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Asus PG27VQ Review
 
by Lim, October 19, 2017 10:50 pm
 

Asus PG27VQ Review: The first Ever TN Curved 1440p 165Hz Gaming Monitor. Is this monitor a game changer?

 

 

Introduction

Well before we start to review the ASUS ROG Swift PG27VQ, we have to clarify a very important information. As I've ordered Asus' new gaming monitor I was wondering because on my package was stated "PG27V" - without the Q. I also couldn't find any information about the Quantum Dot Technology, so I was a bit disappointed. While contacting the German PR Manager, he gave me following information:
 
The PG27VQ (which I have), don't have a Quantum Dot panel, whereas the PG27VQR, which isn't released yet, is the TN version with Quantum Dots. Dammit :). But no worries, the PG27VQ is still a very good monitor, with some other downsides when comparing to the current TN flagship Asus PG278QR. The PG27VQR Quantum Dot version also will be reviewed on Lim's Cave as soon it's released(!).
 
Well, how about the Asus PG27VQ then? A 144Hz monitor (165Hz OC), 1440p, a curved TN screen, G-Sync, ULMB, and a 1ms (Grey-to-Grey) response time. Everything a gamer needs. It also comes with Asus new AURA SYNC LIGHTING. This "feature" provides ambient lighting that can be synchronized with other Asus hardware like some particular Asus graphics cards or a motherboard. Consider, that your components and peripherals have to be "Aura Sync"-ready. The newer model further uses the latest foot stand from other popular Asus models. May you asking if this monitor will support High Dynamic Range? Of course no. And I really doubt it that a TN panel or even IPS and VA with less than around 30 zones will ever display HDR enjoyable. Whatsoever, is the new Asus the best gaming monitor when it comes up to a high refresh rate 1440p TN panel? Let's find out!
 
IMPORTANT(!) Updates and new information about the Asus Rog Swift PG27VQ 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 TN
Backlight EDGE LED / W-LED
Display size and format 27" Inch
Maximum Resolution 2560x1440 (WQHD)
Pixel density 108.8 ppi (Pixels per inch)
Refresh rate 144Hz native / 165Hz Overclock
Native color depth and color space 8-bit, 96% sRGB
Response time (GtG) 1 ms
Brightness 400cd/m2
Integrated speakers No
Video inputs 1x HDMI 1.4, 1x DP 1.2
Audio 3.5mm headphone (out)
USB Hub Yes 2x USB 3.0
power consumption ??
Frame width 8 mm (left, top, right), 21mm bottom
Warranty 3 years
Ergonomics Tilt, Height, Swivel
Adaptive Sync G-Sync
Free-Sync Range 30-165Hz
Contrast (Native) 1000:1
Vesa Yes 100mm
Curved Yes
 
 

 

Alternatives

Alternative 144Hz/165Hz WQHD (2560x1440) TN monitors to the Asus PG27VQ:
(All other alternatives are listed in the Gaming-Monitor-List. Future computer monitor releases can be found here)

 

Find the ASUS Gaming Monitor ROG SWIFT PG27VQ here: Buy on Amazon

 

G-Sync
Dell S2716DG Review / Buy on Amazon
Dell S2417DG Buy on Amazon
Asus PG278Q Buy on Amazon

Asus PG278QR Review / Buy on Amazon

Acer XB271HUA Review / Buy on Amazon
AOC AG241QG Buy on Amazon

Asus PG27VQ not released yet


Freesync
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

 

 

 

Measurement data

Contrast, Brightness and Black Point:

 

Presets and Measurements:


 

Measurements with optimal settings (without calibration):


 

Measurements after calibration:

 

ULMB brightness and Contrast 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
Asus PG27VQ
461
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
Asus PG27VQ
909
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
Asus PG27VQ
0,15
Acer XB271HUA
0,16
Dell S2716DG
0,17

Maximum brightness in cd/m2 with activated ULMB or strobe backlight
Asus PG27VQ
347
Asus PG258Q
275
Samsung CFG70
212
Dell S2716DG
153
Acer XB271HUA
148
Asus PG278QR
147
Asus PG279Q
129

 

 

 

Ufo-Testpictures /  Text-Scrolling / Chase-Square Test / Eiffeltower-Test / sRGB / Homogeneity / ULMB - Strobe Crosstalk / Pixel Inversion

 

Asus PG27VQ Review

Overall Rating: 7.2/10 (72%)

The rating strongly depends on the price of a monitor in a specific region or country. Consider, an overall rating is only a guide value and my personal overall impression. It does not mean that a monitor with a 95% monitor suits better for your needs than a monitor with a 70% rating(!). 

 

 

Pros & Cons

 

Pro:
- Good image quality out of the box
- G-Sync with a range of 30-165 Hz
- 1440p at 165Hz (Sweet Spot)
- Very good OSD & navigation
- Excellent response time
- Frameless panel design
- A very solid foot stand
- ULMB (very bright)
- Very low input lag
- NVIDIA 3D Vision
- Black Equalizer
- 2 x USB 3.0

 

Neutral:

- Own presets are saved "only" within chosen presets
- Does not hit the "perfect" Gamma 2.2 value
- Aura RGB (+Sync) / Light in Motion
- Average color banding abilities
(as same as on other WQHD 144 Hz monitors)
- A Good but not excellent contrast
- Pretty equal to the PG278QR
- Curved Design

 

Contra:

- A very aggressive matte panel coating
- Some pixel inversion issues
- Backlight Uniformity (Backlight Bleed, Clouding, Curve "issues")
- TN typical viewing angles / gamma shift and colors
- Currently extreme expensive (overpriced). I wouldn't pay more than for the PG278QR

 

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1    John    October 21, 2017 3:31 pm
If this a copy from a previous article? You should read title again, along with 3rd paragraph, you forgot to changes model numbers...
Answer from Lim's Cave - October 21, 2017 10:58 pm

Oh sorry, this isn't a copy. I've just messed up - Thanks a lot(!) for the Info :) *Fixed

2    Lucas    November 1, 2017 7:49 pm
¿experiment banding with this panel?
Answer from Lim's Cave - November 1, 2017 9:10 pm

Banding is as same as on the PG278QR - nothing special. Not perfect but also not very bad - pretty average - even with its true 8-bit panel

3    Dsmq    December 29, 2017 11:32 am
Hello

Can you please post the best calibrated settings? Which mode (racing?)? OD on extreme or off? Gamma Settings? Red Green Blue Settings? Saturation settings?

Thank you very much
Answer from Lim's Cave - December 30, 2017 5:32 am

Yes, Racing Mode, OD to medium, Gamma to 2.2 or 2.4 (in the OSD) - RGB Setting will vary within each individual unit. Saturation for personal preference, but I wouldn't use because the dynamic range will suffer.

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5    Stefanos Tselekidis    November 5, 2018 7:54 pm
Hello Lim's Cave. Great review, absolutely full of coverage video of PG27VQ. Can you please share analytically your settings you used in order to calibrate the display for 2.2 gamma and 6500K? I ordered PG27VQ today and i will need to calibrate it since default profile and settings are not what we expected to be. Thanks in advance.
Answer from Lim's Cave - November 30, 2018 11:22 pm

You should read/watch this :) https://www.limscave.com/best-monitor-settings

 

Best settings do not really exist. Each panel differs from each other (gamma, white point, deltaE deviations, homogeneity, max. brightness)

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