150 of 157 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Multipurpose Gaming/Media/Content Creation Monitor!
I think that the PB278Q is the best value WQHD monitor that you'll find that's currently available as of 10/8/12. I got mine from another Online Retailer because they offered a pre-order bonus, but the price was the same overall. Most manufactures are now putting out WQHD monitors, but prices are still very high. As the market becomes more saturated with different...
Published 14 months ago by Ryan
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars High Quality monitor held back by poor Quality Control
I have had 4 exchanges so far and they all had various distracting flaws like: dead pixels, severe backlight bleeding, poor uniformity that one side looked warmer, dust behind the AG, Dim backlight, and the 2nd replacement was completely defunct. The 4th and the last one was almost perfect (excellent uniformity, bright and minimum BLB), Almost! except one dead pixel on...
Published 12 months ago by Xel Adune
Most Helpful First | Newest First
150 of 157 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Multipurpose Gaming/Media/Content Creation Monitor!,
This review is from: ASUS PB278Q 27-Inch WQHD LED-lit PLS Professional Graphics Monitor (Personal Computers)I think that the PB278Q is the best value WQHD monitor that you'll find that's currently available as of 10/8/12. I got mine from another Online Retailer because they offered a pre-order bonus, but the price was the same overall. Most manufactures are now putting out WQHD monitors, but prices are still very high. As the market becomes more saturated with different manufactures making WQHD Monitors you'll see prices go down, but don't expect this for at least 2 years. The PB278Q uses a PLS based panel which when compared to other IPS based panels it has higher contrast, improved viewing angles, a faster response time, exhibits less reflectiveness, produces a clearer and crisper image, is 10% brighter than competing technologies; all while maintaing lower power consumption levels.
Originally there were to be two variants of this monitor. One for Content Professionals (the PA - ProArt Series) that would come factory calibrated and have some additional "Quick Fit" settings. The other (the VA Series) that would virtually be the same thing but without factory calibration and the added Quick Fit settings. Eventually Asus decided to just Market the Monitor as the PB278Q with the QuickFit settings, but without the added factory calibration. The matte finish is great, not overbearing like the finish you'll find with other displays on the market. My past WQHD monitors were all Glossy which can be very nice, but the glossy finish allowed for a lot of reflections on screen which contributed to greater eye strain. Depending on your viewing environment you'll notice considerably less eye strain after prolonged sessions with this monitor if you're accustomed to a glossy panel.
I won't get heavily into the 2560x1440 vs 120Hz gaming debate, but I've been working with WQHD Monitors for the past few years and also game using them. I'm not a huge fan of 3D gaming and don't care about High Framerates as much as I do about crisp and clear picture quality with awesome viewing angels. That said, a good 120Hz monitor (or more than one in a multi monitor setup) is an amazing thing and you will notice a difference with how smooth your games will play if you have the power to push up to 120FPS on nice a 120Hz monitor setup. Overall I'd pick the screen real-estate that you get from an WQHD monitor as well as the overall better multipurpose use factor. When I say multipurpose I mean that a 27" 2560x1440 Monitor is a much better match for those looking to game, create content, and consume content and multitask on one monitor.
I watch a lot of digital media (a large portion of that being Anime) and I don't always want to be in a seat close to my monitor when viewing my digital media; it's just not comfortable all the time. The viewing angles on the PB278Q are great and allow me to watch from different areas in my room without suffering a loss of color/contrast (tonal shift) that other early IPS monitors or TN based panels would when viewed from non standard viewing angles. I have noticed no shift in color or contrast with the PB278Q. If you are looking for a monitor dedicated to gaming and you're a serious gamer, then there are better TN based panels that will provide a better overall gaming experience. I play mainly RTS and RPG games, but do enjoy a good FPS games just like most gamers do. If you are a twitch FPS gamer look into the reviews that Anandtech or TFTCentral will eventaully publish to see if the actual input lag and real black-white-black response times are acceptable for you, most likely though you will be better off buying TN based monitor that will give you much faster response times and lower input lag.
For a multipurpose monitor that isn't dedicated to competitive/professional FPS gaming you'll absolutely LOVE this monitor. For Media junkies that love their HD content, Anime or just editing video and photos as a hobby you'll get great use out of the expansive screen real-estate. Watching bluray content, or 10bit Anime encodes is a dream on this monitor. If you have any content that goes above 1080p it will look stunning on this display. Until they produce a good 2560x1440 monitor that is capable and advertised as being 120Hz out of the box, I'll continue to game on the standard 60Hz at 2560x1440 resolution. (sure you can overclock some monitors to get a higher refresh rate or even get a Korean Catleap WQHD monitor that is advertised as 120Hz capable (depending on what video card you use) and Pixel Perfect (which still doesn't mean your getting no dead/hot/stuck pixels), but there are drawbacks to going that route: poor stand quality, lack of valid warrant and/or support, potential for quality issues, dead pixels, cheap external power supply, etc.
