The ASUS PG278Q was the world’s first G-SYNC monitor when it was released back in August 2014. Since then, gamer’s have had the opportunity to enjoy a tear-free, responsive and clear gameplay that they could not experience before. The display had a warm reception and people loved it, but there were some problems with the quality control and a decent amount of people got some bad quality monitors. Since then, ASUS has improved the quality control and you will almost certainly get a high quality display if you were to buy a new one now.
At first glance, you will notice the excellent build quality. It has a modern look to it, and is equipped with a slim bezel so that it can easily be used in a multi-display system. The monitor itself is grey and it features a fully adjustable stand with tilt, height, swivel and pivot options, so that you can get the best viewing position possible. The pivot functionality allows you rotate the monitor in portrait mode in case you need it. There are also two USB 3.0 ports under the monitor, as you can see in the image below.
When you turn on the monitor and start using it, you’ll certainly be impressed with the WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution running at 144Hz. The high resolution combined with the NVIDIA G-SYNC technology and the 144Hz refresh rate really shows what a monitor of that quality is capable of. The only downside is the TN panel, but that allows for faster response times and it actually has very good color quality considering the panel type.
As far as connectivity goes, this monitor follows the same standard as most other G-SYNC monitors. It has only a single digital output connector, the DisplayPort 1.2. This monitor was designed for G-SYNC usage, so if you might as well forget it if you are trying to convert HDMI sources to DisplayPort with an active converter. We had trouble testing the input lag in our ASUS PG278Q review, so we had to test it next to another low-input lag and the results of this screen were amazing.
|Max Resolution||2560 x 1440|
|Max Refresh Rate||144Hz|
|Response Time (GtG)||1 ms|
|Adjustability||Height, tilt, swivel, pilot|
|Accessories||DisplayPort Cable, USB Cable|
Display Quality, Responsiveness and Value For Money
The ASUS PG278Q features a TN panel, and while that is typically not so great for color reproduction and viewing angles, this monitor’s panel was surprisingly good. If you are a person who are critical about viewing angles then you should get another monitor with a VA panel or IPS panel instead, since TN panels can not match their superior viewing angles. For a majority of gamers, viewing angle and display quality is not too big of a deal, while other factors like resolution, screen size, refresh rate and G-SYNC support weigh a lot more.
What is most impressing about this monitor is the super low response time of 1 ms and very low input lag. Now take this and combine it with a 144Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC and you have got yourself an extremely powerful monitor with superb motion clarity and responsiveness. This monitor is an ideal choice for competitive gamers, where every frame or millisecond matters and want to be one step ahead of the competition. This is due to the fact that TN panels in general have lower input lag than other panel types, which makes them ideal for this specific audience. We have not tested a 27-inch monitor with an input lag as low as this specific computer screen.
The other disadvantage is the high price tag of around $740 right now. That is a lot of money to give for a monitor, and you with the release of the ASUS PG279Q, which is a 144Hz 1440p IPS G-SYNC monitor that is planned for release in Q4 2015, we feel like it is not the best “value for money” pick right now, hence the rating of 9 here. If it had IPS panel, then it would have gotten a perfect score of 10 in this field.
- NVIDIA G-SYNC allows a smooth and response gameplay without screen tearing
- WQHD resolution
- 144Hz refresh rate
- Very low input lag, the FPS gamer’s choice
- Good build quality
- Thin bezel, great for systems with multiple displays
- TN panel
- Bad connectivity options