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 base of the monitor can also light up with red LEDs, as seen here.
The stand of the ASUS PG279Q is plain and supports the monitor well, although it will wobble slightly if knocked. The base of the monitor can also light up with red LEDs, as seen here.
Update 01/10/2019: A typo in the width of the stand has now been fixed.
Very good ergonomics for this ASUS PG279Q. The monitor can be positioned to almost any position you wish with just a few moves and adjustments.
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.
This ASUS PG279Q has quite thin borders that have a textured finish. There is almost no bezel but the screen area does not start immediately at the border as there is a small gap.
The thickness of the monitor with the stand is significant. It is one of the thickest monitors we have tested. And this remains true when you remove the stand to VESA mount it. It is generally not a slim monitor.
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 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 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 (see our recommendations for the best monitors for photo editing).
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 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 (it is one of the best 144Hz monitors we've tested). 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, and it is one of the best gaming monitors and best PC gaming monitors we've tested in 2018. See our recommendations for the best monitors.
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.
The ASUS ROG PG279Q is very similar to the ASUS PG279QZ. The two monitors are nearly identical in design and have a very similar overall performance, with the exception of brightness. The older PG279Q is brighter than the newer PG279QZ.
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 PG279Q is a significantly better monitor than the HP OMEN 27 in almost every use. The ASUS has an IPS panel and thus better viewing angles than the TN panel HP. Also, the ASUS has better uniformity and better contrast ratio, and this is great for many different usages.
The ASUS ROG PG279Q is significantly better than the LG 32GK850G. The ASUS ROG PG279Q has better viewing angles due to its IPS panel, and this is great if you plan to share your work with your colleagues. The ergonomics on the ASUS ROG PG279Q are better so you can place it comfortably without much effort. Finally, the ASUS ROG PG279Q has an optional black frame insertion feature that allows it to make the image look crisper by introducing flicker.
The ASUS ROG PG279Q is much better than the Dell U2717D. The ASUS ROG PG279Q performs much better in gaming, as it has a lower input lag, a much faster refresh rate, supports G-SYNC VRR, and has less motion blur. Finally, the ASUS ROG PG279Q offers the option to introduce flicker to make the image crisper.
The Acer Predator X27 and ASUS ROG 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.
The ASUS ROG PG279Q is better than the ASUS ROG PG348Q. The PG279Q has better motion handling, with an even faster response time that produces almost no noticeable motion blur. The backlight on the PG279Q also has the option to introduce flicker to reduce persistence blur. While both monitors support NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, the PG279Q has a higher native refresh rate of 144Hz that can easily be overclocked to 165 Hz.
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 ASUS 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 much better than the BenQ Zowie XL2540. The PG279Q has a higher native resolution and larger IPS screen that has much better viewing angles. While both support VRR, the ASUS uses NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology whereas the BenQ uses AMD's FreeSync technology, so it is important to match the monitor with whichever graphics card you have to be able to get the most out of either monitor.
The ASUS ROG PG279Q is much better than the MSI Optix G27C. The PG279Q uses an IPS panel, which has much wider viewing angles and has a higher native resolution. It is much easier to place in an optimal viewing position thanks to the better ergonomics. Motion looks better on the PG279Q, as there is much less motion blur, thanks to the faster response time.
Although the two monitors have a different panel type, most people will agree that the ASUS ROG PG279QZ is much better than the Dell S2719DGF. The ASUS has much better viewing angles due to its IPS panel and supports G-Sync, whereas the Dell supports FreeSync. The ASUS has much better black uniformity and incorporates a BFI feature that can make the image crisper.
The ASUS ROG PG279Q is much better than the Dell U2715H. The ASUS ROG PG279Q has a faster refresh rate and G-SYNC support which can remove tearing in video games. The ASUS also has lower input lag which makes it very responsive to your actions and supports BFI to make the image crisper in fast-moving content.
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 ASUS ROG PG279Q is significantly better than the ASUS VG245H. The ROG has a larger, higher resolution screen, and faster refresh rate. The ROG also has better gray uniformity and wider viewing angles. Motion looks better on the PG279Q due to the faster response time and the optional Black Frame Insertion feature. The stand on the VG245H is slightly better, as the ergonomic adjustments have a slightly wider range.