Asus ROG Swift PG258Q; An In-Depth Review

Last year, we reviewed Asus MG248Q which is easily one of the better gaming monitors we have seen in 1016. It’s designed for competitive gamers as Asus packed it with some of best gaming-centric features. Also, it brags 144Hz refresh rate. Now, Asus just released a closely related gaming monitor - Asus ROG Swift PG258Q – with even better gaming-centric features, such as jaw-dropping 240Hz Refresh Rate. But how does it stand against some of the best gaming monitors in the market?

Asus ROG Swift PG258Q (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

Asus ROG Swift PG258Q is for computer users who own an Nvidia graphics card and spend most of their time playing games on their PC. This monitor is fully equipped to run the most demanding game titles out there, thanks to its jaw-dropping 240Hz Refresh Rate and G-Sync technology. The best part about it is, it is one of the cheapest G-sync equipped displays in the market today.

 

Benefits

Asus ROG Swift series has been a household name for the past couple of years and rightfully so, as this series have given the market some of the best monitors for competitive gaming we can find today. One of their latest addition to their series offers the cheapest price tag you can find for a G-Sync monitor, plus it runs with ultra-fast response time and refresh rate, not to mention it comes with a extremely well-though design.

 

Cheapest G-Sync Technology Monitor Out There

Asus ROG Swift PG258Q (image from Amazon)


Asus ROG Swift PG258Q sports the same panel as the earlier model from the same series MG248G – a TN (Twisted Nematic) panel capable of running 1ms response time. With 24-inch size and native resolution of 1080p, they actually almost look identical, as overall dimensions are just about the same.

TN panel of course, is generally cheaper than the VA and IPS, and with cheap price tag comes compromised performance, as the picture quality slightly suffers. It has narrower viewing angles, as expected, and the color accuracy is grayscale performance is subpar. The crucial difference however, is that PG258Q comes equipped with Nvidia’s Adaptive G-Sync technology from Nvidia. For those who doesn’t know, this technology is a crucial addition for gaming, as it eliminates screen tearing effect in games, making animation a lot smoother. Obviously of course, this technology only works with GeForce graphics card. Adaptive Sync which comes with the MG248G on the other hand, works with both AMD and Intel graphics card.

 

Ultra-Fast Response Time and Ultra-High Refresh Rate

Asus ROG Swift PG258Q (image from Amazon)


As with other gaming monitors designed for competitive gaming, Asus ROG Swift PG258Q runs at 1ms response time, an ultra-fast response time that is the standard fastest response time in the market; ensures smooth gameplay, without blurring and ghosting. That is paired with ultra-high refresh rate of 2400Hz. That’s extremely fast, and three times faster than standard displays in the market. However, to get the most of its performance, you need a PC that can churn out 240fps. That’s a tall ask for most games, even for high-end gaming rigs. But nevertheless, you get an amazing gaming monitor that is also future-proof with the PG258Q.

 

Packed with Gaming-Centric Features

Asus ROG Swift PG258Q (image from Amazon)


As with other ROG Swift monitors, the menus of this monitor also provides useful GameVisual presets, which includes presets for on-screen crosshairs, FPS counter and timer. Features are good fun; people may see on-screen crosshair is cheater. But since gamer servers can’t detect the things that run on your screen, then why should we not take advantage of this benefit? After all, winning feels good.

Most good players won’t be needing this feature anyway, and in most games, bullets can drop, so they never really hit the center of the screen. The crosshair software can be adjusted. This may result into some faffing, and some gamers choose to leave this feature switched off.

 

Decent Color Performance for a TN Panel

We can’t expect good color performance in this display as it’s panel is designed for gaming, not for color-intensive tasks. Interestingly however, the monitor has decent color performance. Adobe RGB gamut for example, is at 74%. Though that’s notable lower than many IPS screens, it’s enough to provide good color level for games. For brightness, the monitor scored an outstanding 400 cd/m2. With that said, the uniformity level is all over the place. But then again, this display is not meant for color-demanding tasks, rather, for gaming, and it does provide fantastic gaming experience.

 

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Mounting Options 

 

For avid gamers, putting two mid-sized gaming monitors side-by-side is nothing new. Dual Monitor setup it's definitely one of the easiest ways to improve your gaming experience. If you find yourself unsatisfied and uncomfortable using the good-looking stand of this Asus ROG Swift display, then by all means, use its VESA-compliant mounting holes for dual monitor setup. These are two of the best options out there.

Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm (image from Amazon)


Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm allows you to put two displays of up to 28-inch display side by side, or even put one on top of the other. It is made up of solid polished aluminum construction, with high quality materials. It’s equipped with Constant Force (CF) technology, which is Ergotron’s patented technology that holds monitors securely in place, and still allows smooth, convenient adjustment for optimum ergonomics.

AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm (image from Amazon)


If you’re looking for a dual monitor LCD arm that can support your two 27-inch monitor, but don’t have the budget to spend for premium products, then you can opt for AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm. This product comes with an affordable price tag, but don’t mistake its price for low quality, as it can certainly stand against the best in the market today.

  

Design and features

Asus ROG Swift PG258Q (image from Amazon)


Focusing solely on the design of Asus ROG Swift PG258Q, you might get a sense of deja-vu from Asus MG248G. As said earlier, they look almost the same; dark grey design with slim bezel, simple and standard-shaped stand that comes pre-attached to the monitor. It looks slightly plain, and the red accents at the back side of the cabinet are toned down compared to other previous ROG Swift models. Nevertheless, the dark grey finish looks smooth, which makes it really quite similar with the previous model.

 

Smart AirVent Design to Keep The Gaming Screen Cool

Asus ROG Swift PG258Q (image from Amazon)


As with other ROG Swift monitors, this too features a heatsink that is twice the size found in most monitors. This is to ensure the screen stays cool even after a marathon of gaming sessions. Cooling is also aided by the monitor’s Smart Air Vent design, which uses convection currents to generate better airflow inside the monitor.

 

With Customizable Light Signature for Cool Aesthetic Effect On Your Desk

Asus ROG Swift PG258Q (image from Amazon)


Another great aesthetic feature found in this monitor is the customizable aesthetic light signature; it allows users to create and customize light projection effects, including the two ROF logo covers, and three blank covers that users can customize on their own to make their own unique light projection that glows underneath the monitor’s stand and illuminate the desktop surface.

 

Buttons and Controls

The OSD (On-Screen Display) buttons are well placed on the right hand side of the screen; the system is primarily controlled by a joystick control in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. Along with the joystick are three pressable buttons and a Power button. Unfortunately, there are no markings on the front of the monitor, which means you have to operate the buttons by touch.

There’s also the quick access for the monitor’s GamePlus menu and GameVisual preset mode from the two buttons.

Inside the menus are the other necessary controls for the monitor, such as color settings, blue light filter for longer hours of gaming without hurting your eyes, color temperature and gamma controls. There’s also a setting to turn on the red lights underneath the monitor which adds cool gaming effect for the screen and glows your desk red.

 

Connectivity Options

Asus ROG Swift PG258Q (image from Amazon)


As with many other G-Sync displays in the market, this product comes with limited connectivity options. There’s the HDMI 1.4 port and a DisplayPort 1.2 port. That’s very few options, but that’s actually an upgrade compared to early G-sync monitors which only comes with a single DisplayPort connector.

The integrated USB 3.0 ports however, compensate for the lack of connectivity options in this monitor. There are a couple of USB 3.0 ports at the backside of the cabinet.

 

Comes Equipped with Fully-Adjustable and Ergonomic Stand

Asus ROG Swift PG258Q (image from Amazon)


Ergonomic stands may seemed to be a standard in most gaming monitors these days, but unfortunately, many brands still fail to provide such convenience for their consumers. Asus however, know the importance of ergonomics for gamers, which is why its ROG Swift products always come with fully-adjustable stand.

The stand that comes with PG258Q is fully adjustable; it tilts, swivel, pivots, and adjusts in height.

 

 

Tech Specs

Package includes power cord and power adapter, DisplayPort cable, USB 3.0 cable, Quick start guide, Acrylic LED light covers, HDMI cable, Support CD, and Warranty Card.

 

Bottom Line

Asus ROG Swift PG258Q is pretty much like the MG248Q. It is undeniably a great gaming monitor, with refresh rate, responsiveness and packed with gaming-centric features that make gaming extra fun. Also, it’s easily one of the best priced gaming monitors in the market today, which leaves us very little reasons to complain.

This product is designed for 1080p gaming, this means it works perfectly for gamers who don’t have the highest-end spec in their computer rig. It’s excellent gaming experience without the expensive price tag of G-sync IPS screens. In terms of fluidity and responsiveness, Asus PG258Q is pretty much unrivaled. There are of course, other options available with almost similar price range. If gaming is not really your primary focus for buying a monitor, then you can definitely opt for larger screens with better panel technology, such as IPS-based monitors.

Obviously, adding the G-sync technology amped the price tag for this product. Which means though it is the cheapest of its kind you can find in the market, it puts the monitor on the same price range with really good IPS screens. It’s only slightly cheaper than many really good 4K displays with 60Hz refresh rate, or 27-inch monitors with 1440p IPS panel, or even slightly cheaper, depending on the model and brand. But then again, they are not gaming monitors, and they can’t provide the amazingly smooth, fast, and simply superb gameplay experience of Asus ROG Swift PG258Q. If you can live without the G-sync or USB hub, you can choose Asus MG248Q, which runs at 144Hz refresh rate through TN panel for a cheaper price.

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