The MG278Q gaming display is built for victory in the professional gaming arena, and features a WQHD panel with a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms fast response time. Its ergonomic design, together with...
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18 Reasons For
Five Industry Awards
Experts love this PC screen, and have given it several awards.
The reviewers at HEXUS.net and Itc.ua both wrote that concluded that they would endorse this medium monitor and gave it their "Recommended" award.
One additional expert review site decided that this Asus PC monitor was great. Pcper.com gave this PC display a "Silver" award.
The experts at two other expert review sites both concluded that this flatpanel monitor was good. Hardware.info gave this Asus flatpanel monitor an "Excellent" award and it received a "Must Have" award from Kitguru.net.
Expert Reviews Are Excellent
This PC display received a score of 90% from PC monitor expert review site kitguru.net. The flatpanel monitor expert review sites think this PC screen is one of the better flatpanel monitors of a similar age and spec.
A few people who purchased it thought it was good value for money. Alex Jones said on Amazon “The stand is sturdy and easily adjustable and to be honest the price is amazing compared to other monitors with similar specs” in his review and scored it 99 out of 100. This month David F wrote in his Asus MG278Q review “At the moment save your money and wait till the greedy sellers realise not all people are as daft as I was”. David F also said “Drop the price to a sensible level”.
One Asus MG278Q owner wrote in their reviews that this PC monitors was cheap. David F and he said “It's not bad, so overpriced though”.
Some people mentioned in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Alex Jones wrote on Amazon this year “The stand is sturdy and easily adjustable”. This month Boris said on Amazon “Monitor is of very good build quality - a sturdy plastic, certainly feels quite premium as it should at this price range” in his review of the Asus MG278Q.
Several Asus MG278Q reviewers reckoned that the product was easy to damage or scratch. L wrote on Amazon “The worst of which was on the front, upon opening the box I discovered that the monitor screen was facing exactly where the damage was” however scored the product 60 out of 100. Lookagain and mentioned “The fact that it broke so quickly, I just couldn't replace it”.
One Asus MG278Q reviewer who bought it concluded that it was well made. This month Pen Name scored it 99 out of 100 and mentioned “Excellent screen, good build quality with good adjustments for tilt, height etc” in their review.
Good Product Quality
A number of customers said in their reviews that it was good quality. Alex Hopkins wrote in his Asus MG278Q review on Amazon “Great quality picture; very useful mobility (rotation, height adjustment); size is great; screen settings are easy to navigate”. Amazon Customer said “Excellent screen quality with plenty of different screen options” and gave the product a rating of 99 out of 100. Boris wrote in August this year “Monitor is of very good build quality - a sturdy plastic, certainly feels quite premium as it should at this price range”.
Asus medium monitors have good reviews on average and across all LCD screens Asus is one of the superior brands.
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Easy to Use
A number of people concluded that it was easy to setup. Amazon Customer scored the product 5 stars and wrote in their Asus MG278Q review on Amazon “Very easy to set up”.
Some customers who bought this PC monitors thought it was easy to use the menus. Alex Hopkins rated this PC monitors 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon “Great quality picture; very useful mobility (rotation, height adjustment); size is great; screen settings are easy to navigate”. This year Lookagain said “The settings are easy to navigate”.
A few Asus MG278Q owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was a good height. This year Alex Hopkins wrote “Great quality picture; very useful mobility (rotation, height adjustment); size is great; screen settings are easy to navigate” in his review of the Asus MG278Q and rated it 5 stars. Pen Name said in their review on Amazon “Excellent screen, good build quality with good adjustments for tilt, height etc” and gave it a score of 5 stars.
One customer mentioned that it was thick. L wrote on Amazon this month “I noticed on a few occasions that the monitor would look as if it was tearing, several thick white-ish fuzzy lines would appear on the display” in their review of this PC monitors.
Good Owner Reviews
On average, based on 15 owner reviews this PC display has an overall owner rating of 81%.
A number of Asus MG278Q reviewers said in their reviews that this PC monitors was good looking. Odd Duck Reviews mentioned this year “Beautiful monitor and picture” in their Asus MG278Q review. Last year expert review site Tomshardware.com mentioned in their Asus MG278Q review “We don't hate TN monitors by any means and the latest panels look pretty good.”.
Good Picture Quality
One Asus MG278Q owner who bought it reckoned that it had good colour saturation. This month L mentioned “Good colours and viewing angles for a TN display” in their Asus MG278Q review. One Asus MG278Q reviewer reckoned that the Asus MG278Q had good picture quality. Boris wrote “Gaming is very good on this monitor - I am using a Nvidia based graphics card and no problems have been found yet”.
Price Has Recently Dropped by £38.01
In the last 9 days the MG278Q has dropped in price by £38.01.
100000000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
The Asus MG278Q has a maximum contrast ratio of 100000000:1. That's over twenty times the contrast ratio of a 5000000:1 PC screen, which is the most frequently found contrast ratio.
A 100000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio is actually the best contrast ratio amongst all LCD screens that have been around for around the same time as the MG278Q.
The worst contrast ratio amongst comparable types of PC screen is Mega Contrast.
We compared this PC display to all the other PC screens that have a 100000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and we think cheaper PC screens such as the Acer XB280HK (£349.99), and the Asus MG279Q (£349.99) is also worth considering.
