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Asus PB278Q PC Monitor

overclock3d.net Gold Award 01net.com 4 Star uk.hardware.info Silver hothardware.com Recommended Good Gear Guide.com.au Editor's Choice
27" 80000000:1 643mm Sep 2012
Display Diagonal Contrast Ratio (dynamic) Built-In Speaker(s) Width Release Date
Envision bigger with 2560 x 1440 WQHD, packing four times the pixel density of 720p! New premium 16:9 wide-format PB278Q LED displays afford 178 wide viewing angles for better productivity,... More
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19 Reasons For

Twelve Industry Awards

This PC monitor has received twelve awards from experts.

Three expert review sites all thought that this PC screen was great. Uk.hardware.info and Elektroniktest.dk both gave this flatpanel monitor a "Silver" award and it received a "Silver Award" from Hardware.info.

This LCD screen received an "Editor's Choice" from both Good Gear Guide.com.au and Chinese.vr-zone.com, both of which decided that this flatpanel monitor was terrific.

This PC display received a "Recommended" from both Hothardware.com and Datormagazin.se, both of which concluded that this flatpanel monitor was good.

In addition, this PC display received an Overclock3d.net "Gold Award" and Technopat.net gave it a "Performance Award" and decided it functioned well.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on twenty-five expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Expert Reviews, Digital Versus and PC Mag this medium monitor has an average expert rating of 84%.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

The average owner rating of this LCD screen is outstanding based on 452 owner reviews.

Good Size

Some Asus PB278Q owners who reviewed the product concluded that it was a good height. Five years ago Jules said on Amazon “Professional height adjust, tilt, pivot & swivel stand + optional cable management clip” in his review and gave it an excellent review score. Pmanc gave the product a rating of 5 stars and mentioned “The stand is well made, height adjustable, tilt” in their review. Porcupine wrote in their review of the Asus PB278Q on Amazon “The pivot is fantastic, feels secure and has a great height adjustment range”.

Two Asus PB278Q reviewers said in their reviews that this PC monitor was a good width. Mr J L Elliot he mentioned “The extra width would be great for gaming.”. Porcupine mentioned on Amazon four years ago “IDE's fit perfectly with the 1440 width, m” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the Asus PB278Q was a good size. J. Chen wrote in their Asus PB278Q review “Good size, high resolutions”. One Asus PB278Q owner said in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. S. Keegan mentioned in their review of this PC monitor on Amazon “Can say there's no sign of the heavy grain you often see on large monitors”.

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Good Technical Features

Some Asus PB278Q reviewers thought the product had good features. Scullion_scholar wrote on Amazon “Picture quality/features are terrific so no problem there” although they only gave the product a rating of 2 stars. Cnet.com said “The Asus PB278Q almost perfectly hits a happy medium between features and value” in their review of this PC monitor. Pcmag.com wrote on expert review site PC Mag “Design and Features Unlike the gorgeous Samsung Series 9 S27B970D, another 27-inch PLS monitor” in their Asus PB278Q review and gave the product a score of 4 stars.

Good Product Quality

Fifty customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was good quality. Alexander Moore mentioned on Amazon “Very pleased with the quality of this monitor - vast improvement over the 1920x1080 screen it has replaced”. Amazon Customer gave the product a score of 5 stars and said three years ago “Connected my external speakers to the headphone socket, so I can now read more easily and listen to better quality sound” in their review of the Asus PB278Q . Captain Will wrote “Perfect quality” in their review of this PC monitor and scored the product 4 stars.

Easy to Use

Some people mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. Allan Swanson scored this PC monitor very highly and he wrote in his Asus PB278Q review on Amazon “Performance of this monitor is unbelievably superb, practical use of the menu is clear”. Three years ago D. Iles said “I also found a handy site that stores specific monitor profiles” and rated the product as excellent. D. Iles also said “Rotation is very handy and feels very sturdy”.

Several Asus PB278Q reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Brian mentioned “As for gaming, BF4 runs in the max resolution on my low/mid range graphics card with medium settings which im happy about” in his review and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Four years ago Charles A. Crolla gave the product a rating of 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon “The reality?I run all games on ultra settings and maximum resolution without any difficulty”. In the same month Cowboydom mentioned on Amazon “Fab until menu kept popping up in middle of screen”.

