It’s finally happened. 1440p gaming monitors (which, I think, are the best fit for most PC gamers) have made the move to 360Hz, a refresh rate formerly available only at 1080p. The 27-inch Asus ROG Swift PG27AQN is the leading edge of this new category, and comes with a price to match: expect to pay $1,049 if you can find it in stock at all. Many gamers will find the expense difficult to justify but, if you want 360Hz at 1440p, the Asus PG27AQN is the only game in town.

Asus ROG Swift PG27AQN – Design

The Asus ROG Swift PG27AQN has the company’s familiar, aggressive Republic of Gamers design language. This includes a beefy, thick display panel with an LED-backlit ROG logo and a wide tripod-like stand with a cyclone design on its neck. It’s a brash, in-your-face look.

Build quality is excellent. The monitor’s thick plastic panels creak a bit when depressed but feel sturdy, allowing minimal flex across the rear panel and along the monitor’s bezels. The stand is an absolute unit that keeps the monitor firmly in place and might work as an improvised weapon in a zombie apocalypse.

The stand adjusts for height, tilt, swivel, and pivots 90 degrees for use in portrait orientation. This is good news for ergonomics, but I did notice a problem: the stand is a bit too deep, which means the monitor sat closer to me than I would prefer, and might be a problem if your desk is less than 30 inches deep. The monitor supports 100mm x 100mm VESA mount, so a slimmer third-party stand, or a monitor arm, is also an option.

Asus ROG Swift PG27AQN – Connectivity & Features

High-end refresh rates can lead to connectivity quirks, and the Asus ROG Swift PG27AQN is no exception.

It has three HDMI 2.0 inputs and one DisplayPort 1.4a, which sounds like a lot. However, the HDMI inputs can’t handle 1440p at 360Hz and instead are limited to 144Hz (or 240Hz at 1080p). Only the DisplayPort 1.4a port can handle 360Hz.

It’s a bummer to see just one 360Hz input on a 360Hz monitor but, on the other hand, a gaming PC is the only input device that can deliver 360Hz. This limitation is only an issue if you plan to connect multiple high-end gaming PCs.

The monitor also has a USB-B upstream port which drivers two USB-A downstream ports for connecting wired peripherals. These ports are also used if you decide to enable Nvidia Reflex Analyzer, which is supported. A 3.5mm audio output rounds out connectivity. The monitor doesn’t have speakers.

Asus packs a respectable range of on-screen menu options in this monitor. It includes both sRGB and wide color gamut modes (though the wide color gamut mode doesn’t promise any specific color space), precise color temperature and gamma modes, and six-axis color calibration. The PG27AQN isn’t meant for content creation, but these features make it capable of serving that purpose.