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ASUS XG27UQR 144Hz 4K IPS model

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The 3840 x 2160 or ‘4K’ UHD resolution has a lot to offer for both play and productivity. The ASUS XG27UQR of the ROG Strix series offers this, with a focus on high refresh rate gaming. The monitor echoes the somewhat subdued ‘gamery’ aesthetic of other members of the series. Plenty of matte black plastics and a few elements with a slightly shinier satin plastic finish for a bit of visual interest. The bezels are quite thick for a modern monitor, with a single-stage design with a plastic bezel covering the panel border effectively. The OSD (On Screen Display) is controlled by a joystick and buttons at the rear of the screen, towards the right side as viewed from the front.

The Strix look

A 27″ 3840 x 2160 (‘4K’ UHD) IPS-type panel is used, likely the AUO M270QAN02.3 AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) panel or similar. This includes a very light matte anti-glare screen surface, 1000:1 static contrast ratio and 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles. The monitor supports a 144Hz refresh rate, with Adaptive-Sync including Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible Mode’, with a 48 – 144Hz VRR range plus LFC. True 8-bit colour is supported, with a factory calibration offering an average DeltaE ≤2. A flicker-free LED-based backlight offers a 90% DCI-P3 colour gamut and 400 cd/m² maximum brightness. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to promote more relaxing viewing. VESA DisplayHDR 400 support is included, allowing the monitor to respond to HDR10 content in a basic way. 10-bit colour processing can be used with GPU dithering, whilst the reasonably generous colour gamut it put to work. But it doesn’t require local dimming or a particularly high luminance by HDR standards. A 1ms MPRT response time is specified using the included ELMB strobe backlight mode. The stand attaches centrally via a quick-release mechanism, with full adjustability offered – including 100mm (4.33 inches) height adjustment. 100 x 100mm VESA holes are included for alternative mounting. An Aura Sync RGB LED lighting feature is found towards the top right, at the rear. The ports face downwards and include; DC power input (external ‘power brick’), a 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, 2 DP 1.4 ports (with DSC) and 2 USB 3.0 ports plus upstream. Full HD @120Hz is supported on the PS5, whilst Full HD @120Hz and WQHD @120Hz plus VRR is supported on the Xbox Series X/S.

A colorful motif

Further details are available on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~$800 USD.