Several customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was easy to setup. Gary J. Walker rated the product 5 stars and he wrote “Easy to set up” in his review of the Asus PB278Q .

Several Asus PB278Q reviewers who reviewed this PC monitor agreed that it had a good experience. Ju Taylor gave it a score of 5 stars and mentioned in their review on Amazon “His gaming experience has suddenly come alive”. Jules said five years ago “Here is my experience with the PB278Q, using the DVI output for my setup” .

Several Asus PB278Q reviewers who reviewed this PC monitor considered that it was easy to handle. Sigh wrote on Amazon “However, this unit is a little tatty, marks around the housing, stickers restuck using different glue, leaving clear lines and general handling marks” however despite that they only rated it 20 out of 100. Expert review site Hothardware.com said “The 27-inch panel proved especially adept at handling game play, where it delivered fast moving visuals free from artifacts like ghosting or motion blur”.

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Nice Design

Several Asus PB278Q owners who reviewed this PC monitor considered that it was good looking. Ashgeo said on Amazon “Such a top quality beautiful matt screen” and rated it 5 stars. Brian wrote in his Asus PB278Q review on Amazon “Dota2 runs at 2560x1440 so it's pretty sweet I don't have any negative things to say about this monitor yet”. Charles A. Crolla wrote “Great picture, beautiful colours” in his Asus PB278Q review.

A number of people considered that the product was a good design. Captain Will said in their review of the Asus PB278Q on Amazon “The PB27Q is a genuinely high quality monitor employing a simple design (which I prefer)” and gave it a rating of 4 stars. Chris mentioned in his review of this PC monitor on Amazon “I prefer this design.”. Chris also mentioned “Refresh rate Simple yet business-like design Adjustable for height, angle”.

Two people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was neat. Porcupine said four years ago “The cable tidy on the back of the stand is a little fiddly” in their review of this PC monitor. Porcupine also said “Monitor cables through the cable tidy and it makes my desk feel neater for it”.

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Robust

Several Asus PB278Q owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was well made. Allan Swanson rated the product as excellent and he wrote four years ago “The HDMI port makes this monitor very versatile and the built in sound system is another welcome feature”. In the same month Andy mentioned in his review of the Asus PB278Q on Amazon “Its a great display, well built and looks great”. Brian said in his review of this PC monitor “The build quality is fantastic”.

One customer who purchased the Asus PB278Q reckoned that it was strong and durable. Mr. P. A. Wynn-Mackenzie wrote in their review of the Asus PB278Q “It was a tough decision for me between this”. One person mentioned in their reviews that this PC monitor was reliable. Scullion_scholar mentioned “My gripe is about reliability rather than performance”.

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Reasonably Priced

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money. A. Butt wrote “All in all its good for the price” in their review. Alexander Moore scored the product 5 stars and he said on Amazon “Great monitor at a sensible price” in his Asus PB278Q review. Allan Swanson said in his review of the Asus PB278Q on Amazon four years ago “The resolution of this monitor speaks for its self and as for the price, its the best investment I've ever made, no regrets whatsoever”.

Several Asus PB278Q reviewers concluded that it was a bargain for the price. Chris mentioned “I can see that this monitor is the real deal” in his review of this PC monitor and scored this PC monitor very highly. Four years ago Gary J. Walker wrote on Amazon “I'm sure cheap 4k screens will make this obsolete.”. Hibble mentioned in their Asus PB278Q review “The difference is hardly notable.-semi anti glare(AG) panel coating so many cheap screens are gloss” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

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Good Picture Quality

Twenty-one Asus PB278Q reviewers said in their reviews that it had good picture quality. Brian scored it 5 stars and he mentioned in his review on Amazon “After a lot reading I found in order to take advantage of the higher hz I'd need a powerful graphics card”. Three years ago Captain Will wrote on Amazon “Yes, you will require a suitably powered graphics card to run newer games at this resolution”. Charles A. Crolla said “The image quality is also brilliant” in his Asus PB278Q review and scored it 5 stars.

