When we took a look at the ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q G-SYNC monitor last year, we praised it for its sleek design, thin bezels, support of NVIDIA’s adaptive refresh rate technology, and high-quality TN panel—relatively speaking. TN (Twisted Nematic) panels generally have fast response times and can be more affordable, but at the expense of color accuracy and viewing angles. The TN panel used in the ROG SWIFT was surprisingly good, but it still couldn’t compete with higher-end IPS panels in terms of overall quality. And because the display was designed for G-SYNC, it was outfitted with only a single DisplayPort input. So, while we really liked the ROG SWIFT PG278Q, it wasn’t without its drawbacks.
If you had asked us back then what we’d like to see upgraded in a display like the ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q, we would have said a fast IPS panel and additional inputs would have been ideal. But, IPS panels with ultra-high refresh rates were virtually non-existent last year. That’s not the case today, however. The ASUS MG279Q we’re going to show you here has an IPS panel with a 144Hz refresh rate, a bunch of inputs, and many of the same styling cues we liked on last year’s ROG SWIFT...