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ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Jan 31, 2022 at 10:51 am
ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM Picture
7.9
Mixed Usage
7.9
Office
8.4
Gaming
7.6
Media Consumption
8.1
Media Creation
7.1
HDR
Size
27"
Resolution
2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
240Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDR10
Yes

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM is a high-end gaming monitor and the true successor to the extremely popular, but dated, ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q and the revised version, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ. It's designed mainly for gaming, with an extremely fast refresh that delivers incredibly clear motion and low input lag. It has native support for NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology, and it's one of the only 240Hz monitors on the market that supports NVIDIA's Reflex Latency Analyzer technology. It's a very versatile monitor, with one of the widest color gamuts we've ever seen on a monitor, and it has superb gradient handling. It also has a wider selection of inputs than most similar displays on the market, including three HDMI 2.0 ports. Sadly, those inputs are limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, and the stand is a bit less versatile than most ASUS gaming monitors, with a much shorter height adjustment.

Our Verdict

7.9 Mixed Usage

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM is an impressive monitor overall. It has low input lag, a fast response time, and both G-SYNC and FreeSync support for gaming. The large screen is great for multitasking, and it has wide viewing angles that make it easy to share the screen. It has an incredible color gamut and excellent accuracy out of the box, so it's an impressive monitor for media creators. Finally, it supports HDR, but due to its low contrast ratio and low peak brightness in HDR, this doesn't add much.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Excellent motion handling at any refresh rate.
  • Very good peak brightness.
  • Great gray uniformity.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
7.9 Office

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM is a very good monitor for office use. The large screen is great for multitasking, and it delivers good text clarity. The image remains accurate at an angle, so you can easily share your screen with someone else, and it has very good ergonomics, so you can easily adjust it to an ideal viewing position. It also has great gray uniformity, remarkable gradient handling, and an incredible SDR color gamut, so it's also a great choice if your work requires accurate colors.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Excellent accuracy out of the box.
  • Very good peak brightness.
  • Great gray uniformity.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
8.4 Gaming

The ASUS PG279QM is an excellent gaming monitor. It has fantastic low input lag and an excellent response time, delivering a smooth, responsive gaming experience with little blur behind fast-moving objects. It supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC variable refresh rates, resulting in a nearly tear-free gaming experience. Finally, it's large enough to deliver an immersive gaming experience, and its great horizontal viewing angle makes it a good choice for co-op gaming.

Pros
  • Fast refresh rate.
  • Excellent motion handling at any refresh rate.
  • Native G-SYNC support.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
  • HDMI ports limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth.
7.6 Media Consumption

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM is a good monitor for watching videos. The large screen delivers an immersive experience, and it's great for watching during the day, with good reflection handling and very good peak brightness that can easily overcome glare. It also has wide viewing angles, making it a great choice for watching with someone else. Sadly, it's not as well-suited for watching in the dark, as it has a low contrast ratio and disappointing black uniformity.

Pros
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Incredible color gamut in both SDR and HDR.
  • Great gray uniformity.
  • Fantastic gradient handling.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
8.1 Media Creation

The ASUS PG279QM is an impressive monitor for media creators. The large screen makes it easy to see more of your timeline at once. It has complete coverage of both the sRGB and the Adobe RGB color spaces, and it has remarkable gradient handling, with almost no noticeable banding. It has wide viewing angles and very good ergonomics, so you can easily share your screen with someone else. Unfortunately, it has low contrast and disappointing black uniformity, so it's not a good choice for working in a dark room.

Pros
  • Excellent accuracy out of the box.
  • Incredible color gamut in both SDR and HDR.
  • Great gray uniformity.
  • Fantastic gradient handling.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
7.1 HDR

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM delivers a decent HDR experience. It has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray in a dark room, and although it has a local dimming feature, it's bad. On the other hand, it has decent peak brightness in HDR, so bright highlights in games stand out well, and they're displayed at the correct brightness level. It also has an incredibly wide color gamut, and remarkable gradient handling, with almost no noticeable banding in areas of similar color.

