ASUS Swift PG279Q: 165Hz 27-inch IPS G-Sync Gaming Monitor

The new ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is the latest addition to the Republic of Gamers (ROG) lineup. The monitor is the successor of the original ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q 144Hz monitor. A welcome change is the fact that its predecessor’s TN panel has been replaced with the ever more popular and better IPS panel. It remains the same resolution and size, but what makes it special is the fact is that it’s the world’s first 165Hz monitor and a 21Hz increase from its previous version. In fact, this gaming monitor goes one further and allows users to select from 60Hz, 120Hz, or 165Hz refresh rates on the fly even while in-game.

The gaming monitor features a wide 178-degree viewing angle and in case that isn’t enough it’s very customizable as it has an ergonomic stand that allows for its tilt, swivel, pivot, and height to be changed to your liking. The monitor’s controls are unique and tactile since the last thing you want be doing is pressing the wrong button or fiddling in the menus for the refresh rate. This ASUS monitor lets you do it quickly with its dedicated Hz toggle button.

The PG279Q has a very attractive look and leaves quite an impression with its red LED stand, but let’s take a look under the surface. The non-glare IPS display sports a 4ms response time and has a respectable contrast ratio of 1000:1. The monitor includes NVIDIA G-Sync technology allowing you to have the smoothest gameplay possible. One drawback however is the fact that in order to run the 2560 x 1440 resolution at 165Hz you will require a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 graphics card or better. The PG279Q has two 2W speakers if you want to take a break from those headphones. Connection options include an HDMI 1.4 port, a DisplayPort 1.2 port, and two USB 3.0 ports.

ASUS PG279Q Specifications
Panel TypeIPS
Screen Size27 inches
Resolution2560 x 1440
Aspect Ratio16:9
Refresh Rate165Hz
Response Time4ms
Adaptive SyncG-Sync
Connection Option(s)HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2, USB
Built-in SpeakersYes
VESA Mount CompatibilityYes
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Dan Alder
Dan Alder
Dan's logged far too many hours in CS 1.6 and reminisces about LAN parties back in the good ol' days. He's also an engineer that's interested in anything to do with tech.

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