• Panel Type: TN
  • Display Size: 27-inch
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1440
  • Curvature: 1800R
  • Connectivity: HDMI, DisplayPort, Audio in, Audio out
  • Refresh Rate: 165Hz
  • Response Time: 1ms
  • Viewing Angle: 170/160
  • Dimensions: 614.5 x 522.2 x 268.7mm
  • Weight: 8.46kg
  • Pros:
  • 2K resolution
  • Sturdy
  • 165Hz
  • Cons:
  • Price

Bend It Swiftly

Gamers are a special bunch of people, who are passionate people in how they can play the same games over and over again for days, months, and years. How often do you meet someone who could repetitively do the same thing over an extended period of time? You’d have to be pretty into whatever you’re doing. But this is also why brands have seen the potential in gamers, so they’re willing to do anything to get better at their craft.

There is a wide variety of peripherals made for gamers, but we would say that the monitor is only second in importance to the mouse. But still it claims a spot as one of the most important pieces of equipment a gamer owns. Which is why we do our best to try out all the different monitors out there to help you in your selection. For this month, what we have is the ASUS ROG Swift PG27V Curved Gaming Monitor.

As the name already states, the PG27V is a 27-inch curved monitor that comes with a WQHD resolution of 2560×1440. When it comes to refresh rate, the highest this monitor can go up to is 165Hz. However, to get the monitor to output that setting, you’ll need to go through the OSD, while natively it’s able to handle 144Hz right out of the box. We honestly couldn’t tell the difference between 144Hz and 165Hz, but there could be people out there who have more experience gaming with high refresh rate monitors that could feel the difference.

At either 144Hz and 165Hz the games we played, especially Overwatch and CS:GO, were buttery smooth. There’s no motion blur whatsoever and thanks to G-SYNC we didn’t get any screen tearing as well. Colours came out nicely and didn’t seem washed out, but maintains a certain kind of vibrance. The blacks and contrasts were pretty good, so were also able to differentiate objects in dark areas or shadows without much effort. The monitor is also built like a tank, so it’s really sturdy and has great ergonomics when it comes to screen adjustment, whihc includes swivelling and height adjustments.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The ROG Swift PG27V is one heck of a monitor and any gamer would be lucky to have one.

(previously published in issue July 2018)