Asus ROG Swift PG258Q

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GAM­ING MON­I­TOR

Sur­pris­ingly, that 240Hz re­fresh rate does make a dif­fer­ence

If you thought 144Hz was a high re­fresh rate then the Asus ROG Swift PG258Q points and laughs at you - its brand-new 25in 1080p TN LCD panel can re­fresh at a su­per­fast rate of 240Hz. While we’ve seen 165Hz and even 180Hz mon­i­tors be­fore, this jump is the first real step-change since the in­dus­try set­tled on 144Hz be­ing the stan­dard for gam­ing dis­plays.

Of course, the key ques­tion is whether mov­ing to 240Hz will have the same ben­e­fit as mov­ing from 60Hz to 144Hz, or if it’s a case of di­min­ish­ing re­turns. But let’s start by run­ning through every­thing else this dis­play has to of­fer. For a start, it packs in loads of fea­tures. It sup­ports Nvidia G-Sync and Ul­tra Low Mo­tion Blur (ULMB) tech­nol­ogy, plus it has a slim and low-pro­file bezel, a fully ad­justable stand and even a few USB ports. What’s more, it mostly looks and feels great, with its metal stand and cir­cuit­board de­sign on the rear. The cop­per high­lights won’t suit all tastes, but it gen­er­ally looks great. The one ex­cep­tion, to our tastes, is the down­fir­ing, red light in the stand, which can project the ROG logo, or de­sign of your choice, onto the desk be­low. It isn’t sub­tle and can be dis­tract­ing – we turned it off.

An­other de­sign step too far is the cover that clips in place over the power, video and USB ports to make for a tidy look. It looks good, but it’s in­con­ve­nient when you want to use the USB ports. What’s more, the se­lec­tion of con­nec­tions is mod­est. You get just one Dis­playPort socket, one HDMI and two USB 3 ports, plus a head­phone jack. You also miss out on speak­ers, but that won’t be an is­sue for ev­ery­one.

Setup, though, couldn’t be eas­ier. The fully ad­justable stand and ex­cel­lent OSD makes the whole process a breeze. The mini-joy­stick con­trols on the back of the dis­play for nav­i­gat­ing the OSD are the best in the busi­ness. You also get sev­eral use­ful op­tions in the OSD, in­clud­ing a mass of game­cen­tric pre­sets, a Dark Boost set­ting for mak­ing the dark ar­eas in games more vis­i­ble, an over­drive op­tion and, of course, the ULMB mode. The lat­ter is a back­light-strob­ing blur-re­duc­tion set­ting, which works very well at up to 144Hz, although it can’t be used in con­junc­tion with G-Sync or at a 240Hz re­fresh rate.

As for overall im­age qual­ity, this dis­play is very good for a TN panel, putting many other gam­ing mon­i­tors to shame. Colours are ac­cu­rate (a colour tem­per­a­ture of 6,578K and delta E of 0.91 right out of the box), view­ing an­gles are bet­ter than ex­pected and con­trast is good (907:1). There’s a lit­tle of the usual crushed, slightly off-colour look to light grey shades, as with many TN pan­els, but other­wise it does a de­cent job. What’s more, qual­ity doesn’t drop much as you in­crease the re­fresh rate.

Then we come to gam­ing where, rather sur­pris­ingly, that 240Hz re­fresh rate does make a dif­fer­ence. You’ll need to be in the up­per ech­e­lons of com­pet­i­tive gam­ing to re­ally ben­e­fit, and even then, the dif­fer­ence to your fi­nal score might be min­i­mal, but it cer­tainly makes games feel snap­pier, as long as your GPU can out­put the frames.

As for choos­ing be­tween 144Hz with ULMB blur re­duc­tion or 240Hz with­out, the jury’s still out. The for­mer does look clearer, but the lat­ter feels more re­spon­sive, so it de­pends on the game you’re play­ing. What we can say, though, is that overall, the PG258Q is a fan­tas­tic gam­ing mon­i­tor. It’s just a shame it’s so ex­pen­sive. Al­ter­na­tives with FreeSync in­stead of G-Sync are £100 cheaper, and even they’re rather pricey for what still amounts to a 1080p, TN mon­i­tor.

Con­clu­sion

The Asus ROG Swift PG258Q is a su­perb gam­ing mon­i­tor. Its 240Hz panel is class-lead­ing for fast-paced games and im­age qual­ity is de­cent too. How­ever, there’s no get­ting around the fact that £550 for a 1080p TN gam­ing mon­i­tor strug­gles to feel like good value for money.

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