- Height, Swivel, Tilt and Pivot adjustments. You also get minimal cable management.
- Every Cable you need comes with the Display. Dual Link DVI-D, VGA (D-Sub), HDMI 1.4, Disaply Port 1.2, and a 3.5mm Audio cable.
- The matte finish is wonderful on this display, not too much not too little. Images still look crisp and colors still look vibrant.
- Extremely easy to assemble, just screw the stand (which is already mounted to the display) into the monitor base and you're done.
- A wide variety of configuration options, presets, and adjustments which will let you calibrate the display if you know how or what to find out how.
- Minimal backlight bleeding on mine (This really depends on the individual monitor you get, but Initial reports are showing that backlight bleed is minimal overall with the PB278Q).
- Minimal ghosting in fast paced games and/or video content. If this worries you then go for a 120Hz monitor.
- Has a down facing Blue Power Button LED that you can turn off via the OSD, so that you don't have to light up your room. Very nice!
- Insane Viewing angles, like most IPS based monitors, but slightly better overall than others on the market. I can't see color shift at all at extreme angles.
- MarshallR@ASUS an Asus Marketing guru has confirmed that the PB287Q does in fact have a true 8Bit panel. Great news :)
- No noticeable input lag.
- No USB Hub. Would have been nice, but not really necessary. When it was the VA278Q it was advertised as having a 4 port USB 2.0 Hub.
- Ships in it's own box (not shipped in an additional shipping box), for most people this won't be an issue. A lot of monitors ship this way anyway.
- Not factory calibrated (again, not a problem for most people especially since those with the tools and know how prefer to do it themselves)
- The manual reports that it is an "6-Bit Hi-FRC" based panel which they need to fix to resolve some initial confusion. It is in fact reported to be a true 8-Bit panel.
- It isn't as aesthetically pleasing as some of the WQHD monitors, which doesn't change it's functionality, but the Samsung S27B970D is the sexiest monitor ever created!
**Alternative WQHD Monitors:
It's not as pretty as the Samsung SB970 S27B970D 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor, but the PB278Q is almost half the price. Sure if you get the PB278Q you are missing some functionality like a USB Hub, and factory calibration, but I don't think it's worth the extra $500 that you would pay as of 10/8/12. TFTCentral has a great review up for the Samsung S27B970D, google it if you're interested. Some people are reporting that there are some issues with quality control for the Panel itself for the S27B970D.
There is another WQHD Monitor that costs even less which is the Nixeus WQHD 27" S-IPS Ultra High Resolution 2560x1440 PC/MAC Monitor NX-VUE27. It uses an S-IPS panel and thus offers an improved pixel refresh timing when compared to earlier IPS technologies, but has lower contrast and poorer color reproduction than newer iterations of IPS panels based technologies like P-IPS, E-IPS, H-IPS, or AH-IPS. You could always go with one of the Korean WQHD Monitors like the Catleap for even less money, but you run the risk of having more than a few bad pixels because they use A- grade panels in their Monitors. You also get no Warranty support depending on who you purchase from, while only having a single DVI input on most of the Korean monitors you'll find.
76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Display for the money,
This review is from: ASUS PB278Q 27-Inch WQHD LED-lit PLS Professional Graphics Monitor (Personal Computers)Pro:
Display: Stunning graphics, excellent color reproduction out of the box, no defective pixel, fast response time for gaming compared to similar monitors in this price range. As always, if you have a professional tool to calibrate the display, it will be even better. However, this display has excellent color reproduction/accuracy out of the box that you don't really have to have a calibrator to enjoy it. For those who don't have a calibrator, I recommend you to adjust the brightness down a little bit since it came with 100% brightness out of the box. The antiglare coating on this display is very light (hence they call this monitor semi glossy) and thus when compared to the heavy coated anti glare monitor like the old Dell U2711/3011 series, it looks much better. Also when compared to the full glossy panel such as Apple Thunderbolt, this monitor has no glares at all, which is extremely good for people who hate glares, especially when you are a professional graphics designer and you sit in front of the monitor all day long.
