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Asus PB278Q

Asus PB278Q
alaScore 97

510 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 510 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and reliability. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably.

value for money, usability, design, reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Monitors the Asus PB278Q is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 510 reviews)

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ASUS PB278Q monitor: Because Full HD is just too mainstream!


There are very few monitor companies here that sell panels that go beyond full HD resolution. Considering we are already starting to see 4K monitors abroad, it is high time the 2560×1440 pixel resolution started getting more love in this part of the...

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 implemented OSD, but it is only a matter of time...

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Asus PB278Q


Plane to Line Switching (PLS) is a relatively new panel technology developed by Samsung as an alternative to LG's popular IPS panel technology. Both technologies claim to offer very good color quality and wide viewing angles, and both are more...

Great color quality. Lots of video ports. Ergonomic stand. Wide viewing angles

A bit pricey. No auto-pivot function. No USB ports

The Asus PB278Q is a well equipped 27-inch monitor based on Plane to Line Switching (PLS) panel technology. You?ll pay more for this technology but receive awesome performance and a rich feature set in return.

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ASUS PB278Q Review: An IPS Competitor Emerges


Every 27” panel that I have reviewed this year has had two things in common: the panel was IPS based, and it was made by LG. The vast majority of IPS panels are made by LG, and so most high-end monitors use the same panels but have major differences in...

I was very happy to see that Samsung was going to start making their own flat panels with a new technology so that someone could put some pressure on LG to innovate more or reduce prices on their panels, which only helps consumers. The new PLS panels...


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Asus PB278Q


In the world of extreme-definition monitors, the Asus PB278Q almost perfectly hits a happy medium between features and value. I reviewed the HP ZR2740w earlier in 2012, and while that monitor offered great performance at a reasonable price, aside from...

The Asus PB278Q offers a sharp extreme-definition screen, rich color, accurate presets, and useful ergonomic options at a good price.

The monitor lacks USB inputs and its swivel mechanism is poorly implemented.

Well-priced and powerful, the Asus PB278Q is the best entry point for those seeking an extreme-definition monitor at a not-so-extreme price.

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Asus PB278Q


This Asus is great on the outside, but lacking on the inside

So is it worth its $699 MSRP? Unfortunately, no. While it performed well on all of our contrast tests—and from a design standpoint is certainly high-end—its color accuracy could stand to be improved upon. Curves were just bumpy enough to give us...

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"Stunning Display, Especially for the Price"


I spent several weeks researching WQHD panels and eventually settled on this one. I must say I was skeptical at first due to all the reviews stating that the panel often shipped with dead/stuck pixels. After receiving mine I can confirm there are no...

+ Excellent viewing angles, excellent color

- Poor sound quality

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Excellent Product, esp. for price


i have not yet tested graphics in Photoshop/Illustrator and the screen-to-print gamut fidelity, but compared to my former Asus monitor and my comparative calibrations, i am optimistic. Games look glorious.

Slim, sleek design; easy to adjust. Easy Landscape/portrait orientation. Sturdy, unobtrusive base. Bright, great color veracity, high resolution for a ton of desktop space. Comes with each type of cord ; I have not used the built-in audio, so cannot...

none, really, but some thoughts... the default brightness (90/100) is quite bright. Borderline painful if you're staring at it all day

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1440 sweet point


I use a 30" Apple Cinema Display attached to a 15" Macbook Pro for work everyday and in all honesty I love the Asus PB278Q over the Cinema Display. I find the matte finish to be much easier on the eyes, colors are very vibrant and natural versus having...

The price of this monitor is defiantly in that sweet spot between a Dell Ultrasharp/Apple Cinema Display and the newer Korean Monitors at the lower end. From the get go this monitor has great color contrast, no light bleed that I've seen, and all the...

The only thing I would knock this monitor on is it's menu. Almost every monitor I've ever owned has had a bad menu so this isn't anything to fret about

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I bought two of these. When connected to my GTX570, one would sometimes go black and then quickly go back to normal. I'm not describing flickering that you normally notice out of the corner of your eye. The problem went away when I updated my video...

High resolution, large physical size, comes with every kind of video cable that you can use with the monitor

Not the least expensive monitor with this resolution

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Huge and amazing!


Couldn't be happier with this monitor. Great adjustments(height, pivot etc), great color, no ghosting or any other funky things going on. Appears to have no dead pixels

None so far except for lack of G-Sync but it's a non-issue for me personally

Product Specifications


Adjustable Display: Yes
Integrated Camera: No
Integrated Microphone: No
Loudspeakers: Yes
Type of MPR Radiation: No
Type of TCO Radiation:TCO 5.2


DVI Interface: Yes
VGA: Yes


LED Backlight:Edge LED
Screen Format:16:9
Touchscreen: No

General Features

3D: No
Product Type:LCD