Asus shows off WQHD gaming monitor and jumps into the 4K display frenzy
By Michael Brown
PCWorldJan 6, 2014 1:00 pm PST
LAS VEGAS—Asus showed off two new displays at CES on Monday. The Republic of Gaming Swift PG278Q (pictured above) targets gamers with a 27-inch monitor that boasts resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels and a super-fast response time of just one millisecond. The company also joined a number of other manufacturers in announcing a 4K computer monitor, the PB287Q, which delivers resolution up to 3840 by 2160 pixels in a 28-inch display.
The ROG Swift PG278Q supports Nvidia’s G-Sync technology and is therefore able to synchronize its refresh rate to an Nvidia video card, eliminating tearing and stuttering. The monitor supports refresh rates of more than 120MHz. The display’s thin bezel—which measures just 0.24 inches—is designed to reduce the visual interruption in a multi-display configuration.
The 28-inch Asus PB287Q delivers even higher resolution—3840 by 2160 pixels—and is seemingly aimed more at graphic designers and business users, although it’s outfitted with both HDMI and DisplayPort connections. That renders it compatible with both consumer and business laptop and desktop computers, and it will also have an HDMI/MHL (Mobile High-definition Link) connector to support smartphones and tablets. Like the PG278Q, this monitor will have tilt, swivel, height, and pivot adjustments.
Asus says it has tweaked its Splendid Plus firmware to eliminate the blue component of light from the panel’s backlight to reduce eyestrain. Asus also announced a new Intel-certified Thunderbolt 2 expansion card that will be compatible with Asus 8-series motherboards. This will add a single Thunderbolt 2 port capable of data transfers at speeds up to 20 Gb/s.
Each of thew new monitors will sell for $799 and be available in the second quarter of this year.