PLS Glow vs Backlight Bleeding: Beware that this display is a PLS display (which is the Samsung equivalent of IPS from LG) and thus do not confuse PLS glow with back light bleeding. These 2 are completely different. This monitor has no backlight bleeding though this may be different depending where you order the monitor since shipping damage can also affect the amount of back light bleeding as well. How to distinguish PLS glow vs back light bleeding? IF you see a slightly brighter area on a supposedly black screen, and when you move around (ie you move left or right while looking at the same area on the monitor) and the bright area starts to disappear, then that is known as PLS glow. Back light bleeding means that the bright area on a black screen does not change no matter from what angle you look at and no matter where you move.
Cables: Monitor comes with HDMI 1.4a cable (need a modern video card ie Nvidia GTX 600 or AMD HD 7000 series to display 2560-1440 resolution via HDMI, otherwise, you need to use the included DVI cable or Display port cable to get full resolution), DL-DVI cable, Display port 1.2 cable are also included. This is actually one of the few monitors that came with all the cables out of the box.
Stand: Stand is very sturdy, fully adjustable in height. The bottom of the stand has a rotation device that allows you to rotate the display horizontally (this may be a con to some of you who wants to rotate the display only, not the whole stand)
Gaming: Very fast response time, no lag ghosting at all. You need to go to the OSD menu and adjust the Trace free to 40 or 20 for a completely lag-ghost free gaming. Compared to the more expensive Apple Thunderbolt or Dell U2713HM/2711, this display actually has less ghosting effects to the point where its incredibly hard to notice. TFTcentral also confirms this as they compared ghosting of this display vs various other displays on the market.
Bundle bonus: come with a free Vulcan headset which is about 100 bucks. Thank you Asus.
Pricing: extremely competitive pricing, cheaper than all of the competitors out there by a large amount while retaining good quality in both forms (external designs/stands) and function (excellent graphics/color reproduction/accuracy)
PWM backlight, which may or may not be noticeable. I did not notice any difference between this monitor (which has PWM backlight) vs the Dell U2713HM (which doesn't utilize PWM backlight). If you don't know what this is, you won't see the difference since it is very minimal.
Connectivity: While this display has HDMI 1.4a which supports 2560-1440 resolution, DVI and Display port connector, but it lacks USB connectors. I don't think this is a big problem since most people who uses this monitor already has a computer that has USB 3.0 ports available. Having too many connectors will actually increase cost and introduces more input lag. Unless you are one of those who absolutely needs USB connector on a monitor itself, then you won't even notice this lack of USB connection at all.
Pixel Perfect Guarantee: While this is not really a con since Asus does offer 3 years warranty on the product with a 1 year bright dot warranty with Advance Replacement (They will replace the monitor for you and cross ship the monitor for free if there is 1 bright pixel during the warranty period). However, comparing to the Dell Pixel guarantee which Dell will replace you with another monitor if there is 1 defect pixel during the 3 years warranty period, I find that the Asus pixel warranty needs to step up a bit more.
Extremely good quality monitor, excellent out of the box color reproduction/accuracy. Much better build quality than the Korean catleaps (as expected).
Notes: If you use HDMI connector, make sure you use the included HDMI cable in the box since only HDMI 1.4a cable can deliver 2560-1440 resolution. Also, your video card MUST have HDMI 1.4a output as well (currently only Nvidia GTX 600 series or AMD HD 7000 series have HDMI 1.4a output to drive this 2560-1440 resolution). Some people who have older video card and they blame the monitor for not being able to display 2560 resolution using HDMI connector as a result. This makes them look incredibly stupid because its not the monitor fault.
Considering price per performance/quality, as a professional graphics designer, I totally recommend this monitor for anyone who is serious about picture quality/color accuracy as well as durability without breaking the bank. I currently own 4 different monitors (3 at work and 1 at home) including Apple Thunderbolt Display, Dell U2713HM, Samsung Series 9 S27B970D and this Asus PB278Q. Out of the 4 monitors, the Asus is the one that I like the most due to the balance between glare(from glossy display like Apple and Samsung S27B970D) and picture quality as well as gaming. This Asus PB278Q is the cheapest of the 4 (400 bucks cheaper than the Samsung/Apple display) while it has equivalent picture quality as the other 3 which is incredible.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Risky monitor roulette? Mine is great and awesome though,
This review is from: ASUS PB278Q 27-Inch WQHD LED-lit PLS Professional Graphics Monitor (Personal Computers)In reading these reviews, they range from "OMG AWESOME!!!!" to "I've just sent back my 4th one...". I don't know the ratio of great ones vs ones people have to send back but mine is great. Luckily for us, Amazon's return policy is great so if you get a lemon, it's not too big a deal to send it back and get a good one. I know that's not something some should be having to do, but it's worth it to keep trying till you get a good one.
