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...
This medium monitor received an expert rating of 90% from kitguru.net. The flatpanel monitor expert review sites think this Asus PC monitor is one of the very best PC displays of this type and age.
Good Owner Reviews
The average owner rating of this PC display is 81% based on 15 owner reviews.
A number of customers considered that it was good value for money. Alex Jones mentioned in his Asus MG278Q review this month “The stand is sturdy and easily adjustable and to be honest the price is amazing compared to other monitors with similar specs” and scored the product 5 stars. David F wrote on Amazon in the same month “At the moment save your money and wait till the greedy sellers realise not all people are as daft as I was” in his review of the Asus MG278Q. David F also said “Drop the price to a sensible level”.
One customer concluded that this PC monitor was cheap. David F mentioned “It's not bad, so overpriced though” in his review of this PC monitor.
A few customers who bought this PC monitor said that it was strong and durable.
A few customers considered that it was easy to damage or scratch. L wrote on Amazon in October “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” nonetheless they gave this PC monitor a score of 3 stars. This month Lookagain said “The fact that it broke so quickly, I just couldn't replace it” in their review nonetheless they only scored the product 2 stars.
One Asus MG278Q reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the Asus MG278Q was well made. Pen Name said on Amazon “Excellent screen, good build quality with good adjustments for tilt, height etc”.
Good Product Quality
A few people who purchased the Asus MG278Q considered that it was good quality. Alex Hopkins mentioned on Amazon a few weeks ago “Great quality picture; very useful mobility (rotation, height adjustment); size is great; screen settings are easy to navigate”. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon last year “Excellent screen quality with plenty of different screen options”. Boris scored the product 4 stars and he said “Monitor is of very good build quality - a sturdy plastic, certainly feels quite premium as it should at this price range” in his Asus MG278Q review.
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A Best Selling PC Screen
Across all LCD screens, the MG278Q is one the best selling products currently on the market according to sales data from Amazon.
Asus Has Good Reviews for Its PC Displays
Asus has good average ratings for its medium monitors as well as across its entire PC monitor range.
Easy to Use
Some Asus MG278Q reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to setup. Amazon Customer said in their review “Very easy to set up” . Some Asus MG278Q owners who bought it mentioned that it was easy to use the menus. Lookagain wrote this year “The settings are easy to navigate” in their review but despite that they only rated the Asus MG278Q 2 stars.
A number of Asus MG278Q owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was a good height.
One Asus MG278Q owner concluded that it was thick. L wrote in their review of the Asus MG278Q “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”.
A few Asus MG278Q reviewers who bought the product thought it was good looking. Odd Duck Reviews said this month “Beautiful monitor and picture” and rated it as excellent. Tomshardware.com mentioned in their review of this PC monitor “We don't hate TN monitors by any means and the latest panels look pretty good.” .
Good Picture Quality
One customer mentioned in their reviews that it had good colour saturation. In October L said “Good colours and viewing angles for a TN display”. One customer who bought it reckoned that it had good picture quality. Boris wrote on Amazon this year “Gaming is very good on this monitor - I am using a Nvidia based graphics card and no problems have been found yet”.
Has a Built-In Speaker
The Asus MG278Q has a built-in speaker, as do most of the other PC screens that were launched more than a year ago.
Alternative LCD screens with a built-in speaker currently available that you might want to consider include cheaper PC displays such as the Benq BL2420U[plb_2885076_price], or the HP ENVY 34c[plb_2976258_price].
We compared all the other PC displays which also have a built-in speaker to this PC screen and we think the Asus MG279Q[plb_2900144_price] is also worth considering.
Two HDMI Ports
The Asus MG278Q is a two HDMI port flatpanel monitor. Most of the other PC displays of this spec and age have between one and three HDMI ports.
Quite High Maximum Height Adjustment
With a maximum height adjustment of 150 millimeters, the Asus MG278Q has a quite high maximum height adjustment compared to most of the other similar spec PC monitors that have been around for around the same time as the MG278Q. The maximum height adjustments of PC displays of a comparable age and spec to the MG278Q range from 17mm to 510mm, and the average maximum height adjustment is 130mm.
