ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ Review [2021]: Is Worth It?

by M. Smith

If you ask a number of hardcore gamers, “what’s your dream gaming monitor?” ASUS ROG PG27UQ would surely be on the list. Although this luxurious monitor was launched back in 2018, the model still holds up really strong against the expensive high-end monitors of today. The features, specs, functionalities, and convenience make this monitor a future-proof one.

If you are here for the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ review, you are mostly a gamer to whom price is just numbers or a professional to whom every detail matters quite a lot.

PC enthusiasts dig really deep before purchasing any hardware and accessories. It’s no exception when it comes to buying a gaming monitor, to be more precise. Regardless of your interest that brought you up here, let’s find out how this high-end monitor holds up against the expectations, or it’s all just hype.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ Specifications

The very first thing that comes to my mind about this monitor is its insane price tag. But what’s more surprising is that people who bought and started gaming on this particular model couldn’t switch to their old or even a new model monitor.

You pay an insane amount of money, which probably is more than your entire PC setup, and ASUS promises to deliver you the experience that you probably never had with any monitor before. Most likely, for the next 3-4 years, this still will be the most anticipated monitor for pro gamers and enthusiasts.

Before everything else, let’s take a quick look at the spaces that the monitor comes with.

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Display Size: 27-inch
Resolution: 3840×2160 4K
Refresh Rate: 144Hz, 4ms response
Refresh Rate: 144Hz, 4ms response
Brightness: 1000:1
Density: 163 PPI
HDR Standard: HDR10 Support
Panel Type: Quantum Dot IPS
G-Sync: Yes, NVIDIA G-Sync HDR Module
Color Gamut: 100% sRGB, 99% Adobe RGB, 97% DCI-P3
Connections: 1 x HDMI 2.0; 1 x DisplayPort 1.4; 3.5mm headphone; USB 3 3.0
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What’s in the Box?

When you unbox the monitor, you get to see ROG’s aggressive gaming designing style. ASUS provides the monitor with a whole lot of extras that show off your gaming enthusiasm. With multiple lenses for the base lighting and projector effect on the back, it really makes the environment of your setup pleasingly aggressive for hardcore gaming.

The package includes a 1.4 DisplayPort and 2.0 HDMI port. So, irrespective of your PC’s output system, you don’t have to purchase a converter. There are still some people who prefer HDMI over DisplayPort. Note that you will only get a 60Hz refresh rate using the HDMI input port.

Obviously, you will also get an external power supply and regular cable—no need to use any tools to assemble this beauty. Everything just fits with snaps.

To get you a clear understanding in terms of all the aspects that this display monitor comes with, I will thoroughly discuss the design, display itself, connectivity, performance, and other features that it has to offer.

Design

Like the rest of the other gaming hardware from the manufacturer, you get to see Republic of Gamers marketing all over the monitor, be it from the front, back, and sides. I must say, the overall design and aesthetics are worthy of its high price tag.

Unlike slim and sleek looking screens, the bezel around the screen of this one is a bit thicker. From a monitor that is loaded with tons of features and hardware, it won’t be an issue at all. Gaming machines and hardware are mostly of the thicker build.

The main design attraction of the ROG PG27UQ is its bottom and the back ROG glowing logo. You can control the glow of the back logo using Aura Sync Software according to the other RGB accessories that you have for your PC setup.

On the back, Asus left some great looking reminiscent design of circuit boards along with a glowing ROG logo. There is also a ROG projector logo that looks absolutely dope when it falls on the wall ­– aesthetically pleasing design from all aspects!

Display

PG27UQ 144hz

When it’s about gaming, the screen size does matter with all the performance and design stuff. Its widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio will surely provide you with some thrilling gaming experience as the hardware in it can deliver stunning views compared to its competitors.

If you are used to wider and bigger monitors for gaming, the size can be a deal-breaking thing for you. However, for a dual monitor setup, you won’t experience this at all. The unique selling point of ROG Swift PG27UQ is its 4K resolution with a refresh rate of 144Hz. Things just don’t end here; you also get the stunning detail action with its G-Sync HDR technology.

