Asus PB278Q; An In-Depth Review

Asus monitors are best known for heavy graphics and hardcore gaming support, and one of its all-time best-selling monitors released a couple of years ago, is still kicking in for sales for its superb performance quality – the Asus PB278Q, a 27-inch display that runs in WQHD definition of 2560x1440, and uses PLS panel with LED backlight display for the best viewing angle performance. What’s really behind the praises raving reviews? Check out this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide to know more.

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Who is it for?

If you’re looking for a monitor with great performance, well-equipped with features, wide assortment of customization options, and great value, then you should check out Asus PB278QIt’s one of the very first PLS panels available in the market, and it sports a nice WQHD resolution for both work and entertainment needs.

 

Benefits

The Asus PB278Q claims to provide the finest and most precise details, as it is able to deliver four times the pixel of HD in its 27-inch screen. It runs 2560x1440 Quad High Definition (WQHD) which allows the screen to display incredible definition in games, videos, and everything else you wish to see on your screen. It uses PLS panel for more pristine image quality, and it has the best viewing angle to let everyone in your room see what’s on your screen, perfectly.

Great Visual Performance: Extremely Sharp Definition and Rich Colors to Bring Out the Best in Your Games

Color wise, the matte-coated PLS panel does a fantastic job in displaying rich and vibrant color without glares or reflections. DisplayMate Color Scale test shows colors are bright enough and well saturated, as the panel can produce deep darker blacks, and colors remained in true form without loss of luminance.

Based 64-Step Grayscale performance test, the Asus PB278Q also posed good result, as it has can show every shade of gray. Though white and light gray are slightly pressed, they have great contrast ratio and does not wash out light colors. Dark grays on the other hand, can be improved, as the display is not fully engineered to retain dark details for dark scenes, but it can display deep blacks. However, highlights in test photos still show well-refined details.

For its font performance, the monitor has no problem displaying font set 5.3 points (the smallest point available for the test), as letters were well formed and words are easy to find out.

 

Good Responsiveness for Smooth Gaming and Blur-Free Videos

The pixel response performance of Asus PB278Q may be a little short from the ideal 2ms and 1ms most high-end gaming monitors now have today, but it is right there with the quality ones. It sports 5ms (gray-to-gray) pixel response, which is good enough to deliver smooth gaming action for action-packed FPS games and blur-free in fast motion Blu-ray videos. There will be no noticeable ghosting while playing in this monitor, even in fast-paced racing games in PlayStation 3 consoles, while Blu-ray videos of Planet Earth from BBC look stunningly spectacular.


Color Precision and More Convenient Features for All Your Graphics Needs

PB278Q features 100% color reproduction in the sRGB color space, while its very own Asus QuickFit, which overlays commonly-used print formats on screen, along with other convenient features, makes it easier for users to design detailed graphics with excellent color accuracy.

With the Latest Display Connectivity for Excellent Visuals

One of this monitor’s biggest features is its ability to support the latest display connectivity for WQHD definition. It comes with HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, and Dual-link DVI ports, which can all complement high definition visual performance.

 

Optimal Viewing Angle and Anti-Glare Coating

Most monitors have the front direct angle as its optimal viewing angle, and around a quarter of the distance of screen down from the top. Depending on the type of panel used, picture quality from different viewing angles may vary. The PLS panel of Asus PB278Q allows its screen to deliver excellent picture quality at wide viewing angles.

The Antiglare (AG) screen coating on the other hand, plays a big role in the screen’s picture quality at highly-lit environments. It prevents glares and reflections without completely affecting the colors and while maintaining high-contrast vibrant images displayed on screen.

 

Decent Power Consumption

This Asus monitor averaged 40 watts at Standard mode, which is 8 watts less than the first IPS panel in the market Samsung Series 9 (at 48 watts), but it is also 8 watts more than its close rival Dell U2713HM, also an IPS panel monitor.

 

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Setup Options

 

As a huge model known for heavy graphics, the Asus PB278Q can be used as a standalone display for professional computer users, graphic designers and hardcore gamers. The stand is fully adjustable to provide comfort viewing and ergonomic work experience. For those who wish for excellent adjustability, flexibility, and versatility, there is the Ergotron LX Wall Mount LCD Arm.

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This special wall mount LCD arm is largely regarded as one of the best in today’s market. It comes with Ergotron’s signature Constant Force technology that keeps your display stable and secured in place quality, one-touch adjustment system allows you to position your touchscreen display anywhere you want on your desk, while cable management system lets you keep your desk neat and conducive for work.

