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Very low quality for the money. Here is what you need to know.
on December 30, 2012
I bought this as a 2D PC gaming monitor so I cannot speak to the quality of 3D, which needs to be purchased separately. That being said, this monitor has way more cons than pros. Here are the details.
-Monitor design is pretty nice
-No Dead Pixels
-Native 120hz/144hz looks great and is a vast improvement over all the 60hz monitors/tv's out there, especially if you have a graphics card that can give you high frames per second while gaming.
-2ms response time is very fast and very necessary at 120hz/140hz
-Horrendous light bleed from the top, bottom and sides of this monitor, it is especially bad on the bottom. It makes watching movies very distracting. Letterbox movies will have bright light showing all around the monitor, and, full screen movies will have color distortion all around the edges, regardless of what brightness/contrast settings you choose. Google it and there are many videos on how bad it is.
-Major clouding and uniformity issues, very apparent during darker scenes.
-Out of the box monitor picture is pretty darn bad
-Connectors are fairly limited with only 1 HDMI and no USB side slots
-Monitor functions are fairly limited
-Monitor calibration takes a long time, and can really only be done by a combination of the monitor tools and graphics card adjustments. It is possible to have a decent picture after some work.
-Picture goes black at random times during gaming (if it keeps up it will be 1 more reason for me to return the monitor)
-Bezel is a mirror finish so it reflects all light or anything else in the background, this can be pretty distracting while gaming.
The ASUS VG278HE is almost double what a regular 27 inch costs, the 120hz alone is not worth the extra money in my opinion, especially when combined with an inferior TN panel that has horrible light bleeding, this amount is unacceptable on any monitor, especially one that is so expensive.
I recommend waiting, more monitors will be coming out soon with native 120hz support that will have a much better build for the money.
****If you do wind up getting this monitor, and actually plan to keep it, let me save you 4 hours of trial and error, here are the calibration settings that finally worked after much tweaking across all presets. To my eyes, this gave the monitor the most vibrant, colorful look for desktop and for gaming, and I am VERY picky.****
These settings would most likely work for the Asus VG278H as well since it is the same monitor but with a built in IR Emitter.
Start with Scenery Mode
Under Color option:
Brightness - 78
Contrast - 80
Saturation - 59
Color Temperature (User Defined) Red 82, Green 72, Blue 68
Skin Tone - Natural
Smart View - Off
Under Image option:
Sharpness - 50
Trace Free - 100
ASCR - Off
NVIDIA CONTROL PANEL SETTINGS
Under Adjust Desktop Color Settings
Brightness - 52
Contrast - 24
Gamma - 1.10
Hue - 0
I hope this review was of some help to you, it can be a very frustrating experience finding the right monitor. Good luck.
**If you are versed on the differences between LCD/LED, no need to read further**
**There seems to be so much confusion over what the exact technology is behind the monitors, TV's that are being sold these days, so much so, that folks don't seem to even know what kind of monitor/TV they have purchased, hopefully this will clear things up a bit**
All monitors and TV's out right now are LCD, the only difference is the technology being used to light the screen. Over the last year or two, companies have moved from using CFL (florescent lights) to using LED edge or back lighting. The panels themselves still remain an LCD panel. The companies use the word LED deceptively as a marketing gimmick to sell stuff by calling it something it is not, and it clearly works. Every monitor and TV sold on Amazon that states LED does not use an LED panel, they are ALL LCD panels being lit by LED bulbs instead of fluorescent. OLED on the other hand is the next evolution in monitor, TV technology, where every pixel on the screen is its own individual light source as opposed to being lit passively by fluorescent or LED bulbs, which is how everything that we can buy now operates. OLED are true LED panels, much like many of the top end smartphone displays. A true LED monitor of this size would cost upwards of $5000, perhaps next year we will start to see these come onto the market.
So yes, this is indeed an LCD monitor, just like the rest of the monitors and TV's being sold right now. The problem with this monitor is not the fact that it is an LCD panel, but that it is a poorly constructed monitor filled with flaws before it even leaves the factory.