ASUS VG278Q Review


The ASUS VG278Q is a 144 Hz 1080p 1080p gaming monitor that offers both FreeSync and G-SYNC as well as motion blur reduction technology.

If you want a gaming monitor that has as many useful features as you can for competitive gaming, you will love the ASUS VG278Q.

This is a 1080p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitor with backlight strobing technology, AMD FreeSync support, and G-SYNC compatibility.

In addition, it has a fully ergonomic design as well as additional game features such as customizable cross tables, preset game settings, and more.

Image quality

ASUS VG278Q does not surprise you when it comes to image quality.

It has a TN panel, which means you get lower image quality compared to other panel technologies, as well as a narrow viewing angle of 160 degrees / 170 degrees.

If you are a hardcore FPS gamer, this should not bother you because you will have flawless performance in return.

Another thing that users may not like about the ASUS VG278Q gaming monitor is its 1080p resolution.

1080p in itself is not so bad, it is still considered standard, and more importantly, your GPU is lightweight, allowing you to achieve high frame rates.

However, when you place it on a 27-inch monitor, a pixel-to-inch ratio is obtained, which results in a pixel image.

In video games, this does not matter, because you can apply some anti-aliasing. In addition, because the image is pixelated, your accuracy increases slightly because everything is “bigger”.

Therefore, only when it comes to movies and office work, the stained details of the ASUS VG278Q become really annoying.

Performance

The input latency performance of the ASUS VG278Q is the same as that of gaming monitors used by professionals because it is about 4 milliseconds.

In addition, a response time of 1 millisecond ensures fast pixel transfer from one color to another, which eliminates ghost/message and motion blur in fast games.

You can also use the TraceFree (overdrive) feature to increase/decrease response time, although we’ve changed it enough in the default settings (60). It varies from 0 to 100 in 20 increments.

Alternatively, you can use ASUS Extreme Low Motion Blur (ELMB), which removes more ghosts and trails through the backlight. You can set this feature to a constant refresh rate of 120Hz or 144Hz.

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Note that the maximum brightness of the monitor is reduced by activating this feature, so use it only when playing fast games – as you like this type of motion control.

Either way, thanks to the 144Hz refresh rate and 1MHz response time of the 27-inch ASUS VG278Q 

Features

The ASUS VG278Q monitor features GamePlus (Custom Intersections, Timer, and FPS Counter) and GameVisual (FPS, RTS / RPG, Racing, and MOBA, Pre-Calibrated Image).

Additionally, if you have an Adaptive-Sync compatible graphics card from AMD or NVIDIA (GTX 10 Series, RTX 20 Series, or later), you can enable FreeSync or G-SYNC, respectively.

Adaptive sync technology gives you a variable refresh rate that allows the ASUS VG278Q to change its refresh rate according to the GPU frame rate, thus eliminating page breaks and stuttering forever.

The refresh rate range is 40-144 Hz via DisplayPort for FreeSync and G-SYNC and 40-120Hz for FreeSync via HDMI.

Design and connection

ASUS VG278Q has a fully ergonomic base with height adjustment up to 130 mm, rotation +/- 90 degrees, +/- 90 degrees, tilt -5 degrees / 33 degrees, and compatibility with VESA base 100 x 100 mm.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, Dual-Link DVI-D, headphone jack, and two built-in 2W speakers.

Prices and similar monitors

At the time, this was the first 144Hz 1080p monitor with G-SYNC compatibility, so the high price was somewhat reasonable.

However, today you can get a cheaper 1080p 144Hz IPS gaming monitor like the LG 24GN650, which is just as fast but offers much better image quality and viewing angles.

You can even find a 240Hz IPS gaming monitor like the Dell S2522HG.

Specifications

Screen Size27-inch
Resolution1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeTN
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time (GtG)1ms (GtG)
Response Time (Extreme Low Motion Blur)1ms (MPRT)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (40Hz-144Hz)
G-SYNC Compatible
Speakers2x2W
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, DL-DVI-D
Other PortsHeadphone Jack
Brightness400 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

Conclusion


In short, the ASUS VG278Q offers a lot of smooth performance and useful features, but it is very expensive considering that there are cheaper 240Hz and 144Hz 1ms IPS models.

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