration, there was an offset of 50 between the contrast setting value on CalMAN and the value on the monitor's OSD (CalMAN indicated 100 when it was 50 on the OSD), but that did not affect the calibration.
You can download our ICC profile calibration here.
s.RGB Picture Mode: Racing Mode (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom
The ASUS ROG monitor has a remarkable color gamut. The coverage of the s.RGB color space is outstanding. Also, the wider Adobe RGB color space is covered well although those who work in photo editing applications would probably prefer even better coverage.
s.RGB Picture Mode: Custom
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: Custom
Excellent color volume for the ASUS ROG PG279Q. The monitor can display a great number of colors in various levels of luminance and only lacks the very dark shades due to its not so great contrast ratio.
HDR is not supported.
HDR is not supported.
There is no temporary image retention present on the IPS panel even after our 10-minute high contrast torture test, which is excellent.
The ASUS PG279Q does a very good job at displaying the gradient test image. Almost no banding is visible except some slight banding that can be seen in darker shades.
Excellent performance on color bleed. The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q produces an insignificant amount of color bleed, but it is unlikely that most will notice its presence when displaying large vertically oriented elements of uniform color or fine grid pattern.
The reflection handling of this ASUS ROG monitor are good. The monitor diffuses reflections across the screen, which helps to reduce their intensity. It should be fine for most rooms, but reflections may be distracting in a very bright room. The reflections are still better than the Acer Predator XB271HU.
Update 08/06/2018: An error was made when processing the reflections photo, which has now been fixed. The score has also been updated.
The ASUS PG279Q has excellent motion handling. It has a remarkably low response time, thus you can only notice a very slight trail following the image. If you wish, you can introduce flicker to the image to clear the blur by enabling NVIDIA's ULMB feature. With a native refresh rate of 144Hz, it can handle any fast action, and G-Sync will ensure a smooth image with no tearing.
The response time of the PG279Q is outstanding. This will result in a very small trail of blur following moving objects, which is great for fast-paced video games. The Normal overdrive setting is the most balanced and provides the best response time without introducing overshoot. The Extreme option has a faster 80% transition time, but it adds some terrible overshoot, so we recommend the Normal setting.
Like the majority of monitors, the Asus PG279Q has a flicker-free backlight, which is great. However, it can add optional flicker that matches the input rate using NVIDIA's ULMB feature. This makes motion look clearer, but also reduces the perceived brightness of the screen since the backlight is turned off during the majority of its duty cycle. The monitor also has a Pulse Width option to change the pulse width of the flicker, which makes motion even clearer but greatly reduces the brightness of the screen. ULMB is only available on DisplayPort as HDMI can only send images at up to 60 Hz, which is lower than the minimum required frequency for BFI.
The ASUS PG279Q has an excellent refresh rate of 144hz to please most gamers. At the same time, it supports G-Sync NVIDIA's implementation of the VRR technology, but only when connected through DisplayPort. This is good news for those who have compatible NVIDIA graphics cards on their PC, but G-Sync is not supported on XBOX ONE.
The monitor has a large 27" 1440p panel, which is great for almost every usage. It also has excellent low input lag, to please even the most demanding gamers.
Lowest input lag possible at the center of the screen, when the monitor is displaying an alternative resolution at its native refresh rate. The non-native resolution tested depends on the native resolution of the monitor, following this pattern unless otherwise specified in the Input Lag text:
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Excellent low input lag for this monitor and this is great news for gamers.
Notes: The BFI frequency at which the input lag was tested is 120 Hz.
Non-native resolutions are not properly displayed on this monitor (They are identified as 1440p in the OSD) but this should not be a problem as most graphics cards do the upscaling anyway.
The ASUS ROG PG279Q has some optional gaming features and an on-screen display that is easy to navigate. It has integrated speakers, but like the majority of monitors, it does not support HDR.
The Asus PG279Q has the same gaming features found on the other ASUS ROG monitors like the VG245H. The GamePlus menu, which can be quickly accessed by pressing the second highest button, offers three features:
To disable the OSD features, press the X button on the monitor to access the menu, then press it a second time to disable these OSD features.
The monitor also comes equipped with two internal speakers.
We tested the 27" (PG279Q) which is the only size of this monitor available. There are other variants within the Asus gaming range which differ in design, size, and refresh rate.
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Note: The ASUS ROG PG279Q we purchased was manufactured in March 2017.
The ASUS PG279Q is great for gaming due to the G-Sync variable refresh rate support.
The ASUS ROG PG279Q is better than the Acer Predator XB271HU. The ASUS has slightly better motion blur which is great for gaming and comes with marginally better out-of-the-box color accuracy that is great for office use. Also if you plan to use it for media creation the better black uniformity of the ASUS makes it a better choice.
The ASUS ROG PG279Q is a significantly better monitor than the Dell S2716DG regardless of the usage. The IPS panel of the ASUS has better viewing angles, so when viewed from up close the image remains more accurate. The uniformity is also marginally better on the ASUS and this is good for a variety of usages.
If you want a monitor for office use, then the ASUS ROG PG279Q is a better choice due to its wider viewing angles. On the other hand, if you are playing a lot of HDR games, the Samsung CHG70 should be your choice as it supports HDR and will offer a decent HDR gaming experience. If plain gaming is your thing, then both monitors are excellent. They also perform very similarly in other usages without one being significantly better than the other.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is a bit better than the Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q. The PG279Q has much better motion handling. The high refresh rate delivers a nearly perfect response time with almost no motion blur, as well as being flicker free. The ROG PG279Q also has an optional black frame insertion feature that can help clear up motion, and supports NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. The Dell U2718Q has a higher resolution 4k screen, and supports HDR, even though HDR doesn't add much due to the U2718's limited color volume and low peak brightness.
The ASUS ROG PG279Q is a much better monitor than the Samsung CF791. If you play a lot of games, the ASUS has significantly better input lag, slightly better motion blur and supports G-Sync to smooth out tearing. Also, the ASUS has better viewing angles, which is great if you wish to use it at the office.
The Acer Predator X27 and ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q offer very similar performance overall. The Acer X27 has a higher native resolution, at 4k, that allows you to see more details or multitask easier. The X27 supports HDR and has a wider color gamut. The ROG Swift PG279Q has better motion handling, including an optional black frame insertion feature, and has less input lag for gaming.