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Review: ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q GSYNC game monitor

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    We review the all new ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q monitor. ASUS outs their second GSYNC compatible monitor, this round they do it with a nice 27-inch WQHD (2560x1440) TN display that can handle a 144 Hz ref...

    Review: ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q GSYNC game monitor
     
  2. TheDeeGee

    TheDeeGee Ancient Guru

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    On larger monitors 16:9 looks even more out of place.

    Good thing there is still a handfull of 16:10 monitors.
     
  3. DarkOneZ13

    DarkOneZ13 Active Member

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    Wow! This monitor is certainly not known for it's image quality. G-Sync just is not worth the huge loss in color accuracy & contrast ratio imho, certainly not worth $800!
     
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    fantaskarsef Ancient Guru

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    Thanks for the review Hilbert!
    My first and biggest concern is: Can I turn the red LED ring off? Everything I have is blue on purpose.

    Yet again, as I've only got one, low quality lcd screen, I'm sure I'd be good with the "inferior" iq, but then again, 800€ is no little sum...
     

  5. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Yes you can disable it, it is the LIGHT IN MOTION feature in the OSD. You can set it to on/off.

    On color precision, really the screen is nice overall, no worries. Some take color precision into extreme detail as they work with say photoshop on a professional basis where this is very important. For gamers, that's a little different and less important.
     
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    HonoredShadow Ancient Guru

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    "I really dig color precision and good viewing angles. Speaking in terms of color precision. With an aim of 6500K, you'll end up at just over 7500K. That's not that good."

    So is the colour not good out of the box? At the end of the review you mentioned that it is out from 6500k I heard the colour was good out of the box and did not really need tweaking much.

    So you really think this first of a kind monitor is not worth £680?
     
  7. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    The color precision offset as noted in my previous comment is measurable and off. Is it huge ? Well, not for gamers. Is it worth £680 ... that is only something the consumers can answer who desire all these features. Personally I do not like the viewing angles of TN screens at all. Others are not bothered by it whatsoever.

    It's a trade-off. If you want 144 Hz 1ms response times ... then TN is your only alternative. But make no mistake, for a screen in the TN range, it is a great screen from a visual point of view. But IQ can't beat say a color precise IPS LED screen with great black levels. But then again that IPS screen is relatively slow.
     
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    HonoredShadow Ancient Guru

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    Thanks for the clarification boss :)
     
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    TN is not always a bad news. I use Samsung S27a750d for almost 2 years and I can say that color vibrancy and black level are superior to all IPS monitors I've ever seen.
     
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    Ven0m Ancient Guru

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    Thanks for the review, Hilbert!

    The most important conclusion was that I'd have to take a look at this monitor before buying as no review can express how this monitor really works and how I'd perceive it.
     

  11. BLEH!

    BLEH! Ancient Guru

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    TBH if paying that much for a screen I'd want a bit more flexibility, personally.
     
  12. fantaskarsef

    fantaskarsef Ancient Guru

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    Ah, thanks for clarification :)
    I'd use it only for gaming anyway, I wouldn't even turn the rig up for anything else, since my office / music stuff transferred to my htpc. And I've never had an ips panel, so I'm sure I wouldn't even know what I'd be missing ;)
     
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    dk_lightning Maha Guru

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    My main monitor is an 23" LG with an IPS panel, My 2nd Monitor is a 18.5" Samsung TN and the difference in colours is night and day! The LG is a billion times better.

    I dont think I could go back to a TN panel after this LG. 5ms response and its still fine for gaming.
     
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    Hilbert great review as always!

    I have this monitor on pre-order and I am curious why you have said a 6400dpi mouse is a requirement for G-Sync, can you or someone else please elaborate on this?

    Thanks
     
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    Hilbert, I don't see any mention of Nvidia's ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur).

    Do you prefer it over G-Sync in certain games?

    Regarding GPU support, does ULMB work with AMD GPU's? If so is it limited to refresh rates lower than 120Hz?

    (I don't plan on buying an AMD GPU with this monitor, just curious)
     

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    Got a little question on your FCAT v-sync on test, what gpu have you use ?
     
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  17. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Have not had the time to play around with it just yet. Sorry. But short answer, yes. Also, I doubt you'd be spending cash on a G-Sync monitor and then use an AMD Radeon graphics card.
     
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    760.
     
  19. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    It is actually an Nvidia recommendation. The 1000 Hz polling rate is most important though to prevent mouse-lag. With the dynamic refresh rate a fast mouse is gonna be really precise control wise. Up-to a level you never experienced. I can confirm that, gaming with a fast mouse 'feels' incredibly good and lag-free.
     
  20. PhazeDelta1

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    ULMB will work with AMD cards at any refresh rate. Of course, the higher the refresh rate, the better. However you can't have ULMB and G-Sync enabled at the same time.

    As for which one is better, that's subjective. I prefer G-Sync over ULMB for everything.
     

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