The ASUS ROG STRIX XG27VQ is a 27-inch FHD gaming monitor. Its curved VA panel offers exceptional picture quality at the cost of a marginal increase in pixel response time.
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Pro Superb picture quality
The picture quality of the ASUS XG27VQ is one of the best among all gaming monitors in this price range. This is due to its VA panel that offers high native contrast ratio, excellent peak brightness, great gamma, and fair color accuracy.
The XG27VQ does an excellent job of reproducing deep dark scenes, bright and vivid colors, and some eye-catching intermediate tones. The monitor can reproduce beautiful dark scenes thanks to its native contrast ratio of 3000:1 which allows it to display intense blacks. Colors look bright and vibrant thanks to the monitor's high peak brightness of 300 nits. Mid-tones look life-like because of the panel's nearly ideal average gamma of 2.25.
Additionally, the monitor's color inaccuracies are almost invisible to the human eye as its average color error dE is only 2.6.
Pro Supports FreeSync
FreeSync eliminates screen tearing and stutter, and reduces display lag because it allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate to the framerate of your Radeon GPU.
The ASUS XG27VQ supports the FreeSync in the 48-144 FPS range.
Pro Good motion handling
This monitor has multiple tools that enable it to display clear and blur-less motion even in the fastest FPS games, allowing this VA panel to compete against faster TN gaming monitors in this price range.
First, the artificial motion blur effect is virtually eliminated by the aid of ASUS's Extreme Low Motion Blur feature, which makes this LCD monitor behave more like CRT monitors.
Second, the monitor doesn't suffer from heavy ghosting as each pixel of the ASUS XG27VQ can change its color in 4ms.
Finally, the motion appears smooth and fluid because of the monitor's native refresh rate of 144 Hz, which enables it to display up to 144 frames each second.
The overall build quality of the ASUS XG27VQ suggests that this is a premium-class product. Each part feels rigid, as if the entire monitor was carved from a single piece of plastic.
Pro Has a desktop app
You can adjust all the monitor's settings using your keyboard and a mouse thanks to the ASUS's desktop application.
Pro Has a curved panel
The ASUS XG27VQ makes your overall gaming experience more immersive as its 1800R curved panel gives you the sensation of the screen surrounding you.
Additionally, the panel's curvature minimizes viewing angles on the sides of the monitor which noticeably improves the overall visual consistency of the panel.
Pro Has a crosshair
The ASUS XG27VQ has a crosshair feature which allows you to add a crosshair to any game. It could improve your performance in games like CS: GO and Rust, where you can no-scope your opponents.
Pro Exceptional gaming performance
The ASUS XG27VQ offers remarkable gaming performance as it combines superb overall picture quality with excellent motion handling capabilities, well-handled input lag, and high native refresh rate.
Pro Decent responsiveness
Even though no one has tested the monitor's input lag yet, it seems to be within the four-millisecond range according to the general user reviews and the input lag tests of other ASUS ROG monitors from 2016-2017. Such input lag makes the ASUS XG27VQ one of the most responsive monitors in its price range.
The input lag of a monitor corresponds to the time delay between a GPU producing a frame and the monitor processing it. The lower the input lag, the more responsive and connected your gaming experience will be.
Con Poor connectivity
The XG27VQ lacks USB connectivity, which might be a huge deal breaker in 2018.
Con LED ring is limited
You can't synchronize the RGB LED ring of the XG27VQ to other external RGB gadgets, like a graphics card, motherboard, or a cooler.
Con Overly aggressive design
Many users found the design of the ASUS XG27VQ to be overly aggressive and oversaturated with RGB elements.