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ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Updated Apr 09, 2020 at 12:44 pm
ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q Picture
7.8
Mixed Usage
8.0
Office
8.6
Gaming
7.5
Multimedia
7.6
Media Creation
5.9
HDR Gaming
This monitor was replaced by the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ
Size 27"
Resolution 2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
G-SYNC

The ASUS PG279Q is a great gaming monitor with a 1440p IPS panel. The picture quality is decent with great brightness and good reflection handling, so it looks great even in a dark room. Like most IPS monitors, it 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. It has an outstanding response time at the max refresh rate, the backlight is completely flicker-free, and it has outstanding low input lag.

Our Verdict

7.8 Mixed Usage

The ASUS PG279Q is a very good monitor for most uses. It's an outstanding gaming monitor with clear motion and low input lag. The high-resolution screen, wide viewing angles, and great ergonomics also make it a great office monitor. It doesn't support HDR or wide color gamuts, but it's still a good monitor for media creation or watching videos, but like most IPS monitors, it doesn't look as good in a dark room.

Pros
  • Excellent motion handling.
  • Low input lag.
  • Remains accurate when viewed from up close.
Cons
  • Blacks appear gray in a dark room.
8.0 Office

The ASUS Swift PG279Q is a great monitor for office use. The great ergonomics allow you to easily position it in any way you like. This 27 inch monitor has a QHD resolution which displays enough detail for most office applications. At the same time, anyone who sits next to you will enjoy the same picture quality even while looking from the side, so you can demonstrate your work nicely.

8.6 Gaming

The ASUS PG279Q is an excellent gaming monitor. It has an outstanding response time at the max refresh rate, as well as outstanding low input lag. It supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology for a nearly tear-free gaming experience, and it has an optional black frame insertion feature.

7.5 Multimedia

The ASUS PG279 is a good monitor for multimedia usage. It has a relatively large screen size and good resolution so you can enjoy your multimedia content without sacrificing detail. At the same time, it's very easy to position it to your liking. Finally, the low input lag, the good viewing angles, and the excellent gray uniformity will make sure that even those watching from the side will see a nice image without shades or dirty screen effect that feels very responsive.

7.6 Media Creation

You will enjoy using this monitor for media creation. It has a relatively large size and its resolution is great for working on photos or videos. It's very responsive due to its low input lag, it has good viewing angles, and has excellent gray uniformity.

5.9 HDR Gaming
  • 7.8 Mixed Usage
  • 8.0 Office
  • 8.6 Gaming
  • 7.5 Multimedia
  • 7.6 Media Creation
  • 5.9 HDR Gaming
  1. Update 2/17/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.1.

Test Results

Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
8.2 lbs (3.7 kg)
Weight (with stand)
15.7 lbs (7.1 kg)

The ASUS PG279Q has a simple design that fits well in any decor. The stand is simple, but supports the display well and has great ergonomics.

Design
Stand
Width
12.3" (31.2 cm)
Depth
9.4" (23.9 cm)

The ASUS PG279Q's stand is plain and supports the monitor well, although it'll wobble slightly if knocked. The base of the monitor can also light up with red LEDs, as seen here.

8.1
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
4.7" (11.9 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape Yes, Clockwise
Swivel Range -60° to 60°
Tilt Range -20° to 5°

This monitor has great ergonomics, making it easy to place in an ideal viewing position. Unfortunately, although it can rotate to portrait orientation, it can only do so on one side, which might be an issue for some setups.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor is plain, with a simple design and no RGB bias lighting. There's a space within the stand that can be used for cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.4" (1.0 cm)

The borders are thin on three sides, but there's a gap between the bezels and the actual screen.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
8.1" (20.6 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.7" (6.9 cm)

This monitor is a bit thicker than most similar models we've tested, so it takes up a bit more space when not VESA mounted.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality of this monitor is good. It's mostly plastic but feels very solid. After a few years of use in the office, the A on the ASUS logo on the front of the monitor has gone missing, as you can see here.

Picture Quality
6.5
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1334 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

Decent contrast ratio, but blacks appear gray in a dark room. Although it's a bit better than most IPS or TN monitors, it's still not as good as monitors with VA panels, like the AOC CQ27G1.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. The above video is provided for reference only.

8.1
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
385 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
389 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
394 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
394 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
391 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
390 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
388 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
394 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
394 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
390 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
390 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.001

Great peak brightness in SDR. This monitor should have no issues overcoming glare in a bright room. This monitor is quite a bit brighter than its replacement, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

This monitor doesn't support HDR. If you want a similar monitor that does, then check out the ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q.

