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CNET editors' review
price range: $479.99 - $572.33
- Reviewed by: Eric Franklin
- Reviewed on: 12/11/2012
The good: The Asus PB278Q offers a sharp extreme-definition screen, rich color, accurate presets, and useful ergonomic options at a good price.
The bad: The monitor lacks USB inputs and its swivel mechanism is poorly implemented.
The bottom line: Well-priced and powerful, the Asus PB278Q is the best entry point for those seeking an extreme-definition monitor at a not-so-extreme price.
Stunning Display, Especially for the Price
by S-John on September 14, 2013
Pros: + Excellent viewing angles, excellent color
+ Sharp text, even small print is very readable
+ Excellent adjustable stable stand that works great and looks nice.
+ Stunning and feels very natural while playing any modern PC game
+ Price is fantastic
Cons: - Poor sound quality
- No USB Hub
Summary: I spent several weeks researching WQHD panels and eventually settled on this one. I must say I was skeptical at first due to all the reviews stating that the panel ...
Summary: I spent several weeks researching WQHD panels and eventually settled on this one. I must say I was skeptical at first due to all the reviews stating that the panel often shipped with dead/stuck pixels. After receiving mine I can confirm there are no dead/stuck pixels, just an incredibly beautiful display.Edit:
I've always owned 720 and 1080p panels in the past, so of course this one will look especially amazing. So how do I tell if it's a quality panel? Well, according to all the professional reviews i've read(and from the old eye test) this monitor ships with fairly accurate colors. With a little tinkering, you can have it looking fantastic in just a few minutes. sRGB mode means professionals can tune this thing to perfection with pinpoint accuracy. While I have not done this myself (I use this monitor solely for performance gaming) it's certainly a nice feature if I ever decide to professionally calibrate this thing. Asus includes their other staple presets like Standard(my choice for gaming), Theater, User, and the previously aforementioned sRGB mode. This monitor also features a "trace-free" mode which helps eliminate ghosting artifacts which, in my opinion, is a welcome addition that some of my older Asus monitors did not include.
Since i'm not a professional graphic designer or anything like that I can't comment on performance in those areas but one area I can comment on is gaming. In a nutshell, this monitor is stunning while playing any modern PC game. I have specifically played Battlefield 3, Skyrim, Black Ops 2, Borderlands 2 and the Witcher 2 on max settings and the detail is nothing short of amazing. The extra pixels add a dimension in gaming that I simply have not experienced before. Textures are so crisp that Anti-Aliasing is not even required. My previous monitor was 120hz 2ms response time so I was a little concerned about ghosting/lag during intense online FPS play but i'm happy to report that isn't an issue here. Was my 120hz monitor somewhat smoother? Sure, but the discernable difference in minute. Gameplay feels very natural on this monitor.
The one thing you will need to run games at max settings+2560x1440 resolutions is a monster graphics card. I have a GTX 680 2gb card and I can run all games on max with the exception of Anti-Aliasing. As I stated before AA isn't needed as much with the higher resolution but that doesn't mean it's not wanted/useless. I can usually get away with 2x or 4x MSAA(plus FXAA) but any more than that and my FPS drops below 35 and thus becomes unplayable for me. 3+ GB of VRAM is needed if you truly want to max games out at 1440p. Just something to consider for people looking at this monitor for high resolution gaming.
The only real knock I have against this monitor is the button layout/menu control scheme. It can be quite annoying to try and navigate/change values because the arrow buttons aren't next to each other and the functions not clearly labeled. User options can be considered minimal compared to some other models out there(such as Samsung's monitors) but that's not too big a deal because it ships looking pretty decent already. This may be an issue for some, however.
Overall I would recommend this monitor to just about everyone, and especially gamers like me. The price is fantastic compared to most on the market and the build quality is certainly better than the similarly priced korean models (although some may refute this, there is always something to be said about having a real warranty). Not only is the panel fantastic, but Asus also includes connectors of every kind in the box. That was certainly an added bonus for me.
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Updated on Dec 30, 2013
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- Manufacturer: Asus
- Part number: PB278Q
- Description: Envision bigger with 2560 x 1440 WQHD, packing four times the pixel density of 720p! Oremium 16:9 wide-format PB278Q LED displays afford 178° wide viewing angles for better productivity, opening extra multitasking space to fit more windows and projects on-screen. ASUS exclusive Splendid Video Intelligence technology, QuickFit Virtual Scale, and 100% sRGB fidelity ensure reality-defining color and image accuracy, giving you true "what you imagine is what you create" power. HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2, and dual-link DVI support WQHD natively, accentuated by room-dominating audio via twin 3W speakers. To help you stay naturally focused, ergonomic design includes tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustment, plus streamlined cabling that keeps clutter off your desktop. The PB278Q features a 16:9 aspect ratio and a LED-backlit 27" WQHD display that provides 109 pixels per inch (PPI), resulting in high quality 2560 x 1440 visuals - equaling four times the resolution of standard 720p sets. It allows users to view greater image detail and do more with an onscreen footprint larger than that of standard displays. The screen's 109PPI density means there are 109 RGB matrices within one inch. Generally, the more pixels a display has, the more lighting (or power) those pixels require to achieve the best visuals. However, with advanced LED backlighting on the PB278Q, power and energy savings are no longer compromised, while better visuals are assured. The ASUS PB278Q provides an ultra-wide 178° viewing angle on both horizontal and vertical planes, thereby minimizing onscreen color shift even when viewed from extreme angles. With its WQHD display, you enjoy 77% more desktop space than a full HD screen to spread out your windows and palettes. It is also about 25% sharper than a generic 27" full HD display, delivering ultra-smooth visuals thanks to 5ms (GTG) response time. This ensures you get lag-free experiences in movies and gaming, with the latter looking more vivid, with all in-game details shown in true color. The ASUS PB278Q is undoubtedly your best choice for work and play.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Display Type LED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
- Diagonal Size 27 in
- Built-in Devices Stereo speakers
- Panel Type IPS
- Aspect Ratio Widescreen - 16:9
- Native Resolution 2560 x 1440
- Pixel Pitch 0.233 mm
- Pixel Per Inch 109 ppi
- Brightness 300 cd/m2
- Image Contrast Ratio 80000000:1 (dynamic)
- Response Time 5 ms (gray-to-gray)
- Vertical Refresh Rate 50 - 75 Hz
- Horizontal Refresh Rate 24 - 89 kHz
- Horizontal Viewing Angle 178
- Vertical Viewing Angle 178
- Backlight Technology LED backlight
- Controls & Adjustments Color temperature,
- Features HDCP,
ASUS QuickFit Virtual Scale,
Trace Free Technology,
LED PLS technology,
ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio (ASCR),
ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology,
Zero Bright Dot,
ASUS Splendid Video Preset Mode
- Color Black
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 25.3 in x 8.6 in x 21.7 in - With stand
- Weight 19.4 lbs
- Type speaker(s) - Stereo - Integrated
- Output Power / Channel 3 Watt
- Type None
- Interfaces VGA,
DVI-D (dual link),
- Display Position Adjustments Tilt,
- Tilt Angle -5/+20
- Flat Panel Mount Interface 100 x 100 mm
- Features Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
- Cables Included 1 x VGA cable,
1 x DVI cable,
1 x Audio cable,
1 x DisplayPort cable,
1 x HDMI cable
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
- Compliant Standards TCO Displays 5.2,
- Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
- Power Consumption Operational 60 Watt
- Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 0.5 Watt
Dimensions & Weight
- Dimensions & Weight Details Without stand - width: 25.3 in - depth: 2.7 in - height: 15.2 in
- ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes