If you want a gaming monitor that has as many useful features for competitive gaming as you can get at an affordable price, you’re going to love the ASUS VG278Q.
It’s a 1080p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitor with a backlight strobing capacity, AMD FreeSync support, and G-SYNC compatibility.
Plus, it’s got a fully ergonomic design as well as additional gaming features such as customizable crosshairs, gaming presets, etc.
When it comes to image quality, you won’t be exactly blown away by the ASUS VG278Q.
It has a TN panel which means you get an inferior picture quality in comparison to other panel technologies as well as the narrow 160°/170° viewing angles.
If you’re a hardcore FPS gamer though, that shouldn’t bother you, as in return, you get a flawless performance.
Another thing users may not like about the ASUS VG278Q gaming monitor is its 1080p resolution; by itself, 1080p is not all that bad. In fact, it’s still considered as the standard and more importantly, it’s easy on your GPU which allows you to reach high frame rates.
However, when you put it on a 27″ monitor, you get a low pixel-per-inch ratio which results in a pixelated picture. In video games, this is not a big issue as you can apply some anti-aliasing; what’s more, due to the pixelated image, your precision is a little bit increased as everything is ‘bigger’.
So, it’s only when it comes to movies and office-related tasks that the smudgy details of the ASUS VG278Q really become bothersome.
The ASUS VG278Q input lag performance is on par with the gaming monitors professionals use as it amounts to around 4ms.
Moreover, the 1ms response time speed will ensure virtually instantaneous pixel transition from one color to another which eliminates ghosting, trailing, and motion blur in fast-paced games.
You can also use the TraceFree (overdrive) feature to increase/decrease the response time though we wound it sufficient at the default setting (60); it ranges from 0 to 100 in 20 increments.
Alternatively, you can use ASUS Extreme Low Motion Blur (ELMB) which via backlight strobing further removes ghosting and trailing. You can set this feature at either 120Hz or 144Hz fixed refresh rate.
Note that the maximum brightness of the monitor is reduced when this feature is enabled, so use it only when playing fast-paced games – given that you like this type of motion handling.
Either way, thanks to the 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time of the ASUS VG278Q 27″ monitor, you’ll certainly have a blast in fast-paced competitive games if you’re coming from a 60Hz display.
The ASUS VG278Q monitor offers the GamePlus (custom crosshairs, timers, and an FPS counter) and GameVisual (FPS, RTS/RPG, Racing, and MOBA pre-calibrated picture presets) features.
The adaptive-sync technology provides you with a variable refresh rate which allows the ASUS VG278Q to change its refresh rate according to the GPU’s frame rate thus eliminating screen tearing and stuttering for good.
The variable refresh rate range is 40-144Hz over DisplayPort for both FreeSync and G-SYNC, and 40-120Hz for FreeSync over HDMI.
This means that you can also use FreeSync up to 120Hz on the Xbox One S and Xbox One X consoles.
Design & Connectivity
The ASUS VG278Q has a fully ergonomic stand with up to 130mm height adjustment, +/- 90° swivel, +/- 90° pivot, -5°/33° tilt, and 100 x 100mm VESA mount compatibility.
Connectivity options include a DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI 1.4, a Dual-Link DVI-D, a headphones jack, and two 2W built-in speakers.
Price & Similar Monitors
The ASUS VG278Q price amounts to around $290 which makes it the cheapest 1080p 144Hz 1ms model that offers both G-SYNC compatibility and motion blur reduction.
Alternatively, you may be interested in the AOC G2590FX and the Acer XFA240. These are cheaper 1080p 144Hz 1ms G-SYNC compatible models, but lack motion blur reduction. However, due to their higher pixel-per-inch ratio, they also offer a sharper and clearer picture quality.
The ASUS VG278Q is also available as a model with an IPS panel, the ASUS VG279Q, for an extra $30-$40. We highly recommend it if you want a better image quality while keeping the speed and responsiveness of the VG278Q.
Finally, the ASUS VG248QE is the 24″ model of the VG278Q, however, it lacks FreeSync, G-SYNC, and motion blur reduction.
In short, the ASUS VG278Q offers everything a competitive gamer may expect from a gaming monitor at this price range.
However, if you’re not all about performance, we advise you to consider the ASUS VG279Q as well since it offers better colors and viewing angles.
In case you’re not a fan of backlight strobing, the Acer XFA240 and the AOC G2590FX are more cost-effective alternatives, and you get a slightly better picture quality with them as well.
ASUS VG278Q Specifications
|Resolution||1920×1080 (Full HD)|
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time||1ms (GtG)|
|Motion Blur Reduction||1ms Extreme Low Motion Blur|
|Adaptive Sync||FreeSync (40Hz-144Hz)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, DL-DVI-D|
|Other Ports||Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (static)|
|Colors||16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)|
What We Loved
- AMD FreeSync and G-SYNC compatible
- Low input lag and quick response time
- Motion Blur Reduction up to 144Hz
- Fully ergonomic design
- Excellent value for the price
What We Didn’t Like
Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time on writing for DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.