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15 Reasons For
Average Owner Reviews
On average, based on 52 owner reviews the average owner rating of this LCD screen is 77 out of 100.
Good Picture Quality
A number of people who purchased the product thought it had good colour saturation. Aurazor scored the product very highly and said on Amazon two years ago “Images are bright, colours are pure”. Azeem wrote in the same month “Colours are decent, not as good as I've seen on my Dell Ultrasharps” although they gave the product a score of 40 out of 100. Christian R rated the product 4 stars and he said on Amazon “Very good display, great colours” in his review.
Three Asus PB278 owners wrote in their reviews that it had clear images. Stephen said on Amazon “I spend 10 hours a day in front of my computer wirting PHP/JS and the clarity is superb” in his review of this PC monitor and scored the product very highly.
Two people who reviewed it said that it had a flickering image. Aurazor wrote “I have always been very demanding of my monitors, I am highly sensitive to flicker and colour shades” in their review of the Asus PB278 and rated the Asus PB278 5 stars. Dexter mentioned on Amazon three years ago “Anything positive? Yes, if I have to say, I love the "Right part" of this screen, great color, vivid, sharp and no flickering”.
One person who reviewed the product thought it had image ghosting. Cpalmer gave it an excellent review score and said on Amazon “I've yet to see any noticeable ghosting” in their review of the Asus PB278.
Across all flatpanel monitors, the PB278 is one the top selling products currently on sale according to Amazon sales data.
Good Product Quality
Some Asus PB278 owners who purchased this PC monitor said that it was good quality. Guitarist said in January last year “I just love the quality of the 4K”. Jason France scored the product very highly and he wrote “Excellent quality monitor”. Strawberry Blonde said in their review of this PC monitor three years ago “A LED-backlit 27” WQHD display that provides 109 pixels per inch (PPI), resulting in high quality 2560 x 1440 visuals thus giving four times the resolution of standard 720p sets” .
A number of customers who purchased it considered that it was ergonomic. Three years ago Strawberry Blonde said “I have been using for a week now & on receiving the monitor it gives a highly ergonomic & cool design with tilt” and rated it as excellent.
One person considered that it was good looking. G. Woodruff said on Amazon “Crucially it stays flawless then it is an easy 5 star product as the image is beautiful and the response time/lag excellent” yet they gave the Asus PB278 a rating of 60 out of 100.
Three Asus PB278 reviewers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was well made. J 'wildfire' Town gave it a rating of 5 stars and said in their review of the Asus PB278 “Clean looking build, easy'ish setup options”. Mr. S. Henderson scored this PC monitor very highly and wrote on Amazon “It is working solid”.
A few Asus PB278 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to damage or scratch. Dexter wrote on Amazon three years ago “OK, I've received the replacement today, no scratches, no lines, no dead pixels” but he only gave it a score of 20 out of 100.
One person considered that it was strong and durable. Strawberry Blonde said “It's certainly is impressive, packaged very well & robust” in their review of this PC monitor and rated this PC monitor 5 stars.
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Asus is one of the better rated flatpanel monitor brands according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Asus also has good reviews for its medium monitors.
Good Technical Features
A number of customers who bought the product agreed that it had good features. Christian R mentioned in his Asus PB278 review on Amazon “I would like to be able to have more, as I don't use the unchangeable "quickfit" and "input select" features very useful, as I rarely have more than one input”.
Some Asus PB278 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money. Gary H scored it very highly and he wrote in his review of the Asus PB278 on Amazon “Great Monitor at a great price, what else could you ask for?”. Gary H also said “Well done ASUS for a really usable monitor at such a great price”. Two years ago Lesteph said in their review of this PC monitor on Amazon “Great value alternative to Apple screens” and rated the Asus PB278 5 stars.
One person who reviewed this PC monitor considered that it was tight. Gary H gave the product a rating of 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon “Only negative comment is that the inputs are a bit difficult to get to and cables are a tight fit.”.
One Asus PB278 reviewer who bought this PC monitor considered that it was good in terms of connectivity. Strawberry Blonde mentioned in their review of this PC monitor on Amazon “Features a host of connectivity options that include HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2”.
