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.
This is a great monitor for mixed usage. It has a nice size and good resolution that are welcomed in almost any usage. The good viewing angles make it suitable for co-operative work at the office, whereas the great low input lag, excellent motion handling, and the G-SYNC feature make it an attraction for gamers.See our Mixed Usage recommendations
The ASUS PG279Q is a great monitor for office use. The great ergonomics allow you to easily position it in any way you like. The 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.See our Office recommendations
This is an excellent monitor for gaming. It has an excellent low input lag and a remarkable response time. It is equipped with nice gaming features as it supports G-SYNC to smooth out the image. Also, its large size and good resolution allow you to see more details of the game scene. Finally, if you have more than one monitor, you can place this one in any way that suits your gaming due to its great ergonomics.See our Gaming recommendations
This is a very 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.See our Multimedia recommendations
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 is very responsive due to its low input lag, it has good viewing angles and excellent gray uniformity.See our Media Creation recommendations
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.
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 build 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.
Decent contrast ratio and among the best for IPS panels we have tested so far. However, 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.
Like 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 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.
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 120Hz.
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 PG279Q has a very good QHD native resolution and a fairly large 27" size, which are great for almost all usages.
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.
If you want a similar monitor, but with more extra features, the Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q is a good option.
The on-screen display is very intuitive, easy to navigate, and well-organized.
There are 4 buttons and a small joystick on the back of the monitor which control the on-screen display. Navigating the OSD is very intuitive using the joystick, but you might find it inconsistent at times as the joystick is very sensitive.
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 ROG Swift PG279Q and the LG 27GL850-B have very similar overall performance, but they have some significant differences. The LG supports HDR, supports FreeSync, and has better gradient thanks to its 10-bit panel. The ASUS, on the other hand, has better ergonomics, supports G-SYNC, and has an optional black frame insertion feature to help improve the appearance of motion.
The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is a bit better than the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q. Both monitors deliver the same excellent gaming experience and are among the best we've tested so far for gaming. The TUF supports FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, while the ROG supports G-SYNC VRR. Their difference in overall performance is mainly due to the HDR support that the TUF provides and due to its faster refresh rate that helps motion look smoother.
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 use. 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 uses.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is slightly better than the Razer Raptor 27. The ASUS has much better ergonomics, motion handling, and color accuracy, but the Razer has a significantly better build quality and supports HDR. Also, the ASUS has a slightly higher contrast ratio, better black uniformity, and significantly better reflection handling.
The Aorus AD27QD and ASUS ROG PG279Q are very similar overall. The PG279Q has slightly better black uniformity and supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology. The AD27QD supports HDR, has much better gradients, and supports AMD's FreeSync technology with both AMD cards and NVIDIA's new FreeSync compatible drivers, making it a slightly more versatile choice if you have a 10- or 20- series NVIDIA GPU.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is marginally better than the BenQ EX2780Q. The ASUS has a slightly higher refresh rate, and its ergonomics are significantly better. Build quality is better on the ASUS, and it has a more accurate color reproduction out-of-the-box. On the other hand, the BenQ supports HDR, but it doesn't have a black frame insertion feature, which the ASUS has.
The ASUS ROG PG279Q is significantly better than the LG 32GK850G. The ASUS 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.
If you want a monitor for office use, then the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is a better choice due to its wider viewing angles. On the other hand, if you're 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 uses without one being significantly better than the other.
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 PG279Q has better motion handling, including an optional black frame insertion feature, and has less input lag for gaming.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is slightly better than the LG 27GL83A-B. The ASUS has much better ergonomics, supports G-SYNC, and has a black frame insertion feature that can help improve the appearance of motion. The LG, on the other hand, supports HDR, supports FreeSync, and has a 10-bit panel and better gradient.
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 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's 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 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 165Hz.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is a bit better than the Acer Predator XB273K. The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q has better ergonomic adjustments so you can place it comfortably on your desk. Its viewing angles are slightly wider than the Acer's, which is good if you often share your screen. Finally, it has an optional black frame insertion feature to help make motion crisper. The Acer Predator XB273K, on the other hand, has full 4k resolution and supports HDR so you can enjoy the newest HDR games.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is marginally better than the LG 27UK650-W. The ASUS has better ergonomics, supports G-SYNC, and has a lower input lag, which is great for demanding gamers. On the other hand, the LG is a 4k monitor with HDR support that also supports FreeSync to please gamers.