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Finding an inexpensive monitor that has a high refresh rate has become tougher over the years. If you find something with a good refresh rate, you will have to pay a premium price for that monitor. In this ASUS VG278Q review, we dissect this new monitor from the house of ASUS and see how this 27″ monitor manages to deliver high-quality output at a reasonable price.
The ASUS VG278Q is aimed at gamers. When looking for a gaming monitor, you’re going to check for specific features that are going to make your life a lot easier. This ASUS monitor comes with a lot of those features. Is this gaming monitor worth the price? Can this display handle competitive gaming? Let’s find the answer to these questions and more in the full review below.
The design of the ASUS VG278Q gaming monitor is neat. The monitor comes with all the design elements you’d expect from a gaming monitor. The first impression of the monitor is very good and the matte black finish gives it a nice, premium finish. The texture on the back of the monitor gives it a nice, gaming look and also makes way for venting holes.
ASUS has used plastic as the main construction material and it has worked well for them. The build quality of the monitor is top-notch and you know that you’re not playing something cheap and inexpensive. We can go far to say that this monitor can handle a bit of physical damage as well. Even with some rough use, no flexing or creaking noises were observed which is a sign of a good quality build.
On the front face, we are presented with a clean look. The bezels on the front are super thin on three sides except for the bottom bezel that holds that logo. Thanks to these slim bezels, the monitor looks very modern and stylish and also gives you uninterrupted viewing experience.
The OSD controls can be navigated and changed using a joystick controller that is found beneath the bottom bezel. The joystick is a much better way to browse the OSD controls and is a huge improvement when compared to recessed buttons we find in monitors. Even if you’re new to joystick navigation, getting used to it will be a lot easier than you think.
The stand of the ASUS VG278Q model is made out of aluminum. It is a sturdy stand that offers solid footing to this gaming monitor. We tried pushing the monitor, but the stand held its ground without any wobbling. Not only in function, but the stand is also a beautiful one.
The stand comes with a variety of features. You can swivel the monitor left and right in a smooth motion. The stand allows you to increase the height of the display for about 5.1″ which is enough flexibility and you don’t get this feature in most gaming monitors, which is weird. You can also convert this monitor into a vertical monitor increasing the use cases (graphics design, coding, and more) of this awesome ASUS display.
In addition to these features, you can also mount this monitor on the wall. The ASUS VG278Q model comes with VESA compatibility and you can use your fasteners to easily hang it on the wall. Overall, this is a well-designed monitor that comes with excellent design choices.
You also get several options in the connectivity department. There is an HDMI port, a DVI port, a Display Port, and also a headphone jack. You also get an audio jack so that you can have your own mic when using the headphone jack. All of these ports are conveniently located on the side so that you don’t have to get up and reach the back of the display (comes in handy when you mount the display on the wall).
For a budget gaming monitor, the ASUS VG278Q comes with an impressive package of specs. This is a 27″ LED-backlit display that comes with full HD resolution and has a nice native aspect ratio that is perfect for modern-day computing needs like gaming and media consumption. We know that most gaming monitors are QHD but at this price point, it’s about getting the best FHD panel out there and this one comes very close.
Our minor gripe with this monitor is that it comes with a TN panel and not an IPS panel. A TN panel is a great way to save money and that’s what has helped to keep the price of this display as well.
When it comes to quality, the TN panel delivers good quality images when you’re right in front of the display. But when you move after from the front, there is some noticeable shift in color accuracy that can’t be avoided in TN panels. The viewing angles of this display are also not that great, thanks to the TN panel present.
The ASUS VG278Q model comes with a contrast ratio of 1000:1. For a budget gaming monitor, this is a very good contrast ratio and you should get good depths in colors. The blacks and whites are prominent and the grayscale performance of the monitor is also satisfactory. The monitor has a maximum brightness of 400 nits which is excellent for a gaming display in this price range.
The contrast ratio is excellent when the brightness is at the maximum. Practically, most of us will be using the monitor at 50% brightness or less, and at that level, the contrast ratio does take a dip. This is not a dealbreaker in any way but is worth noting.
The ASUS VG278Q comes with a refresh rate of 144Hz. This is an excellent refresh rate and is much better than the 60Hz you find in most budget gaming laptops. This refresh rate offers you a fluid gaming experience without any screen tearing.
The response time of the monitor is 1ms which is excellent for a budget gaming monitor. This response time is quite good for a TN panel and it helps in keeping the motion blur, ghosting, and tracing to a minimum. The input lag is also pretty good at around 11ms. For a budget monitor, this input lag is almost perfect and allows you to even compete at the same spec level.
There are several preset modes available for you to choose from. These modes are available as a convenience for those who aren’t good at calibrating the monitor. The gamma value in most modes is around 2.2 which is decent. If you want to improve the color accuracy, you can adjust the settings to find the right image quality.
The ASUS VG278Q gaming monitor comes with support for both Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync. Getting a monitor that supports both these features is a rarity and this one nail it. With these features, the monitor matches the frame rate of the graphics card with that of the display giving the user a fluid gaming experience with minimal screen tearing.
The flicker-free technology on this display is a nice touch and helps to reduce the flickers to a minimum. If you’re serious about gaming, then you’re going to spend a lot of time in front of this display. Having a feature like this one will surely come in handy for your eye’s health. The blue light filter is also a good feature and provides maximum benefit when using the reading mode.
ASUS VG278Q Review – Wrap Up
The ASUS VG278Q is a formidable gaming monitor that comes with a decent price tag. We have seen more expensive monitors that have offered way less in terms of features and performance. This monitor comes with excellent image quality and the refresh rate also helps in achieving a smooth gaming experience. If you’re on the hunt for an affordable gaming monitor that has premium features, then this one here is a very good option.