ASUS PB278Q 2560x1440 Monitor Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS PB278Q 2560x1440 Review 


Monitor choice is thankfully a lot easier in recent times. Even a cheap TN panel will be reasonable quality.

For gamers though we've had a couple of different branches to take on the display path. The advent of 3D and Eyefinity has meant that there really are a lot of choice available. Do you go for the trickery of 3D? If so do you prefer active or passive 3D? Maybe you're not a fan of wearing glasses when playing and like the surround of multiple monitors.

Perhaps neither of those appeals. You haven't got the desk space for surround gaming, and would rather spend all of your money on one giant monitor. Enter the ASUS PB278Q, a 27" monitor with a whopping 2560x1440 resolution.

Technical Specifications

Although we know that things such as response time and contrast are completely meaningless as a judge of quality due to the fact that there isn't an industry standard testing methodology. However, the PB278Q has plenty of connection options, a very good stand, and the PLS panel which sits just about an IPS in colour reproduction quality.

DisplayPanel Size: Wide Screen 27.0"(68.47cm) 16:9
Color Saturation : 100%(sRGB)
Panel Type : PLS Panel
True Resolution : 2560x1440 (HDMI/DisplayPort/Dual-link DVI)
1920x1080 (D-sub)
Pixel Pitch : 0.233mm
Brightness(Max) : 300 cd/㎡
ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio (ASCR) : 80000000:1
Viewing Angle (CR≧10) : 178°(H)/178°(V)
Response Time : 5ms (Gray to Gray)
LCD ZBD Warranty : Yes
Video FeatureTrace Free Technology
SPLENDID Video Intelligence Technology
SPLENDID Video Preset Modes : 5 Modes
Color Temperature Selection : 4 Modes
Gamma adjustment : Yes (Support Gamma 2.2/1.8 )
QuickFit (modes) : Yes (Letter/A4/Alignment Grid/Photo Modes)
HDCP support
Audio FeaturesStereo Speakers : 3W x 2 Stereo RMS
Convenient HotkeySPLENDID Video Preset Mode Selection
Auto. Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Volume Adjustment
Input Selection
I/O PortsSignal Input : HDMI 1.4, D-Sub, DisplayPort 1.2, Dual-link DVI-D
PC Audio Input : 3.5mm Mini-Jack
AV Audio Input : HDMI 1.4
Earphone jack : 3.5mm Mini-Jack
Signal FrequencyAnalog Signal Frequency : 24~89 KHz(H)/ 50~75 Hz(V)
Digital Signal Frequency : 24~89 KHz(H)/ 50~75 Hz(V)
Power ConsumptionPower Consumption(Typical):<60W
Power Saving Mode:<0.5W
Power Off Mode:<0.5W
Voltage: 100-240V, 50/60Hz
Mechanical DesignChassis Colors : Black
Tilt : +20°~-5°
Swivel : Yes
Pivot : Yes
Height Adjustment : Yes
VESA Wall Mounting : 100x100mm
DimensionsPhys. Dimension with Stand(WxHxD):643x552.3x218 mm
Phys. Dimension without Stand(WxHxD):643x386.2x69.6(mm)(For VESA Wall Mount)
Box Dimension(WxHxD):755x470x224 mm


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Most Recent Comments

08-12-2012, 21:18:44

Very nice monitor looks well worth the money if you need the pure real estate it givesQuote

09-12-2012, 01:15:34

I agree about the triple screens in gaming. In FPS games the side screens are pretty useless. Certain games however, like Assassins Creed I do find the side screens used a little more.
I get what you mean in things like Dirt3 when there's just too much going on at the sides but I do kind of feel that adds to the immersiveness of the game. Obviously if it puts you off, it's not a good thing, but I do think it just makes everything more realistic.

Aside from that though, I do find three screens a lot better to work on in windows, whether it's just word or general use like internet/music etc... and obviously video editing spread out across 3 screens has its benefits.

I probably agree that if you're just gaming, you'd be better off getting one of these over 3x 1080 screens - but there's such a price difference between it, I find it hard to justify the cost. I mean, you can get 3x 23inch Dell IPS screens for around £70 cheaper than one of these. It's obviously going to depend on the user at the end of the day - but at the present moment in time, until these come down in price, I think I'd still choose far cheaper 1080 screens.Quote

09-12-2012, 04:52:08

Well no wonder this panel is so good it's a PLS panel which if I read things correctly is Samsung's answer to LG's IPS technology so that's probably why everything looks so lush it's not just an N panel.Quote

09-12-2012, 12:33:30

ohh man, finally a reason to update my Asus EAH6970 2GB vid card

Thanks Tom about opening my eyes to club3d cards. been doing some reading and research and their cards are badass

Looking to get the 7990 or the 7970 royalace ghz editionQuote

09-12-2012, 12:38:18


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