Pros
  • Incredible color gamut in both SDR and HDR.
  • Fantastic gradient handling.
Cons
  • Bad local dimming.
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
  • 7.9 Mixed Usage
  • 7.9 Office
  • 8.4 Gaming
  • 7.6 Media Consumption
  • 8.1 Media Creation
  • 7.1 HDR
  1. Updated Sep 15, 2022: We tested the monitor to confirm that it works with the PS5's new 1440p support.
  2. Updated May 02, 2022: We tested the monitor with the PS5's new variable refresh rate feature and confirmed that it's working properly.
  3. Updated Apr 08, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  4. Updated Jan 31, 2022: Review published.
  5. Updated Jan 26, 2022: Early access published.

Video

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved
No
Curve Radius
Not Curved

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM has a very gamer-oriented design. The stand is very different from the original ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q, but it's solid and supports the monitor well. It has very thin bezels on three sides, with a ROG logo on the bottom bezel. The gamer aesthetic continues on the back, with lines etched in the back panel and a large ROG logo that doubles as RGB bias-lighting.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM has great build quality. The stand is very sturdy, with metal feet that support the monitor well and don't allow for much wobble. The main body is mainly plastic, and there's a bit of flex in the back panel near the RGB logo, but there are no other noticeable issues with the overall build quality.

7.9
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
3.9" (10.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-20° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
Yes, Clockwise
Swivel Range
-25° to 25°
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM has very good ergonomics. It has a great tilt range, and it can swivel from side to side, so you can turn it to share the screen with someone else. Sadly, the height adjustment is a bit short, which is a bit disappointing, but it's still okay.

The back of the monitor has a gamer design to it, with a futuristic pattern etched across half of the back panel. There's a large ROG logo that doubles as an RGB light. There's a cutout in the stand (closeup) for cable management , and there's an included cover that hides the inputs.

Design
Stand
Base Width
21.9" (55.5 cm)
Base Depth
10.1" (25.7 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
9.1" (23.0 cm)
Weight (With Display)
17.6 lbs (8.0 kg)

The stand has a large footprint, but it supports the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM well, allowing for very minimal wobble, even at the maximum height extension. The legs are slim, leaving plenty of space in front of the monitor for small objects.

Design
Display
Housing Width
24.2" (61.4 cm)
Housing Height
14.4" (36.6 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
3.5" (9.0 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
10.1 lbs (4.6 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.3" (0.8 cm)
Design
Controls
Design
In The Box
Power Supply
External Brick

  • Power supply and cable
  • DisplayPort cable
  • HDMI cable
  • USB-B upstream cable
  • Calibration report
  • User manuals
  • Stickers

Picture Quality
6.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,147 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
1,169 : 1

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM has mediocre contrast, so blacks look gray if you're in a dark room. Unfortunately, because the local dimming feature can only illuminate entire columns of light at once, it's ineffective at boosting contrast with the checkerboard test pattern. It's most effective at boosting contrast in scenes with larger dark areas.

Note: The contrast photo shows a reddish tint. This is from an interaction between the backlight and the camera sensor; it's not noticeable in person.

3.0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Yes
Backlight
Edge

Unfortunately, the local dimming feature on the ASUS PG279QM is bad and ineffective at improving dark scene performance. It can only illuminate entire columns of light at once. Any point of light in a column causes the entire column to light up, resulting in terrible blooming with most content. It's especially noticeable in dark scenes with subtitles. In scenes that are dark enough for zones to turn off, it's very effective at reducing black levels, but there's such a huge difference between dark zones and bright zones that it can be very distracting.

There are 32 local dimming zones, which is a bit unexpected, as reviewers with pre-production units reported only 16 zones. As fast-moving objects transition between zones, it can react quickly, but this can be very distracting in dark scenes as zones flicker on and off. The 'Level 3' Variable Backlight setting offers the best performance overall. Zone transitions are a bit slower with the 'Level 2' setting, and there's less flicker overall, but it also raises the black levels in zones that are off.

