ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor Review - See the future of gaming: Page 4 of 10

Posted by Damon Bailey on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 8:00am

A Closer Look

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

Before you power it on the first time, the ROG Swift PG27U is by far better looking on the back side than the front, it’s almost a shame most users will barely ever see this side again.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

Besides the pattern frequented by ASUS, the giant super-reflective ROG eye stands out quite well.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

The contrast of the patterned black back of the monitor against the silver and orange stand looks great.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

The monitor is quite adjustable and even offers rotation to portrait mode, something often only found on professional monitors.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

The ROG Swift PG27U can swivel 35 degrees from center each direction.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

Tilt has a range of 5 degrees forward/down…

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

…and 20 degrees back/up. You also get to see from this angle how thick the monitor body is.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

When you power the monitor up, you are greeted with a glowing red ROG eye logo on top of the stand as well as the giant ROG on the monitor slowly rotating through a rainbow of colors.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

A small adjustment wheel here lets you keep the projected ROG logo small and near your monitor to large and well above your monitor to even project on the ceiling above you.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

You can turn the lighting off, but why would you want to? Profess your love of ROG with a giant ROG Eye for all to see!

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

This is part of the ROG magic. That orange looking button Is actually a small joystick with a push in to click button under it. This provides the majority of your onscreen OSD adjustments and is incredibly intuitive. The physical buttons going down are a cancel button, the Game Plus button, the Game Visual Button, and the power button.

With as incredibly intuitive as the OSD Joystick is, we would love to see ASUS just abandon all other buttons beside the physical power switch. Many people don’t even bother with anything found in the OSD simply because navigating a menu with buttons on the side, bottom or rear of a screen is just awkward and frustrating. After using the joystick, it really reinforces this notion and makes us wish that much more the gaming features were just absorbed into this system as well.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

Main connectivity is through a DisplayPort 1.4 which is the only way G-sync will operate, but you can also connect a console or secondary system into the HDMI port to use the ROG Swift as a normal 4K monitor. A USB Type-B upstream port feeds not only the twin USB 3.1 gen 1 downstream ports, but also serves to allow control of the lighting via Asus Aura Sync. On the left is the monitor DC power input, and the right side gives you a 3.5mm line out jack for audio.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

The main label is just under the input area. It indicates 19.5V @ 9.23A or 180 Watts. This is quite high for a monitor, so we’ll have to measure actual consumption later on..

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

The bottom of the base has a small board with a single LED in it.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

The feet twist on to the upright part of the base, and a single thumbscrew holds it in place.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

Once you pick an included design or make your own, you snap it into the black trim.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

The trim then twists into place on the bottom of the stand.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

The area right under the monitor stand glows with a red logo. It looks a lot better in person than it does here though.

ASUS ROG Swift PG27U 4K 144Hz HDR Gaming Monitor

This shot in the dark looks a little better now doesn’t it?

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