- Very clear, crisp, detailed, sharp, vivid picture
- I've tried low rez 120hz, I've tried triple screen, I'm back to this 2560x1440 at .233 dot pitch. This is the best to me. For gaming, for reading text, it's all awesome.
- After having tried 120hz and even triple screens at low 1080 rez (1920x1080 and 5760x1080), switching back to high rez, BF3 is amazingly clear and detailed again. Not just the high rez, but the .233mm dot pitch is stunningly sharp to game on. I'm convinced high rez is the best way to go. Not 120hz, not triple screen.
- The matte coating isn't aggressive or harsh
- Stand does all the motions you'd want and is easy to put together
- Mine appears to be fine, no dead pixels, no backlight issues, no smudges behind the coating, so the panel itself is great, however the BACK portion of the plastic bezel that surrounds the screen appears to have nicks ands scratches on it. Very minor quality control thing but it affects me none, affects the experience none. Not too worried about it.
UPDATE: 03/23/2013. Oh ;) I just found out about this was, the Con that I was talking about. It wasn't a bunch of scratches on the back part of the bezel. It was actually a thin film of plastic that's supposed to be pealed off when I unboxed it. My mistake. The monitor is perfect.
Note: In the monitor settings. Be sure to set some custom settings:
- They say to put brightness to 37, however that was too dark for me. I like 55
- Contrast to 80
- Splendid mode : User
- Set your RGB gains to:
R to 47
G to 49
B to 45
- Set Trace to 40
Summary Update: 03/23/2013. So been using the monitor for a few days and couldn't be happier. No dead pixels, no backlight problems, stunning clarity. Great monitor. If you order this and happen to get one with a problem. Don't get discouraged. I know that sucks, but return it through Amazon and get another one again. It will be worth it. This is a great, detailed monitor with a vivid beautiful picture. Played lots of BF3 as well and there's no ghosting/input lag issues at all.
Another Update: 08/10/2013. The moniter has been awesome except it began to have an electrical problem. It started randomly cycling through it's graphic modes. User, sRGB, Theater, Scenery, etc. Rabidly cycling through modes and I couldn't do anything to stop it. Menu buttons wouldn't respond so couldn't reset it. Left it unplugged for awhile but that didn't help. I had it too long to return to Amazon, so I went through Asus's RMA process and that's why I wanted to give an update and give them props.....
Asus paid for shipping to/from and replaced a board inside the monitor in about a week or less. When they shipped it back, it was nicely packed well in packing bubble insulation and it works perfectly again. Asus is a great brand, and their support is great as well. This monitor is awesome.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Color (With some setting changes),
Brightness - 37
Contrast - 80
Splendid mode - User
R - 47
G - 47
B - 41
R - 50
G - 49
B - 57
Trace Mode - 40
Hope this helps!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Asus PB278Q vs Viewsonic VP2770,
Coming from HP IPS Z24w 1920x1200, I was impressed with Asus PB278Q. its contrast is much better, white is white. color is rich. For second 27", I want to try out the more expensive Viewsonic VP2770. I was even more impressed with VP2770. Both Asus and Viewsonic use the same Samsung PLS panel. I did not expect them to be very different. I first thought that Asus is my favorite and would be my main monitor. after using Viewsonic for a day, I made it my main monitor. Here is why:
Viewsonic vs Asus:
1) VP2770 Color is excellent and well balanced out of the box. Its contrast is noticeably better than Asus, specially text on white background. This is because viewsonic has Professional factory calibrated colours. Asus does not have factory calibrated colours. Its Color is over saturated, especially blue. No matter how I manually adjusted Asus, Viewsonic looks better in general.
2) Asus displayport has an issue with monitor sleep where it won't wake up from monitor sleep (see update below). PC S4 sleep state works fine but not monitor sleep. I tried so many displayport cables. I even opened up the cable head and make sure pin 20 is disconnected, per displayport spec. Viewsonic displayport wakes up fine with either monitor sleep or PC state S4 sleep.
3) Asus HDMI supports 2560x1440 while viewsonic HDMI does not (see update below). So for Viewonic, use either displayport or DVI. For Asus, use either HDMI or DVI. you can use asus displayport for 2560x1440 if you can deal with sleep issue.
4) Viewsonic white is warmer, toward tint, while asus white is cooler, toward blueish.
5) I like Asus physical button better viewsonic touch button. touch button is a pain to use in a low light room.
