The ASUS ROG Swift PG27VQ is a unique 1440p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitor. It has a curved screen which is not often seen on TN panel displays. In addition, the ASUS PG27VQ offers premium design quality and eye-catching RGB lighting, but also a higher price tag than you might expect.
Based on a TN panel with a 400-nit peak brightness, a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, 8-bit color depth, and sRGB color gamut, the ASUS PG27VQ delivers a rather mediocre image quality considering its price.
The colors are good for a TN panel, but still not nearly as rich as that of the less expensive IPS and VA counterparts with the same 1440p resolution and 144Hz refresh rate.
What’s more, TN panels have narrow 160°/170° viewing angles which will cause the image to shift in color, brightness, and contrast when the screen is looked at an angle.
Further, thanks to the 1440p resolution, you get a rich pixel density (108 pixels per inch on a 27″ screen) which ensures sharp details and plenty of screen space.
Gaming performance is where the ASUS PG27VQ monitor really shines. In the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu, you can overclock it up to 165Hz for a boost in fast-paced motion clarity.
The 1ms response time speed will ensure that the pixels change from one color to another on par with the refresh rate speed which makes for no visible trailing of fast-moving objects.
Moving on, the ASUS PG27VQ input lag is excellent as well with only ~4ms of imperceptible delay.
When you combine such quick response time, high refresh rate, and low input lag, you get a display that’s fit for professional competitive gaming.
However, since 1440p is more demanding to drive than 1080p, you will get less FPS (Frames Per Second) but better image quality which is why many serious competitive gamers opt for 1080p 240Hz displays instead.
The ASUS PG27VQ curved gaming monitor also supports NVIDIA G-SYNC which provides a variable refresh rate (VRR) for compatible cards. This technology allows the monitor to change its refresh rate dynamically, according to the GPU’s frame rates.
As a result, there will be no screen tearing or stuttering with minimal input lag penalty (~1ms) as long as your FPS rate is within the VRR range which on this monitor amounts to 30-165Hz/FPS.
Alternatively, you can use NVIDIA ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) which via backlight strobing (inserts black frames between regular frames) reduces the perceived ghosting and provides a CRT-like motion clarity.
While active, this technology introduces screen flicker and reduces the maximum screen brightness. It also cannot be active at the same time as G-SYNC; it can only operate at 80Hz, 100Hz, or 120Hz.
Apart from NVIDIA G-SYNC, ULMB, and 3D Vision 2, the ASUS PG27VQ offers additional useful gaming features such as GamePlus (custom on-screen crosshairs and timers), GameVisual (pre-calibrated picture presets including FPS, RTS/RPG, Racing, Cinema, Scenery, and sRGB), Dark Boost (increases visibility in darker games) and three overdrive modes (Off, Normal, Extreme).
It also provides standard OSD adjustments such as brightness/contrast, color temperature, gamma (three presets), saturation, etc. The backlight of the monitor is flicker-free and there’s a low-blue light filter, so you can look at the screen for hours without getting eye strain or headaches.
The RGB aficionados will definitely love the ASUS Aura Sync technology which allows you to synchronize the LEDs placed at the back of the monitor with the rest of your Aura Sync compatible gear. There’s plenty of customization available including different colors, patterns, synchronization with in-game effects, etc.
The ASUS PG27VQ 165Hz display also offers the signature Light in Motion technology which can emit the ROG logo or your custom projections (you get three customizable covers) on the desk, beneath the monitor’s stand.
Design & Connectivity
The ASUS PG27VQ has a sturdy and versatile design with up to 100mm of height adjustment, +/- 40° swivel, -5°/20° tilt, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility but no pivot/rotate option.
Connectivity options include HDMI 1.4 (max 60Hz at 1440p), DisplayPort 1.2, a dual-USB 3.0 hub, and a headphones jack. The monitor has a screen curvature of 1800R which is a nice touch and does slightly increase immersion but isn’t exactly necessary for a 27″ screen.
Price & Similar Monitors
The ASUS PG27VQ price amounts to around $700 which is quite a lot considering it’s a TN panel display.
In fact, for $150 less, you can get the ASUS ROG Swift PG278QR which is essentially the same monitor. It’s not curved and it has no Aura Sync RGB, but it offers the same performance, image quality, and features.
You might also consider the Dell S2716DG which is the cheapest 27″ 1440p 144Hz 1ms G-SYNC gaming monitor, available for around $450.
Even the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ is cheaper than the PG27VQ, which is a 27″ 1440p 165Hz G-SYNC model with an IPS panel. It offers a slightly slower response time speed, but significantly better colors and wider viewing angles.
Since FreeSync works with compatible NVIDIA cards too, you might consider these cheaper 27″ 1440p 144Hz FreeSync alternatives as well: the Viotek GN27DB with a curved VA panel, the Aorus AD27QD with an IPS panel, and the Dell S2719DGF with a TN panel.
While the ASUS ROG Swift PG27V offers an excellent performance and plenty of cool features such as the Aura Sync RGB technology and the curved screen, they – along with the premium ROG branding, make the display simply too expensive; When it comes to image quality and performance, there are better alternatives for less money.
ASUS PG27VQ Specifications
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Refresh Rate||144Hz (165Hz)|
|Response Time||1ms (GtG)|
|Motion Blur Reduction||NVIDIA ULMB|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4|
|Other Ports||2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (static)|
|Colors||16.7 million (true 8-bit)|
What We Loved
- Low input lag and quick response time
- NVIDIA G-SYNC up to 165Hz
- Plenty of features including Aura Sync, ULMB, etc
- Ergonomic design
What We Didn’t Like
- Design lacks pivot function
ASUS PG27VQ Review
- Design - 9.9/109.9/10
- Display - 8/108/10
- Performance - 10/1010/10
- Price/Value - 6/106/10
The ASUS PG27VQ 1440p 165Hz 1ms G-SYNC gaming monitor offers a flawless performance and plenty of useful features. It also has plenty of premium elements which make it overpriced. Since there are displays that perform just as well for less money, go with the PG27VQ only if you really want its premium features.
Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.