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Asus PB278Q 27-inch Widescreen LED Multimedia Monitor (2560x1440, 5ms, VGA, DVI-D, DisplayPort, HDMI)
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|Aspect Ratio||16:9 - 1.78:1||16:9||16:9||16:9||16:9||16:9|
|Connectivity Technology||Yes; VGA||Yes^VGA||Yes||Yes||Yes; VGA||Yes|
|Display Resolution Max||2560x1440||2560x1440||—||2560x1440||2560x1440||2560x1440|
|Display Size||27 inches||27 inches||27 inches||27 inches||27 inches||27 inches|
|Frequency||89 KHz||89 KHz||144 hertz||113 KHz||83 KHz||60 hertz|
|Horizontal Resolution||2,560 pixels||2,560 pixels||2,560 pixels||2,560 pixels||2,560 pixels||2,560 pixels|
|Image Aspect Ratio||—||16:9||16:9||—||16:9||—|
|Image Brightness||—||350 cd/m²||350 cd/m²||5||350 cd/m²||10|
|Image Contrast Ratio||80,000,000||20000000:1||100000000:1||100,000,000||80000000:1||2,000,000|
|Item Dimensions||21.8 x 55.23 x 64.3 cm||64.1 x 24.4 x 55.5 cm||62.5 x 23.8 x 55.88 cm||64.08 x 24 x 55.85 cm||6.3 x 62.5 x 36.8 cm||4.64 x 61.27 x 52.5 cm|
|Item Weight||8.8 kg||6.9 kg||7.3 kg||10 kg||7.3 kg||4.91 kg|
|Max Vertical Resolution||1,440 pixels||1,440 pixels||1,440 pixels||1,440 pixels||1,440 pixels||1,440 pixels|
|Native Resolution||—||2044 x 1080 pixels||2560 x 1440 pixels||1920 x 1080||—||2560x1440|
|Real Angle of View||178 degrees||178 degrees||178 degrees||178 degrees||170 degrees||178 degrees|
|Response Time||5||4||4 milliseconds||6||1||8|
|Special Feature||—||—||Built-in camera^Built-in speaker(s)^Cable lock slot^Display sRGB^HDCP^No^On/off switch^Standard decoder:Working distance:Blade Type:viewing angle, vertical:MP3 bit rates:Keystone correction, vertical:Automatic shutdown:Ambient light metering modes: Flash metering modes: fan diameter:178°^Swivelling^Tilt adjustment||—||Built-in camera^Cable lock slot^HDCP^No^On Screen Display (OSD)^PC in (D-Sub)^Standard decoder:Working distance:Blade Type:viewing angle, vertical:MP3 bit rates:Keystone correction, vertical:Automatic shutdown:Ambient light metering modes: Flash metering modes: fan diameter:160°^Swivelling^Tilt adjustment||—|
|Viewing Angle||178 degrees||178 degrees||178 degrees||178 degrees||170 degrees||178 degrees|
|Wattage||60 watts||55 watts||38.7 watts||49 watts||38.7 watts||36 watts|
Asus PB278Q 27-inch Widescreen LED Multimedia Monitor
Concept to Creation
Envision bigger with 2560 x 1440 WQHD, packing four times the pixel density of 720p. The 16:9 wide-format PB278Q LED displays with PLS panel offer 178° wide viewing angles for enhanced productivity, offering additional multitasking space to fit more windows and projects on-screen.
Asus' Splendid Video Intelligence Technology, QuickFit Virtual Scale and 100% sRGB fidelity help ensure reality-defining colour and image accuracy. HDMI, DisplayPort, and dual-link DVI support WQHD natively, accentuated by room-dominating audio via twin 3W speakers. To help you stay naturally focused, the ergonomic design includes tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustment, plus streamlined cabling that keeps clutter off your desktop.
See Better and Wider
The PB278Q WQHD monitor features a PLS, LED-backlit panel that provides 109 pixels per inch (PPI), resulting in high quality 2560 x 1440 visuals -- four times the resolution of standard 720p sets. View image detail and do more with a large onscreen footprint.
The screen's 109 PPI 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 not compromised, while better visuals are assured.
Made for Work and Play
The PB278Q features a PLS panel, which provides an ultra-wide 178° viewing angle on both horizontal and vertical planes -- minimising onscreen colour 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 also delivers ultra-smooth visuals thanks to 5ms (GTG) response time, helping to ensure a lag-free experience when watching films and playing games.
Native WQHD Content Support
The PB278Q features a host of connectivity options, including HDMI, DisplayPort and dual-link DVI for native WQHD, plus D-sub for full HD 1080p content transmission. Twin built-in 3W speakers provide quality audio for a completely immersive home theatre experience.
