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Asus PB278Q PC Monitor

$355.99
$286.99 $69.00 cheaper than 71 days ago
Good Gear Guide.com.au Editor's Choice overclock3d.net Gold Award uk.hardware.info Silver hothardware.com Recommended 01net.com 4 Star
27" 80000000:1 643mm Sep 2012
Screen Size Dynamic Contrast Ratio Built-In Speaker Width Release Date
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19 Reasons For

Twelve Industry Awards

This medium monitor is one of the most awarded of all the PC displays of this type and age.

This PC display received a "Silver" from Hardware.info, Uk.hardware.info and Elektroniktest.dk all of whom said that this flatpanel monitor was very good.

This PC screen received an "Editor's Choice" from both Good Gear Guide.com.au and Chinese.vr-zone.com, both of which thought that this PC display was marvellous.

The editors of Hothardware.com and Datormagazin.se both endorse this Asus flatpanel monitor and have given it their "Recommended" award.

An additional two expert review sites both endorsed this LCD screen. This PC monitor received an Overclock3d.net "Gold Award" and it received a "Performance Award" from Technopat.net who 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 the average expert rating of this PC screen is 84%.

Excellent Owner Reviews

PB278Q owners on average rated this LCD screen as marvellous.

Good Size

Three Asus PB278Q reviewers wrote in their reviews that the Asus PB278Q was a good height. Jules rated it as excellent and he said “Professional height adjust, tilt, pivot & swivel stand + optional cable management clip”. Pmanc said on Amazon two years ago “The stand is well made, height adjustable, tilt” in their review of the Asus PB278Q . Porcupine rated it as excellent and said on Amazon “The pivot is fantastic, feels secure and has a great height adjustment range”.

Several customers who purchased this PC monitor thought it was a good width. Mr J L Elliot mentioned in his Asus PB278Q review on Amazon “The extra width would be great for gaming.” and rated it 5 stars. Porcupine rated the product as excellent and wrote on Amazon “IDE's fit perfectly with the 1440 width, m” in their review.

One person who bought this PC monitor considered that it was heavy and bulky. Four years ago S. Keegan gave the Asus PB278Q a score of 5 stars and wrote 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”.

One Asus PB278Q reviewer who bought it mentioned that it was a good size. Three years ago J. Chen mentioned “Good size, high resolutions” yet they scored it 3 stars.

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Good Technical Features

Several Asus PB278Q reviewers who reviewed this PC monitor reckoned that it had good features. Last year Scullion_scholar said on Amazon “Picture quality/features are terrific so no problem there” in their review of this PC monitor. Cnet.com said in their Asus PB278Q review on expert website CNET.com “The Asus PB278Q almost perfectly hits a happy medium between features and value” and gave this PC monitor a score of 80 out of 100. Pcmag.com mentioned in their review of the Asus PB278Q “Design and Features Unlike the gorgeous Samsung Series 9 S27B970D, another 27-inch PLS monitor”.

Good Product Quality

A few customers who bought the product said that it was good quality. Alexander Moore wrote “Very pleased with the quality of this monitor - vast improvement over the 1920x1080 screen it has replaced” in his review of the Asus PB278Q . Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “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 said “Perfect quality”.

Easy to Use

A number of Asus PB278Q reviewers who reviewed this PC monitor agreed that it was easy to use. Allan Swanson scored it very highly and he said in his Asus PB278Q review “Performance of this monitor is unbelievably superb, practical use of the menu is clear”. D. Iles said in their review of the Asus PB278Q on Amazon “I also found a handy site that stores specific monitor profiles”. D. Iles also said “Rotation is very handy and feels very sturdy”.

A few Asus PB278Q reviewers said in their reviews that the product was easy to use the menus. Two years ago Brian wrote “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 Asus PB278Q review and rated it 5 stars. Charles A. Crolla wrote in his Asus PB278Q review “The reality?I run all games on ultra settings and maximum resolution without any difficulty”. Cowboydom wrote “Fab until menu kept popping up in middle of screen” in their review nonetheless they gave the Asus PB278Q a score of 1 stars.

