In its price range, the PG279Q has an excellent native contrast ratio, good brightness, and great color accuracy as a result of its 1440p IPS Panel. It also offers a wide range of ergonomic adjustments and high responsiveness, making it a good pick for pretty much any setup.
Pro Made with gamers in mind
The monitor comes with a bunch of gaming-specific features that might improve your in-game performance.The crosshair is arguably the most useful feature; it creates a static crosshair on display, you can edit its size and position. The crosshair is a handy feature as it allows you to no-scope your enemies in multiple games. Then, the monitor also has an inbuilt timer which will help you to keep the track on your gaming sessions and not miss the important events in real life. Finally, the monitor offers an integrated FPS counter.
Pro Excellent resolution
This monitor features the QHD resolution, which is arguably the best currently available resolution for gaming because it offers a good balance between the in-game field of view, aspect ratio, and the overall performance.
Compared to the regular FHD monitor, the QHD one offers a larger in-game field of view as it has merely more pixels to display the image. In some games, this will give you a massive advantage as the competitors who use the regular FHD panels will see less than you.
Just like the FHD monitors, the QHD ones also support the 16:9 aspect ratio which means that you will be able to run almost every existing computer game without having to deal with the annoying black bars on the sides of the screen.
Performance-wise, the QHD resolution doesn’t put that much pressure on your graphics card, compared to the UHD, which requires you to run more than twice the pixels of the QHD.
Pro Can be overclocked
You can overclock the native refresh rate of this monitor from 144 Hz to a whopping 165 Hz. It will reduce the overall display lag and improve motion handling.
The overclocking procedure is straightforward and is carried out in the OSD’s menu. It poses no threats to your hardware.
Pro Exceptional motion handling
The monitor displays clear motion, free of artificial motion blur or ghosting effects because the ASUS PG279Q features some of the finest motion handling capabilities.
The ghosting effect is eliminated by the panel’s past full pixel response time of 4 ms, which allows each pixel of the ASUS PG279Q to change their color within only four milliseconds, which prevents rapidly moving objects from trails on the screen.
Moreover, the panel doesn’t have problems related to motion blur, as the Nvidia's ultra-low-motion-blur feature deals with the artificial motion blur effect efficiently.
Additionally, the overall motion looks smooth and fluid because of the monitor’s native refresh rate of 144 Hz, which ensures that the panel refreshes every seven milliseconds.
Motion handling is critical in competitive gaming, where the trails of ghosting or motion blur can affect your performance and not let you land that perfect long-range shot.
Pro Good picture quality
Regarding the picture quality, the ASUS PG279Q is one of the best gaming monitors money can buy, as it’s premium-quality AHVA panel offers native contrast ratio, peak brightness, gamma response and color accuracy, that only a handful of other gaming monitors can match.
It displays beautiful, well-balanced image, with deep blacks, accurate and vivid colors, and realistic intermediate tones. The dark scenes look truly rich and intense thanks to the monitor’s native contrast ratio of 1131:1, which manages to push the monitor’s blacks to a fantastic level of only 0.06 nits - only the best panels on the market can match such performance. Colors pop and look vibrant because the PG279Q can get up to 350 nits bright. Furthermore, the color representation is flawless, as the monitor’s average color error dE of 1.6 ensures that the color inaccuracies are so small that the human eye can’t spot them. Finally, the mid-tones look life-like as the monitor’s gamma is only 5% off from the ideal value.
Only a couple of gaming monitors can match the responsiveness of the ASUS PG279Q because of its amazingly low input lag of only 3.25 ms. Because of that, the monitor offers lag-free and connected gaming experience.
The input lag is an essential parameter for a gaming monitor because it tells how much time a monitor needs to process a frame generated by a computer. Overly long input lag makes you feel delayed in the fast-paced games.
Con Hard to unleash its potential
You’ll need a very beefy gaming rig to run the latest AAA titles at the monitor’s native QHD resolution and the 165 Hz refresh rate.
If you are planning to replace your old FHD monitor with a 144 Hz QHD one, it’s advised to research if your gaming rig is juicy enough to unleash the full potential of the monitor.