8.0
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene
348 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
370 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
364 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
363 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
363 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
363 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
369 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
364 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
363 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
363 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
363 cd/m²
ABL
0.001
Minimum Brightness
41 cd/m²

The ASUS PG279QM has very good peak brightness in SDR. It's extremely close to the advertised peak brightness of 350 cd/m², which is bright enough to overcome glare in bright rooms. There's also very little variation in brightness with different scenes, which is great.

These measurements were taken after calibration, in the 'Racing Mode' Picture Mode, with the backlight at max and Variable Backlight (local dimming) set to 'Level 3'.

7.1
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
DisplayHDR 400
Real Scene
469 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
486 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
478 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
477 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
477 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
432 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
485 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
477 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
476 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
476 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
430 cd/m²
ABL
0.007

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM has just decent peak brightness in HDR. It's bright enough that most games stand out a bit, but it's not bright enough to deliver an impactful cinematic experience. Most scenes are displayed at the correct luminance level, which is great, but like most monitors, there's a very sharp cut-off at the monitor's peak luminance. This causes fine details in bright scenes to blend together.

These measurements were taken before calibration, with HDR enabled, Brightness at '100', and Variable Backlight set to 'Level 3'.

8.0
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
35°
Color Washout From Right
34°
Color Shift From Left
51°
Color Shift From Right
53°
Brightness Loss From Left
41°
Brightness Loss From Right
41°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
59°
Gamma Shift From Right
59°

The ASUS PG279QM has an impressive horizontal viewing angle. Colors wash out at a moderate angle, but most people won't have any issues viewing this monitor from the side. It's a great choice for co-op gaming or if you have to share your screen with someone sitting beside you.

6.7
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
29°
Color Washout From Above
30°
Color Shift From Below
36°
Color Shift From Above
41°
Brightness Loss From Below
33°
Brightness Loss From Above
34°
Black Level Raise From Below
53°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
30°
Gamma Shift From Above
32°

The ASUS PG279QM has an okay vertical viewing angle. The image appears washed out at moderate angles above or below the display, so it's not ideal for sharing the screen with someone standing next to you, for example.

7.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
4.340%
50% DSE
0.129%

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM has great gray uniformity. The sides of the screen are a bit darker than the center, and there's a bit of dirty screen effect in the center, but it's not very noticeable.

Note: The gray uniformity photos show a reddish tint. This is caused by an interaction between the backlight and the camera sensor; it's not noticeable in person.

5.8
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.448%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
5.915%

Unfortunately, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM has disappointing black uniformity. The screen appears cloudy because of the low contrast ratio. Due to the limited number of dimming zones, local dimming results in worse black uniformity, with significant blooming around the test cross.

8.8
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Racing Mode (sRGB)
sRGB Gamut Area xy
103.1%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
2.30
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,663 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.22
Color dE (Avg.)
1.36
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Settings
100-100-100
Gamma Setting
2.2
Brightness Setting
40
Measured Brightness
179 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
No

The ASUS PG279QM has excellent accuracy out of the box. Gamma follows the sRGB curve very closely, but most scenes are slightly darker than they should be. Color accuracy is amazing, with no noticeable issues, and the white balance is very good, but brighter shades of gray are a bit off. Finally, the color temperature is a bit cool, resulting in a slightly bluish tint out of the box.

The ASUS PG279QM has two separate options that allow you to limit the color gamut to the 'sRGB' color space, which is useful if you don't enjoy an over-saturated image. Setting GameVisual to sRGB locks the gamut, but like most monitors, it also severely limits the picture options that you can change, and almost everything is locked. Setting the Display SDR Input setting to 'sRGB' also locks the color gamut to the sRGB color space but leaves all picture settings unlocked. This allows you to fine-tune the picture settings for an accurate hardware calibration, which is wonderful and extremely uncommon. Both sRGB modes achieve roughly the same accuracy out of the box, but 'Racing Mode' with the separate sRGB clamp delivers the best results overall without the usual sRGB mode limitations.

