We have previously reported about the up and coming new HDR G-Sync monitors from Acer and Asus, but the pricing and official launch dates were not 100% official. It appears the wait is nearly over though and Asus are making the ROG Swift PG27UQ available next month in late June
Sadly, the rumoured prices were mostly accurate, the new monitor will launch at $1999 which is an insane amount of money for a monitor. That being said, when there are only 2 monitors on the market that can do this, and affluent gamers that are willing to pay that kind of prices, it is to be expected. As new companies introduce models I am sure (hope) we will see the prices drop.
The new monitor does have very impressive specifications though, it is based on an AU Optronics’ 10-bit AHVA panel featuring a 3840×2160 resolution, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles, a 4 ms response time, an up to 144 Hz refresh rate (native refresh rate is 120 Hz), and a 1000 nits peak luminance.
In order to achieve the peak brightness of 1000nits, it uses full array local dimming (FALD) which places LEDs in 384-zones to provide bright and even backlighting. This is regarded as the gold standard of backlighting and goes some way to justifying the cost. When we see cheaper models it is possible/likely they will use edge lighting or fewer zones and have a lower peak brightness.
ASUS states that its PG27UQ monitor will ship calibrated to Delta E<3 accuracy and can display 99% of the AdobeRGB and 97% of the DCI-P3 colour ranges. The display is VESA DisplayHDR 1000-certified and UltraHD Premium branding is pending.
The monitor also includes an ambient light sensor that is used to adjust brightness depending on ambient light conditions.
As you would expect for a monitor of this price, connectivity is excellent. You get the latest a DisplayPort 1.4 input, which is required to display 4K content with a 144 Hz refresh rate and 4:2:2 chroma subsampling, as well as HDMI 2.0 header (that can handle 4Kp60). In addition, the monitor has a dual-port USB 3.0 hub as well as a 3.5-mm audio jack.
For $2k and with it being a 4K monitor, I would personally have liked to see a 32-inch model launched as it is much more usable for day to day performance. However, I guess that doesn't matter quite as much for gaming. I am also not so sure about sitting so close to a screen pumping out 1000nits of brightness, but that's probably because I have sensitive eyes, and I guess it is only the occasional very bright screen that will occur mid-game.
There is no word on pricing but expect it to be close to $/£ parity.
Specifications of ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ Gaming Monitor
|Panel||27" IPS (AHVA)|
|Resolution||3840 × 2160|
|Refresh Rate||Native: 120 Hz|
4:4:4 HDR: 98Hz
4:2:2 HDR: 120Hz
Overclocked 4:2:2 HDR: 144 Hz
|Variable Refresh Rate||NVIDIA G-Sync HDR|
|Response Time||4 ms|
|Brightness||Native: 300 - 600 cd/m²|
Peak: 1000 cd/m²
|Backlighting||FALD, 384 zones|
|Viewing Angles||178°/178° horizontal/vertical|
|PPI||163 pixels per inch|
|Color Saturation||sRGB: 100%|
Adobe RGB: 99%
Rec. 2020: ?
|Inputs||1 × DisplayPort 1.4|
1 × HDMI 2.0
|Audio||3.5-mm audio jack|
|USB Hub||2-port USB 3.0|
|Stand Adjustments||Tilt: +20°~-5°|
Height Adjustment: 0~120 mm
|Vesa Mount||100 × 100|
|Power Consumption||Peak: 180 W with HDR on|