Four customers who reviewed the product said that it was easy to setup. Gary J. Walker said in his review of this PC monitor three years ago “Easy to set up” and gave the Asus PB278Q a score of 5 stars.

Some Asus PB278Q owners concluded that the product had a good experience. Ju Taylor mentioned on Amazon “His gaming experience has suddenly come alive” in their review. Jules gave the Asus PB278Q a very good review and he said on Amazon “Here is my experience with the PB278Q, using the DVI output for my setup” in his Asus PB278Q review.

Two people who purchased this PC monitor reckoned that it was easy to handle. Sigh mentioned 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” in their review. Four years ago Hothardware.com wrote “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

A number of Asus PB278Q reviewers agreed that the product was good looking. Ashgeo wrote in their Asus PB278Q review on Amazon “Such a top quality beautiful matt screen”. Brian said “Dota2 runs at 2560x1440 so it's pretty sweet I don't have any negative things to say about this monitor yet” and gave the Asus PB278Q a rating of 5 stars. Charles A. Crolla wrote on Amazon “Great picture, beautiful colours” in his review.

A number of Asus PB278Q reviewers said in their reviews that it was a good design. Captain Will wrote on Amazon “The PB27Q is a genuinely high quality monitor employing a simple design (which I prefer)”. Chris mentioned “I prefer this design.” in his Asus PB278Q review and rated this PC monitor 5 stars. Chris also mentioned “Refresh rate Simple yet business-like design Adjustable for height, angle”.

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that the product was neat. Porcupine wrote “The cable tidy on the back of the stand is a little fiddly” in their review of this PC monitor and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Porcupine also mentioned “Monitor cables through the cable tidy and it makes my desk feel neater for it”.

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Robust

A number of Asus PB278Q reviewers considered that the product was well made. Allan Swanson scored it very highly and he wrote on Amazon “The HDMI port makes this monitor very versatile and the built in sound system is another welcome feature”. Andy mentioned “Its a great display, well built and looks great” in his review. Brian wrote in his review of this PC monitor two years ago “The build quality is fantastic” and rated the product as very good.

One Asus PB278Q owner who reviewed this PC monitor thought it was reliable. Scullion_scholar wrote on Amazon “My gripe is about reliability rather than performance”. One Asus PB278Q reviewer who reviewed this PC monitor mentioned that it was strong and durable. Mr. P. A. Wynn-Mackenzie scored it 5 stars and mentioned in their review on Amazon “It was a tough decision for me between this”.

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Good Picture Quality

Several Asus PB278Q owners who purchased the Asus PB278Q concluded that it had good picture quality. Brian mentioned “After a lot reading I found in order to take advantage of the higher hz I'd need a powerful graphics card” in his Asus PB278Q review. Captain Will said on Amazon “Yes, you will require a suitably powered graphics card to run newer games at this resolution” in their review of the Asus PB278Q . Charles A. Crolla mentioned “The image quality is also brilliant” in his review of this PC monitor.

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

Some customers reckoned that it had a sharp image. J. Paffett mentioned two years ago “I did find I had to play around with the Image > Sharpness setting to get clear type on screen”. 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”.

Two Asus PB278Q reviewers who reviewed it thought it had a good contrast ratio. Tad Halder mentioned “The black depth and contrast ratio were however very pleasing” in his Asus PB278Q review and rated it 5 stars.

Two Asus PB278Q reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it had a wide viewing angle. Two years ago J Oever rated it 80 out of 100 and wrote on Amazon “The contrast and viewing angle is great” in their review. Expert website Itproportal.com wrote four years ago “The Asus PB278Q offers the same strong colour and viewing angle performance for around £250 less” and rated it 4 stars.

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Asus Has Good Reviews for Its LCD Screens

On average Asus medium monitors have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all PC monitors produced by Asus.

