• Panel Type: VA
  • Display Size: 27-inch
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Connectivity: HDMI, DVI-D, DisplayPort
  • Refresh Rate: 144Hz
  • Response Time: 4ms
  • Viewing Angle: 178/178
  • Dimensions: 620 x 524 x 269mm
  • Weight: 6.9kg
  • Pros:
  • Great performance
  • VA panel
  • Curved monitor
  • Cons:
  • None

Be In The Game

Display technology has improved exponentially and along with that comes different panel types to choose from. The most popular ones are IPS and TN panels, but hidden in the back alleys of the of the display world is the VA (Vertical Alignment) panel. It’s a jack of all trades with great contrast, viewing angles and response time, but also a master of none.

The ROG STRIX XG27VQ is a 27-inch curved gaming monitor that has a refresh rate of 144Hz and uses a VA panel. The curvature of the display is 1800R, which provides a natural and comfortable curve when sitting right in front of the monitor. Combine that with the smooth height adjustment available on the monitor, you’ll be able to find the sweet spot for your viewing preference easily. The overall build of the monitor is great. It feels solid and the only thing that felt off was the red LED shining through the bottom of the stand; there isn’t really a need for it.

Getting to the display, since the XG27VQ uses a VA panel, it provides wide viewing angles, good colours and contrast along with low response times and high refresh rates. It also features an ASUS-exclusive feature, which is the Extreme Low Motion Blur that – when combined with Adaptive-Sync – results in gameplay without tearing and stuttering. Testing it with games such as CS:GO and Overwatch, we were able to take full advantage of the 144Hz refresh rate that gave us an incredibly smooth visual experience. The jump from 60Hz to 120-144Hz is instantly noticeable and immediately adds to your gaming experience.

At the back, you are provided with a range of input ports such as HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 and Dual-link DVI-D. There’s also a 3.5mm audio jack if you want to connect an audio device to the monitor. Finally, the OSD has large buttons and a joystick to make tuning and tweaking the settings of the monitor fairly easy.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you are in the market for a gaming monitor the XG27VQ is a sound and solid choice.

(previously published in issue January 2018)

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