Let's get straight to the point. The Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ is a gaming monitor for $ 350 with a size of 27 inches, a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a refresh rate of 144 Hz. Here we see a VA LCD panel with FreeSync support and one 1800R curvature.
The Asus, first launched at Computex and officially launched last month, isn't the cheapest option you'll find with these specs. MSI's Optix G27C offers similar hardware for $ 50 less. Asus is apparently opting for some additions to its range for it.
One such addition is Extreme Low Motion Blur, which Asus proudly claims to be "exclusive" to this monitor, despite being similar to other technologies like Nvidia's Ultra Low Motion Blur. There is also Aura RGB lighting for those who like RGB.
The design of the XG27VQ is not significantly different from the other ROG monitors from Asus. The stand is a three-point design with a column that supports the display area, with red markings, ventilated areas and aggressive angles. The entire monitor uses a lot of “gamer style” that can’t escape from the front or the back, although it is highlighted thanks to some crazy patterns on the back.
I prefer minimalist designs, so the entire Asus ROG monitor line is not for me. Even if you ignore the strange patterns, the overall structure is a bit chunky compared to more "standard" designs, although the bezel size at 10 mm left and right is quite respectable. However, I am sure that some of you will enjoy this kind of aesthetics, otherwise Asus would no longer produce monitors that look like this.
The XG27VQ is the first monitor that I have tested and that is equipped with Aura RGB lighting. While RGB is all the rage right now, I have no idea why Asus bothered to put it on a monitor. I mean, you can't even see the illuminated ring from the front, and most people set up their monitors with the back of a wall facing away, making the lighting invisible to everyone in a common configuration. The RGB lighting is useless unless you have a setup where users can actually see the back of your monitor.
It's also a little strange that Asus added several red highlights on a monitor with RGB lighting. If you want to sync the RGB lights with the rest of your setup using Asus Aura software, this can conflict with the red areas of the design. A bizarre choice, really.
Let's not forget that the XG27VQ has a red LED in the base that projects a ROG logo onto your desk. This is another feature that amazes me, but luckily you can turn it off. It is also strange that this logo that projects light is not RGB. It would make more sense to have this feature RGB illuminated than the ring on the back that no one can see.
The stand supports the inclination and height adjustment and has a swiveling base. The display itself is not rotated, so you get stuck on the monitor in landscape format, although a curved monitor in portrait format makes little sense anyway.
For ports, we see HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 and DVI-D. one of each. The monitor has no built-in speakers. Therefore, there is a 3.5mm audio output jack for connecting speakers or headphones when using HDMI / DisplayPort audio. There is also no USB hub.
The monitor has a fairly aggressive 1800R curve that appears to be becoming the norm. The curve is easily visible at normal viewing distances, but to be honest I'm not sure what benefits you actually get from a curved monitor of this size. I can understand a larger display or an Ultrawide display that gets the curved treatment, but I don't think it adds much to a traditional 27-inch 16: 9 panel.
On the other hand, 144 Hz is a key feature. If you've never used a high-update monitor before, you'll love the extra fluidity that 144 Hz offers over 60 Hz when your graphics hardware can handle it. The resolution of this monitor is pretty little inspiring 1080p. However, if you want 1440p at this size and refresh rate, you'll have to spend $ 250 more, which is obviously outside the budget of many potential buyers. With that in mind, I think 1080p at 144 Hz at this price offers a great gaming experience, especially when 1440p 60 Hz displays are the alternative.
Asus' ELMB technology (Extreme Low Motion Blur) basically worked exactly as I expected it to. It does essentially the same thing as Nvidia's Ultra Low Motion Blur: it flashes the backlight to greatly reduce motion blue and ghosting of fast-moving objects.
It offers a much better experience than the best overdrive settings, but at the expense of display brightness, cannot be used in conjunction with FreeSync, and only works in the range of 85 to 120 Hz. For those who play fast-moving shooters like CS: GO , it may be worth exploring, though Asus & # 39; ELMB like ULMB is probably not the best option for most players.
As with FreeSync, the monitor has a variable refresh window from 48 to 144 Hz, so it supports low frame rate compensation and offers the best variable refresh experience. No complaints here, which makes it very suitable for AMD GPU owners.