Smart Contrast Ratio for Life-like Visuals
With 80,000,000:1, Asus Smart Contrast Ratio (ASCR) and 300cd/m² brightness, the PB278Q enhances display contrast and sharpness by adjusting backlight luminance to achieve deep black tones and bright whites, resulting in extra-clear visuals that truly come to life.
Splendid Video Intelligence Technology
Driven by a precision colour engine that automatically analyses and determines the nature of the task, Splendid Video Intelligence Technology adjusts display parameters accordingly to ensure colour accuracy and image fidelity. Six preset modes (scenery, theatre, sRGB, standard, and two user-customisable modes) can be quickly selected via a designated hotkey.
Designed with You in Mind
The PB278Q offers a highly ergonomic and smart design that comes with tilt, pivot, swivel, and height adjustments to ensure an always-comfortable viewing and usage experience. Its smart cable management further promotes clutter-free spaces for work and enjoyment.
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My hobbies include playing games, art and design, video editting and I also do work as a software developer - these monitors deliver on all of these activities. I have one at a 90 degree tilt set to portrait mode and the other in standard landscape.
BUILD QUALITY AND HARDWARE:
The monitor bezel is quite small for a 27" and is hardly noticable when using dual screen. The stand was easy to setup and although the monitor is a large 27" the weight is not as bad as I expected; assembly is managable and with the built in "easy screws" on the foot mount, securing the stand is simple with no extra tools needed.
The cable tidy on the back of the stand is a little fiddly but once installed helps considerably with the cable management; I route my mouse, keyboard and monitor cables through the cable tidy and it makes my desk feel neater for it.
The swivel is in-built to the foot mount making adjustments easy and preventing the monitor stand from scratching your desk. The pivot is fantastic, feels secure and has a great height adjustment range. It is easy to pivot the monitor around a full 90 degrees in both directions as well as providing landscape or portrait options.
USAGE AND DISPLAY QUALITY:
For artwork and video editing the PB278Q feels second to none. At a reasonable-to-high price for a monitor of this size and resolution, the colour quality that the IPS based PLS panels deliver are vibrant, true to real life and the contrast ratio (although not the highest of the IPS style panels) is still fantastic. The resolution is a staggering 2560x1440 (aka 1440p) and provides almost too much screen estate to know what to do with.
Out of the box the settings are not as optimal as they can be but the interface is easy to navigate and the buttons feel decent and are easy to use - making adjustments easy and correcting the colours to my personal preference was not hard at all. The defaults that come with the monitor are great and switching between my custom settings and the default vibrant settings make switching between gaming and work a breeze.
For gaming the response times are great, not the fastest on the market but they give TFT monitors a run for their money at a 5ms response time. Playing Super Street Fighter 4:AE feels responsive and you feel little to no input lag which is essential for a fighting game. There is slight ghosting that occurs for faster animations but as this only appears on very high contrast edges and is not a very noticable ghosting image I do not see it as an issue. FPS games such as BattleField seem good with the response time feeling quick. Overall I did not feel like there was any lag to the screen updating.
For work and developing I could not be happier. The 2560 pixels on display in portrait mode are immensely useful for displaying full documents, webpages and other text based applications. IDE's fit perfectly with the 1440 width, making development more productive and enjoyable with the longer document viewing length.
With very little not to like and extra features such as 1:1 paper size guides built into the monitor UI and buttons, design work, programming and video editing on these monitors feels amazing. IPS based panels are not known for being the best with gaming but these monitors hold their own and, with the 2560x1440 resolution and fantastic colour fidelity, your games will look crisp,clear and vibrant.
If you are considering an upgrade to something greater than 1080p and are happy to go upwards of £400 to do so, consider these monitors as high on your list of options. They will not disappoint you.
+ 1440p great for gaming and video.
+ Pixel density and resolution provides enough screen real estate to have multiple windows open at the same time.
+ DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI in
Definitely worth the investment if you can afford it.
However, Apple's OS is a big disappointment (10.9 and 10.10) when it comes to detecting the monitor and sometimes I have a 'lot' of trouble getting the monitor to be recognised. It's a major issue on the MacBook Pro.
NB From researching the problem it arrears to be a Apple OS and third party monitor issue, but I cannot confirm this.
Just the right type of display - the semi-glossy PLS panel means it has the potential to deliver more 'pop' than a regular matte screen whilst retaining its anti-reflective capabilities. Even though it is pricier than say the Dell U2412HM, the extra cost is worth it in my opinion simply because of this point alone.
Watching films and playing games are ideal - no noticeable ghosting due to its fair 5ms response time. I would gladly use this monitor over a TN panel with a 120hz refresh rate and a 2ms response time for the Asus' vivid, pin-sharp display.
The GTX 760, being a mid-range GPU (at the point of writing), can handle the 2560x1440 resolution pretty well - even with the most demanding games such as Battlefield 3.
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