Has a Built-In Speaker
The Asus MG278Q has a built-in speaker, as do most of the other medium monitors that have been on the market for a similar time to the MG278Q.
It may also be worth considering one of the alternative PC screens with a built-in speaker currently available including a cheaper PC screen such as the Asus MG279Q (£349.99) or you might consider a better rated PC screen such as the BDM3270QP (£383.14), or the BDM4065UC (£1,599.98) both from Philips.
Fairly High Maximum Height Adjustment
With a maximum height adjustment of 150 millimeters, the Asus MG278Q has a fairly high maximum height adjustment compared to most of the other PC screens of this type and age. The lowest maximum height adjustment of medium monitors that have been available for a similar time to the MG278Q is 17mm, the highest is 510mm, and the average maximum height adjustment is 130mm.
Quite Bright Display Brightness
The Asus MG278Q has a fairly bright display brightness (350 candellas per square meter) compared to most of the other medium monitors that were released around the same time as the MG278Q. The average display brightness of PC displays of this age and type is 280 cd/m².
2560 X 1440 Graphics Resolution
The highest resolution of the Asus MG278Q is 2560 x 1440. That's 78% more resolution than the most common graphics resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). Across all medium monitors that have been around for a comparable time to the MG278Q the resolution ranges from 720 x 400 (worst) to 3840 x 2160 (best).
Quite Fast Response Time
Across all the PC monitors of a comparable age and spec to the MG278Q the response times range from 1ms to 40ms. With a response time of only 1 millisecond, the Asus MG278Q has one of the fastest response times amongst medium monitors of this age.
12 Reasons Against
Only Two USB Type-A Downstream Ports
The Asus MG278Q is a two USB Type-A downstream port PC display. Most of the other medium monitors that have been available for a similar time to the MG278Q have between one and five USB Type-A downstream ports.
Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
The Asus MG278Q does not have a built-in camera, although this is within the context that most of the other PC screens that have been around for a comparable time to the MG278Q also do not have a built-in camera.
Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader
Like most of the other medium monitors that have been available for around the same time as the MG278Q, the Asus MG278Q does not have an integrated card reader.
Not 3D Compatible
Most medium monitors that have been around for more than a year are not 3D compatible. The Asus MG278Q is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.
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Not Cheap for a Medium Monitor That Has Been On the Market for More Than a Year
We checked 450 flatpanel monitors that were launched more than a year ago and they range in price from £51 to £5,066. We thought that this medium monitor looks expensive compared to other flatpanel monitors that were launched more than a year ago.
Only LCD Display Type
The Asus MG278Q has a better display type than most PC monitors of a comparable age and spec to it. This LCD screen has an LCD display type, whereas most similar spec PC displays that came out around the same time as it have an LED display type.
This PC screen's display type (LCD) is actually the worst display type across all medium monitors that have been around for more than a year.
An LED display type is the best display type across similar types of PC screen.
Flatpanel monitors with a better display type that might be worth considering include the Eizo EV2455 (£326.99) (LED and cheaper); or the Benq XR3501 (£580.01) (LED and higher rated), or the Philips BDM3270QP (£383.14) (LED and higher rated).
Only HD HD Type
This LCD screen has a Wide Quad HD HD type, which is typical of many PC displays of this age and type.
Only Two USB 3.0 Ports
The Asus MG278Q is a two USB 3.0 port PC display.
Only 1000:1 Typical Contrast Ratio
This PC monitor has a 1000:1 typical contrast ratio, which is the most frequently found typical contrast ratio on flatpanel monitors that are a similar age to it.
Quite Narrow Vertical Viewing Angle
At only 160 degrees, the Asus MG278Q has a quite narrow vertical viewing angle compared to most of the other LCD screens of a similar spec and age to the MG278Q. The vertical viewing angles of medium monitors that are a comparable age to the MG278Q range from 10° to 180°.
Quite Narrow Horizontal Viewing Angle
Medium monitors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the MG278Q have horizontal viewing angles of between 18° and 180°, and the average horizontal viewing angle is 170°. With a horizontal viewing angle of only 170 degrees, the Asus MG278Q has one of the narrower horizontal viewing angles amongst LCD screens of this age.
The weights of flatpanel monitors that are a similar age to the MG278Q range from 2.3g to 79kg. The Asus MG278Q is fairly heavy (7.7 kilograms) compared to most of the other PC screens that have been on the market for around the same time as the MG278Q.
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Released Over a Year Ago
It was over a year ago when this LCD screen was released.
Running Costs Are Average
Based on typical energy prices we estimate that the MG278Q will cost £63 over 5 years to run, which is typical compared to the other 486 medium monitors that were launched more than a year ago.
The Asus MG278Q has a pretty average width (625 millimeters) compared to most of the other PC displays of a comparable age and spec to the MG278Q.
It may also be worth considering one of the other 625mm wide PC monitors currently available including cheaper PC displays such as the Asus MG279Q (£349.99).
Alternative flatpanel monitors with a wider width that you might want to look at include the DELL P2715Q (£299.99) (640.74mm and cheaper); or the Benq XL2730 (£319.95) (633.7mm and higher rated).
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Beautiful monitor and picture.
The High Rez + Freesync means a consistently decent picture/frame rate without having to tax the GPU by double rendering with vsync, so no latency.
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When I first received the monitor my, oh my, was it a mighty big box! The packaging is great and the selection of cables will sure make you happy.
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