Asus has officially launched its entry-level 27-inch model to the burgeoning OLED monitor market. The Asus ROG Swift PG27AQDM rocks a QHD 2,560 by 1,440 pixel native resolution and runs at a refresh rate of up to 240 Hz. In addition to this new OLED panel, Asus is rolling out a 540Hz 1080p monitor, a 49-inch 5K monster, and a super-fast 160Hz 4K display.
As quickly becoming the norm with OLED monitors, Asus makes some striking claims when it comes to pixel response, rating the PG27AQDM at 0.03ms for GtG response, with a full on/off response at 0.1ms . Both figures are more than an order of magnitude better than any conventional LCD monitor.
Very likely the new Asus ROG Swift PG27AQDM uses LG panel technology and very likely the same OLED panel as in LG’s own UltraGear 27GR95QE-B (opens in new tab).
Asus hasn’t priced the PG27AQDM yet, but the LG version’s $999 sticker is probably a good indicator. This OLED monitor is going to be terribly expensive for a 27-inch 1440p model.
It will also be interesting to see what brightness Asus can achieve. Asus claims a peak brightness of 1,000 nits, but we haven’t seen a full-screen figure so far. The PG27AQDM has a custom heatsink, which bodes well. But until now, unlike Samsung’s OLED technology, LG-based gaming monitors have struggled to deliver decent full-screen brightness.
Next, for speed freaks, Asus has the new Swift Pro PG248QP, a 24-inch 1080p panel that uses TN LCD technology to achieve 540Hz refresh. TN technology has fallen out of fashion recently, with IPS becoming the go-to option for fast LCD monitors.
However, TN remains the fastest LCD technology available, making it essential to achieve that sky-high refresh rate. Asus doesn’t quote response times for now, only stating that the new panel offers 60% better response times than “standard” TH panels. For now, prices have not yet been confirmed.
Finally, the Asus ROG Swift PG32UQXR is the first DisplayPort 2.1 monitor from Asus, capable of combining full 4K with 160Hz refresh. It’s a 32-inch IPS model with a 576-zone mini LED backlight. The brightness is pegged at 1,000 nits.
Like the rest of Asus’ CES debutants, there’s rather annoyingly no price for the new Asus ROG Swift PG32UQXR. But it definitely won’t be cheap.
All this means that Asus has something for everyone in terms of display technology at CES this year. Well, except for anyone on a remotely limited budget. Forget it.