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Asus PG278QR Review
by Lim, March 30, 2017 2:00 pm

Asus PG278QR Review - One of five available Monitors with WQHD, 144 Hz (165 Hz Overclock) and a TN panel. Why not directly buy an IPS panel?


The Asus PG278QR already is available longer on the market and is an upgrade compared to the Asus PG278Q (without the R) with the advantage of having a HDMI port and the opportunity to overclock to 165 Hz. A change from the previous model is definitely not worth (!). Do you want to use the PG278QR for your console? I mean, you can... but I would prefer a Full HD OR a 4K model. While on a Full HD monitor you will have a sharper image because you use the native resolution.
People praise the Asus PG278QR as the best 16:9 Gaming monitor with a TN panel and its WQHD (2560x1440p) resolution, a 144 Hz panel with the opportunity to overclock to 165 Hz, included G-Sync and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. You also can play 3D Games on the PG278QR while it has an included Nvidia 3D-Vision feature. Already in the Dell video, I told that the Asus PG278QR, in general, is better than the Dell S2716DG. As always, you will find out everything else in the YouTube review, in this article, and within the forum.

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. Measurements are in German. However, the headings of the columns should be easy to assign
IMPORTANT(!) Updates and new information about the Asus PG278QR can be found at the bottom of the article or in the table of contents (if available). Also available within the forum (click here).




Panel Type TN (AU Optronics)
Backlight EDGE LED / W-LED
Display size and aspect ratio 27 Inch / 16:9
Maximum Resolution 2560x1440 (WQHD)
Pixel density 108.8 ppi (Pixels per inch)
Refresh rate 144 Hz / Overclock 165 Hz
Native color depth and color space native 8-bit / sRGB
Response time (GtG) 1ms (Ultra Low Motion Blur)
Brightness 350cd/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
Power consumption 90W max (je nach Nutzung vom USB-Hub)
27" Panel dimensions WxHxD with foot stand 620.00 x (552.53 ~ 433) x 238.00mm
27" Panel dimensions WxHxD without foot stand 620.00 x 363.00 x 300mm
Frame width 7mm
Weight 7.0 Kg
Warranty 3 Years
Adjustability Tilt, Height, Pivot, Swivel
Adaptive Sync G-Sync
G-Sync Range 30-165Hz
Contrast (Native) 1000:1
Vesa Yes 100mm
Curved No




Alternative 144Hz WQHD (2560x1440) TN monitor to the Asus PG278QR:
(All other alternatives are listed in the Gaming-Monitor-List. Future releases can be found here)


Find the Asus PG278QR here: Buy on Amazon


Dell S2716DG Review / Buy on Amazon
Dell S2417DG Buy on Amazon
Asus PG278Q Buy on Amazon
Acer XB271HUA Review / Buy on Amazon
AOC AG241QG Buy on Amazon

Asus PG27VQ not released yet

Asus MG278Q Buy on Amazon
BenQ XL2730Z Freesync Buy on Amazon
AOC AG241QX Buy on Amazon
AOC AGON AG271QX Buy on Amazon


YouTube Video Review




Design & Processing






Foot stand & Ergonomics



Panel Coating



Navigation & OSD



Viewing Angles


Grayscale Test



Black Level



Homogeneity (brightness distribution)


Homogeneity (color purity)



Interpolation / Downscaling



Subjective color impression


Measurement data

Contrast, Brightness, and Black Point:


Presets and Measurements:



Measurements with optimal settings (without calibration):



Response Time




Measurement of constant ULMB pulse width and variable brightness:
Measurement of constant Brightness and variable pulse width:

Results with optimal settings:

Comparison Charts Tournament

Maximum brightness in cd/m2
Asus PG258Q
Dell S2716DG
Acer XB271HUA
Asus PG278QR
Asus PG279Q
Samsung CFG70
Maximum contrast x:1
Samsung CFG70
Asus PG279Q
Asus PG258Q
Asus PG278QR
Acer XB271HUA
Dell S2716DG
Black point with optimal settings (120 cd/m2 , 6500K)
Samsung CFG70
Asus PG279Q
Asus PG278QR
Asus PG258Q
Acer XB271HUA
Dell S2716DG
Maximum brightness in cd/m2 with activated ULMB or strobe backlight
Asus PG258Q
Samsung CFG70
Dell S2716DG
Acer XB271HUA
Asus PG278QR
Asus PG279Q

Pros & Cons




- Very good colors for a TN panel
- G-Sync (30 - 165 Hz)
- A good brightness within ULMB
- USB Hub with 2x USB 3.0
- "Sweetspot" WQHD with a very sharp image on 27" Inch
- A very good foot stand
- Easy OSD Navigation and good settings
- Black Equalizer
- Very good response time


- Build in speakers
- No macro buttons for your presets. Own presets are saved within Asus presets.
- Panel is not perfectly fixed in the panel "case". This, however, isn't a real issue
- Pixel Inversion? (I don't have issues here, the risk on 165 Hz with pixel inversion is bigger compared to 144 Hz - without using overclock)


- Clouding issues (A lot of customers also have backlight bleed issues)
- General quality control issues
- Panel coating is very aggressive (glitter/dirt effect on bright and uniform colors)
- Typical TN viewing angles, but they are improved a bit compared to FULL HD TN models

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