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Should you wish to put two of this monitors side-by-side, then you can opt for Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm. It also has the brand’s Constant Force technology, while each of its arms is fully adjustable, nicely polished aluminum, solid construction, made with high quality materials. Each arm can lift 27-inch monitor and can be adjusted independently, allowing users to reposition their display; up, down, forward and back, with one simple touch, and still keep the displays secured and stable in place through the help of its patented Constant Force (CF) technology.


Design and Features

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Unlike Samsung Series 9 S27B970D and S27A850D, which are both 27-inch using PLS panels, the Asus PB278Q looks plain and straightforward. The panel resides in a 0.8 inch bezel on both sides, while the matte black cabinet measures only 2.8 inches thin, with barely noticeable strip of glossy black trim around its edges.

 

Buttons, Functions and Presets

Underneath the lower right side bezel are the six (6) function buttons, and includes the Power Switch, Preset Shortcut and a Source button, which all come with clear white label.

The buttons are separated from each other by a space of around half of the button’s length, and emits satisfying snap when pressed. The buttons give quick and easy access to the OSD menu system, which is also straightforward and fairly easy to navigate once you get used to Asus’ naming conventions. Splendid Settings for example, means Picture modes, which includes all the basic things you can expect, such as Standard, Scenery, sRGB, Theater, and User Mode. Each preset is tailor-made for its task. For general use however, the best setting you can use is the sRGB preset, as it keeps colors accurate and suitably saturated.

The Color menu offers Brightness Saturation, Contrast, Color Temperature, Hue and Gamma Settings. The Advanced Color settings include RGB Gain and Offset Adjustments, while the Image Settings menu includes selections for Sharpness, Aspect Ratio, and Asus Smart Contrast Ratio (ASCR) controls. The buttons also provide access to Sound menu, which includes volume adjustment control, mute and audio source options.

 

Unique and Useful Features

These buttons also gives access to both useful and unusual options of Asus PB278Q. Aspect Ratio Control, Sharpness, picture-in-picture (PIP) settings, and system setup options such as OSD window placement and duration onscreen are quite useful options.

The unusual one is the QuickFit feature, which works by overlaying the screen of either a grid pattern (of different measuring units), paper, and photo sizes. The grid patterns let you precisely and consistently organize page contents, especially helpful for web graphics. The paper and photo sizes on the other hand, show how the papers and photos would look like once your printed the document or file. QuickFit is a very useful feature for graphic artists, or people who often use Photoshop or various photo editing programs.

 

I/O Ports

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Connectivity options include the DVI, DisplayPort, VGA, HDMI, while audio inputs includes a headphone jack, and an audio-in port. All its I/O ports face downward, which can be difficult to access to have for the ever-useful pivot feature.

 

With High Quality Built-In 3-Watt Speakers for Good Audio Playback

Complementing the high-definition visuals of Asus PB278Q is the built-in two 3-watt speakers, which gives off high-quality audio playback.

 

Fully Adjustable and Ergonomic Stand for Your Comfort

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This monitor comes with improved comfort and ergonomics, as its stand can fully tilt up to 20°, swivel left and right, adjust in height up to 4.5 inches, and pivot 90° to let you switch from landscape to portrait orientation modes anytime you want.

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The footstand measures 11 inches x 8.6 inches, and it’s a head-turning visual trait. However, because of its awkward implementation, the whole chassis swivels when rotated, not just the screen.

 

Tech Specs

Bottom Line

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The Asus PB278Q is one of the first ones to sport the PLS panel outside of Samsung. Previous models of this panel are the Samsung SyncMasters S27A850D and S27B970, which holds the distinction as the only two monitors from the brand to sport a relatively new panel technology.

In the world of extreme high definition, the Asus PB278Q hits the perfect medium between performance and value. It offers great performance, with lots of customization features at a reasonable price. While it is not as style as the Samsung Series 9, it offers the same strong color quality and good viewing angle performance for lesser price. It comes with a highly adjustable stand and with an audio input, which is absent in Series 9. However, it doesn’t come with USB ports, unlike Samsung’s PLS. Also, Dell UltraSharp 2713HM offers the same kind of performance, with more robust set of features at a competitive price.

All in all, the Asus PB278Q is a well-equipped monitor, strong in so many aspects, particularly color quality, video ports and ergonomic stand, for a very competitive price.

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