Asus PB287Q Review; Impeccable 4K Monitor with Unbeatable Price

A couple of years ago 4K display technology started a real buzz in the computing world, and people have been clamoring about its great display quality, higher resolution, etc. However, new technology always come with a price, which is why in its first years, a 4K monitors is considered impractical and luxurious upgrades, as their prices soar as high as $4,000 to $5,000. Asus is among the first companies to make Ultra-HD displays affordable to consumers through its Asus PB287Q. But are we really ready for the jump to 4K? Do we have the necessary hardware and Operating System to support such upgrade? Check out Dual Monitors Guide’s Asus PB287Q review to find out how this display tries to change the playing field.

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Who is it for?

If you are looking for revamp your system or future-proof your computer setup with Ultra HD display, or if you want to view large images, or work on 4K videos without hurting your pockets, then you should check out Asus PB287QIt is by far, one of the most affordable 4K monitors there is today, and it has the fastest response rate, making it a perfect choice for hardcore gamers and watching HD movies as well.

Benefits

With a whopping 3840x2160-pixel resolution and impressive list of features, the Asus PB287Q claims to be the smartest way to get 4K display, not just for its qualities but more importantly on its price tag and how Asus was able to package this product with all the amazing features, image quality and functions.

 

Impressive Performer, Unsurpassed Versatility, Truly 4K

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From the very first moment you will lay your eyes on Asus PB287Qs screen, you will quickly notice how excellent its performance is. It features a true 4K UHD (4K Ultra-High Definition) monitor, at 16:9 aspect ratio and WLED display to deliver the next-generation resolution of up to 3840 x 2160.

The monitor’s ability to handle 4K resolution is very impressive; it provides four times as many pixels as the standard 1080 HD display and of course, some serious graphics horsepower to run at full resolution and at standard refresh rates. This Asus monitor runs at 4K smoothly at compatible graphics card through DisplayPort 1.2. HDMI 1.4 limits the refresh rate at 30Hz, you may feel the cursor dragging across the screen at this setup. Playing action-packed high-paced games at DisplayPort 1.2 seems very smooth though.

Most 4K monitors in the market use panel with 8-bit variant, while Asus in this particular model uses 10-bit, and frame rate control to produce the same 1.07 billion colour palette. They also pack this monitor with some great extra features for better 4K display, such as flicker-free and low blue light technology, making the screen friendly for your eyes during long hours of work, games, and watching movies.

This monitor features 300% more onscreen space than similar size Full HD monitors, giving you more space to work on and spread out all the applications, pages and documents for better and more efficient multitasking.

Also, 4K support on Graphics card is more common. Thanks to Windows 8.1, icons, menus and other elements displayed on screen look reasonably clear, regardless of the resolution setting.

 

Excellent Highlights and Shadows and Great Out-Of-The-Box Color Accuracy

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As said earlier, the Asus PB287Q is quite an impressive performer, especially in image quality. The monitor is able to display every shade of gray correctly, based on the DisplayMate64-Step Grayscale test. Unlike most TN-based panels that struggle in displaying darkest and lightest shades of gray, this Asus product has no problem showing excellent highlights and shadow details.

The out-of-the-box color accuracy of this monitor is also pretty good, as colors red and blue are kept in their ideal coordinates based on chromaticity test. Green is a little skewed, which is a common thing in most monitors today, even among new models. This flaw is very minor, and doesn’t affect the display’s overall picture quality or result into tinting or oversaturation of color green. Also, if you want spotless color accuracy, you can always tweak the color settings and adjust them yourself for perfect accuracy.

 

Ultra-Fast 1ms Response Time and 10-Bit Color Technology for Prosumers and Gamers

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The Asus PB287Qs 10-bit technology lets it show deep colors, smooth color gradations, and more natural-looking skin tones and transitions from one hue to another on its screen, which rivals those good IPS displays in the market today. 4K images look simply spectacular on this display. Pair that with the ultra-fast 1ms (gray-to-gray) response time and 60Hz refresh rate and you will get all the qualities you need for fluid and responsive visuals to play and experience games at the fullest. There will be no noticeable blurring or ghosting, but of course, you have to pair your monitor with a powerful graphics engine to get the best of the 3840 by 2160 resolution.

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Presets and Extra Features Like QuickFit and SplendidPlus Video Technology for Vivid and Perfect Image Quality

QuickFit Technology, which is also found in other Asus monitors, provides series of patterns that lets you preview files such as documents and photo layouts onscreen before printing.

SplendidPLUS Video Technology on the other hand, is built from the color engine that gives you eight (8) picture preset modes that will help you find the best image quality for various specific uses. It works through ensuring on-point color accuracy and image fidelity, giving you the colors and image quality that best suits your screen. The different modes are accessible through their designated hotkeys. Selections include the Standard, Game, Theater, Reading, Night View and Darkroom modes. Both Reading and Darkroom modes uses Asus’ EyeCate technology, which works with reducing blue light and eliminates flicker, which are known to cause eyestrain.

Other image quality settings includes Brightness, Contrast and Color Temperature, which you can use to adjust and set Saturation and Skin Tone (reddish, natural and yellows) from the Color menu. The Image menu on the other hand, holds access for the Aspect Ratio and Sharpness and Asus’ Smart Contrast Ratio settings.

 

VividPixel for Improved Images and Reduced Noise

Another great feature the Asus PB287Q is equipped with is the VividPixel setting, which works by improving image outlines and reducing image noises. This setting has a range of 0 – 100, and can users can choose and change settings in 25 increments. The settings are set at 25 by default, and it’s good to leave this setting; turning it up may cause some bumping on images, especially in colored text where they will look overly sharp. Turning the setting all the way down to 0 will cause opposite effect and make objects appear too soft.