Asus & Viewsonic common Pros:
1) Semi-Glossy Coating looks better than matte screen of the HP z24w
2) black looks blacker than HP IPS z24w
3) use only 40w and the screen stays cool for hours of usage. HP z24w is more than warm.
updated: just got GTX 770 and did a few test:
1) Asus sleep issue mentioned above only happens when using Intel on-board displayport on Gigabyte Mobo Z77; it works fine using displayport from GTX 770.
2) viewsonic HDMI does support 2560x1440 using HDMI from GTX 770 even though the manual says not.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars High Quality monitor held back by poor Quality Control,
It is truly a shame, because the PB278Q is otherwise an excellent screen. First of all I don't notice the PWM even with brightness at 25. The Contrast and colors are deep. Colors are slightly more vivid than sRGB, but no where near as pronounced as on a Wide-Gamut panel, this makes movies and games look absolutely fantastic, especially after you calibrate it. motion blur is minimal, its pretty fast for a PLS/IPS panel but may not be the best for competitive fps. If you have a Nvidia card get the program Nvidia Inspector, limit your framerate to 58 or 59 to reduce mouse input lag if you use vsync, it helps a lot in fast games and it may also fix the micro-stuttering in games like Skyrim. The Anti-Glare coating is superb, that dirty and fuzzy look you see on many IPS AG coatings is not a concern here and you also won't see your reflection as on a glossy screen, its almost the best of both worlds.
If it isn't for all the manufacturing issues I would totally give PB278Q 5 stars and I wouldn't mind paying $100 more if it means better QC. Still, this monitor will be my main screen for now, replacing my Dell U3011.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Apple's Thunderbolt Display,
- Much less glare, significantly.
- Adjustable height, and can easily be rotated to portrait.
- Being able to connect to non-Mac computers using DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, and DVI.
- Image is not as vivid.
- Poor sound quality.
- No other functional ports (Apple Thunderbolt Display comes with 3 USB 2.0, one Thunderbolt, one FireWire, and one Ethernet ports.)
- Takes more efforts to set up.
But overall, I'm very satisfied with this replacement.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this monitor!,
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value!,
The Asus PB278Q is one of the best WQHD monitors you can get right now (05/01/2013) for the money. I'll leave the commentary on colors and calibration to the graphics pros and touch upon some other aspects of this product in this review.
** PROS **
- Perfect amount of anti-glare coating. We have Dell 27" WQHD monitors on our campus workstations and they anti-glare matte coating on their screens are very dominant. The colors appear washed out and you can never turn the contrast high enough. Not pleasant to work on. Asus gets it perfect.
- A lot of people reported major quality-control issues (backlight bleed, dead pixels, etc) for the batch manufactured in Q4 of 2012. Asus must have gotten their act together because the monitor I received has absolutely zero PLS glow and I can't spot a single dead pixel. Color me impressed.
- Asus includes every cable you could possibly need with this monitor. This is a huge plus. A lot of competing WQHD monitors don't come with this wide a selection.
- Height, swivel and tilt adjustments are easy and smooth. There's no forcing. The weight of the monitor is balanced very well against a spring-loaded system. Adjusting monitor position is effortless. This is also where you get a feel for how good the build quality is on this monitor. Once again, very impressed.
** CONS **
- Hardly a nuisance but if you're a gamer, you will want to cap your frame rates to 60. Unlike smaller monitors, this Asus does not have a 120Hz refresh rate option and if you leave V-Sync disabled and uncap your fps, you might experience a little tearing or ghosting.
- The built-in speakers leave a lot to be desired, but I don't hold this against Asus. This is a monitor. Not a sound system.
** OVERALL **
Buy it. Period. The comparably priced Dell and LG monitors aren't nearly as good as this product. The robust Asus warranty and the fantastic build quality make it worth your money to jump up one tier from the budget Korean WQHD monitors.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great monitor! Just make sure the features fit your needs,
The ASUS uses PWM backlighting (which can be a minus). The Dell does not
ASUS: internal speakers Dell: usb 3.0 hub
ASUS will do 1:1 pixel ratio for certain resolutions, the Dell does not
ASUS will do WQHD resolution from HDMI, the Dell will not
After debating between the two. Based on feedback from various forums, the Dell seems to have more issues with quality control. (Flaky USB hub, image retention, blacklight bleed) Of course each unit is different. Check various forums and decide for yourself. Personally for me this ASUS suited my needs better.
One final note: Displayport may not wake-up after monitor goes to sleep. Not sure if this affects NVIDIA folks, I am on an AMD Radeon. Using DVI instead until I can try a new displayport cable.
Most Helpful First | Newest First