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Reviewed on Jan 11, 2019

ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ MONITOR REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
7.9
Mixed Usage
8.0
Office
8.6
Gaming
7.6
Multimedia
7.8
Media Creation
5.9
HDR Gaming
Size : 27 "
Resolution : 2560x1440
Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
LCD Type
:
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
:
G-Sync

The ASUS PG279QZ is a very good 144Hz gaming monitor with a 1440p IPS panel and decent picture quality. It can't reach very high levels of brightness so it is more suitable for an average bright room. It has a low contrast ratio that does not allow it to display deep blacks in a dark room, but the viewing angles are good so the sides of the screen remain accurate when looking from up-close. It has excellent motion handling with a very fast pixel response time, an extremely low input lag and supports G-Sync. All these features constitute an excellent gaming monitor.

This is a newer version of the ASUS ROG PG279Q.

Pros
  • Excellent gaming features
  • Excellent motion handling
  • Image remains accurate when viewed at an angle
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room
  • No HDR support

Test Results
Design 8.0
Picture Quality 6.8
Motion 9.3
Inputs 9.0

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8.0

Design

Curved : No
Curve radius : N/A
Weight (without stand)
:
7.9 lbs (3.6 kg)
Weight (with stand)
:
15.2 lbs (6.9 kg)

The design of the ASUS PG279QZ is very good. It is identical to the design of the ASUS ROG PG279Q. The stand is plain and supports the monitor well and the ergonomics are great allowing you to position the monitor comfortably with ease. The build quality is very good and even though it is mostly made out of plastic, you should have no issues with it. It has thin borders and a clean back with good cable management. Just like the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q, the base of the monitor can light up with LEDs, as seen here.

Note: The minor differences in the physical measurements of this monitor vs. the ASUS ROG PG279Q can be attributed to small variation in the design measurements.

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

The stand of the ASUS PG279QZ supports the monitor well, but it will wobble a little if you knock it gently. It is identical to the stand of the PG279Q and its base can also light up with red LEDs, as shown here. However, the metal contact that allows the light to turn on only works when the monitor is in a fully landscape or a fully portrait mode.

8.2 Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
:
4.7" (11.9 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape : Yes
Swivel Range : -60° to 60°
Tilt Range : -20° to 5°

Great ergonomics. Just like the PG279Q, you can position it to your liking with ease. It allows you to tilt, swivel, rotate and adjust its height.

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor is plain and made out of plastic. The two large groves, found on each side, serve as vents to dissipate the heat, and the opening found on the stand helps with cable management as seen here.

Borders
Borders
:
0.6" (1.5 cm)

The borders of the monitor are relatively thin with a textured finish and a very thin bezel. Just like in the PQ279Q, there is a small gap between the monitor's edge and where the screen starts.

Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
:
7.9" (20.1 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
:
2.5" (6.4 cm)

The monitor without the stand is of average thickness and will not protrude much if VESA mounted. However, when attached to its stand the entire setup looks relatively thick.

8.0 Build Quality

The build quality of the monitor is good without any gaps or loose ends, and the monitor feels very sturdy. It is the same build quality as the ASUS PG279Q. You should have no issues with this monitor.

6.8

Picture Quality

Decent picture quality for the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ. Just like most IPS monitors, the contrast ratio is low and the monitor cannot display deep blacks in a dark room. It has a decent SDR peak brightness and is more suitable for a room that is not too bright. It has the typical good wide viewing angles of IPS panels, excellent gray uniformity, and a good out of the box color accuracy. Unfortunately, the monitor does not support HDR.

6.3 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
1195 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
:
N/A

The contrast ratio of the ASUS PG279QZ is mediocre, as expected for an IPS monitor. In a dark room, blacks will look more like gray.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Edge

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ does not have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.

7.4 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
:
279 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
318 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
318 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
319 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
319 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
319 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
318 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
318 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
319 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
319 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
319 cd/m²
SDR ABL
:
0.000

The overall SDR peak brightness is decent. The real scene measurement is slightly lower than the measurements on our preset size windows but this is normal due to the screens uniformity. Unfortunately, the monitor cannot get as bright as the PG279Q and its brightness is closer to the levels of the Dell U3818D. The tests were done using the 'FPS' (calibrated) Picture Mode.

0 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

HDR is not supported.

7.4 Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
:
38 °
Color Shift from Right
:
41 °
Brightness from Left
:
48 °
Brightness from Right
:
50 °
Black Level from Left
:
75 °
Black Level from Right
:
75 °
Curve Radius : N/A

Decent horizontal viewing angles. Black level remains fairly consistent throughout the entire angle testing range, whereas brightness remains decent up to almost 50°, but colors lose accuracy at smaller angles off center.

