The best dynamic contrast features we’ve seen & at a reasonable price.

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ByChristian Eberle24 May 2021

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Our Verdict

With a few tweaks in the OSD, the Asus ROG Strix XG27AQ delivers a superb image with one of the best dynamic contrast features we’ve seen. It delivers in-game too with a reliable 170 Hz, Adaptive-Sync and ELMB blur reduction. It also delivers solid HDR, all at a reasonable price.

For+ Excellent dynamic contrast+ 170 Hz+ Usable sRGB mode+ ELMB blur reduction works in tandem with adaptive sync+ Better than average HDR

Building a great gaming rig doesn’t necessarily require a large budget. Yes, a no-expense-spared system will perform at the highest level. But it isn’t that difficult to lớn achieve sầu greatness at a lower cost – if all components are properly matched.

Monitors are often judged by resolution. On the surface, more pixels are better, but it isn’t quite that simple. For static images, higher pixel mật độ trùng lặp từ khóa is certainly an advantage but gaming is another matter. Motion resolution is key to the experience. It doesn’t matter how high resolution is if moving objects break up inlớn formless blurry blobs.

This is why 27-inch, 1440p resolution screens are so popular right now, và many are among muốn the best gaming monitors. 2560 x 1440 is an igiảm giá khuyến mãi performance balance, where you can achieve high frame rates, without spending four figures on a graphics thẻ. The Asus ROG Strix XG27AQ is an igiảm giá example. With G-Sync Compatibility, up lớn a 170 Hz refresh rate with overclocking và HDR tư vấn, it delivers high performance for a reasonable price và doesn’t require a huge investment in PC components khổng lồ reap the max benefits.

Panel Type / BacklightIPS / W-LED, edge array
Screen Size & Aspect Ratio27 inches / 16:9
Max Resolution và Refresh Rate2560 x 1440
170 Hz with overclock (144 Hz without)
G-Sync Compatible: 48-170 Hz
Native sầu Color Depth và Gamut8-bit / DCI-P3
DisplayHDR 400, HDR10
Response Time (GTG)1ms
Brightness400 nits
Speakers2x 2w
Video Inputs1x DisplayPort 1.2
2x HDMI 2.0
Audio3.5mm tai nghe output
USB 3.01x up, 2x down
nguồn Consumption24.9w, brightness
200 nits
Panel Dimensions WxHxD w/base24.1 x 16.1-đôi mươi x 10 inches (611 x 408-508 x 255mm)
Panel Thickness3.2 inches (82mm)
Bezel WidthTop/sides: 0.3 inch (7mm)
Bottom: 0.8 inch (21mm)
Weight18.9 pounds (8.6kg)
Warranty3 years

The Asus ROG Strix XG27AQ should not be confused with the XG27UQ which is the 4K version of this monitor (và one of the best 4K gaming monitors, according lớn our testing). The AQ we’re exploring here runs at QHD resolution & tops out at 170 Hz when overclocking is engaged. Natively, it runs at 144 Hz, though we had no problem running our sample at 170 Hz. If things start to warm up inside, a very quiet người comes on to keep the internals cool.

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A G-Sync label is affixed khổng lồ the base and the XG27AQ is indeed certified by Nvidia. It also runs on FreeSync systems without issue (see FreeSync vs G-Sync). Both technologies work with HDR at 170 Hz over DisplayPort. HDMI is limited khổng lồ 144 Hz but can be used for consoles lượt thích the lachạy thử Xbox and PS5 machines. ULMB blur reduction is also included but here, it’s called ELMB Sync. The sync means it can be used together with adaptive sầu sync. This is an extreme rarity; usually one must choose between them.

Image unique is assured by an extended gamut that covers over 91% of DCI-P3 as confirmed by our tests. Accuracy is also assured by an enclosed data sheet, but we found some visible gains in chất lượng with calibration and careful selection of picture modes. HDR10 signals are supported with a peak output of over 400 nits & dynamic contrast which takes the ratio up lớn over 22,000:1. You can use this feature for SDR signals too & see a similarly broad dynamic range.

As an Asus ROG product, the XG27AQ includes all the standard GamePlus features like aiming points, timers, frame counter và alignment marks. You also get sniper aids for both light & dark scenarios. Owners of other ROG components lượt thích motherboards or RAM sticks can coordinate a light show with the Aura Sync feature implemented through a desktop app. If you’d rather just light up the back of the monitor, Aura RGB offers a multitude of colors and effects behind a glowing ROG hình ảnh sản phẩm.

It’s a very complete package for $500 at this writing. Let’s take a look.

Assembly & Accessories

Separating the large blocks of crumbly foam reveals a panel and upright already assembled và a solid metal base that attaches with two captive bolts. Cables include USB, DisplayPort và HDXiaoMi MI (see DisplayPort vs HDMI) along with a small external power supply. A snap-on cover is provided to lớn tidy up the input panel. All accessories are packaged in their own box inside the carton, a nice touch to the premium side.

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