Asus' new ROG Swift PG27UQ is the first 4K 144Hz gaming monitor with DisplayHDR 1000 certification
When it comes to gaming monitors, there are several factors to consider. Should you get a high-refresh rate monitor for silky smooth gameplay? Should you get a 4K panel for densely detailed graphics? What about an HDR monitor to “future-proof” your gaming experience and enjoy deeper, punchier colors? Most monitors only play to one of these features, but Asus’ new ROG Swift PG27UQ mashes them all together in an impressive 27-inch widescreen package, and you can nab one this June (provided you have the funds).
The pièce de résistance of the ROG Swift PG27UQ is its DisplayHDR 1000 certification, hitting the specific standards of luminance, bit depth, and color gamut set forth by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA). Simply put, the ROG Swift PG27UQ is one of two displays to hold this certification for HDR content (the other being a 43-inch 4K display from Philips). DisplayHDR 1000 is currently the highest HDR certification attainable from VESA.
Gaming content and media alike should look stunning on the PG27UQ. The monitor is pre-calibrated for professional-grade color accuracy and will ship with a Delta-E of less than 3. Asus will also calibrate the monitor to cover 97% of the DCI-P3 color space and 99% of the AdobeRGB gamut. The monitor can hit a peak brightness of 1000 cd/m2 and has a response time of 4 ms (gray-to-gray). Lastly, the PG27UQ carries a 144 Hz refresh rate and is compatible with Nvidia’s G-Sync.
The major downside here is the price. The ROG Swift PG27UQ will ship this June for USD $2,000, which puts it squarely out of reach for most consumers. In addition to the expense of the monitor, users will need a rig powerful enough to drive HDR content at 4K 144 Hz, which also won’t come cheap. However, professionals that rely on rich colors, deep blacks, and a fast refresh rate may find the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ to be a complete package.