Easy to Use
A few Asus PB278 owners who purchased it said that it was easy to use. A Purchaser said on Amazon “If I wasn't fortunate enough to have spares to use I would have a useless screen” in their review of this PC monitor. Christian R he said on Amazon “The built-in volume control, which is accessible only via the on-screen display controlled by the buttons on the underside of the display, should be done well” in his review of this PC monitor. G. Woodruff said on Amazon “Unfortunately the reliability/quality control is highly dubious” but even so they rated the Asus PB278 60 out of 100.
One Asus PB278 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Paul George gave the product a very good review score and he wrote on Amazon “You can mess around & have fun with the settings as I have & love the different features on offer Reading”.
One customer said in their reviews that it was easy to assemble. Strawberry Blonde wrote in their review of this PC monitor on Amazon “The monitor stand is solid, easy to assemble (twist and lock)”.
Acceptable Noise Level
One Asus PB278 owner said in their reviews that this PC monitor was noisy. Two years ago Christian R wrote on Amazon “Even at 1% it is very loud” and rated the Asus PB278 4 stars.
One Asus PB278 reviewer who purchased it mentioned that it had good technical guidance.
Has a Built-In Speaker(s)
The Asus PB278 has a built-in speaker(s), unlike most of the other similar spec PC displays that have been available for around the same time as the PB278 which do not have a built-in speaker(s).
There are a number of alternative PC displays with a built-in speaker(s) currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Acer K272HU[plb_2266301_price], or the Eizo FlexScan EV2436WFS[plb_1716855_price].
We think you might also be interested in alternative PC monitors which also have a built-in speaker(s) including the NEC MultiSync A273[plb_1616913_price].
6 Reasons Against
Price Increase of £54.97
In the last 38 days the price of the PB278 has increased by £54.97.
Most medium monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the PB278 are not 3D. The Asus PB278 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.
LCD screens which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the VG236[pl_2030776_price], or the VG27AH[pl_1426322_price] both from Asus or the Samsung LS23A700DS[plb_1458097_price].
Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
Most flatpanel monitors that have been on the market for a similar time to the PB278 do not have a built-in camera. The Asus PB278 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in camera.
There are a number of other PC monitors which also have a built-in camera which you might also want to look at including the Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display[plb_1794077_price] which also has a higher rating.
Does Not Have a Card Reader Integrated
The Asus PB278 does not have a card reader integrated. Most of the other PC monitors of this age and spec also do not have a card reader integrated.
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We checked 507 PC screens that have been on the market for more than two years and they range in price from £46 to £2,475. We think that this medium monitor looks expensive compared to other PC screens that have been on the market for more than two years.
Only HD HD Type
This LCD screen has a 2K Ultra HD HD type, which is typical of many PC displays of a similar type and age to it.
2 Other reasons to consider the Asus PB278
OK Running Costs
The PB278 is typical compared to the other 993 flatpanel monitors of this age and type that we have assessed for 5 year running costs. Based on average usage levels and energy prices, we estimate the 5 year running cost of the PB278 is £52.
Was concerned at first about the light bleed and pixel comments from others, but the monitor i have works to perfection (am i lucky or did ASUS up their QC?). Anyway first class picture and i... Read more…
Really nice monitor. The colours are bright and rich. I haven't noticed any light bleed or dead pixels. The 1440p resolution is so much better than 1080p for this size panel! It makes the screen... Read more…
Reviewed 15 June 2016 by Norbert Fuksz | 11 Comments
It's a bit disappointing i was expecting more from the successor of the great Asus PB278Q however what i got was a monitor that is way worse thant the one it was supposed to replace.
I have... Read more…
Been using this monitor for a few weeks now and have to say I cannot understand the negative reviews. I spend 10 hours a day in front of my computer wirting PHP/JS and the clarity is superb.
I've... Read more…
Loving this monitor. Had it for a few months and it is working solid. I particualarly like the KVM-like input switching, which allows you switch what source you want to view (I make use of this... Read more…
Fantastic monitor. Picture extremely clear, makes everything look brilliant.
The 1440p resolution is great for both productivity and gaming. The IPS 60hz display is excellent and I've yet to see... Read more…
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