8.2 Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
:
28 °
Color Shift from Above
:
29 °
Brightness from Below
:
35 °
Brightness from Above
:
35 °
Black Level from Below
:
75 °
Black Level from Above
:
75 °

Great vertical viewing angles. The black level stays relatively constant, but colors shift and brightness drops at angles close to 30° and 35° respectively. This is very similar to the LG 27UD68P-B.

8.6 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
2.555 %
50% DSE
:
0.124 %
5% Std. Dev.
:
0.301 %
5% DSE
:
0.056 %

Excellent gray uniformity for the ASUS PG279QZ. In the 50% gray test picture, the two sides are slightly darker, but no other major issue or much Dirty Screen Effect (DSE) can be noticed. The uniformity is even better in the 5% gray test picture, and almost no DSE was depicted by our test. Again this result is very similar to LG 27UD68P-B.

5.0 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
2.671 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
:
N/A

The PG279QZ has disappointing black uniformity. There is clouding all around the screen and some backlight bleed is very noticeable especially at the corners. This resembles the black uniformity of the Dell U3219Q. This does vary between units due to manufacturing tolerances.

7.5 Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
:
FPS
Luminance
:
295 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
80
Contrast Setting
:
50
RGB controls
:
Warm
Color Temperature
:
6178 K
White Balance dE
:
2.03
Color dE
:
3.85
Gamma
:
2.09

Out of the box, the color accuracy of the ASUS PG279QZ is good. The most accurate Picture Mode is the 'FPS'.

The color temperature is a little warmer than our desired 6500K. The white balance dE is below 3 so most people will not notice the gray inaccuracies, but the color dE is above 3 and thus most enthusiasts will notice some color errors. As for the gamma, the average value is below the target of 2.2 and it does not follow the target curve closely. Most of the scenes will look slightly brighter than they should be.

8.8 Post Calibration
Picture Mode
:
FPS
Luminance
:
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
:
15
Contrast Setting
:
50
RGB Controls
:
92-94-100
Color Temperature
:
6440 K
White Balance dE
:
0.68
Color dE
:
2.37
Gamma
:
2.18

The Asus PG279QZ has an excellent accuracy after calibration, which was also done on the 'FPS' Picture Mode. The while balance dE was brought down to levels where it is almost impossible to spot any inaccuracies whereas the color dE was lowered below the threshold of 3 so only a few people might notice any color inaccuracies. The color temperature was brought closer to the 6500K target and gamma follows the target curve more closely with an average value of 2.18.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and should not be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.

8.5 SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
:
94.9 %
Adobe RGB xy
:
74.8 %

s.RGB Picture Mode: FPS (calibrated)
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: FPS

Excellent SDR color gamut. The ASUS PG279QZ covers most of the s.RGB (rec. 709) color space. Unfortunately, the coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space is not enough for professionals in the print and media industries.

8.9 SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
:
96.5 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
:
81.1 %

s.RGB Picture Mode: FPS
Adobe RGB Picture Mode: FPS

Excellent SDR color volume. The monitor is capable of producing bright and saturated colors in most color shades. Unfortunately, the low contrast ratio is not allowing it to produce deep dark shades of colors.

0 HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
:
N/A

HDR is not supported.

0 HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
:
N/A
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
:
N/A

HDR is not supported.

10 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 %

Perfect score on our image retention as no retention could be noticed at all while running our test.

8.7 Gradient
Color Depth
:
8 Bit

Great performance for the ASUS PG279QZ on our gradient test. Besides the 8-bit banding, there is a little banding at the dark gray shades, but most of the other gradients look good.

9.4 Color Bleed
Pixel row error
:
0.000 %
Pixel column error
:
0.122 %

The ASUS PG279QZ produces a very small amount of color bleed when it displays large vertical bands of uniform colors. It is unlikely that you will notice this during normal usage. This very similar to sister monitor ASUS ROG PG279Q.

7.5 Reflections

The ASUS PG279QZ is good at handling reflections. The light matte coating reduces the intensity of direct reflections and diffuses them across the screen. So unless you are in a very bright room you should not have any issues.

9.3

Motion

The motion on this ASUS PG279QZ is excellent. The pixel response time is very fast and leaves only a very small motion blur behind fast moving objects. There is no flicker as the monitor does not use PWM dimming and this great for those that are bothered by flicker. It has an optional BFI feature, which NVIDIA calls ULMB, that can help make the image even crisper. Finally, it supports the G-Sync variable refresh rate for a very wide range of refresh rates. 

