- Display Size: 27 inches
- Resolution: 3,840x2,160 pixels
- Connectivity: HDMI x1, DisplayPort x1, USB 3.0
- Refresh Rate: 60Hz
- Touch: No
- Viewing Angle: 170 degrees
- Lack of video output options
A New Addition To The Overkill Section
ASUS has been quite active in launching wave after wave of Republic of Gamers products and devices, especially their monitor line which has been receiving accolades left, right and centre for the past several months. This time around, a true monster of a monitor has arrived in our test labs, and its name is the ASUS SWIFT PG27A monitor.
The ASUS SWIFT series of monitors has long been one of the best pro-grade gaming monitors out there, and the PG27A is no different. This monitor sports a 27 inch LCD IPS display, with its resolution set at a whopping 3,840×2,160 pixels. This monitor also comes with NVIDIA’s GSYNC technology which helps with screen tearing and stutter, although unlike many other GSYNC displays, the refresh rate of the PG27A is set to only 60Hz.
As far as display options and I/O outputs go, the monitor is decked with a number of USB 3.0 ports for your convenience, although ASUS only serves one HDMI and one DisplayPort for you to use on the monitor. In order for you to take advantage of the GSYNC technology however, you will have to use the DisplayPort as the HDMI port does not have enough bandwidth to transfer high amounts of data to the GSYNC module.
That being said, the colour reproduction on the PG27A is nothing short of impressive, and it shows regardless if you’re watching videos, high definition movies or even playing computer games. Coupled with a supported NVIDIA GPU, the GSYNC technology truly does wonders in getting high-polygon games look absolutely beautiful.
If you so desire, you could also set the monitor’s display to portrait instead of landscape mode, in case you need to work on an art project and such. This is especially great considering the monitor functions exceptionally well for both work and play, thanks to the display’s colour reproduction capabilities.
The one downside we could think of with the monitor is the fact that its lack of video output options may hamper a user’s ability to hook up a variety of machines to the display, like gaming consoles or even BluRay players, for instance.
CHIP CONCLUDE: Native 4K gaming monitors come at a premium these days, but the technology packed into them is very impressive, nonetheless. ASUS’ PG27A 4K gaming monitor falls in this category, and if you’re looking to game at the highest resolutions known to man, you definitely won’t go wrong with this.
(previously published in issue April 2016)