[Review] Asus VG278Q: Everything You Need to Know

                Asus VG278Q: review

  • Full HD 27-inch display
  • 144 Hz refresh rate
  • 1 ms response time
  • Optimized for long gaming sessions thanks to low blue light emissions
  • Compatible with G-Sync
  • HDMI + DVI + DP ports
  • No USB ports of any kind
  • Low sound power

When it comes down to choosing the perfect gaming monitor there's a lot of things we have to consider. However, once your price limit is set along the lines of the 200-dollar mark and you're looking for a 27-inch monitor then your decision is pretty much made at that point. It's pretty obvious you should go for the  Asus VG278Q. Possibly one of the best affordable gaming monitors in the market both by specs and customer ratings.

However, you can't rely solely on customer reviews - however good they may be - to determine your next monitor purchase and that's why we've developed this review to go through everything there is to know about this particular best-selling gaming monitor.


Asus VG278Q Technical Specifications

Make model Asus VG278Q
Dimensions with stand 24.37 x 14.80 x 0.83 inches
Weight with stand 12.34 pounds
Panel LED | TN | 27 inches
Resolution Full HD (1920 x 1080 píxeles)
Response time 1 ms
Refresh rate 144 Hz
Color coverage 100% (sRGB)
Aspect ratio 16: 9
Speakers Yes (2 x 2W)
VESA support Yes (100 x 100 mm)
Connectivity HDMI 1.4 
DisplayPort 1.2 
Headphone out

Who's it for?

The Asus VG278Q is a monitor mainly aimed at hardcore gamers, but it can also be used perfectly for other common computing tasks, thanks to the great definition and fast response that its 144 Hz FHD screen guarantees.

Likewise, its connectivity suite houses the necessary solutions to facilitate the connection of computers, laptops, gaming consoles and even headphones or external speakers to improve sound quality - which would be advised -.

Perhaps we would not recommend this monitor for professional grade video and photo retouching as we would recommend a screen that's got 99% of the sRGB color gamut or other similar specs such as the recently reviewed LG 27UK850-W.


Asus VG278Q: 27 '' gaming monitor with 144 Hz refresh, 1 ms response and G-Sync support
From a design standpoint Asus has really nailed what a gaming monitor should look like. In fact, one of the great strengths of the Asus VG278Q is the narrow-frame matte black finish chassis, whose dimensions are relatively constrained at 24.37  by 14.80 inches, as well as its slim profile of 0.83 inches and relative lightweight of 12.34 pounds - keeping in mind this is a 27-inch monitor - . This allows for a more immersive experience which is quite valuable when gaming. 

What's more, possibilities abound with the monitor's sturdy stand allowing you to adjust the monitor in height (up to 130 mm), tilt (-5º ~ + 33 °), rotation (+ 90 ° ~ -90 °) and even orientation , being able to pivot the monitor to portrait position if necessary.

Likewise, this stand features an organizer to hide the connected cables, and for a simple wall mounting experience, we should point out that at its rear we will find that this monitor has been built with the universal VESA standard of 100 x 100 mm in mind such as this one

Ports and Connectivity

This model has the necessary connectors to facilitate the connection of laptops, desktop computers, game consoles and specialized gaming headphones to improve the sound quality of the pair of integrated 2W speakers - which we would seriously encourage you to do -.

Specifically, it has an HDMI 1.4 video port, a standalone DisplayPort 1.2 connector and another of the conventional DVI-D type. The connectivity ensemble is wrapped up by a 3.5mm audio jack All respective cables are included in the box. It's worth pointing out that there's no USB Type C port so that's something you might want to take into consideration if you're planning to use this monitor with a MacBook, for example.

Gaming performance

Seeking to satisfy the needs of those gamers who prioritize reaction speed over all else, the screen of this monitor enjoys a spectacular 144 Hz refresh rate and an astonishingly fast response time of 1 ms .

The fluidity that you will experience when enjoying the most frenetic titles would not be the same without its compatibility with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, responsible for eliminating such annoying effects as lags and image cuts, also called tearing.

And to personalize the gaming experience with visual effects, depending on the title to be played (shooters, races, strategy, simulators, e-Sports, etc.), ASUS GameVisual technology allows you to choose between 7 unique predefined picture modes .

The 27-inch TN screen of the Asus VG278Q is not only limited to meeting the needs of gamers, as its native Full HD resolution guarantees correct definition when performing computer tasks of various kinds. It's a good solution for software developers, for example, for whom a Full HD display is not a dealbreaker. 

That said, although its viewing angles are not as wide, unlike IPS panels, the truth is that its color fidelity ( 100% sRGB ), brightness level ( 400 cd / m2 ) and contrast ratio ( 1000: 1 ), have nothing to envy the standard IPS panel. Also, being that this monitor was designed with gamers in mind, not having as wide a viewing angle as an IPS monitor - such as the recently reviewed LG 34WN80C-B - is far from an issue for most. 

It also features an anti-reflective display which allows it to be used comfortably in brightly lit environments, more so when you look at the brightness on this monitor which is far better than many more modern monitors. And, of course, it's 16:9 aspect ratio will properly house every AAA game on the market, unlike the latest 21:9 aspect ratio monitors where AAA game developers have yet to catch up.

And to work long hours, without experiencing eye fatigue, ASUS Low Blue Light technology will reduce the emission of blue light by up to 4 levels, depending on your particular needs. All in all, a monitor that was designed to be a powerhouse gaming station and that will let nothing stand in your way of becoming the best gamer you can be.

Verdict: Is the Asus VG278Q worth buying?

Closing up this review of the Asus VG278Q we can understand why it's become one of the most popular gaming monitors of the past few years, more so when we look at its incredibly competitive price and what else is on the market.

 Ultimately this is a great monitor aimed towards the gamer but that's also a great option for standard users, software developers and the likes who are looking for a vibrant display with blue light reduction technology, several gaming modes, a high refresh rate and the possibility to manipulate the orientation of the monitor all the way to a portrait position with every position in between.  Basically, a great monitor for anyone that isn't looking for a 4K monitor, would like to have a 16:9 aspect ratio, and is price sensitive.