The ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ
has been a long time coming, and spoiler alert, it was worth the wait. The ASUS
ROG Swift PG27UQ is one of the first monitors to finally bring together a full complement of cutting-edge technologies and combine them into a single offering, like a delicious stew full of tasty gaming ingredients. In this case, the recipe calls for a 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) in-plane switching (IPS) panel with a blazing fast 144Hz refresh rate, seasoned with High Dynamic Range
(HDR) visuals, and garnished with NVIDIA G-Sync
support. Talk about a drool-worthy dish!
ASUS first teased the PG27UQ at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas…in January 2017. Yes, we have been eagerly awaiting this monitor’s arrival for 18 months. So what has taken so long? Well, we’re not privy to all of the juicy details. We have a few theories, but it doesn’t really matter what the holdup was, because it’s here now and it marks a new era in premium gaming monitors. From this point forward, we can no longer say that there aren’t any 4K monitors with refresh rates higher than 60Hz, with G-Sync and HDR to boot. Game on!
Of course, there are caveats—you’ll need a fat stack of cash to bring one of these monitors home, and a burly PC that can keep up with the PG27UQ’s decadent specs. Even a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
is going to struggle with pushing this monitor to its limits. You don’t always have to run this display at full throttle though, as we will discuss a bit later on.
For now, let’s get acquainted with the rest of the specs. As the model name suggests, the PG27UQ is a 27-inch monitor—a decent size to show off its many capabilities without being so big as to let parts of the action escape your peripheral vision. It’s only a matter of time before NVIDIA
and its partners port these same features over to other size panels, but for now, it’s 27 inches or bust.