Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) announced on Wednesday (opens in new tab) the release date and pricing of its upcoming Swift PG278Q, a 27-inch display packed with Nvidia's G-SYNC technology and other "game-centric" features. The monitor will be released in North America by the end of August 2014 with a starting price of $799.
In 2D mode this monitor provides a screen resolution of 2560 x 1440 and a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz. In 3D mode, the panel provides the same resolution, but up to only 120 Hz. There is also an exclusive Turbo key that allows gamers to quickly switch between 60 Hz, 120 Hz or 144 Hz refresh rates.
This new monitor also provides an exclusive GamePlus hotkey with crosshair overlay and timer functions. The former feature provides four built-in crosshairs, perfect for users who don't like the crosshairs provided in-game. The latter feature provides an on-screen timer for tracking build and spawn times.
"An intuitive 5-way navigation joystick provides quick and easy access to OSD settings, allowing users to switch display parameters with a flick of a finger," the press release stated. "The PG278Q is designed for marathon gaming sessions, with a smart air vent design that aids in dissipating heat to keep things cool, even after hours of use."
As for Nvidia's G-SYNC, gamers will need a Nvidia GeForce GTX-powered PC to take advantage of this technology, as it synchronizes the monitor's refresh rate to the GPU. That means no screen tearing, minimized input lag and display stuttering. The monitor is also Nvidia 3D Vision ready, and uses Nvidia's Ultra Low Motion blur technology.
The specifications show that the display has a pixel pitch of 109 PPI, support for 16.7 million colors, viewing angles of 170 degrees (H) and 160 degrees (V), a 100M:1 contrast ratio, a brightness of 350cd/M2, and a 1ms response time. There is also one DisplayPort 1.2 connector, two USB 3.0 ports for pass-through connectivity, and an illuminated stand to light up your desktop.
Next month, North American customers will be able to purchase this monitor at Digital Storm, Falcon Northwest, Maingear and Overlord Computer.
Back in May, Asus rival Acer announced (opens in new tab) the world's first 4K2K display with Nvidia's G-SYNC technology. Measuring 28 inches, the LED-lit monitor provides a 3840 x 2160 resolution, 170 degree viewing angles, "flicker-less" technology, low dimming technology, and a non-glare panel. Acer said that its monitor is made with post-consumer recycles plastic, and sports a red ring on the base stand, just like the Asus model.
Other device makers expected to launch G-SYNC monitors this year include AOC, BenQ, Philips and ViewSonic.