Asus Rog Swift PG258Q Review
 
by Lim, February 20, 2017 12:15 am
 

Asus Rog Swift PG258Q Review - Is it worth to switch from 144 Hz to 240 Hz? A hardcore gaming monitor.

 


Introduction

In today's test the new Asus PG258Q "hardcore" gaming monitor with 24.5" Inch, native 240 Hz (without overclock or magic) and a Grey-to-Grey response time of 1 millisecond. Since this is a gaming monitor primarily for fps (fast-paced shooter) and competitive games like Counter-Strike GO, Overwatch and the new Quake, Asus (or rather AU Optronics, which is the panel manufacturer) focuses on a TN model with fastest response time abilities. Thus Asus waives better colors, viewing angles, and contrast against a VA or an IPS panel type gaming monitor. If you choose a monitor like this, you should keep this in mind. Another option is to buy a second monitor for games with beautiful landscapes and atmospheres like Dark Souls or Witcher for example. The G-Sync ranges from 30 up to 240 Hz which is pretty crazy, to be honest. This however only is worth it when your graphics card can offer enough graphic power and fps. Moreover, the PG258Q also supports Nvidia's 3D Vision with the opportunity to play games in 3D. ULMB on this monitor has very much brightness power since the Asus PG258Q reaches around 480 cd/m2 without ULMB. Everything else, as always, in the video review (with English subs) and in this review.

IMPORTANT(!) Updates
and new information about the Asus PG258Q can be found at the bottom of the article or in the table of contents (if available). A forum thread on this monitor does not exist(!)

 

 

Specifications

Panel Type TN (AU Optronics)
Backlight EDGE LED / W-LED
Display size and aspect ratio 24.5 Inch / 16:9
Maximum Resolution 1920x1080 (Full HD)
Pixel density 89 ppi (Pixels per inch)
Refresh Rate 240 Hz native
Native color depth and color space 8 Bit (6 Bit + FRC) / 98% sRGB
Response time (GtG) 1ms + ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur @ 120 Hz)
Brightness 400cd/m2
Integrated speakers No
Video inputs 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x HDMI 1.4, 2x USB 3.0
Audio 3.5mm Audio out
USB Hub Yes 2x USB 3.0
Power consumption 30W max (jdepending on the USB Hub)
24.5" Panel dimensions WxHxD with foot stand -
24.5" Panel dimensions WxHxD without foot stand 302.62 x 543.74 x MESSENmm
Frame width 7mm
Weight 5.6 Kg
Warranty 3 Years
Ergonomics Tilt, Height, Pivot, Swivel
Adaptive Sync G-Sync
G-Sync Range 30-240 FPS
Contrast (Native) 1000:1
Vesa Yes 100mm
Curved No
 

 

 

Alternatives

Alternative 240 Hz Full-HD (1920x1080) TN monitors to the Asus PG258Q:
(All other alternatives are listed in the Gaming-Monitor-List. Future releases can be found here)

 

Find the Asus PG258Q here: Buy on Amazon


G-Sync

Acer XB252Q Buy on Amazon

Acer XB272 Buy on Amazon

Dell Alienware AW2518H Buy on Amazon

 

Freesync

Dell Alienware AW2518HF Buy on Amazon

Benq Zowie XL2540 Buy on Amazon

Benq Zowie XL2546 Buy on Amazon
AOC AG251FZ Buy on Amazon
ViewSonic XG2530 Buy on Amazon

 


YouTube Video Review

 

 


NOTE
(This was a long article in German before releasing this page in English):

1. Since the article was very long, I cut it and just put all Photos in different slideshows under each topic.
2. When I've started with reviewing monitors, I don't have measuring hardware. So this review doesn't have had that much measurement results as other monitor reviews.


Delivery

 


Connections

 


Foot Stand

 
 


Nacigation & OSD

 

 

Foot stand LED

 


Grayscale Test

Asus PG258Q Graustufenverlauf
 

 


Black level & Homogeneity

 


Viewing Angles

 


Response Time

 

 


ULMB (Brightness comparison with the Asus VG278HE)

 


Input Lag (CRT Test - not valid since this method is not accurate)

 


Input Lag Test Human Benchmark

  

 

 

Comparison Charts Tournament

Maximum brightness in cd/m2
Asus PG258Q
488
Samsung CHG70
473
Dell S2716DG
424
Acer XB271HUA
419
Asus PG278QR
399
LG 24GM79G
384
Asus PG279Q
369
Samsung CFG70
361
Eizo Foris FS2735
333
Maximum contrast x:1
Samsung CFG70
2654
Samsung CHG70
2102
Asus PG279Q
1181
LG 24GM79G
1100
Eizo Foris FS2735
1084
Asus PG258Q
995
Asus PG278QR
964
Acer XB271HUA
784
Dell S2716DG
686
Black point with optimal settings (120 cd/m2 , 6500K)
Samsung CFG70
0,05
Samsung CHG70
0,06
Eizo Foris FS2735
0,1
LG 24GM79G
0,11
Asus PG279Q
0,12
Asus PG278QR
0,13
Asus PG258Q
0,13
Acer XB271HUA
0,16
Dell S2716DG
0,17
Maximum brightness in cd/m2 with activated ULMB or strobe backlight
Asus PG258Q
275
Samsung CHG70
237
LG 24GM79G
228
Samsung CFG70
212
Eizo Foris FS2735
197
Dell S2716DG
153
Acer XB271HUA
148
Asus PG278QR
147
Asus PG279Q
129
 
 

 

Pros & Cons


Pro:

- G-Sync with a range of 30-240 Hz)
- Low input lag
- Very bright even in combination with ULMB
- Less motion blur and a smoother gameplay experience at 240 Hz, while the difference is not huge
- Good TN contrast ratio
- USB 3.0 Hub
- Full HD for E-Sports probably still best (while WQHD on 240 Hz with current graphics cards is not really the way to go)
- Very good foot stand and processing (The design, of course, is personal taste)
- OSD and Navigation
- Good TN blacks
- Very nice thin bezels and a clean design at the front

Neutral:

- Homogeneity (brightness distribution) could be a bit better
- LED in the foot stand
- Very aggressive gaming design (foot stand and the back of the monitor)
- Matte panel coating

Contra:

- TN typical viewing angles and colors
- A bit color banding in darker grey steps
- A tiny bit backlight bleed on the lower, at least on my unit

 

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