Let's cut right to the chase. The Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ is a $350 gaming monitor, 27 inches in size, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a refresh rate of 144 Hz. We're looking at a VA LCD panel here with FreeSync support, sporting an 1800R curvature.
Adaptive sync display technologies from Nvidia and AMD have been on the market for a few years now, however it's just recently that it's become more mainstream with gamers taking the plunge thanks to generous selection, a wide variety of options, and monitor budgets. As both technologies have matured, it's a good time to revisit them to see where the differences lie in mid 2017.
The Asus Designo MX34VQ is the most affordable 3440 x 1440 ultrawide display you can get with a 100Hz refresh rate. And it doesn't skimp on features to hit this price point: the monitor comes with a Qi wireless charging base, decent Harmon Kardon speakers and support for FreeSync.
There is one type of monitor that ticks nearly every box for high quality PC gaming. One that provides a good mix of resolution and high refresh rate, while still being realistically usable on today's most popular gaming hardware. I'm talking about the latest 27-inch 1440p IPS monitors that hit a whopping 165 Hz with support for adaptive sync.
I had toyed with the idea of using a TV as a monitor on a couple of different occasions in the past decade with no success, but with the advent of affordable 4K sets using a TV as a desktop monitor is finally feasible. Here's my experience during the past few months.
Amazon's Deal of the Day is a certified refurbished Samsung U28E590D 28" 4K monitor. We picked this monitor as a great buy back in 2015 as an affordable 4K option, but $270 is ridiculously low even for a refurbished unit. Of course, you're not getting state-of-the-art specs, but user reviews back it as a solid 4K offering for desktop work (not so much for gaming, in spite of FreeSync support). If you're coming from an old monitor, this will do great as a cheap upgrade, however note this is an affordable model with no height or swivel adjustments.
Like the Asus ROG Swift PG258Q we reviewed recently, the AOC Agon AG251FZ is aimed a gamers with a maximum refresh rate of 240 Hz from an essentially identical 24-inch panel. It swaps out G-Sync for FreeSync, however, and offers a few extras at a lower price point which is currently hovering around the $500 mark.
With today's cutting-edge PC hardware, a top quality monitor has never been more important. As features such as high refresh rates, 4K displays, ultrawide screens, and syncing technologies become more common, users need to choose wisely. To make picking the right monitor easier, here are our favorites in a handful of distinct categories.
The Asus ROG Swift PG258Q is a 24.5-inch 1920 x 1080 TN LCD monitor. Now you may be thinking this collection of specs isn't hugely impressive, but there's one key feature to this monitor that is very attractive for fans of high-paced esports titles. The PG258Q sports a whopping 240 Hz refresh rate, combined with G-Sync, for the ultimate low latency, high refresh experience.