Furthermore, this beast is more than capable of delivering some highly impressive visuals whether you use it for gaming or professional workstation. With 90% color gamut along with 100% sRGB and 99% Adobe RGB, you can expect this serious display hardware to deliver you accurate and great looking color visuals.

One of the things that concern me the most is the ability to game on 4K with a 144Hz refresh rate. It will take at least 3 more years to get the most out of such spec. Because there aren’t that many games with such a high level of hardware requirements.

However, for professional graphics, video editing, text reading, and image viewing, this 4K display is beyond comparison with the rest of the other high-end monitors that are currently available in the market.

Performance

GSync HDR

When it comes to performance at handling graphics-intensive games, ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ is still tough to beat competitors even in 2021.

Thanks to its G-Sync technology that truly distinguishes it from other monitors with low-specs. You get to see some impressive visuals even on 4K resolution. The dark locations in the game come with enough lights and colors to enhance your gaming experience on this hi-tech system.

People spend on 144Hz monitors to get the most gaming or power-intensive computing experience. You won’t be disappointed seeing the results. Gaming on a 144Hz refresh rate feels more responsive and snappy. If you previously used to game on a high-end monitor, you will also experience the first-hand difference.

Like most monitors with higher refresh rates, there wasn’t any screen tearing issue whatsoever. In games that mostly have sunny locations, the HDR capability delivers a stunning look like no other. For professionals who have plans for using this as a regular productivity monitor, its 4K resolution will get them excellent scaling and much better text reading.

Handling productivity applications at a 144Hz refresh rate makes more sense than in the games, as the differences aren’t that noticeable as most games aren’t yet made for such a higher refresh rate.

Due to its high DCI-P3 color gamut, editing photos and videos on this monitor will provide much better and accurate results. The color reproduction for graphics-intensive tasks seems way more accurate than most high-end monitors these days.

To me, it’s more for professional graphical tasks than gaming. You will have to wait at least two more years to get the most out of its hardware for gaming purposes. So, if you are looking for a high-end monitor for both gaming and professional tasks, you won’t regret the money you will spend on it.

Connectivity

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You will get pretty much all the connectivity benefits from this gaming beauty. For higher refresh rate output, it offers DisplayPort 1.4. If your PC still relies on conventional HDMI, you will be able to connect HDMI 2.0 with ease. However, the refresh rate will be 60Hz in that case.

Additionally, there is a dual-USB 3.0 hub for more connectivity options. If you ever need to connect with an HDCP 2.2 cable, there will be a port for it too. Watching content from Netflix and Amazon won’t require you to buy a separate adapter.

Other Features

Paying such a hefty price isn’t worth it if you don’t get more features and convenience than the rest of the other monitors out there. Apart from the RGB Logo, synchronizing RGB lighting, protector effect, crosshair overlays, and others, Asus implemented some great features in this creation.

For your well-being, the monitor panel is a flicker-free one. Its blue light filter ensures a soothing feeling of your eyes while gaming for hours. So, you won’t experience any eye-straining issues at all. It would be disappointing if this monitor didn’t have a light sensor to adjust the screen brightness. Thankfully, the ambient lighting convenience is there too.

One of the best things that I like about this monitor is the functions and adjustability of the stand. You can swivel, pivot, tilt, and adjust the height to make it more comfortable to stare at its stunning display for hours. Also, the VESA mount compatibility pushes the convenience further.

The Pros and Cons:

Pros
  • Fully ergonomic design.
  • Excellent image quality.
  • Great gaming performance.
  • G-Sync HDR technology.
  • 4K UHD with super-fast 144Hz.
Cons
  • Very expensive monitor.
  • It’s only a 27-inch display.

Conclusion

When money isn’t an issue, you probably don’t have any reason to miss the experience that the monitor has to offer. If you have no money issue and looking for the best gaming monitors with many features, of course, you can buy the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ monitor.

However, if you are to compare it with others in the market for gaming, it’s still not that worthy due to the fact that the differences aren’t going to ruin your overall gaming experience. But if you want a pretty much future-proof monitor for your PC setup, you won’t regret investing in it even after 3 to 5 years from now.

I hope this ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ review helped you to decide whether you should spend your money on it or not. You may also read our latest reviews of Asus PQ348Q Vs Acer X34 monitor. Stay with us!

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