To “flex” in 2017 does not involve bending one’s knees or even curling a bicep to show-off one’s physique but rather – to show off.
While the ASUS ROG Strix XG27V is curved it is also inherently a show off thanks to that 1800R curve. The RGB lighting that festoons the monitor doesn’t help detract from that opinion either.
As you might imagine from the name this is a gaming monitor and it is great for that but I’ve also been using it as my primary monitor during the day while I work and call me crazy (please don’t) but I think that this monitor is just as good for work as it is for play.
The best part is that no matter what you plan to do with the XG27V it is rather good.
ASUS ROG Strix XG27V monitor review – Big panel, FHD resolution
At 27inches the XG27V takes up a sizeable portion of your desk but the tripod stand lifts it and the height of the panel itself can also be lifted or lowered on the stand.
The panel has a 1920 x 1080p native resolution and at 27inches that resolution begins to deteriorate and the sharpness that I have grown accustomed to in my Dell 23 inch S2340L was immediately missed. This is a problem with DPI and it’s a trade off you make for a larger screen. During my time with the monitor I’ve learned to live with it but my Dell is sitting next to me as we speak.
There is some value in the size however. While using the XG27V for work I found myself moving windows to it simply because text was bigger and easier to read.
The curve is also really nice in this monitor. While it’s not really needed given this is not an ultrawide monitor it is very nice and it’s a wonderful extra that makes panning your eyes across the width of the display less of a chore.
The sharpness issue is also less of an issue when you delve deeper into the monitor’s settings.
ASUS ROG Strix XG27V monitor review – It doesn’t got to 11, it goes to 144
Get yourself a DisplayPort cable and a GPU with a bit of power and you can activate the XG27V’s 144Hz refresh rate. For games this is wonderful and to add to your quest for the smoothest 1080p experience out there if you have a FreeSync supported card you can activate that mode.
One thing we must note is that the monitor gets extremely hot when you do this but it never got so warm we worried.
Other settings include Scenery, Racing, Cinema, RTS/RPG, FPS, MOBA colour settings. What got me slightly giddy is that the XG27V is also sRGB compliant so it’s pretty good for content creators and gamers. There is a mode for this that can be accessed from the on-screen menu.
The monitor does have a four stage blue light filter in the menu as well as features such as having a crosshair permanently on-screen. Just remember to turn it off when you need to do some work.
Navigating the menu is really a joy. Everything is easy to find though LIGHT IN MOTION was a bit tricky to understand until I discovered that’s the light at the base of the XG27V’s stand.
ASUS ROG Strix XG27V monitor review – Just gamer things
Being from the ROG Strix family the XG27V has a number of other things gamers might want to know about such as lighting at the base that is just a solid red light and Aura RGB lighting at the back of the panel itself.
You can cycle through colours, select one or sync the monitor up to the rest of your rig using Aura.
ASUS ROG Strix XG27V monitor review – Conclusion
This is a really good monitor. Yes, the panel is large and you can see a few pixels if you look close enough but its a faux pas you can forgive. Especially when you consider the refresh rate of this monitor and its FreeSync support.
Beyond that however, the only reason I can’t see this being used for work is, well, the style of the thing.
Having worked on this monitor every day since it’s been in for review I can say with out a shadow of a doubt that this monitor is great for work. The larger size makes writing for much easier on the eyes, especially if you prefer having two windows open at the same time on the display.
The colour correctness of the monitor are pristine. Blacks seem unending and while colours do “pop” off of the screen they are accurately represented.
This is a rather great monitor for anybody looking for some premium features but can’t afford the huge ultrawide or 4K monitors with similar features.