Designed for the Gamers
Since the past few years, ASUS has somehow managed to build its position in the monitor market. One sure thing is that if you enter the market to look up for gaming monitors, you will come across various Asus monitor models that can be used for gaming purpose as well as for professional use, and one of such model is Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ.
In today’s review, we will talk about Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ. The monitor has been designed in a way that it is capable of providing high performance at an affordable price. Though Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ is the most stylish gaming monitor available at the price range, it does not seems that Asus has anywhere compromised with the product’s build quality and performance that it is capable of providing. Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ is the best gaming monitor that users can purchase.
- The curved monitor has excellent design and build-quality.
- It offers a refresh rate of 144Hz.
- It offers good performance.
- No 4K resolution.
- Extreme low motion blur of the display.
- Brightness could be better.
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If you are looking for a gaming monitor that allows you to perform various general activities including playing multimedia files and editing photos or videos, then we will highly recommend Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ for its specs and customizable settings with which it is equipped. The monitor is a feast for the gamers at the price that it comes.
Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ Curved Gaming Monitor Review
The design of the Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ has been adopted from its predecessors but is still unique. The curved 1080p 144Hz monitor is metallic and has a matte texture. Asus XG27VQ comes equipped with a stand that is quite stable and sturdy. Talking about the screen of the monitor, the Asus XG27VQ has no bezels around the screen, and the display looks quite attractive as Asus has used a two-stage design in the Asus XG27VQ. The design of the display is the best part of the monitor.
The rear part of the Asus XG27VQ is the real feast for the gamers as it comes with almost all important stuff that a gaming monitor should hold inside it. The vents at the back are angularly shaped which gives the monitor a unique look. The vents, in fact, revolve around the LED ring in order to provide Asus Aura effects. The monitor is highly recommended for the RGB fans as they will find the design of the monitor pretty much surprising. To make the most out of the rear part, the Asus XG27VQ needs to be placed opposite to a wall to note the effects of Aura Sync RGB LED while gaming or doing the usual stuff. Besides using the helix stand of the monitor, you can also use the screen like plasma as the stand that comes equipped with the Asus XG27VQ is detachable.
Coming to the connectivity port review, the Asus XG27VQ is not the best available in the market. It has DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4 or DVI-DL for video inputs and these ports come equipped with a connector. Besides these, the monitor does not have any extra USB ports to fulfill your requirements regarding connecting a mouse or keyboard or any other USB device.
Neither are there any of those speakers that will wow you while playing games or watching videos. The best part about the monitor is that it comes equipped with a cover panel that can hide the ports to keep it a bit stylish.
Being on the affordable side, the features that the Full HD 1080p 144Hz monitor comes equipped with is more than enough. Asus is providing the stand with the monitor that has a customizable LED projector at the bottom and a smart cable management hole to keep all the cables intact. The stand provides a suitable height to the monitor that makes it comfortable for watching movies and playing games. The height, tilt, and swivel adjustments of the monitor also sports good viewing angles. Besides having a 144 Hz refresh rate, the monitor comes equipped with AMD’s FreeSync technology. The FreeSync technology has been introduced in the monitor so that it can work with both DP and HDMI and will provide a refresh rate between 48 and 140 Hz. The second most amazing feature that the monitor comes equipped with is the Extreme Low Motion Blur (ELMB).
When it comes to display review, the Asus XG27VQ has a 27-inch curved display which provides 1920 x 1080p resolution and a refresh rate of 144Hz. With a 4ms response time and a contrast ratio of 3000:1, the monitor is the best bet in the market against its rivals such as ASUS MG278Q, ASUS XG32VQ. Asus has provided a 300cd/m2 backlight that favors screen brightness and keeps it sufficient enough. The 1800r curve of the screen will enhance the gaming experience until the time you will sit close to the monitor.
When we tested the display for specific points, we determined that the monitor managed to provide contrast levels ratio of 2600:1, which was beyond our expectations. Such a contrast ratio was more than enough to offer blacks and greys that gamers expect from gaming displays. The worst part about the monitor’s display was the brightness. The monitor managed to reach up to 270cd/m2 with its WLED backlight instead of 300cd/m2.
Though you won’t be wowed with Asus XG27VQ when it comes to performance, it is the best as per its price. When tested for certain aspects, Asus XG27VQ somehow managed to produce 96% sRGB with a semi-decent accuracy of Delta E 3.10. After tweaking a bit, we managed to get an improved accuracy score of DeltaE 2.5 which can be further improved to DeltaE 1.9 with a colorimeter.
Asus XG27VQ can be used as a gaming monitor considering the specs and customizable settings with which it is equipped. When we played certain games over the monitor, we realized that the curved display was more than enough to keep the players engaged in the gaming activity with the visuals that the monitor provided.
In order to get the best results, we updated our system’s drivers before performing the tests with AMD GPU on the Full HD monitor. During the tests, we looked out for responsiveness and smoothness on the monitor, and both of them were just amazing while playing several latest AAA games.
While playing, we noted that the display has an input lag time of 8ms that was more than enough to run most of the games. On testing the monitor with games like Overwatch or PUBG, we hardly noticed control inputs and the display delays.
While using AMD GPU and VR tech games, we received a refresh rate between 48Hz to 144Hz which was quite less in comparison to the similar products available in the market. But the less refresh rate was not a big concern since Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ comes equipped with a 1080p display. Still, we faced some of the ghosting issues at the time of playing games. But the Blur Reduction feature that comes included with the monitor took good care of the trailing or ghosting during gameplay.
The best thing about the monitor was the Asus Display Widget app that comes included with the Asus Display Widget-compatible monitor. The app provided many features during the time we tested the monitor for specific aspects. The display was able to automatically swap between color filters depending upon the content that was being played on the screen via the Asus Display Widget app.
In total, Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ has seven modes which include Scenery, Racing, Cinema, RTS/RPG, FPS, sRGB, MOBA and User Mode. The monitor comes equipped with these modes so that users can tweak the settings of the screen in different possible ways. Talking about its FPS mode, the mode has been designed to reveal shadow detail, while MOBA mode, on the other hand, brightens HUD elements of the monitor. User mode, on the other hand, can be used to customize various options inside the monitor’s settings.
Concluding the review, the Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ is the best choice available in the market for the gamers that are looking for 1080p gaming monitors. The best part about the gaming monitor is till the curved display which takes all the numbers and provides an unmatched gaming experience to the players. The screen is not that much good when it comes to imaging fidelity, but the smoothness, responsiveness, blur reduction, and FreeSync implementation hides all the minor defects in the display.
While following our today’s review, the other point that will make us recommend the monitor to the gamers is the price of the Asus XG27VQ which is $349.99. Though its rivals are a bit cheaper, the monitor is worth the extra dollars that you will end up paying to bring the monitor home.