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Asus Rog Strix XG27UQ Review

True Score

84
85
8

Experts

89
1,531

Consumers

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Our group of vetted critics loved the ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ for almost all use cases, especially for gaming. They loved its out-of-the-box color accuracy and comprehensive color gamut coverage for both gaming and content consumption. However, they were heavily let down by its narrower-than-expected viewing angles and poor black levels.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

First released in 2020, the ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ is a fairly high-end gaming monitor that the brand claims is packed to the brim with different gaming features. Similar to the highest-rated computer monitors available in its range, this model sports a native 4K (2160p) IPS LCD panel that can reach up to 144 Hz. In addition, just like the top-rated gaming monitors in the industry, this monitor supports both AMD’s FreeSync and NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology for VRR (Variable Refresh Rate). Just like the ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ gaming monitor, the brand also touts its response time at just 1 ms. And similar to the Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx, the brand advertises its DisplayHDR 400 certification as a benchmark for its performance while playing content mastered in high dynamic range. Moreover, like the ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN gaming monitor, this model supports ASUS’ Aura Sync software for RGB lighting controls.

Consensus

our Verdict

Most expert reviewers were delighted by the ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ’s gaming performance. It was no slouch in other use cases, like content consumption and video editing. Similar to the Dell S2722QC, pro testers from RTings.com marveled at its IPS panel’s out-of-the-box color accuracy and color gamut coverage as they measured its sRGB, Adobe RGB, DCI P3, and Rec. 2020 coverage at 99.4%, 88.3%, 88.1%, and at 72.4% respectively in their tests.

However, despite featuring local dimming, experts from Tom’s Hardware weren’t a fan of its lackluster black levels, unlike the AOC CU34G2X gaming monitor. Also, they found that despite featuring an IPS panel, the viewing angles of this monitor aren’t great either, unlike the Gigabyte AORUS AD27QD. Moreover, they were let down by its two HDMI 2.0 ports, as they don’t support 4K 120 Hz signals.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Exceptionally high resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) screen
  • Extremely high native screen refresh rate of 144 Hz
  • Fantastic color volume and gamut coverage
  • Excellent native 10-bit panel
  • Supremely low input lag and response time for gaming

Reason to Avoid

  • Sub-par native contrast ratio
  • Lackluster black levels for dark rooms
  • The viewing angles could’ve been better for an IPS panel
  • The local dimming feature does not work very well
  • Two HDMI 2.0 ports

Asus Rog Strix XG27UQ Specs

Display TypeLED
HDMI Inputs2
HDR FormatYes
Max Resolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Panel TypePanel TypeIPS
Refresh Rate144 Hz
Response TimeResponse Time1 ms
Screen size27"
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyG-Sync

All Specs

Test Results

Brightness (nits)407.845
Contrast Ratio (as ratio, x:1)1,096.4
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 xy)95.1233
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 uv)99
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB Coverage xy)85
Color Gamut % (sRGB Coverage xy)125.7
Color Gamut % (Rec. 2020 Coverage xy)70.5
Color Gamut % (Rec. 709 Coverage xy)0
Input Lag (ms)16.9
Response Time (ms)4.9667
Reflections % (Total Reflections)6.3
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Left)29
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Right)32
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Above)30
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Below)31

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First released in 2020, the ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ is a fairly high-end gaming monitor that the brand claims is packed to the brim with…

First released in 2020, the ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ is a fairly high-end gaming monitor that the brand claims is packed to the brim with different gaming features. Similar to the highest-rated computer monitors available in its range, this model sports a native 4K (2160p) IPS LCD panel that can reach up to 144 Hz. In addition, just like the top-rated gaming monitors in the industry, this monitor supports both AMD’s FreeSync and NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology for VRR (Variable Refresh Rate). Just like the ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ gaming monitor, the brand also touts its response time at just 1 ms. And similar to the Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx, the brand advertises its DisplayHDR 400 certification as a benchmark for its performance while playing content mastered in high dynamic range. Moreover, like the ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN gaming monitor, this model supports ASUS’ Aura Sync software for RGB lighting controls.

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Despite featuring a slightly higher native refresh rate of 160 Hz (against ASUS’ 144 Hz), the LG 27GN950-B gaming monitor falls behind the ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ when it comes to reflection diffusion, ergonomics, and presence of BFI (Black Frame Insertion). However, the LG monitor leaves the XG27UQ in the dust regarding viewing angles and peak brightness (730 nits versus XG27UQ’s 550 nits).

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Although the Acer Predator XB273K Pbmiphzx features more USB ports compared to the ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ (four full-sized USB Type A 3.0 ports against ASUS’ two USB 3.0 ports), a pair of built-in speakers for a stereo effect, and a better reflection diffusing layer, the ASUS monitor performs better in almost every other aspect. The XG27UQ features way better ergonomics, noticeably higher peak brightness in both HDR and SDR (550 nits against Acer’s 292 nits), and less overshoot in fast-paced esports and FPS games.

Display Type

LED

HDMI Inputs

2

2

HDR Format

Yes

HDR10, HDR600

Max Resolution

3840 x 2160 (4k)

3840 x 2160 (4k)

Panel Type

IPS

IPS

Refresh Rate

144 Hz

144 Hz

Response Time

1 ms

1 ms

Screen size

27"

27"

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    103.4

    Category Trust Rating

    82
    The ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ is great for media creation. It has a large 4k… Read More

    By:

    Ford James
  • Tom’s Hardware
    92.08

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    The Asus ROG Strix XG27UQ is one of the best gaming monitors we’ve tested, but… Read More

    By:

    Christian Eberle
  • PCWorld
    45.32

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Asus ROG Strix XG27UQ is a more-than-suitable display for everyone passionate about gaming who… Read More

    By:

    Rami Tabari
  • Tweak Town
    35.14

    Category Trust Rating

    96
    If you want one of the best, then the ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ is for… Read More

    By:

    Mo Alshorbaji
  • Laptop Mag
    68.34

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    “You can opt for the somewhat cheaper $699 Razer Raptor 27. With this beast, you’re… Read More

    By:

    Chris Coke
  • Gamesradar
    47.56

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    The ASUS XG27UQ is the best PC gaming monitor on the market for under $1,000…. Read More

    By:

    Thomas Hervieu

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