Several Asus PB278Q reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it had good colour saturation. Brian mentioned in his review “YouTube/Movies look really really nice on this screen with some vivid colours” . Colin Heatherley gave the product a rating of 5 stars and he mentioned “Is well impressed with the colours” in his review of this PC monitor. Gary C gave it a score of 5 stars and he mentioned “Moving up from 1080 screens you immediately can see a difference, everything is very sharp and clear and the colours really stand out nicely” in his review.

Two people wrote in their reviews that this PC monitor had a wide viewing angle. J Oever mentioned in their review of this PC monitor three years ago “The contrast and viewing angle is great” . Expert website Itproportal.com wrote in their review of the Asus PB278Q five years ago “The Asus PB278Q offers the same strong colour and viewing angle performance for around £250 less”.

Several people who bought the product concluded that it had a sharp image. J. Paffett gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned “I did find I had to play around with the Image > Sharpness setting to get clear type on screen” in their review. Four years ago Terry Keep said on Amazon “What a difference - firstly the max resolution can be used and the crispness of the screen really comes to life”.

Several people who reviewed the product considered that it had a good contrast ratio. Tad Halder mentioned on Amazon “The black depth and contrast ratio were however very pleasing” and gave the Asus PB278Q a rating of 5 stars.

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Good Brand

We checked 10,776 user and expert reviews for Asus PC monitors and found that on average Asus has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Asus has good reviews specifically for its medium monitors.

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Good Connectivity

One customer who reviewed it considered that it was good in terms of connectivity. M. R. Hudson wrote on Amazon “The multiple connectivity makes it ideal while I transition from older VGA-equipped laptops to newer DisplayPort capable ones” in their review of the Asus PB278Q .

Acceptable Noise Level

One Asus PB278Q reviewer concluded that the product was noisy. Three years ago D. Iles mentioned “For me it's loud enough for a monitor” in their Asus PB278Q review.

Good Support

One Asus PB278Q reviewer who purchased the Asus PB278Q reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Four years ago Gary J. Walker mentioned on Amazon “Which is good as there seemed little more than a quick guide in the box” in his Asus PB278Q review.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

Unlike most of the other PC monitors of a similar spec and age to the PB278Q which do not have a built-in speaker(s), the PB278Q has a built-in speaker(s).

We compared this LCD screen to all the other PC displays with a built-in speaker(s) and we think the AOC G2770[plb_2305284_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

We think you might also be interested in alternative PC monitors which also have a built-in speaker(s) including the LG 29EA93[plb_1469655_price], or the DELL U3415W[plb_2678877_price].

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Quite Wide Viewing Angle, Vertical

Flatpanel monitors of a similar age and type to the PB278Q have viewing angle, verticals of between 15° and 180°. At 178 degrees, the PB278Q has a quite wide viewing angle, vertical compared to most of the other medium monitors that are a comparable age to the PB278Q .

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Quite Large Viewable Size Diagonal

The viewable size diagonals of PC screens of this spec and age range from 21mm to 940mm. At 684.7 millimeters, the PB278Q has a fairly large viewable size diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec LCD screens that were launched around the same time as the PB278Q .

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2560 X 1440 Supported Graphics Resolutions

The highest resolution of the Asus PB278Q is 2560 x 1440. That's 78% more resolution than the most common supported graphics resolutions of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) (which is also found on this LCD screen). The resolution of all comparable spec PC displays that have been available for around the same time as the PB278Q ranges from 640 x 350 (worst) to 3840 x 2160 (best).

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6 Reasons Against

Not 3D

Most PC screens of this type and age are not 3D. The Asus PB278Q is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

Flatpanel monitors which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the Asus VG236[plb_2030776_price] which is also cheaper.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

The PB278Q does not have a built-in camera. Most of the other LCD screens of a similar type and age to the PB278Q also do not have a built-in camera.

It is worth considering alternative LCD screens which also have a built-in camera including the Philips 272P4[plb_1489468_price].

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Pricey

The price range of flatpanel monitors of this age and spec is from £43 to £9,999. We think that this flatpanel monitor looks expensive compared to other flatpanel monitors of this age and spec.

Does Not Have a Card Reader Integrated

The Asus PB278Q does not have a card reader integrated, although it is worth noting that most of the other PC monitors that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have a card reader integrated.

It is worth also looking at other PC screens which also have a card reader integrated including the DELL UP2414Q[plb_2251567_price].

