We’ve already seen Asus announce late last year a 24.5″ sized model with similar specs, in the form of the VG258QR, but now Asus are also set to release a new 27″ model in their gaming lineup of displays. The VG278QR offers a 165Hz refresh rate, 0.5ms response time and as well as supporting AMD FreeSync, it is also officially certified as G-sync Compatible by NVIDIA. Asus say they are currently the only company subjecting monitors to a two-stage certification process that entails in-house testing and subsequent validation by NVIDIA to guarantee compatibility with thousands of graphics cards
The 27″ VG278QR screen is based on a TN Film panel with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. The high 165Hz refresh rate is supported by Adaptive Sync, offering support for AMD FreeSync as well as the new NVIDIA G-sync Compatible programme. The panel used comes from AU Optronics and is part of their latest 0.5ms response time generation, trying to push response times even more than the wide range of 1ms panels already available. It remains to be seen of course how these perform in practice.
In other specs there is a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles, 6-bit+FRC colour depth and standard sRGB gamut. AMD FreeSync is supported with a range of 40 – 165Hz (with LFC for below that). There are also other gaming extras like a low input lag “through mode” setting, FPS counter, crosshair and the likes. Asus have also added their own motion blur reduction strobed backlight system, dubbed ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur). Asus are also promoting their “GameFast Input Technology” on the webpage for this screen, designed apparently help minimise input lag.
Connectivity wise there are DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, DL-DVI (you don’t see DVI much nowadays!), a headphone output and an audio input connection provided. The stand offers a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate functions. 2x 2W integrated speakers are also included.