One of ASUS’ many releases during Computex was for their new ROG Swift PG278Q monitor that boasted a number of impressive specifications all at once. The PG278Q combines a 2560x1440 panel capable of 120/144 Hz operation with support for NVIDIA G-Sync and 3D Vision, putting it firmly in the region of gaming and hence the ROG moniker.

Aside from NVIDIA G-Sync, the PG278Q comes with a Turbo Key on the rear for quick selection between 60 Hz, 120 Hz and 144 Hz depending on user preference. The GamePlus hotkey gives a crosshair overlay to enhance the gaming environment (useful in games that do not offer steady central crosshairs), as well as timer functions. The OSD is navigated by a joystick-like nub behind the side of the monitor.

Response time is listed as 1ms GTG, with 16.7M colors and 160-170º viewing angles. Connectivity is via DisplayPort 1.2 only, with a USB 3.0 pass-through hub also in the electronics. VESA support is for 100x100mm, and the monitor is listed at 7.0 kg (15.4 lbs). The PR gives a bezel dimension of 6 mm.

Due to the high refresh rate and inclusion of G-Sync, the Swift comes in as one of the most expensive TN panels on the market. Pricing will start at $799, varying by region, and the monitor should be available in Taiwan, APAC and EU today, with China in mid-August and North America by the end of August.

Display 27-inch (68.5cm) widescreen with 16:9 aspect ratio
Resolution 2D mode: 2560 x 1440 (up to 144 Hz)
3D mode: 2560 x 1440 (up to 120 Hz)
2D/3D surround: 7680 x 1440 (2D up to 144 Hz / 3D up to 120 Hz)
Pixel pitch 0.233mm / 109 PPI
Colors (max) 16.7M
Viewing angles 170-degree (H) / 160-degree (V)
Brightness (max) 350cd/m²
Response time 1ms (GTG)
ASUS GamePlus Technology (Crosshair / Timer)
ASUS Refresh Rate Turbo Key (60 Hz /120 Hz/ 144Hz Overclocking)
ASUS 5-way OSD Navigation Joystick
NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ Technology
NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Ready
NVIDIA® Ultra Low Motion Blur Technology
Input/output 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
2 x USB 3.0 (Upstream x 1, Downstream x 2)
Stand Tilt: +20°~-5°, Swivel: ±60°, Pivot: 90° clockwise
Height adjustment: 0~120mm
VESA wall mount: 100 x 100mm
Size 619.7 x 362.96 x 65.98mm        
Weight (est.) 7.0kg

Source: ASUS

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  • SlyNine - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    1440p @ 144hz with Gsync.... Yes it is.
  • tackle70 - Friday, July 25, 2014 - link

    You're bat-**** crazy if you expected 4k IPS for that price. 1440p IPS is barely down that cheap.
  • Dug - Monday, July 28, 2014 - link

    They are already marketing this at high end gaming users. No one I know can game at 4k, and no one I know games on IPS. If you want 4k and IPS you aren't a gamer.
  • chizow - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    Yeah NA delay according to JJ at Asus is because they shipped NA parts via a few bucks but I bet we don't see the cost savings in the price tag.

    Will still be picking one up however, been waiting a few years for a true upgrade to my VG278H and 2560x1440p G-Sync in 2D along with 1440p 3D Vision will certainly fit that bill.
  • dishayu - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    Is that boat being manually rowed by 1 person? I doesn't take months to go from anywhere to anywhere using a cargo ship. Couple of weeks at max.
  • chizow - Friday, July 25, 2014 - link

    Yeah takes about 2 weeks + time in customs then another 1-5 days for time to retailers, about the same time frame JJ laid out I think. Pre-orders in August, shipped later that month.
  • ruthan - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    One input, im using often 1 monitor with more devices - computers, consoles, so this is stopper for me.
  • chang3d - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    Why can't we get the best of both worlds with a VA panel instead? A 27" QHD G-Sync version Eizo Foris FG2421 would be almost perfect.
  • Asmodian - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - link

    It really would be.
  • DanNeely - Friday, July 25, 2014 - link

    Do modern *VA panels still have a problem with black-crush when viewed strait on? (This is when the darkest grays and black all look the same unless you're looking at the screen from an angle.)

    If so, I think I'd still rather have an IPS display.

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