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Very High Running Costs

The PB278Q is in the most expensive 11% of all 1,019 flatpanel monitors of this age and type that we have assessed for running costs. Based on average usage levels and energy prices, we estimate the PB278Q will cost £157 over 8 years to run.

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Only HD HD Type

This PC display has a Wide Quad HD HD type, which is the most commonly found HD type on medium monitors that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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1 Other reason to consider the Asus PB278Q

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Asus released the PB278Q .

Specification

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12 Awards

overclock3d.net Gold Award hardware.info Silver Award 01net.com 4 Star uk.hardware.info Silver chinese.vr-zone.com Editor's Choice hothardware.com Recommended Good Gear Guide.com.au Editor's Choice ferra.ru Best Product datormagazin.se Recommended elektroniktest.dk Silver noticias3d.com Good Choice technopat.net Performance Award

Expert Reviews

(48)
15 January 2014

The ASUS PB278Q performed well in most of our tests and apart from minor backlight bleeding we did not really find any shortcomings with the monitor as such. Sure, it could have done with a better...

19 August 2013

Most IT product categories tend to evolve rapidly, but developments in computer monitors have been decidedly slower. Although larger screens are slowly becoming more affordable, the most common... Read more…

6 August 2013

15 hours, 20 mins agoI recently purchased an ASUS PB278Q monitor for my daily use, and it's gorgeous. It's 2560x1440 resolution provides plenty of desktop real estate, but it only arrives with a... Read more…

25 May 2013

After years of being stuck with the dreadful "movie-watching friendly" 1920x1080 displays in the mainstream, we're finally seeing some progress on the resolution and pixel density front, albeit... Read more…

16 May 2013

Until cutting-edge UHD (3840×2160) displays hit the mainstream, most enthusiasts have to be content with QHD monitors at 2560x1440 pixels. In the lab today, we have two more 27-inch QHD screens:... Read more…

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User Reviews

(285)
Reviewed 30 November 2013 by Steve
Steve would recommend the Asus PB278Q

I'm posting this review particularly for someone who wants to know how this monitor compares to Apple's 27" monitor or a 27" iMac for editing photographs. So, first some qualification: I'm... Read more…

Reviewed 27 February 2013 by Anonymous
Anonymous would recommend the Asus PB278Q

I like this monitor, it's the best monitor I've owned. I suggest that since an owner's manual isn't included, Best Buy should remove that note from this product's online description. Or change the... Read more…

Reviewed 18 March 2013 by Daveblahblah
Daveblahblah would recommend the Asus PB278Q (Verified Purchase)

The high resolution of this monitor is excellent, but many cards will not support that. So be sure you have one of these cards. And this resolution can only be attained with HDMI, dp, and DVI... Read more…

Reviewed 12 October 2013 by DCinAlexandria
DCinAlexandria would recommend the Asus PB278Q (Verified Purchase)

It works great, remember to get a video card that supports the resolution. The screen rotates to portrait and has templates to setup real size paper images although I didn't need them it was cool.... Read more…

Reviewed 8 June 2013 by Shebazon
Shebazon would recommend the Asus PB278Q (Verified Purchase)

I am so happy I ordered this monitor. It is easy to handle - I tend to adjust height so being able to adjust the screen up and down,, and tilted - is super simple. The package includes cables for... Read more…

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Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £153.83
Electricity cost when on standby £2.56
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Total running cost over 5 years £156.39
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Running this PC monitor over 5 years will generate 0.78 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 20 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pb278q, asus pb278, asus pb278q, asus 300cdm2, asus 2py4303, asus pb278qr, visipax pb278, asus 2560x1440, visipax pb278q, asus 2560x1440p, visipax prpb278, visipax prpb278q, visipax 2560x1440
Barcodes 00012303197004, 00012303908686, 00012305080717, 00014444456453, 00021112262346, 0008.86227E+11, 00100177353746, 00163120564460, 00172302717754, 00716659236511, 00734911161917, 00779184035268, 00803982781505, 00809392587614, 00886227236510, 00886227236565, 00886227306879, 00886227718559, 03610173324093, 04054843435860, 04716659236511, 04716659236528, 04716659718550, 05054484753063, 05054533753068, 05055860570175, 08862272365650

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