The highest contrast ratio of the Asus VS278H is 80000000:1. That's over sixteen times the contrast ratio of the most frequently found dynamic contrast ratio of 5000000:1. The contrast ratio of all medium monitors that came out around the same time as the VS278H ranges from Mega Contrast (worst) to 100000000:1 (best).
We compared all the other flatpanel monitors that have an 80000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio to this PC screen and we think the Hannspree HL247DBB, and the Asus VN248 ($79.99) which is cheaper; or the Asus VC279H which has a better Rating are also worth considering.
PC monitors with a higher contrast ratio that might also be worth considering include the 42HQL ($107.99) (100000000:1 and cheaper), the K212HQL ($114.00) (100000000:1 and cheaper), or the 12HQLB (100000000:1 and cheaper) all from Acer.