The ASUS RoG Swift PG278Q gaming monitor, to give it its full name, arrived in a large, fully coloured box. Once the package was opened, I found ASUS has prepared decent bundle with the beast. There's the obvious reading material, including a Quick start-guide, a warranty card, and disk manual, and then the assorted cables, which includes a power cable with an external 90w power adapter, a DisplayPort cable and an USB cable to power-up the USB 3.0 hub.
Out of the box, the screen is already assembled, and positioned nicely in Portrait Mode. As you might expect, the monitor is also VESA wall-mount (100x100mm) enabled.
The oversized flat-base is similar to the one PB287Q sported, only slightly bulkier. Overall, I like it more than that one, just because it’s a bit more stable and it allows the arm to rotate in its socket. Around the arm, there’s also a large red LED indicator related to the ASUS Light-in-Motion technology.
PG278Q is a gamer-tool, there’s no doubt about that. It comes with only 1xDisplayPort input, and nothing else.
I kinda see why ASUS chopse to only use this port. After all, to get the 144Hz refresh-rate at 2560x1440 resolution, you need DisplayPort, because HDMI, DVI, or VGA can’t support such high refresh-rates (at such high resolutions). However, I do believe that this shouldn’t be a problem, because you’re not buying a ~$800 monitor to plug it into VGA video-card.
Still, it would have been nice to at least another connectivity option, be it HDMI, or DVI.
Whilst the controls for the PB287Q relied on guessing a bit, the PG278Q is not really the same. At the top of the menu, there's a tiny textured joystick that is in charge of menu navigation.
Underneath the 5-way OSD controlling joystick, there are also 4 other buttons, each corresponding to a certain action. The top one is Exit, the second one is GamePlus, third is TurboKey, and the bottom one is Power On/off.
Overall, I liked this control scheme a lot more than the one employed by PB287Q.
The minimalistic PG278Q features a very narrow 6mm bezel, catered to those who want several of these monitors side by side.
However, keeping in mind its size, that’s going to be an challenge, especially since its base is so massive. Of course, you can run a quadruple screen G-Sync set-up, but you’re going to need a lot of power, and I don’t think 4xNVidia (GTX650Ti minimum) graphic cards are that easy to come by.
PG278Q uses a premium grade 8-bit TN panel, with 16.77 million colours available, supporting 2560x1440 resolution, and 144Hz refresh rates natively. It features a contrast ratio of 1000.1, and a rated brightness of 350Nits.