Originally published 4 Jan 2023, last updated 20 March 2023
First teased back in early December 2022, Asus formally announced their ROG Swift PG27AQDM monitor back in early January and it was then showcased at CES 2023. This screen is now coming to market in most regions and we have updated this news piece with all the final release information, specs, pricing and availability. This is Asus’ first OLED gaming monitor in a normal monitor-like size, measuring in at 26.5″ in size (27″ class) and offering a 2560 x 1440 resolution and a 240Hz refresh rate combined.
Our full review of the Asus ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM is now available!
Here’s the original tease promotional video from Asus:
Asus ROG Swift PG27AQDM Specs
The screen is 26.5″ in size (promoted as 27″ as LG did for their 27GR95QE model too, that we’ve recently reviewed). It has a 2560 x 1440 resolution and is based on an OLED technology panel from LG.Display, bringing the typical benefits you’d expect from this technology including per-pixel dimming for HDR, near instant response times and amazing near-infinite contrast ratios. At 1440p resolution, this gives it a 0.2292mm pixel pitch, very close to the 0.2393mm of their 42″ (really 41.5″) OLED PG42UQ.
The screen has a flat format, not curved and there’s a 0.03ms G2G response time spec (this is getting a little silly already with OLED panels, but we suppose they do have to reflect the better response times than <1ms G2G rated LCD panels now available) combined with a 240Hz native refresh rate. This is supported by adaptive-sync for variable refresh rates (VRR) from compatible NVIDIA and AMD systems. It’s been certified as NVIDIA ‘G-sync Compatible’ as well.
The screen has a new ROG design, something that we commented on recently and are pleased to see get a bit of a refresh. There is some RGB lighting on the back of the screen as you can see in the video as well as some ‘Swift’ lighting on the back of the stand, and a logo projection from the base.
The stand features tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments.
AG Coating and Custom Heatsink
We now know thanks to the formal press release announcement and their product page that the screen has an “anti-glare micro-texture coating” like their PG42UQ model did, so expect a matte AG coating here instead of glossy. If you’re after a glossy 27″ 1440p 240Hz OLED, Dough (formally Eve) announced their equivalent recently too.
To ensure OLED longevity, the Swift OLED PG27AQDM includes a custom heatsink for heat-generating components and a new internal layout to improve cooling. Internal airflow has been optimized, and the top air vents are larger for better heat dissipation. With heat being dissipated more evenly across the rear of the monitor, the average temperature is 5% lower compared to other 27-inch gaming monitors the company says. They also say this will help reduce burn-in risks.
This allows Asus to offer a 1000 nits peak brightness spec (at 3% APL), although LG did advertise the same for their 27GR95QE but didn’t reach anywhere near that really as you can see in our review. Asus say that it can reach 17% higher brightness than their PG42UQ at 6500K white point and 100% window size, which suggests full screen (100% APL) white should also be brighter.
Thanks to the OLED panel there is per-pixel level dimming which avoids all halos and blooming in content, and produces near-infinite contrast ratio. Asus advertise 1.5 million:1 in their spec.
The screen also has a 99% DCI-P3 colour gamut and comes factory calibrated to a dE <2. We expect some form of certification under the VESA DisplayHDR True Black scheme too for OLED panels.
Stable Brightness features
Additionally intelligent voltage optimization ensures consistent luminance for each pixel by controlling the amount of voltage applied to it. ROG worked closely with the panel maker LG.Display to determine the correlation between OLED brightness, voltage level, and operational temperature. A smart algorithm coded for the panel optimizes voltage based on temperature changes to ensure consistent brightness across the panel.
Like on the PG42UQ, a “uniform brightness” feature keeps the brightness level consistent even when changing the size of bright white windows and with changing APL. Additionally, the new DisplayWidget Center software lets users tinker with OLED-related functions and system settings via an intuitive interface, without having to fiddle with the OSD.
Asus advertise a 450 nit brightness for SDR mode as well, although that will be without the uniform brightness mode enabled, and therefore with ABL being active.
The screen offers 1x DisplayPort and 2x HDMI 2.0 connections along with a 2-port USB hub and headphone connection. It’s a bit odd Asus have opted for HDMI 2.0 ports only here, while the LG competitor offers HDMI 2.1. These ports will still be able to handle 1440p @ 120Hz which is supported from both the Xbox Series X and PS5 nowadays. If you wanted to run at 4K 120Hz though (and this assumes the screen can accept a Virtual 4K connection) then you’d be limited to 4:2:0 chroma which is a shame. On the Xbox, you cannot use HDR mode at anything lower than 4K so that’s a limitation with that combination. The Xbox will support older ‘FreeSync over HDMI 2.0’ for VRR which we assume will be supported, but the PS5 cannot. So that looks like VRR will not be available for the PS5 on this screen. Why not just include HDMI 2.1 properly here?
Is this the “endgame”?
Asus for some reason have chosen to promote this screen as the “1440p endgame monitor”. We understand this is marketing speak, but it seems a bit of an odd claim to us. No doubt this is a great spec and we’re really pleased to see something like this announced. But at the same time, it’s not unique in the market, and looks like it won’t even be the first to be released. Asus expect to show this off at CES in January, while LG are expecting to release their 27GR95QE before then to market!
Calling it an “endgame” also leaves you nowhere to go in the future. What about when 360Hz OLED appears? Or 480Hz? Or when a new brighter panel arrives? There’s never truly an “endgame” with tech like this, and it feels to us a bit premature to promote something new like this as “endgame” when really there’s a lot of room left to grow in to.
Pricing and Availability
The PG27AQDM is available now in some regions to purchase or pre-order. In the UK you can pre-order it from Overclockers now at a price of £1098.95 (affiliate link).
- Watch this before you buy an OLED monitor! 5 things you need to know
- OLED Monitor Panel development plans and roadmap for the future
- Our full Asus ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM review
- Our full LG 27GR95QE OLED monitor review (LG’s equivalent model)
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