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Competitive gamers will often do whatever they can to maximise frame rate. Having a monitor that can complement this with a high refresh rate is particularly desirable. The ASUS PG27AQN of the ROG Swift series delivers this, driving things up to 360Hz in combination with a WQHD or ‘1440p’ resolution. The monitor offers familiar styling for the series, with plenty of dark matte plastics and a rusty orange coloured ‘plasma copper’ core for a touch of visual interest. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with panel border flush with the rest of the screen plus thin hard plastic outer part. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick and buttons running down the rear of the monitor, at the right side as viewed from the front.

Black and red colour scheme

A 27″ 2560 x 1440 (WQHD or 1440p) IPS-type panel is employed, with 360Hz and G-SYNC module. More specifically an AUO AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) panel. This delivers VRR for compatible Nvidia GPUs and via DP Adaptive-Sync for ‘AMD FreeSync’, with effective 1 – 360Hz VRR range. Nvidia’s ‘Reflex Latency Analyzer’ is also supported, assisting in system latency measurements when used with a compatible mouse and Nvidia GPU. A matte anti-glare screen surface is used, whilst a 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and 8-bit colour is specified. A flicker-free WLED backlight provides a 400 cd/m² (600 cd/m² HDR peak) typical maximum luminance and 98% DCI-P3 colour gamut. The monitor is factory calibrated with specified DeltaE <2 for the sRGB colour space. It's also VESA DisplayHDR 600 certified, allowing it to respond to HDR10 content in a fairly dynamic way. The colour gamut can be put to good use alongside 10-bit colour processing and decent pulses of brightness, alongside a degree of local dimming for a situational boost in contrast.

A 1ms grey to grey response time is specified (caution advised), with the G-SYNC module including variable overdrive which re-tunes the response time behaviour over a broad range of refresh rates to help balance speed and overshoot levels. ULMB 2 also features as a strobe backlight setting to maximise motion clarity. The stand attaches centrally via a quick release mechanism and can be replaced by a 100 x 100mm VESA compatible solution if preferred. The stand is fully adjustable, including 100mm (3.94 inches) height adjustment and pivot into portrait. A customisable RGB LED (‘Aura Sync’) lighting element is included towards the top right, at the rear. The ports face downwards and include; DC power input (external ‘power brick’), 3 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4 (with DSC), 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (one for Nvidia Reflex), USB Type-B upstream and a 3.5mm headphone jack. As a ‘G-SYNC Esports’ monitor, the monitor can simulate a 25″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) or 2368 x 1332 experience with its so-called ‘Esports Dual Mode’ and includes a ‘Esports Vibrance’ preset designed to give a competitive edge.

More flashes of red

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$1050 USD.