G-Sync monitors are popping up left and right at this year's CES. On the heels of Philips, Asus has added another specimen to the mix: the ROG Swift PG278Q, which has a 27" panel size, a $799 price tag, and Nvidia G-Sync support.
The PG278Q has a 2560x1440 resolution. Asus' spec sheet quotes a 350 cd/m² luminosity, a 1-ms gray-to-gray response time, and a refresh rate "over 120 Hz." Going by the response time and the refresh rate alone, I'd say this monitor is based on TN panel technology.
Panel specs aside, the ROG Swift PG278Q has a narrow, 6-mm bezel "designed for multi-monitor setups," a two-port USB 3.0 hub, and a trifecta of display inputs: DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI, and MHL. The default stand can swivel, tilt, pivot, and adjust the monitor's height, and if that's not enough for you, VESA mounting holes are included. Finally, Asus provides a five-way joystick for OSD navigation, and it loads up the interface with some gamer-friendly goodness known as GamePlus. Here's the company's spiel for that feature:
GamePlus is an OSD overlay that enables crosshair and timer functions to be displayed on the monitor. Gamers can select from four different crosshair types to suit the gaming environment, while the timer function allows players to track elapsed time in real-time strategy games. These tools allow gamers to practice and improve their gaming skills.
Sounds nifty. And again, the PG278Q has G-Sync support; so, when paired with a compatible GeForce graphics card, it will adjust its refresh rate on the fly to match the GPU's frame rate, yielding smooth animation sans ugly screen-tearing artifacts.
Look for the PG278Q in stores in the second quarter of this year.
Correction: This news post originally described the ROG Swift PG278Q as a 4K monitor. That was incorrect. The display actually has a 2560x1440 resolution.
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