Asus ROG Strix XG27ACS 27" Review

An extensive review of the Asus ROG Strix XG27ACS, highlighting its performance, design, and affordability in the gaming monitor market.

: The Asus ROG Strix XG27ACS offers a 27-inch 1440p 180Hz IPS LCD panel focused on mainstream gamers for under $300. It boasts strong response times and impressive factory calibration, with features like adaptive sync and ELMB backlight strobing. However, it lacks true HDR capabilities, leading to a trade-off between response performance and HDR for potential buyers.

The Asus ROG Strix XG27ACS is a budget-friendly 27-inch 1440p gaming monitor priced at $290, designed for mainstream gamers. It features a 180Hz IPS LCD panel equipped with adaptive sync variable refresh rates and ELMB backlight strobing, ensuring a smooth gaming experience without the high cost of more advanced hardware.

The monitor's performance in response times is commendable, thanks to its variable overdrive, which adjusts overdrive levels depending on the refresh rate. This allows for an optimal gaming experience without overshoot across various refresh rates. Additionally, the factory calibration in the sRGB mode is impressive, offering great color accuracy and gamut emulation.

Despite these strengths, the monitor does have its downsides, primarily the lack of true HDR capabilities, which can be a deciding factor for buyers. The contrast ratio is also not very strong compared to VA LCDs and OLEDs. Overall, while it offers excellent response times and color performance, gamers need to weigh the absence of real HDR against their gaming needs.