9.7
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Racing Mode
sRGB Gamut Area xy
99.1%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.65
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,498 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.19
Color dE (Avg.)
0.41
Contrast Setting
50
RGB Settings
100-94-98
Gamma Setting
2.2
Brightness Setting
18
Measured Brightness
103 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

After calibration, the ASUS PG279QM has nearly perfect accuracy. Any remaining issues with the white balance and color accuracy aren't noticeable, and gamma follows the sRGB target curve nearly perfectly. The color temperature is extremely close to the calibration target.

9.9
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
99.6%
sRGB Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
100.0%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Racing Mode

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM has an incredible SDR color gamut, with complete coverage of both the sRGB and the Adobe RGB color spaces. It actually exceeds the Adobe RGB color space when sent an Adobe RGB signal, causing reds to appear oversaturated.

9.9
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
98.6%
sRGB Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
98.6%
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Racing Mode

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM has superb color volume. Thanks to its complete coverage of both the sRGB and Adobe RGB color spaces, it fills out the color volume well at most brightness levels. Due to the low contrast ratio, it can't display dark saturated colors well, but this isn't very noticeable.

9.1
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI-P3 Coverage xy
95.8%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
HDR Mode
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
83.0%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR Mode

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM has an amazing HDR color gamut, one of the widest we've ever measured on any display. It has nearly complete coverage of the DCI P3 color space used by most current HDR content. It also has great coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space, which is rarely used at the moment, but it's important if you want to future-proof your monitor.

9.2
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
93.2%
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
HDR Mode
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
78.5%
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
HDR Mode

Thanks to the wide HDR color gamut, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM has excellent color volume in HDR. It's limited mainly by its incomplete HDR color gamut, as colors are displayed well at most brightness levels. Due to the low contrast ratio, it can't display dark saturated colors very well.

7.7
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.7%
Indirect Reflections
2.5%
Calculated Direct Reflections
2.2%

The ASUS PG279QM has good reflection handling. The matte anti-reflective coating helps reduce the intensity of direct reflections but also adds a slightly hazy look.

Note: The reflection photos show a reddish tint. This isn't a calibration artifact, as the monitor has a near-perfect white balance and color temperature after calibration. It's not noticeable in person; it's likely an interaction between the backlight and the camera sensor.

7.5
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Subpixel Layout
RGB

The ASUS PG279QM has good text clarity. Running the Windows ClearType wizard helps improve text clarity (top photo), especially on diagonal or curved lines, which aren't as clear or easy to read without ClearType.

9.9
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM has remarkable gradient handling, with almost no noticeable banding in areas of similar color. It's great for content creators or for watching HDR content.

Motion
9.0
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
240 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
144 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
60 Hz

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM has an extremely fast refresh rate. Like most monitors, the max refresh rate is only available over DisplayPort, as the HDMI ports are limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth.

Motion
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
FreeSync
Compatible (Tested)
G-SYNC
Yes (Native)
VRR Maximum
240 Hz
VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
DisplayPort, HDMI

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM natively supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology, but it's also compatible with FreeSync, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience from almost any source.

8.8
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Esports
Rise / Fall Time
2.1 ms
Total Response Time
7.0 ms
Overshoot Error
11.5%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
2.7 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
10.1 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
28.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OffChartTablePhoto
NormalChartTablePhoto
EsportsChartTablePhoto
ExtremeChartTablePhoto

The ASUS PG279QM has an excellent response time at the max refresh rate of 240Hz. The 'Esports' and 'Normal' OD modes deliver the best overall results, with an extremely fast rise/fall time that delivers extremely clear motion, with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. The 'Esports' mode is recommended, as it has slightly less overshoot than the 'Normal' mode. These modes show significant overshoot in all transitions, but it's a very short burst, and the monitor falls back quickly, so it's not noticeable as inverse ghosting. The 'Off' setting has no overshoot, but the average transition time is almost twice as long, resulting in more noticeable blur. Like most monitors, the 'Extreme' setting has much more noticeable overshoot, and unlike the lower settings, this is noticeable as a white trail behind fast-moving objects, so it's not recommended.

