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Asus PB278Q 27-inch Widescreen LED Multimedia Monitor (2560x1440, 5ms, VGA, DVI-D, DisplayPort, HDMI)
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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.Read more ›
Replacement arrived. Clearly previously opened, box was retaped, insides were missing bags and what bags there were, were clearly opened already. Unit itself looked in good shape, but I noticed it was missing some packing tape the original unit had around the case edging.
Set it up, seemed fine. In broad daylight in the attic room, all seemed good. Then came night. Then came the dead pixel bang centre right and even worse, very bad backlight bleed all around the edges, especially top left. I can't begin to describe how much worse this one is, than the original.
So Ive again completed another RMA, about the backlight bleed as it seems that dead pixels are simply an accepted potential fault of LEDs nowadays. Can't return if you have less than 5 or something. I guess I'll see what comes of this latest RMA but irrespective, buyer DEFINITELY beware.
I spent half a grand on this and within 4 weeks, I not only had it breakdown but also then replaced with a refurbished unit that, whilst it could be switched on, had a much, much worse display (the original unit had no backlight bleed and no dead pixels).
As a consumer, I feel utterly betrayed and left holding second hand goods. If it had been 2 years into the 3 year warranty, I would have no problem with that, replacement unit issues aside but that I had it for barely just 4 weeks before it died is appalling.
The second RMA for excessive backlight bleed has been accepted without any requirement for me to provide evidence. Is that normal?Read more ›
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.
First off - I know that buying a monitor (any monitor) can be hit and miss regarding backlight bleed and dead pixels etc, and in this case I appear to have a perfect model. I'm no expert but I did a few tests and I cannot find any bleeding or dead pixels - luckily. I was really worried about getting an imperfect model because lets face it - these things are expensive. Amazon have amazing customer service so I bought confidently should it need to be returned.
I researched like mad on the various models of monitors and decided on this one finally after a few weeks umm-ing and ahh-ing. Specifically for gaming I was undecided between a 29" Ultra Wide model (21:9 aspect ratio) or a 1440p. The extra width would be great for gaming, but you do loose some hight on the vertical pixels. I even went into a PC shop to have a look at them in the flesh, but sadly neither were running games. In the end I decided that I wanted to put my GTX 780 ti to work and really get the full benefit from it so I went for the higher resolution. Absolutely no regrets!
I've been gaming solidly on this thing now for months, and it is quite simply amazing. Battlefield 4, at this res, with all the settings turned up is nothing short of jaw dropping. The visuals are just so incredibly alive, colours are rich and everything looks crisp. It has really transformed my gaming experience. One other thing I had concerns about was performance, but so far I have not had a game that cannot be played at max settings whist maintaining 60 FPS.
Out of the box the settings are rather bright. I used TFT Central's custom profile which is really easy to set up.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had the screen for more than 2 years. Great screen for games, work and multimedia applications.
+ 1440p great for gaming and video. Read more
Such a top quality beautiful matt screen. The fact you can make it portrait or landscape. The size of it. The relatively low price of it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by ashgeo
My gripe is about reliability rather than performance. Picture quality/features are terrific so no problem there. After buying one of these within approx. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Scullion_Scholar
Worked fine for a year and a month, now it's about to die.
Another Asus monitor in the bin :(
A good picture and wide viewing angle but the controls are very fiddly to usePublished 18 months ago by Camerawork
Purchased this back in 2012 and it is still working (Aug 2015) flawlessly. It does exactly what it should, excellent image quality for all purposes and I have never had a problem... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ross Murphy
Overall quality not so good and awful flicker which caused me to have migraines.Published 19 months ago by Miss J. Lee
Monitor faulty on delivery - Menus keep flicking through as if someone was pressing the buttonsPublished 22 months ago by Viper
I love this monitor. The quality is excellent & its much better to have a big one. I mean you can easily fit two or three windows onscreen simultaneously.Published 23 months ago by Matt