Amazing image quality: Seriously, the ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ is one of the most amazing monitors that has blasted images, videos, and gaming into my retinas with. Hands down some of the best IQ that I've witnessed on a monitor -- all in glorious 4K, all at the super-smooth 144Hz refresh rate.
DSC technology: The ROG Strix XG27UQ is the world's first 27-inch DSC gaming monitor, a big achievement for ASUS.
4K + 144Hz + G-SYNC + HDR: 3840 x 2160 is great, and yeah it's only a 27-inch panel but it is razor sharp. The 144Hz refresh rate is a big deal for gaming, and so is G-SYNC. We also have DisplayHDR 400 support, too.
ROG Strix styling: ASUS makes some of the best-looking gaming monitors on the market, and the new ROG Strix XG27UQ arrives dripping in that ROG goodness.
Did I mention the image quality?: Yeah the image quality is that good -- I caught myself just sitting there in awe not once, but a few times during my review on the ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ.
No chroma sub-sampling: Unlike the older ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ -- which is also a 4K 144Hz model, the new XG27UQ doesn't need chroma sub-sampling thanks to DSC.
Only 27 inches: This is one of my main gripes with the current flocks of smaller 4K gaming monitors: I find 27 inches too small, and would prefer a 32-inch panel (at a minimum). Especially with this type of tech creamed into it.
Expensive: You will be coughing up a pretty penny for the ASUS ROG Swift XG27UQ, and on top that you'll need a beefy graphics card to run your favorite games at not just 4K... but at 144FPS. It isn't easy, and it's not cheap.
You need some serious GPU power: Speaking of graphics cards, if you were on Team Red then I recommend an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT as a bare minimum -- but rather an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER or GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card in order to crank through 4K at up to 144FPS.
ASUS continues to improve with each barrier it pushes through, and the new ROG Strix XG27UQ is no different. It does not hold back and doesn't compromise whatsoever. It is a mind blowingly good gaming monitor, especially if you've got the graphics card power to drive it.
I don't think I've ever seen the mountains and vistas of Apex Legends look better, or the graphics of PUBG stand out so much ever before. Gaming at 4K and 144FPS isn't strange to me, but doing so with this much quality is a big deal -- a huge step up from enthusiast-grade gaming monitors.
If you're an owner of a GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER or more preferably, a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti -- then I would highly suggest you scope the ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ. That is, if your budget allows it. If you want the best, it's going to cost you -- but then you get to say, and actually own, the best.
All I need now is to have this crammed into a 43-inch version... oh, it just so happens ASUS has that with the ROG Strix XG43UQ which I simply need to have in my life right now after using this bad boy.
The Bottom Line
If you want one of the best, then the ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ is for you -- some of the best image quality on a gaming monitor that I've ever seen. It's absolutely captivating, but you'd better have the GPU horsepower to drive it.