Note: Due to the overshoot in the 'Esports' and 'Normal' modes, the PG279QM isn't scoring as well as it should, and the 'Off' mode actually scores higher than what we've included here. Visually, 'Esports' and 'Normal' deliver the best response time experience, and either of those modes are recommended as the best for most people, even though they're scoring a bit worse.

8.7
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Off
Rise / Fall Time
4.4 ms
Total Response Time
8.6 ms
Overshoot Error
0.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
6.6 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
11.0 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OffChartTablePhoto
NormalChartTablePhoto
EsportsChartTablePhoto
ExtremeChartTablePhoto

The response time at 120Hz is excellent, with very little blur behind fast-moving objects, and no noticeable overshoot with the recommended 'Off' OD setting. This monitor strangely doubles frames at low refresh rates, but not at 120Hz. Because of this strange behavior, the total 120Hz response time is actually a bit slower than at lower refresh rates. The 'Off' mode delivers better performance at 120Hz than the 'Esports' or 'Normal' modes, both of which have noticeable overshoot. It's not too bad, though, so if you're looking for a "set and forget" mode, either 'Esports' or 'Normal' are still the best choice. As always, the highest 'Extreme' setting has way too much overshoot to be usable.

8.7
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
Esports
Rise / Fall Time
3.2 ms
Total Response Time
8.8 ms
Overshoot Error
4.0%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
4.5 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
12.9 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
13.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
OffChartTablePhoto
NormalChartTablePhoto
EsportsChartTablePhoto
ExtremeChartTablePhoto

The ASUS PG279QM has an exceptional response time when gaming at 60Hz. There's less overshoot at 60Hz than at the max refresh rate; otherwise, the different OD modes behave similarly at any refresh rate, ensuring a visually consistent gaming experience across the entire refresh rate range without having to change the setting.

The response time results at 60Hz are unusually good for a 60Hz display. The monitor is doubling frames when sent a 60Hz signal and is actually refreshing at 120Hz. This frame doubling is invisible to the user and simply results in better response times at 60Hz.

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
No BFI
Maximum Frequency
N/A
Minimum Frequency
N/A
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
N/A
Pulse Width Control
No BFI
Pulse Phase Control
No BFI
Pulse Amplitude Control
No BFI
VRR At The Same Time
No BFI

Somewhat surprisingly, the ASUS PG279QM doesn't have an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion.

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

The ASUS PG279QM has a completely flicker-free backlight at all brightness levels, which is great as it can help reduce eye strain. It's also certified TÜV Flicker-free and TÜV Low Blue Light, so it's a great choice for extended play sessions.

Inputs
8.9
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
3.1 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
6.6 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
14.9 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
N/A

The ASUS PG279QM has fantastic low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming and desktop experience, with almost no delay between your inputs and the action on-screen. It also supports NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer feature, which can help you measure the latency of your gaming setup. The 60Hz input lag is a bit higher than usual due to the frame doubling issue mentioned in the Response Time @ 60Hz section.

8.0
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
3.7 MP
Pixel Density
109 PPI
Measured Screen Diagonal
26.9"
Screen Area
309 in²
7.0
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

This monitor has decent compatibility with the PS5. Unfortunately, unlike most 1440p monitors, it can't display a downscaled 4k image, likely due to the G-SYNC hardware. There are a few other oddities, though, as HDR doesn't work when gaming at 1080p @ 120Hz on the PS5.

5.8
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
No
VRR
Yes

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM has good compatibility with the Xbox Series S|X. It supports most common formats, but unlike most 1440p monitors, it can't display a downscaled 4k image. This also means that it doesn't support HDR from the Xbox Series X, as the Xbox only supports HDR with a 4k resolution. Like with the PS5, there are a few oddities. Since 1440p @ 60Hz isn't natively supported from the Xbox Series X, you have to manually enable it from the Xbox.