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Good Connectivity

One person who reviewed it thought it was good in terms of connectivity. M. R. Hudson scored it very highly and mentioned in their review of this PC monitor “The multiple connectivity makes it ideal while I transition from older VGA-equipped laptops to newer DisplayPort capable ones”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Asus PB278Q reviewer who reviewed it wrote that it was noisy. D. Iles gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote “For me it's loud enough for a monitor”.

Good Support

One Asus PB278Q owner wrote in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Gary J. Walker mentioned on Amazon “Which is good as there seemed little more than a quick guide in the box”.

Has a Built-In Speaker

The PB278Q has a built-in speaker, which is unusual. Most of the other similar spec PC monitors that were released more than two years ago do not have a built-in speaker.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative PC monitors with a built-in speaker currently available including the AOC G2770[plb_2305284_price] which has better reviews; or the Asus PB298[plb_1731108_price] which is cheaper.

Other PC displays which also have a built-in speaker that you might also want to consider include the Asus PA279[plb_1588541_price].

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Quite Wide Vertical Viewing Angle

The narrowest vertical viewing angle of flatpanel monitors of a comparable age and spec to the PB278Q is 50° and the widest is 180°. The Asus PB278Q has a fairly wide vertical viewing angle (178 degrees) compared to most of the other PC monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the PB278Q .

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Fairly Large Viewable Size Diagonal

The PB278Q has one of the larger viewable size diagonals (684.7 millimeters) amongst medium monitors of this age. Across all the LCD screens of this age and spec the viewable size diagonals range from 21mm to 940mm, and the average viewable size diagonal is 570mm.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

Across all the PC screens of a comparable age and spec to the PB278Q the display brightness range from 30 cd/m² to 1,700 cd/m², and the average display brightness is 290 cd/m². The Asus PB278Q has one of the brighter display brightness (300 candellas per square meter) amongst comparable spec PC screens of this age.

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1920 X 1080 (HD 1080) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution of the PB278Q is 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). That's over two times the resolution of the most common graphics resolution of 1280 x 800. The best resolution of all flatpanel monitors that have been on the market for more than two years is 4096 x 2160 and the worst is 320 x 240.

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4 Reasons Against

Not 3D Compatible

The Asus PB278Q is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other medium monitors that are a similar age to the PB278Q are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a PC display that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the BL2710[pl_1729060_price], or the XL2720[pl_1548412_price] both from Benq or the Acer XB280HK[plb_2431334_price] which is also cheaper.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

Like most of the other PC displays of a similar spec and age to the PB278Q , the Asus PB278Q does not have a built-in camera.

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Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader

The PB278Q does not have an integrated card reader, although keep in mind that most of the other PC screens of a comparable spec and age to the PB278Q also do not have an integrated card reader.

We compared all the other LCD screens which also have an integrated card reader to this PC screen and we think the Asus PA279[plb_1588541_price] is also worth considering.

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Only HD HD Type

This PC monitor has a Wide Quad HD HD type, which is typical of many flatpanel monitors of a similar age and spec to it.

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1 Other reason to consider the Asus PB278Q

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Asus LCD screen has been on the market for over four years.

Specification

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Display Technology
Display Brightness
Response Time
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Headphone Socket Size
Headphone Output
DisplayPort
HDMI Port
DVI-D Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
DVI Port
Multimedia
Built-In Camera
RMS Rated Audio Power
Loudspeaker
Integrated TV Tuner
Design
Case Colour
Thin Client
Thin Client Installed
Ergonomics
Tilt Angle
VESA Mount Interface
Cable Lock Slot
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12 Awards

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

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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Electricity cost when switched on $74.14
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Running this PC monitor over 5 years will generate 0.49 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 13 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pb278q, 90lmga070t01081c
Barcodes 00012303197004, 00100177353746, 00716659236511, 00886227236510, 00886227236565, 00886227306879, 00886227718559, 04716659236511, 04716659236528, 05055860570175, 08862272365650

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