Contributing writer: Dan Tennant
Gaming PC monitors that have 4K resolution, NVIDIA G-Sync or both aren’t particularly rare these days, but add to that eSports-quality refresh rates and support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) output, and you’ve stumbled across a display that’s worth getting excited about. ASUS showed off its new ROG Swift PG27UQ in Las Vegas at CES 2017: a gorgeous monitor with all the right aesthetics and a feature list that can bring a grin to the face of any hardcore gamer.
Key Specs & Features
- The PG27UQ is the first gaming monitor to feature both 4K resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate, meaning it offers tons of pixels without sacrificing response times.
- ASUS' new monitor is one of the only displays that combines NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology with HDR. That means you'll enjoy the smoother graphics performance made possible by G-Sync as well as the higher brightness and richer colors that HDR-enabled displays provide.
- The PG27UQ features the signature design flourishes of ASUS’ ROG line, with futuristic etchings on the back and an eye-catching circular base that projects a deep-red LED logo onto your desk.
- The monitor sports two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs as well as one HDMI port, allowing you to enjoy 4K content from multiple PCs and consoles.
While I haven't played an actual game on the PG27UQ, the demo video on display at ASUS’ CES booth was quite impressive. The clip, which showed a futuristic robot showdown, highlighted the benefits of both 4K and HDR, as made evident by both the high level of detail and the rich, lifelike way that light bounced off of the characters.
Why You Should Care
ASUS’ new monitor is a big deal for gamers for a few reasons. Going with a 4K monitor typically means sacrificing responsiveness, but thanks to the PG27UQ's 144Hz refresh rate, that's not the case here. HDR-enabled monitors are rare, and now that NVIDIA’s latest graphics cards, as well as consoles such as the Xbox One S and PlayStation 4 Pro, support HDR gaming, you're going to want a display that supports the extra-bright, extra-colorful technology. Long story short, the PG27UQ packs in just about every feature a serious gamer could want without making any sacrifices to resolution, responsiveness or overall picture quality.
Pricing & Availability
The PG27UQ is due sometime later this year and will likely retail for a bit over $1,000. While that's a lot to shell out for a display, its stacked feature set could make it the gaming monitor to beat once it hits shelves. We're eager to see just how well ASUS’ lust-worthy display stacks up during everyday use.