 

Two Sources In One Display

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The Picture-in-Picture (PiP) and Picture-by-Picture (PbP) features of PB287Q lets you view a particular content from two different sources at the same time, and switch video between sources conveniently. PiP mode lets you place the second input source window in one corner of the screen, while the PbP mode allows you to split the screen down the middle. These settings let you determine the size of each windows, their position on the screen and input source.

Good Viewing Angle Despite the TN Panel

Despite using a TN-based panel, the Asus PB287Q is among the better-performing monitors when it comes to viewing angle. Though it’s still inferior to IPS panels, colors in its display remain intact in different angles. However, going beyond 65° from the center to the top, bottom, left and right side of the monitor, causes the picture to look slightly washed out.

 

Equipped with Power-Saving Options

This monitor consumes 40 watts of power at Standard mode. But don’t worry, as it comes with an Eco mode that drags its power consumption down all the way to 28 watts, which is quite on par with its slightly smaller 27-inch rivals such as BenQ EW2740L (34 watts Standard mode and 23 watts in Eco mode) and Acer K272HUL (38 watts at Standard mode and 30 watts at Eco mode).

 

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Setup Option

As said earlier, the Asus PB287Q is one of the better-performing monitors today in so many areas. It’s really a great all-around monitor for all kinds of use, and its versatility makes it quite a unique display for work, gaming and entertainment purposes. Putting two of these monitors side-by-side for a dual monitor setup may not seem very practical, as they are already large displays, and two 28-inch displays may not be very eye-friendly as well.

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The stand offers tons of ergonomic adjustability options, and still comes with VESA-compliant mounting holes, making it a great choice for dual monitor and multiple monitor setups, especially for gaming and home theater entertainment. Deluxe Dual Monitor Stand holds two monitors of up to 28-inch size. It is VESA 75x75mm and 100x100mm compatible. The V-shaped base leaves more space for your desk, the pole supports height adjustments, while its arms provide more ergonomic options, such as 360° rotation, tilt up and down for 180°, and swivel left and right for 180°. The best thing about this monitor stand is its affordable price tag.


Design and Features

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Simply Elegant, Thin Bezel

The 28-inch panel of Asus PB287Q is housed on a 2.5-inch thick cabinet, with matte-black finish and 0.6-inch thin bezel. The bottom bezel has the famous Asus logo, along with the six (6) function button labels, a power LED.

 

Buttons and Functions

The six (6) function button labels are placed in the front, at the bottom bezel. But their corresponding buttons are strategically hidden at the back of the cabinet.

The buttons have hot keys for the basic functions, such as Main Menu, Brightness Control, Input Select, and the brand’s very own features like Asus QuickFit and the SplendidPlus Video Technology (Asus’ picture preset mode).

 

Inputs/Outputs Ports

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The back of the cabinet also houses the two (2) HDMI inputs, a DisplayPort 1.2 input, an audio input and a headphone jack. Unfortunately, this monitor doesn’t have USB ports which we normally find in most new monitor models today. However one of the two HDMI ports is MHL-compatible, which means you can connect the monitor to your compatible gadgets and smartphones through HDMI-to-MHL cable (not included in the package). This also automatically charges your devices, just like connecting to a USB port.

 

With Built-in Speakers

Like most monitors today, the Asus PB287Q also comes with the built-in speakers for your basic audio needs. The monitor is equipped with 2-watt down firing speakers, which are decently loud, but tad trebly. It’s quite a good speaker for playing PC games, video chats, etc., but it’s far from good when you talk about Home Theater kind of entertainment.

 

Solid Stand Support With Great Ergonomic Adjustability

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The heavy 16 lbs. cabinet of Asus PB287Q is supported by a solid square base that keeps the monitor stable and secured in place. The stand also allows flexible adjustability for ergonomics, including 5.9 inches height range adjustment, 25° tilt range both up and down, and a Lazy Susan disc at the bottom of the base that allows you to swivel your display for 120°. Users can also pivot their screen panel to 90° and switch between portrait and landscape mode whenever they like, but this monitor doesn’t come with auto-pivot and doesn’t automatically change the orientation of the display, which means you have to change it through the graphics card control panel.

 

VESA-Compliant Mounting Holes to Improve Flexibility

If the solid and highly adjustable stand is still not enough for you, then the VESA-compliant mounting holes should be good news. This Asus monitor gives you the liberty to hang it on the wall or using optional mounting options such as LCD monitor arms, etc. for better workstation ergonomics.

 

Tech Specs

Package includes the HDMI, DisplayPort and audio cables, clips to organize cables, and a quick-start guide.


Bottom Line

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It may seem weird calling a $650 a budget monitor, but that is exactly what the Asus PB287Q is about in showcasing its 4K display technology. As an upgrade from 1080p resolution, the 4K quality of this Asus monitor is truly an excellent bargain. Just make sure you have the desk space it requires to sit it comfortable on your workstation.

It’s a very well-equipped monitor, with all the things you need for excellent viewing experience, and even for playing demanding PC games. If there’s anything we can complain about it, it would be its so-so viewing angle performance. Though we understand that it’s a common issue among TN-based panels, and that they’re truly inferior compared to the more popular IPS types. Also, the USB port may be a good addition if you wish to access your files from your flash drive, but the HDMI input can be enough to let you access your smartphone, tablet, etc., and connect it to the monitor to access media files and charge them up simultaneously.

All in all, the crystal-clear UHD content and ultra-fast 1ms (gray-to-gray) response rate of Asus PB287Q makes it quite a formidable choice in today’s 4K display race. It can easily, cleanly and smoothly handle fast-action games, it works with superb color quality and grayscale performance, and it makes bright and uniform pictures. For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!



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