One of ASUS’ many releases during Computex was for their new ROG Swift PG278Q monitor that boasted a number of impressive specifications all at once. The PG278Q combines a 2560x1440 panel capable of 120/144 Hz operation with support for NVIDIA G-Sync and 3D Vision, putting it firmly in the region of gaming and hence the ROG moniker.

Aside from NVIDIA G-Sync, the PG278Q comes with a Turbo Key on the rear for quick selection between 60 Hz, 120 Hz and 144 Hz depending on user preference. The GamePlus hotkey gives a crosshair overlay to enhance the gaming environment (useful in games that do not offer steady central crosshairs), as well as timer functions. The OSD is navigated by a joystick-like nub behind the side of the monitor.

Response time is listed as 1ms GTG, with 16.7M colors and 160-170º viewing angles. Connectivity is via DisplayPort 1.2 only, with a USB 3.0 pass-through hub also in the electronics. VESA support is for 100x100mm, and the monitor is listed at 7.0 kg (15.4 lbs). The PR gives a bezel dimension of 6 mm.

Due to the high refresh rate and inclusion of G-Sync, the Swift comes in as one of the most expensive TN panels on the market. Pricing will start at $799, varying by region, and the monitor should be available in Taiwan, APAC and EU today, with China in mid-August and North America by the end of August.

ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q
Display 27-inch (68.5cm) widescreen with 16:9 aspect ratio
Resolution 2D mode: 2560 x 1440 (up to 144 Hz)
3D mode: 2560 x 1440 (up to 120 Hz)
2D/3D surround: 7680 x 1440 (2D up to 144 Hz / 3D up to 120 Hz)
Pixel pitch 0.233mm / 109 PPI
Colors (max) 16.7M
Viewing angles 170-degree (H) / 160-degree (V)
Brightness (max) 350cd/m²
Response time 1ms (GTG)
ASUS-exclusive
technologies
ASUS GamePlus Technology (Crosshair / Timer)
ASUS Refresh Rate Turbo Key (60 Hz /120 Hz/ 144Hz Overclocking)
ASUS 5-way OSD Navigation Joystick
NVIDIA® 
technologies
NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ Technology
NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Ready
NVIDIA® Ultra Low Motion Blur Technology
Input/output 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
2 x USB 3.0 (Upstream x 1, Downstream x 2)
Stand Tilt: +20°~-5°, Swivel: ±60°, Pivot: 90° clockwise
Height adjustment: 0~120mm
VESA wall mount: 100 x 100mm
Size 619.7 x 362.96 x 65.98mm        
Weight (est.) 7.0kg

Source: ASUS

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  • chenook - Thursday, July 31, 2014 - link

    I think you mean pb278q that goes for $500 Reply
  • chenook - Thursday, July 31, 2014 - link

    The only thing that gets me is at the big reveal they said it would be available for purchase in April, then they said May, then a problem with heat sink design so June then July and then they have shipping issues so August and now seeing September posts. Frustrating. Reply
  • SlyNine - Friday, July 25, 2014 - link

    I am aware. But look at the other TFT panels at newegg. They also advertise 16.7 even tho they use 6bit+dithering.

    So again. I hope this is a true 8bit panel, they made a pretty big deal about it and then silently took the 8bit off their specs.
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  • SlyNine - Friday, July 25, 2014 - link

    Okay. In there FAQ they have once again stated its a 8Bit panel. So all is well. Reply
  • 2late2die - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    This monitor is definitely on the expansive side, but then again new tech usually is. In any case I think this is a very impressive piece of tech and at $600 or less it would be an insta-buy for me. As is, I'm gonna have to think about it. Guess it's a good thing I still have time. Reply
  • Strulf - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    *expensive Reply
  • bebimbap - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    TFTcentral rates this monitor excellent in terms of color accuracy, once calibrated of course, but even out of the box, it is very good. and talking about sRGB coverage ".. the monitors colour gamut (black triangle) is roughly equal to the sRGB colour space."
    http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/asus_rog_swift...

    so the ONLY 2 deficiencies I can say are connectivity, dPort ONLY and the viewing angles, still is a TN, and it's a large monitor if you are too close to it, the colors might washout towards the edges.

    I wouldn't agree price is "expensive" for this type of tech. A VG248QE is about $275usd now, plus the gsync kit is another $200. So if you were to take the $800 price tag and subtract $200 you are left with a $600 montior. Previous to this any decent 27" gaming lcd 1440p60 with 5ms GTG is already in the $500 range. so really you are only paying ~$100 more for no motion blur, 120hz + ULMB, or for insane motion clarity 144hz. Well that's just my opinion, and I might be biased since I'll be one of the first people to buy this thing. I already own a VG248QE with gsync and it is amazing compared to anything I had before.

    Oh a quick note,
    a 4k60 monitor only needs about 4.977 Mpixels/sec
    a 1440p144 monitor needs about 5.308 Mpixels/sec, I basically look to spend at least as much on my GPU as I am on my monitor as a good rule of thumb
    Reply
  • urabask - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    You can't use G-sync without displayport so it's kind of pointless to gripe about that. Reply
  • tackle70 - Friday, July 25, 2014 - link

    Means you can't hook anything up except a PC. Lots of people use their monitor for other things, especially gaming consoles. So no, it's not a pointless con, it just may not apply to you if you never envision hooking anything up to it except a gaming PC. Reply
  • agentbb007 - Saturday, July 26, 2014 - link

    Buy a $15 display port to hdmi cable then... Reply

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