Asus Rog Swift PG279Q Review
by Lim, February 15, 2017 3:30 pm
 

Asus PG279Q gaming monitor review: One of the most popular current high-end gaming monitors on the market with more than average IPS glow and backlight bleed issues.

 


Introduction

So the Asus already is available since Oct. 2015 and still Asus flagship model when it comes to WQHD (2560 x 1440), IPS and 144/165 Hz. The PG279Q has a response time of 4 milliseconds (Grey to Grey), a contrast ratio of 1000:1, sRGB color spare of 100%, integrated 2-watt speakers, and G-Sync. People who like to have a backlight strobing/scanning feature can use Nvidia's included ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) feature. A monitor to fall in love? Definitely, but there is a huge issue which keeps me from keeping the monitor.

This review received an update on March 23 (2017), Here, measurements were made for the luminance (max. + min. cd / m2) as well as for the contrast. Furthermore, optimal OSD settings were determined. These measurements show a very important subject. Individual units (also within a model series) have deviations in all measurement categories (contrast, color temperature, brightness...). This means:
1. Measurements on the internet will have different results
2. You shouldn't use settings from another person. "Optimal Settings" does not exist.
Everything else you can read here in the forum

IMPORTANT(!) Updates and new information about the Asus PG279Q can be found at the bottom of the article or in the table of contents (if available).Also available within the forum (click here).

 


Specifications

Panel Type AHVA IPS (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 8-bit / sRGB
Response time (GtG) 4ms + ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur)
Brightness 350cd/m2
Integrated speakers Yes 2 x 2-Watt
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 (Depending on USB Hub)
27" Panel dimensions WxHxD with foot stand 619.77 x 552.53 x 237.9mm
27" Panel dimensions WxHxD without foot stand 619.77 x 362.96 x 65.98mm
Frame width 7mm
Weight 7.0 Kg
Warranty 3 Jahre
Ergonomics Tilt, Height, Pivot, Swivel
Adaptive Sync G-Sync
G-Sync Range 30-165Hz
Contrast (Native) 1000:1
Vesa Yes 100mm
Curved No

 
 

Alternatives

Alternative 144 / 165Hz WQHD (2560x1440) IPS monitors to the Asus PG279Q:
(All other alternatives are listed in the Gaming-Monitor-List. Future releases can be found here)

 

Find the Asus PG279Q here: Buy on Amazon

 

With Freesync:

Acer XF270HUA Review / Buy on Amazon
Eizo Foris FS2735 Review / Buy on Amazon
ASUS MG279Q Buy on Amazon

 

With G-Sync

AOC Agon AG271QG Buy on Amazon
Acer Predator XB271HU Buy on Amazon
Viewsonic XG2703-GS Review / Buy on Amazon


YouTube Video Review

 



 

Connections

 

 

Foot Stand

 
 

 

Navigation & OSD

 

LED Foot Stand

 

Greyscale Test

Ufo

 

 

Black Level & IPS Glow

 

 

Viewing Angles

 

 

Response Time

Ufo

 

Measurement data

Contrast, Brightness, and Black Point:




Presets and Measurements: 




Measurements on standard settings


 

Measurements with optimal settings

Optimal settings (on my unit)

 

Results


Deviation

 

ULMB Measurements

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

Comparison Charts

Maximum brightness in cd/m2
Asus PG258Q
488
Dell S2716DG
424
Acer XB271HUA
419
Asus PG278QR
399
Asus PG279Q
369
Samsung CFG70
361
Maximum contrast x:1
Samsung CFG70
2654
Asus PG279Q
1181
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
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 CFG70
212
Dell S2716DG
153
Acer XB271HUA
148
Asus PG278QR
147
Asus PG279Q
129
 

Pros & Cons


Pro

- NVidia G-Sync
- Very nice colors
- Clearly better blacks compared to a TN panel
- 144/165 Hz
- Lovely ULMB feature
- Very good and solid foot stand
- Half matte panel coating
- Very good processing
- Very nice viewing angles
- USB Hub
- Pretty design
- Contrast of around 1150:1
- WQHD (2560x1440) "sweet spot"


Neutral

- A bit more ghosting when using ULMB compared to a TN panel
- Illuminated foot stand
- Viewing angles in dark image content (because of the IPS Glow)
- A small gap between the panel frame and the panel housing
- Build in speaker


Contra

- Greenish tint in the color temperature (especially against the Samsung CHG or the CFG70)
- No own OSD profiles (changes will be saved within Asus presets)
- Panel frame construction. The panel frame on the Asus PG279Q causes much more issues within IPS Glow and backlight bleed compared to the competition (Acer, Viewsonic, AOC). This does not mean, that you cannot get a PG279Q with good glow conditions. It just means that the risk of IPS Glow is higher on the PG279Q
- No black equalizer in the OSD
- ULMB brightness (for me okay) for most of the people too dark
- 21:9 movies are partly intolerable because of the IPS Glow (depending on your individual unit) 

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