The Asus ROG Swift PG258Q is a 1920 x 1080 TN LCD monitor (24.5 inches). Now you might think that this collection of specs isn't particularly impressive – and certainly not in itself – but this monitor does have an important feature that is very attractive to fans of fast-paced esport titles. The PG258Q offers an impressive refresh rate of 240 Hz in combination with G-Sync for the ultimate experience with low latency and high refresh rate.
Most simple 24-inch 1080p displays cost around $ 150, and today you can even buy 144 Hz monitors in the $ 200 to $ 300 range. However, the PG258Q is considerably more expensive: for those who want 240 Hz and Nvidia's variable refresh technology, you'll have to hand over a massive $ 599.99, which effectively limits this display to everyone except avid gamers.
What do you get for your $ 600? Well, in true Asus ROG Swift mode, the PG258Q offers a lot of player elements. The stand is a broad, three-pronged design with interesting copper highlights, while the back of the monitor has aggressive shapes and a "tech" pattern. Those who want a slim monitor should look elsewhere because the display area is quite thick and the column that holds it is also quite strong.
The advantage of such a large stand and design is its position flexibility. The ROG Swift PG258Q supports height, tilt, and pan settings, so you can position the monitor exactly as you want without moving the stand. When the monitor is in the highest possible position, you can also pan it in portrait mode. This is a feature you would expect from a high-end monitor of this size.
Perhaps the strangest part of the design of this monitor is the LED-lit logo projected from the base of the stand onto your desk. After a quick poll on social media, most of you seem to think this is a gimmick, and I agree. However, you can deactivate the LED logo on the monitor screen or exchange the logo for a customized insert of your choice.
The connectors of this monitor are hidden behind a large removable cover on the back. You get DisplayPort, which is required if you want to use G-Sync or press 240 Hz, and HDMI as main connections. There's also a two-port USB 3.0 hub and a 3.5mm audio jack to connect headphones when using HDMI / DP audio. The monitor is connected to the mains via a proprietary connection and an external power supply.
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The cable management is decent. There is a hole in both the removable cover and the pedestal through which you can lay cables and keep your desk clean. It may be tight fitting to connect both an HDMI and a DisplayPort cable and lead the cables out of the holes, but there is just enough space.
The bezels around the display are very narrow at just 7 mm on the left and right sides, which contributes to a decent design from the front. If you connect multiple PG258Qs in a multi-monitor setup, there is only a small gap between the panels, what you want.
The main feature of the PG258Q is of course its high refresh rate. Where earlier monitors of this size normally work at around 144 Hz, the PG258Q extends up to 240 Hz. Playing with such high frame numbers can be quite difficult in modern AAA titles, even at 1080p. With top-end hardware, however, it is possible to play popular esport games such as Overwatch and CS: GO well into the 200 FPS range.
I can easily tell the difference in responsiveness, smoothness, and even visual clarity when moving from a simple 60 Hz display to something 144 Hz. Above this point, it becomes much more difficult to notice the improved refresh rate, and at least for my eyes, there is little difference between 144 Hz and 240 Hz. There is a difference – it's not just a gimmick – but the price delta between 144 Hz and 240 Hz monitors bring the upgrade firmly into the "falling returns" category.
For professional gaming and esports enthusiasts, a reduced input latency provided by the 240 Hz refresh rate could result in a small but still important competitive advantage over other players with lower refresh indicators. Playing at 240 Hz feels ridiculously snappy, and those with heavily set response times that respond to even the slightest delay should notice an improved experience when moving to 240 Hz.
G-Sync is also an important consideration here, since the frame rates can vary widely over 150 FPS, which can lead to tearing in displays with fixed updates and deactivated Vsync. For users with Nvidia graphics cards, the adaptive update of G-Sync solves the tearing and even improves the apparent smoothness of games in situations with low FPS (in the range of 40 to 60 FPS). I would not recommend this monitor for users with AMD cards because G-Sync is limited to Nvidia. However, there are correspondences to this model with the competing AMD technology FreeSync.
The PG258Q's on-screen display can be accessed through Asus' joystick direction control on the back. This is a useful control scheme for a monitor, especially since you often cannot see the buttons you press. The joystick clicks an enter button and is flanked by four additional buttons for "Back", "Power", "GamePlus" and "GameVisual".
The OSD doesn't contain too many amazing features. There is a blue light filter that makes the display warmer for a more comfortable reading experience at the expense of color accuracy. There are also some basic color settings, as well as both adaptive contrast and dark gain controls, both of which I would recommend as disabled. The input selector is also located in the OSD, as is the control for deactivating the projected LED logo.
If you open the GamePlus menu using the corresponding button, some useful additional functions are displayed, e.g. B. an FPS counter and a crosshair for games in which these are not included. The GameVisual menu contains several calibration presets that, according to Asus, are best suited for certain applications. For the most color-accurate performance with little effort, sRGB mode is my recommendation, although it's worth playing around to see which modes work for you in your favorite games.