9.6 Motion Blur
80% Response Time
:
3.4 ms
100% Response Time
:
9.2 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
:
Normal

OD Off
OD Normal
OD Extreme

Just like the sister monitor PG279Q, the response time of the PG279QZ is excellent. Only a very small blur trails the fast moving objects, and this is great for fast-paced video games. The overdrive setting that produces the fastest response time with minimal overshooting is the Normal. The Extreme option is faster, but it introduces a lot of overshoot.

9.4 Image Flicker
Flicker-free : Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
:
120 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
:
85 Hz

The ASUS PG279QZ does not use flicker to dim the backlight. It does have an option to introduce flicker to make the image crisper. As this monitor supports G-Sync this Black Frame Insertion feature is called ULMB. Note here that the ULMB option only works with NVIDIA powered video cards. Also sometimes it is hard to notice the option on the OSD as it is grayed out on a black background which makes it hard to spot.

9.2 Refresh Rate
Native
:
144 Hz
Factory Overclock
:
165 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
:
G-Sync
G-SYNC Compatible
:
Yes (Native)
VRR Maximum
:
144 Hz
VRR Minimum
:
< 20 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
:
165 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors : DisplayPort

The monitor has a high native refresh rate of 144Hz, which can be overclocked up to 165Hz. It supports NVIDIA's G-Sync implementation of the variable refresh rate technology and can adjust the screen's refresh rate to match the frame rate of a compatible graphics card. This is great for playing graphically-intensive games with significant framerate drops without tearing or stuttering. The PG279QZ, just like its sister monitor the PG279Q, is among the best 144 Hz monitors and best 1440p 144hz monitors we've tested so far.

9.0

Inputs

The ASUS PQ279QZ has a large 27inch 1440p panel that allows you to display many details on your screen and this is great for almost every usage. The input lag is very low and this makes it an excellent choice even for the most competitive gamers.

9.5 Input Lag
Native Resolution
:
4.4 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
:
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
:
11.8 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
:
4.9 ms
10 bit HDR
:
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
:
10.7 ms

BFI frequency tested: 120 Hz

Excellent low input lag for the ASUS PG279QZ at the native resolution. The input lag remains low even when G-Sync is enabled and this is great news for gamers. When ULMB (BFI) is enabled the input lag is slightly higher but it remains at acceptable levels for most. Note that the input lag @60Hz is slightly higher than average, but it should not be noticeable to most. This monitor cannot properly display the non-native resolutions but this should not be a problem as most of the times the graphics card does the upscaling. Note that HDMI only supports a maximum resolution of 2560x1440p@60Hz.

8.4 Resolution and Size
Native Resolution : 2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio : 16:9
Megapixels : 3.7 MP
Pixel Density : 109 PPI
Screen Diagonal : 27.0 inches
Screen Area : 311 sq inches

The ASUS PG279QZ has a high QHD resolution and a large 27" diagonal. This allows for more detail on the screen and is very helpful if you wish to multitask. For those that like the extra screen space, this is an improvement over similar 1080p monitors like the ASUS VG279Q.

Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort : 1 (DP 1.2)
Mini DisplayPort : No
HDMI : 1 (HDMI 1.4)
DVI : No
VGA : No
DisplayPort Out : No
USB : 2 (USB 3.0)
USB C : No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 1
Microphone In 3.5mm : No
Digital Optical Audio Out : No
Analog Audio Out RCA : No
Power Supply : External Brick

There is a USB 3.0 upstream.

Features

The monitor has two internal speakers and a variety of options on its Gameplus menu. The controls are intuitive and very easy to use.

Additional Features
Speakers
:
Yes
HDR10 : No
Multiple input display
:
No

The Asus PG279QZ has the same features found on the ASUS PG279Q monitor. It has two internal speakers and the GamePlus menu, that offers the following features:

  • Crosshair
  • Timer
  • FPS counter
  • Low Blue Light
  • Overclock
  • ULMB(Black Frame Insertion)

Just like the PG279Q if you wish to disable the OSD features, just press the X button on the monitor to access the menu, and then press it a second time to disable these OSD features.

On-Screen Display (OSD)
Controls

The controls are intuitive and very easy to use.

In The Box

  • Manual
  • DisplayPort cable
  • USB-b to USB cable
  • Power cable and adapter

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 27" (PG279QZ) 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. The ASUS PG279QZ is the newer version of the ASUS PG279Q. 

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their PG279QZ doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.

Model Size Native Resolution Refresh rate Notes
PG279QZ 27" 1440p 144Hz G-Sync support
PG279Q 27" 1440p 144Hz G-Sync support
VG248QE 24" 1080p 144Hz Lightboost support
VG245H 24" 1080p 75Hz FreeSync support
VG278Q 27" 1080p 144Hz FreeSync support
VG275Q 25" 1080p 75Hz FreeSync support

Note: The ASUS ROG PG279QZ we purchased was manufactured in September 2018

Compared to other Monitors

Left: Acer ASUS PG279Q. Middle: ASUS PG279QZ. Right: Acer Predator XB271HU
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The ASUS PG279QZ is great for gaming due to the G-Sync variable refresh rate support. See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best G-Sync monitors, and the best 1440p gaming monitors we've tested so far. 

ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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, except for brightness. The older PG279Q is brighter than the newer PG279QZ.

LG 27GL850-B
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The LG 27GL850-B is slightly better than the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ for most uses. For gaming, the PG279QZ has better ergonomics, and an optional black frame insertion feature, but if these aren't very important to you, the 27GL850 has better motion handling overall, with a better response time, and it supports HDR.

Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

Unless you want to get the most out of your NVIDIA graphics card, the Aorus AD27QD is slightly better than the ASUS PG279QZ. The Aorus supports HDR and has a few extra gaming features designed to give you a slight edge in competitive games, and it supports FreeSync. Although the Aorus also works with NVIDIA's new FreeSync drivers, if you want a true G-SYNC experience, the ASUS is very similar overall.

Acer Predator XB271HU
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The ASUS PG279QZ is somewhat better than the Acer Predator XB271HU. The ASUS PG279QZ has marginally better reflection handling, and it ships with a slightly better pre-calibration which is important for office users that usually don't calibrate their monitors.

ASUS VG279Q
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The ASUS PG279QZ and ASUS VG279Q are very similar overall, each with their strengths and weaknesses. The PG279QZ supports G-SYNC and has a higher native resolution. The VG279Q supports FreeSync, which is more universally supported, and the stand has better ergonomics.

Samsung CHG70
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The two monitors are of a different type, each with its advantages and disadvantages. The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ has an IPS and the image remains accurate when viewed from the side so it's more suitable if you often work with a colleague on the same monitor. The ASUS also has a faster response time and fast-moving content is crisper. The Samsung CHG70, on the other hand, has a higher contrast ratio, supports HDR, and has a local dimming feature to enhance dark room performance, so it's more suitable for dark room viewing.

Dell S2417DG
SEE PRICE
Newegg.com

The ASUS PG279QZ is better than the Dell S2417DG. The two monitors have different panel types, but very similar motion handling and equally low input lag. The ASUS, apart from being larger, has an IPS panel with better picture quality and wider viewing angles that make it easier to share your work with a colleague.

AOC AGON AG271QX
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The ASUS PG279QZ is better than the AOC AGON AG271QX for most people. The ASUS is an IPS monitor with much better viewing angles whereas the AOC has a TN panel with almost instantaneous response time and better black uniformity. The ASUS PG279QZ has better ergonomics and a BFI option to make the image crisper.

LG 27UK650-W
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

Overall, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ and the LG 27UK650-W are very similar, but the PG279QZ is a much better gaming monitor. The PG279QZ has a faster refresh rate, resulting in much clearer motion, and it has an optional black frame insertion feature to further clear up any blur. The LG 27UK650-W, on the other hand, has a higher native resolution and is slightly better for multitasking.

LG 27UD68
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The ASUS PG279QZ is better than the LG 27UD68P-B. The ASUS PG279QZ has better ergonomics, lower input lag, higher refresh rate, and a faster response time that will please gamers. On the other hand, the LG 27UD68P-B has higher resolution that can fit more detail on the screen.

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7.9 Mixed Usage

This is a very good monitor for mixed usage. It has great ergonomics and a very good resolution and size that allows you to display more detail on your screen regardless if you are using it for work or for fun. The low input lag, the G-Sync feature and the excellent response time make it a great companion for the serious gamers.

8.0 Office

The ASUS PG279QZ is a great monitor for office use. It has a very good resolution and size that make multitasking easy. The viewing angles are decent and will allow you to easily share your work. You can easily position it to your liking and its brightness and reflection handling are suitable for an average bright office.

8.6 Gaming

This is an excellent monitor for gaming. Apart from the great size and resolution, the monitor has excellent low input lag and supports G-Sync within a wide range of refresh rates. This along with the fast pixel response time make it a great choice for gamers.

7.6 Multimedia

The ASUS PG279QZ is a good monitor for consuming multimedia. It has a very low input lag and is very responsive to your actions. Its QHD resolution allows you to display much of the content in its native resolution and the monitor can handle well any annoying reflections from the light sources in your room.

7.8 Media Creation

Very good monitor for media creation. The large size and high resolution allow you to multitask while working on your new media project. The great ergonomics allow to easily switch from landscape to portrait according to your projects needs and the low input lag will ensure that the monitor responds immediately to your actions.

5.9 HDR Gaming

HDR is not supported. For a monitor of this size that supports HDR, see the Samsung CHG70.

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