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Asus ROG Swift PG258Q Review

The Asus ROG Swift PG258Q is a 24.5-inch 1920 x 1080 TN LCD monitor. Now chances are you’ll be considering this assortment of specs isn’t massively spectacular – and by itself it definitely isn’t – however there’s one key characteristic to this monitor that could be very enticing for followers of high-paced esports titles. The PG258Q sports activities a whopping 240 Hz refresh charge, mixed with G-Sync, for the final word low latency, excessive refresh expertise.

Most simple 24-inch 1080p shows clock in round $150, and lately you may even get 144 Hz displays within the $200 to $300 vary. The PG258Q, nonetheless, is considerably dearer: for people who need 240 Hz and Nvidia’s variable refresh expertise, you’ll want handy over an enormous $599.99, which successfully restricts this show to all however fanatic players.

So what do you get to your $600? Properly, in true Asus ROG Swift vogue, the PG258Q options many gamer components. The stand is a large, three-pronged design with attention-grabbing copper vent highlights, whereas the rear of the monitor options aggressive shapes and a ‘tech’ sample. People who need a slim monitor ought to look elsewhere, as a result of the show part is sort of thick and the pillar that holds it up is sort of hefty as effectively.

The profit to such a big stand and design is its positional flexibility. The ROG Swift PG258Q helps top, tilt and pivot changes, permitting you to place the monitor precisely the way you need with out shifting the stand. With the monitor in its highest attainable place, you may as well swivel it right into a portrait orientation, which is a characteristic you’d count on from a high-end monitor of this measurement.

Maybe the strangest a part of this monitor’s design is its LED illuminated emblem that’s projected onto your desk from the bottom of the stand. After a fast survey on social media, most of you appear to assume this can be a gimmick, and I agree. Nevertheless, you may disable the LED emblem within the monitor’s on display screen show, or you may change out the brand for a custom-made insert of your selecting.

The ports on this monitor are hidden behind a big detachable panel on the rear. You get DisplayPort, which is required if you wish to use G-Sync or hit 240 Hz, and HDMI as the primary connectors. There’s additionally a two port USB three.zero hub, and a three.5mm audio jack to attach headphones when utilizing HDMI/DP audio. The monitor is related to mains energy by a proprietary connector and an exterior energy provide.

Cable administration is first rate, with a gap in each the detachable cowl and the stand pillar permitting you to route cables and maintain your desk clear. It may be a decent match to hook up each a HDMI and DisplayPort cable and route the cables out the holes, however there’s simply sufficient area.

The bezels across the show panel are fairly slim, at simply 7mm on the left and proper aspect, which contributes to an honest design from the entrance. Hooking up a number of PG258Qs in a multi-monitor setup will go away you with solely a small hole between the panels, which is what you need.

The principle characteristic of the PG258Q is, after all, its excessive refresh charge. The place earlier displays of this measurement would normally prime out at round 144 Hz, the PG258Q takes this all the best way as much as 240 Hz. Gaming at such excessive body counts will be fairly tough in fashionable AAA titles, even at 1080p, nonetheless with top-end it’s attainable to play standard esports video games like Overwatch and CS: GO at effectively into the 200 FPS vary.

I can simply inform the distinction in responsiveness, smoothness and even visible readability when going from a primary 60 Hz show to one thing 144 Hz. Above this level, it will get way more tough to note the improved refresh charge, and not less than to my eyes, there’s solely a minor distinction between 144 Hz and 240 Hz. There’s a distinction – it’s not merely a gimmick – however the value delta between 144 Hz and 240 Hz displays places the improve firmly within the ‘diminishing returns’ class.

That mentioned, for skilled video games and esports lovers, diminished enter latency supplied by the 240 Hz refresh charge may result in a small however nonetheless necessary aggressive benefit over different gamers on decrease refresh shows. Gaming at 240 Hz feels ridiculously snappy, and people with extremely tuned response occasions who’re delicate to even the smallest quantities of lag ought to discover an improved expertise when shifting as much as 240 Hz.

G-Sync can also be an necessary inclusion right here, as a result of body charges will be extremely variable above 150 FPS, which might introduce tearing in fixed-refresh shows with Vsync disabled. For these with Nvidia graphics playing cards, G-Sync adaptive refresh solves tearing and even improves the obvious smoothness of video games in low-FPS conditions (within the 40 to 60 FPS vary). I wouldn’t advocate this monitor to these with AMD playing cards, as G-Sync is restricted to Nvidia, however there are equivalents to this mannequin with AMD’s competing expertise, FreeSync.

The PG258Q’s on display screen show is accessible by Asus’ joystick directional controls on the again, which is a wise management scheme for a monitor, particularly as you usually can’t see the buttons you’re urgent. The joystick clicks in for an ‘enter’ button, and it’s flanked by 4 further buttons for again, energy, GamePlus, and GameVisual.

The OSD doesn’t embody too many wonderful options. There’s a blue mild filter to make the show hotter for a extra nice studying expertise, on the expense of shade accuracy. There’s additionally some primary shade settings, and each adaptive distinction and darkish increase controls, each of which I’d advocate maintaining disabled. The enter selector can also be discovered within the OSD, as is the management to disable the projected LED emblem.

Opening the GamePlus menu by the devoted button reveals what may very well be some helpful further options, comparable to an FPS counter and crosshairs for video games that don’t embody them. The GameVisual menu consists of a number of calibration presets that, in accordance with Asus, are most fitted for sure use instances. For probably the most color-accurate efficiency with little effort, the sRGB mode is my suggestion right here, though it’s value enjoying round to see what modes give you the results you want in your favourite video games.

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