The Asus VG278Q gaming monitor is one of the most popular 27″ 1080p monitors on the market. Though not cheap, it’s still under $500 and is an excellent gaming monitor with 144Hz refresh rate, and 1ms response time. The many rich features you’ll find make it well worth the extra cost.
In this review, we’ll be going through each and every feature offers by the Asus VG278Q gaming monitor, starting with what we like about it. After going through the good stuff, we’ll tell you about any issues we (or others) have dealt with so that you can make an educated decision on your next purchase. By the end of this, you should have a complete picture of what the Asus VG278Q can or cannot do for your setup.
What I Like About The Asus VG278Q
One thing that I really love about the Asus VG278Q is how large the display is. At 27″, we’re getting a whole lot of game to look at and to make things even better, they use a frameless design. I honestly refuse to use anything smaller and hate when it’s cluttered up with fat plastic edges.
The 144Hz refresh rate is a major advantage, keeping our gameplay running smoothly as it transitions through the framerates. The 1ms response time is how quickly the monitor adapts to new color changes. When we pair these two features together, we get an incredible gameplay experience.
On top of that, the Asus VG278Q is compatible with both NVIDIA G-Sync & AMD FreeSync technology. These tools keep the monitor’s refresh rates in sync with the GPU frame rates, further enhancing the gameplay. If you use a monitor without this feature & it can’t keep up with your GPU, it’ll look choppy and clippy. It can honestly ruin gaming for you, so believe me when I tell you, this dual-compatibility is amazing!
One area where the Asus VG278Q really knocks it out of the park is the flexibility of the monitor itself. I love a screen that can tilt, and you’ll find this one can go as high as 33-degrees, which looks really awesome. You’ll also be able to pivot & swivel in either direction 90-degrees.
More importantly, the height can be adjusted by 5.1″, which for me is important to match the other heights of my other displays. This is pretty much the high standard for monitor flexibility, so I’m really happy with this.
The IO connectivity features are pretty robust and should work with most gaming environments. If you use HDMI, DisplayPort, or DVI-D, you’ll find this monitor offers all three options. I personally like to use the DisplayPort option.
The Asus VG278Q also offers an earphone jack & an audio-in port. This will allow you to use both a headset & microphone through the gaming monitor, for convenience sake. You’ll find all of these ports on the side of the display panel.
If you’re like me, you struggle to navigate monitor menus. When it comes to calibrating your monitor, I have so much trouble finding the right buttons to click, even if it’s on the under part of the screen. It’s even worse when they have it on the back, and I have to figure out which one to click!
Fortunately, the Asus VG278Q has improved navigation design, and my favorite, a 5-way OSD joystick! On top of that, you’ll find it has a GameVisual Hotkey as well as a GamePlus Hotkey on the rear side. I love that they put the extra effort into making this challenging task that much easier for us.
Overall, the picture is just beautiful. Asus monitors tend to be really strong in the color front, with bold contrasts and defined details. I think you’ll be impressed with how good this 1080p monitor looks, and the loaded features make it all the better.
But, like all things, it’s not perfect. Up ahead we’ll go through the few issues it comes with, though compared to other monitors we’ve reviewed, these issues aren’t all too bad.
What Could Be Improved
The first issue I’ll bring up is super minor because it can be corrected with a little bit of work. I found the coloring to look a little washed out when I first booted up the machine, but after spending a bit of time tweaking, I was able to get a great result. I don’t want this to scare you, because once I found the right settings for me, I was really impressed with the result.
I also did some digging on Amazon reviews (to be sure I’m not missing anything) and found numerous people commenting on their own preferred settings. If you can’t figure out how to tweak the coloring, I would recommend checking on there.
The second issue I ran into is not something you can really correct without additional components. That would be the internal speakers. They honestly just suck!
My hearing is not as great as it could be, and so I’m not able to understand a single word anyone says in my game when using the built-in speakers. They’re on the rear of the monitor, making it even more difficult. The maximum gain feels really underwhelming overall, lacking on the immersion front. I want to feel like I’m there, and when I can barely hear my game, I don’t get that type of experience.
I personally use a headset anyway, and if I didn’t, I would use external speakers. But not everyone has that option, so for those of you who rely on built-in speakers, I’m afraid this one won’t suffice.
Overall, there’s a lot to love about the Asus VG278Q. The display itself is absolutely incredible, definitely on the high-end for 1080p. There were a few moments I could’ve mistaken it for the 1440p monitor that I like to use. The high refresh rate & response time have provided such a smooth gameplay experience, and the frameless look makes my games that much more enjoyable.
I really love a monitor that can move around, and the Asus VG278Q has so much flexibility with the rotation, tilt, and adjustable height. It’s a powerful gaming monitor that I would definitely recommend looking into. The limited issues are worth the sacrifice in my opinion, but that’s going to change from person to person.
If you do go ahead with this monitor, let us know in the comments below how it’s working out for you. We love hearing about your experiences so we can further enhance our recommendations for our audience. If something isn’t working the way you expected, tell us about it!
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