While conventional wisdom states that getting the largest OLED monitor gives buyers the most bang for the buck, the ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM goes against this paradigm.
As the smallest OLED monitor we’ve reviewed so far, the ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM does well at what’s thrown at it. Unlike other OLED displays, this monitor is a 1440p display adaptable to most desktop setups with its smaller 27-inch footprint.
Checking off all the boxes for a gaming monitor, it supports a wide range of requisite display standards with NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync. However, when it comes to ports, the HDMI 2.0 support is a concern if users are looking to play console games on the display. The biggest highlight of the ROG Swift OLED PG27A-QDM, meanwhile, is its 240Hz refresh rate for the smoothest gameplay, and it’s one of the highest on the market right now.
On top of that, it has a touted response time of 0.03 milliseconds, but it’s more likely that the real-world response time would be higher than that. Given these specs, the best use of this monitor would be primarily for PC gaming, with console gaming being more of a secondary consideration.
Where HDR is concerned, the ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM with the default HDR setting for Windows comes across as harsh when viewed on the desktop, especially for white backgrounds. But this is not the optimal use of this display as it shines once you get in-game, as the colors look vibrant without looking over-tuned.
It would seem that not all OLED displays are made equal, as the experience on the PG27AQDM is far superior to that of the ROG PG48UQ.
If the key goal is for PC use, then the ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM is perfect at what it does. Aided with a bright screen display at 1000 nits and 110 PPI, the monitor does well in a variety of scenarios outside of gaming alone.
The biggest concern here is price – LED displays generally come at a premium and the ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM is no exception. Priced at US$999 or S$1459, the price tags are comparable to many alternatives in the market like LG’s own 27-inch variant so buyers have quite a bit of options in the market right now. Check out our video review above for a more detailed breakdown of the monitor, where delve into the pros, cons, and everything in between.
GEEK REVIEW SCORE
While most will naturally gravitate toward an OLED TV to replace the desktop monitor, it’s not always a viable solution. While there are tradeoffs when opting for an OLED display like the ROG Swift PG27AQDM purely as a monitor, it’s something that one can live with. It’s a solid buy as long as you’re able to stomach the price.
Aesthetics - 8/10
Build Quality - 8.5/10
Performance - 8/10
Value - 7.5/10
Geek Satisfaction - 8/10
Gerald currently straddles between his love of video games and board gaming. There’s nothing that interests him more than trying out the newest and fanciest gadget in town as well. He dreams of publishing a board game sometime in the future!