Inputs
Inputs Photos
Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
1 (DP 1.4)
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
3 (HDMI 2.0)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
No HDMI 2.1
DVI
No
VGA
No
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
1
3.5mm Audio In
No
3.5mm Microphone In
No

Very surprisingly, the ASUS PG279QM has three HDMI inputs, but sadly, they're all limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth.

Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
2
USB-A Rated Speed
5Gbps (USB 3.2 Gen 1)
USB-B Upstream Port
Yes
USB-C Ports
0
USB-C Upstream
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Rated Speed
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Power Delivery
No USB-C Ports
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
No USB-C Ports
Thunderbolt
No

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM has a built-in USB hub, but no USB-C connectivity.

Inputs
macOS Compatibility

There are no serious issues using the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM with recent Macs. VRR and HDR work properly in game and on the desktop. There's a slight issue with sleep, as window positions are shifted around when waking up from sleep.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
Yes
RGB Illumination
Controllable
Multiple Input Display
No
KVM Switch
No

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM has a few additional features available. Some of them include:

  • Crosshair: There are six virtual crosshairs to choose from. Unlike software virtual crosshairs, these can't be detected by your games.
  • FPS Counter: Displays the frame rate received from the source in real time. It can also display a graph of the frame rate over time.
  • Dark Boost: Adjusts gamma to make it easier to spot other players/enemies in shadows.
  • NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer: By connecting your mouse to the red USB port at the back of the monitor, this system allows you to analyze the total input latency of your computer. This feature is usually only available on monitors with a 360Hz refresh rate, like the Dell Alienware AW2521H.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 27 inch ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM, the only size available. This monitor is part of ASUS' ROG Swift lineup of gaming monitors, which feature native G-SYNC support. It's the successor to the extremely popular ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q, which has a similar form factor but a slower refresh rate. There are other ROG Swift monitors available in ASUS' lineup, some of which are listed below.

Model Size Native Resolution Max Refresh Rate Panel Type
ROG Swift PG279QM 27" 1440p 240Hz IPS
ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN 25" 1080p 360Hz IPS
ROG Swift PG279Q 27" 1440p 165Hz IPS
ROG Swift PG279QZ 27" 1440p 165Hz IPS
ROG Swift PG348Q 34" 3440x1440 100Hz IPS

If you come across a different type of panel or your ASUS PG279QM doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Some tests, like gray uniformity, vary a bit between individual units due to tolerances and minor variations in the manufacturing process and final assembly. Unless otherwise noted, these results are representative of most units.

Our unit was manufactured in Aug. 2021; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM is an excellent gaming monitor with a fast refresh rate and some of the best motion handling we've seen. It also has incredible colors, making it a versatile choice that will please almost anyone. Sadly, it's also more expensive than comparable monitors on the market, including the Dell Alienware AW2721D and the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best 1440p gaming monitors, the best 27 inch monitors, and the best 240Hz monitors.

Dell Alienware AW2721D

The Dell Alienware AW2721D and the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM are very similar, each with strengths and weaknesses. The Dell has a better vertical viewing angle and better ergonomics, and it's brighter in both SDR and HDR. The ASUS, on the other hand, has better reflection handling and a wider color gamut, and it has built-in speakers.

Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T

The Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T and the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses. The Samsung uses a VA panel and is better suited for gaming in a dark room. The Samsung also has a few extra features, including an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, and it supports Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture. The ASUS, on the other hand, has much better viewing angles, and it natively supports NVIDIA G-SYNC technology.

ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ

The ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ and the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM offer very similar performance. The XG27AQ is a bit more versatile for gaming, as it has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, which can improve the appearance of motion. On the other hand, the PG279QM is a bit better for HDR, as it's brighter and can display a wider color gamut.

Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx

The Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx is better for gaming than the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM. The Acer has a faster response time, resulting in clearer motion with less blur behind fast-moving objects. The Acer has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, but you can't use it if the variable refresh rate feature is enabled. On the other hand, the ASUS has native hardware support for NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology, ensuring a more visually consistent gaming experience at any refresh rate.

LG 27GP850-B

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM and the LG 27GP850-B deliver very similar performance, each with strengths and weaknesses. The ASUS has better ergonomics, so it's easier to place it in an ideal viewing position. On the other hand, the LG has a faster response time at the max refresh rate, and it has an optional backlight strobing feature to improve the appearance of motion.

MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD

The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM offer very similar performance, each with strengths and weaknesses. The ASUS is a bit better for HDR, as it has a local dimming feature, and it's a bit brighter in HDR. The MSI has better ergonomics and an optional backlight strobing feature, which can help improve the appearance of motion in some games.

ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q

The ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q and the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM offer very similar performance overall. The XG279Q has an optional backlight strobing feature, which can improve the appearance of motion, and it has slightly better ergonomics. The PG279QM, on the other hand, has a slightly faster refresh rate and low input lag. There's also a difference in supported variable refresh rates, as the PG279QM natively supports G-SYNC, resulting in a more visually consistent gaming experience if you have an NVIDIA graphics card.

Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70

The Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70 and the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM deliver very similar performance, but they each have advantages and disadvantages. The Samsung has a higher resolution screen, resulting in a more detailed, immersive gaming experience. On the other hand, the ASUS has a faster refresh rate and better motion handling at 60Hz, making it a better choice for fast-paced games like MOBAs.

ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM is better than its predecessor, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q. The PG279QM has a much faster response time at 60Hz, and unlike the PG279Q, it supports HDR. The PG279QM also has slightly better text clarity. On the other hand, the PG279Q is a bit more versatile for gaming, as it has an optional backlight strobing feature, which can improve the appearance of motion.

ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM is a bit better than the ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN overall. The PG279QM has a faster response time at 60Hz, and it has a larger, higher-resolution screen that delivers a more detailed, immersive gaming experience. On the other hand, the PG259QN has an optional backlight strobing feature, which can improve the appearance of motion.

Dell Alienware AW2521H

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM is a bit better than the Dell Alienware AW2521H. The ASUS has a larger, higher-resolution screen, resulting in a more immersive gaming experience. The ASUS is also better for office use, as the greater screen real estate is better for multitasking. On the other hand, the Dell has a faster refresh rate and better motion handling at the max refresh rate, making it a better choice for fast-paced shooters and MOBAs.

Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X

The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X is a bit better than the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM. The Gigabyte has a much wider vertical viewing angle, ensuring the top and bottom of the screen remain uniform if you're sitting up-close. The Gigabyte has a wider range of extra gaming features, and it has a faster response time. There's also a difference in supported variable refresh rates, as the PG279QM natively supports G-SYNC, resulting in a more visually consistent gaming experience if you have an NVIDIA graphics card.

ASUS TUF VG27AQ

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM is slightly better than the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. The PG279QM has a much faster response time, especially at 60Hz, resulting in clearer motion overall. The VG27AQ has an optional backlight strobing feature to improve the appearance of motion, but it still doesn't look as good as the PG279QM. There's also a difference in supported variable refresh rates, as the PG279QM natively supports G-SYNC, resulting in a more visually consistent gaming experience if you have an NVIDIA graphics card.

ASUS VG279QM

The ASUS VG279QM is a bit better than the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM. The VG279QM has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, designed to improve the appearance of motion. The VG279QM also has much better ergonomics and a faster response time at the max refresh rate. On the other hand, the PG279QM has a higher resolution screen, resulting in better text clarity and a sharper image when gaming or watching videos.

Dell S3222DGM

The Dell S3222DGM and the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses, but the ASUS is much better overall. The ASUS has better viewing angles, better ergonomics, and much better colors. The ASUS also supports HDR, and it has much better gradient handling. Finally, the ASUS has better motion handling, with a faster response time and no black smearing behind dark objects.

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