Quite Bright Display Brightness
With a display brightness of 350 candellas per square meter, the Asus MG278Q has one of the brighter display brightness amongst medium monitors of this age. Comparable spec PC monitors that were released around the same time as the MG278Q have display brightness of between 25 cd/m² and 1,700 cd/m², and the average display brightness is 280 cd/m².
2560 X 1440 Graphics Resolution
The Asus MG278Q has a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1440. That's 78% more resolution than the most frequently found graphics resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). The resolution of all flatpanel monitors of this spec and age ranges from 720 x 400 (worst) to 4096 x 2160 (best).
Quite Fast Response Time
The fastest response time of PC monitors of this type and age is 1ms, the slowest is 40ms, and the average response time is 5.7ms. At only 1 millisecond, the Asus MG278Q has a very fast response time compared to most of the other PC monitors that were released around the same time as the MG278Q.
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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
Like most of the other flatpanel monitors of this type and age, the Asus MG278Q does not have a built-in camera.
Not 3D Compatible
Most PC monitors of this age and spec are not 3D compatible. The Asus MG278Q is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.
PC screens which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Samsung S29E790C[plb_2827679_price] which is also cheaper.
Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader
The Asus MG278Q does not have an integrated card reader, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other flatpanel monitors that have been on the market for more than a year also do not have an integrated card reader.
We think this PC display looks expensive compared to other PC monitors of this type and age. The cheapeast PC display of this type and age that we found costs £46 and the most expensive costs £4,106.
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Only HD HD Type
This PC display has a Wide Quad HD HD type, which is the most frequently found HD type on flatpanel monitors of this age and type.
Only Two USB 3.0 Ports
The Asus MG278Q is a two USB 3.0 port PC screen.
Only Has Two Cables Included
The Asus MG278Q has a greater number of cables included than most PC displays of this spec and age. The most commonly found cable included is AC, but this cable included is not found on this Asus PC display. The cables included DisplayPort and HDMI are also found on this flatpanel monitor.
Quite Narrow Vertical Viewing Angle
The Asus MG278Q has a quite narrow vertical viewing angle (only 160 degrees) compared to most of the other LCD screens of this type and age. The vertical viewing angles of medium monitors that were released one year ago range from 10° to 180°.
Quite Narrow Horizontal Viewing Angle
At only 170 degrees, the Asus MG278Q has a fairly narrow horizontal viewing angle compared to most of the other PC displays of this age and spec. Comparable spec PC monitors that have been available for around the same time as the MG278Q have horizontal viewing angles of between 18° and 180°, and the average horizontal viewing angle is 170°.
Across all the PC displays of a similar age and spec to the MG278Q the weights range from 2.3g to 79kg, and the average weight is 5kg. At 7.7 kilograms, the Asus MG278Q is fairly heavy compared to most of the other similar spec LCD screens that were released around the same time as the MG278Q.
Fairly High Power Consumption When Off
The average power consumption when off of LCD screens of a similar age and spec to the MG278Q is 1.6W, and the power consumptions when off range from 0.005W to 350W. At 0.5 Watts, the Asus MG278Q has a quite high power consumption when off compared to most of the other LCD screens that are a comparable age to the MG278Q.
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Released Over a Year Ago
This PC display was released over a year ago.
OK Running Costs
Based on average energy prices and usage levels we estimate that the 5 year running cost of the MG278Q is £66, which is typical compared to the other 505 medium monitors that have been around for more than a year.
LCD Display Type
The Asus MG278Q has an LCD display type which is better than most PC screens of this age and type. Most PC monitors of a similar age and spec to it have an LED display type.
PC screens with a better display type that might be worth considering include the Acer XB270H[plb_2658235_price] (LED and higher rated), or the DELL U2515H[plb_2680650_price] (LED and higher rated) or the DELL P2715Q[plb_2678778_price] (LED and cheaper).
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At 625 millimeters, the Asus MG278Q has a pretty standard width compared to most of the other PC displays of this age and type.
Other LCD screens with a wider width that you might want to look at include the Asus MG279Q[plb_2900144_price] (625mm).
Excellent screen, good build quality with good adjustments for tilt, height etc. Came with all the cables except audio. The default colour, contrast settings I found were not great but after a bit... Read more…
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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