8.4
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
45 °
Color Washout From Right
47 °
Color Shift From Left
52 °
Color Shift From Right
56 °
Brightness Loss From Left
46 °
Brightness Loss From Right
48 °
Black Level Raise From Left
70 °
Black Level Raise From Right
70 °
Gamma Shift From Left
52 °
Gamma Shift From Right
60 °

Like most monitors with IPS panels, this monitor has great horizontal viewing angles. This is great if you often share your screen with someone else, or if you like to sit close to the monitor, as the image remains accurate at the sides.

7.1
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
32 °
Color Washout From Above
31 °
Color Shift From Below
41 °
Color Shift From Above
42 °
Brightness Loss From Below
36 °
Brightness Loss From Above
36 °
Black Level Raise From Below
70 °
Black Level Raise From Above
70 °
Gamma Shift From Below
34 °
Gamma Shift From Above
33 °

Decent 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 don't lose accuracy.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.615 %
50% DSE
0.123 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.301 %
5% DSE
0.049 %

Excellent gray uniformity. There's very little dirty screen effect, and although there are some darker spots along the edges, there's very little vignetting. In near-dark scenes, the uniformity is even better.

5.8
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.103 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

This monitor has disappointing black uniformity. There's noticeable clouding throughout the screen, and some backlight bleed from the corners.

9.0
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Luminance
285 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
60
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
(User) 100-100-100
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6472 K
White Balance dE
0.78
Color dE
1.96
Gamma
2.13

Excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy for the ASUS PG279Q. A few colors might have noticeable inaccuracies, but other than that, the only issue is that gamma doesn't quite track the sRGB target curve, so most scenes are a bit too bright.

9.7
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Luminance
99 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
9
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Controls
(User) 100-100-100
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6501 K
White Balance dE
0.38
Color dE
0.49
Gamma
2.18

After calibration, the ASUS PG279Q has nearly perfect accuracy. Any remaining inaccuracies aren't noticeable.

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 even for the same model, due to manufacturing tolerances.

8.7
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
97.5 %
Adobe RGB xy
76.7 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Racing
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Racing

The ASUS PG279 has an excellent color gamut. The coverage of the sRGB color space is outstanding.

8.9
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
95.7 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
82.6 %
sRGB Picture Mode
Racing
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Racing

Excellent color volume. Due to the low contrast ratio, it can't display dark shades very well.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00 %

There are no signs of temporary image retention on this monitor.

7.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

There's a bit more banding than most 8-bit monitors we've tested, but it's still very good overall.

9.5
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.000 %
Pixel Column Error
0.107 %

There's a small amount of vertical color bleed, but this shouldn't cause any issues.

7.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
5.1 %
Indirect Reflections
2.6 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.5 %

The reflection handling of the PG279Q monitor is 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.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

Text is clear and sharp, but it's recommended to enable ClearType for the best results.

Motion
9.3
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
4.1 ms
Total Response Time
8.2 ms
Overshoot Error
3.1 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
4.3 ms
Dark Total Response Time
9.0 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
2.2 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Off Chart Tables Photo
Normal Chart Tables Photo
Extreme Chart Tables Photo

The response time of the PG279Q is outstanding. This results in a very small blur trail 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 with just a bit of overshoot. The Extreme option is a bit faster, but it adds some terrible overshoot, so we don't recommend it.

8.2
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
Normal
Rise / Fall Time
6.6 ms
Total Response Time
13.6 ms
Overshoot Error
2.5 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
7.2 ms
Dark Total Response Time
16.7 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
5.5 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
Off Chart Tables Photo
Normal Chart Tables Photo
Extreme Chart Tables Photo

The 60Hz response time, which is especially important for console gamers, is great. There's a bit more overshoot with the 'Normal' setting than at the max refresh rate, but it's still decent. The recommended response time setting is the same as at the max refresh rate, so you don't have to worry about adjusting settings when switching inputs.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

Like the majority of monitors, the ASUS PG279Q has a flicker-free backlight, which is great.

7.7
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
120 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
85 Hz

The ASUS Swift PG279Q 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.

9.2
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
165 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC
Yes (Native)
VRR Maximum
165 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort

The ASUS PG279Q has an excellent native refresh rate, which can be overclocked directly from the OSD.

Inputs
9.4
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
4.4 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
12.2 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
4.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
12.4 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
10.8 ms

Excellent low input lag. The 60Hz input lag is a bit higher than usual, but still excellent for console gamers.

8.3
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution 2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 3.7 MP
Pixel Density
109 PPI
Screen Diagonal 26.9 inches
Screen Area 310 sq inches

The ASUS PG279Q has a very good QHD native resolution and a fairly large 27" size, which are great for almost any use.

Inputs
Inputs
Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI