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ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor

B&H # ASPB278Q Mfr # PB278Q
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You Pay: $476.99
Product Highlights
  • HDMI+D-Sub+DisplayPort+DVI-D Inputs
  • 2560 x 1440 Resolution
  • 80,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 300cd/m² Brightness
  • 178°/178° Viewing Angles
  • 5ms Response Time
  • 2 x 3W Speakers

The PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor from ASUS is a professional grade high definition monitor with a 2560 x 1440 resolution on a 16:9 display. This WQHD (Wide Quad High Definition) display gives you 77% more desktop space than a full HD screen allowing you to spread out your work. You have the ability to utilize the QuickFit Virtual Scale to preview photos and videos on the screen in their actual size ensuring you can keep your photos true to life on this large display. With a sharper image and 5ms response time you get clearer, smoother picture quality.

Connect your PB278Q to a variety of devices with a variety of ports including a DisplayPort, D-Sub port, Dual-Link DVI port, and an HDMI port. You can also take advantage of the built-in 3W speakers for audio enjoyment while playing games or watching movies. Viewing this monitor is made easier with 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles, as well as tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustments for increased comfort.

Enhanced Visuals
The PB278Q WQHD monitor features a PLS, LED-backlit panel that provides 109 pixels per inch (PPI), resulting in high quality 2560 x 1440 visuals - equaling four times the resolution of standard 720p sets. It allows users to view greater image detail and do more with an onscreen footprint larger than that of standard displays.

The screen's 109PPI density means there are 109 RGB matrices within one inch. Generally, the more pixels a display has, the more lighting (or power) those pixels require to achieve the best visuals. However, with advanced LED backlighting on the PBQ278Q, power and energy savings are no longer compromised, even with enhanced visuals.
Made for Work and Play
The ASUS PB278Q features a PLS panel which provides an ultra-wide 178° viewing angle on both horizontal and vertical planes, thereby minimizing onscreen color shift even when viewed from extreme angles. With its WQHD display, you enjoy 77% more desktop space than a full HD screen to spread out your windows and palettes. It is also 25% sharper than a generic 27" full HD display, delivering ultra-smooth visuals thanks to a 5ms response time. This ensures you get lag-free experiences in movies and gaming, with the latter looking more vivid, with all in-game details shown in true color.
Native WQHD Content Support
The PB278Q features a host of connectivity options that include HDMI, DisplayPort, and dual-link DVI for the native WQHD, plus D-sub for full HD 1080p content transmission. Twin built-in 3W speakers provide quality audio for a completely immersive home theater experience.
Smart Contrast Ratio
With 80,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio and 300cd/m² brightness, the PB278Q enhances display contrast and sharpness by adjusting backlight luminance to achieve the deepest black tones and brightest whites, resulting in clear visuals that truly come to life.
QuickFit Virtual Scale
ASUS includes its exclusive QuickFit Virtual Scale feature with the PB278Q, allowing you to preview photos and documents on-screen in their actual size prior to printing. It can be activated via a monitor hotkey, and serves as a highly useful guide to accurately view and edit photos in their native size.
Splendid Video Intelligence Technology
Splendid Video Intelligence Technology adjusts display parameters accordingly to ensure color accuracy and image fidelity. Six preset modes (scenery, theater, sRGB, standard, and two user-customizable modes) can be quickly selected via a designated hotkey.
Ergonomic, Smart Design
The PB278Q offers a highly ergonomic and smart design that comes with tilt, pivot, swivel, and height adjustments to ensure an always-comfortable viewing and usage experience. Its smart cable management further promotes clutter-free spaces for work and enjoyment.
Display
Panel Size Wide Screen 27"
Color Saturation 100% (sRGB)
Panel/Display Type PLS Panel
Resolution 2560x1440 (HDMI/DisplayPort/Dual-link DVI-D)
1920x1080 (D-sub)
Pixel Pitch 0.233 mm
Brightness 300cd/m²
Contrast Ratio 80,000,000:1
Viewing Angle Horizontal: 178°
Vertical: 178°
Response Time 5ms
Video Features Trace 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 Features Stereo Speakers: 3W x 2 Stereo RMS
Convenient Hotkey SPLENDID Video Preset Mode Selection
Auto. Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Volume Adjustment
Input Selection
QuickFit
I/O Ports Signal 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 Frequency Analog Signal Frequency: 24~89 KHz(H)/ 50~75 Hz(V)
Digital Signal Frequency: 24~89 KHz(H)/ 50~75 Hz(V)
Power Consumption Power Consumption (Typical):<60W
Power Saving Mode: <0.5W
Power Off Mode: <0.5W
Voltage: 100-240V, 50/60Hz
Mechanical Design Chassis Colors: Black
Tilt: +20° to -5°
Swivel: Yes
Pivot: Yes
Height Adjustment: Yes
VESA Wall Mounting: 100x100mm
Security Kensington lock
Compliance Energy Star, TCO 5.2, UL/cUL, CB, CE, FCC, CCC, ISO9241-307, BSMI, Gost-R, C-Tick, VCCI, PSE, J-MOSS, RoHS, Windows 7 WHQL Compliance
Dimensions (W x H x D) With Stand: 25.3 x 21.7 x 8.6" (643 x 552.3 x 218 mm)
Without Stand: 25.3 x 15.2 x 2.7" (643 x 386.2 x 69.6 mm)(For VESA Wall Mount)
Weight 19.4 lb (8.8 kg)
ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor
  • Dual-Link DVI Cable
  • VGA Cable
  • Audio Cable
  • Power Cord
  • DisplayPort Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • HDMI Cable
  • Warranty Card
  • Limited 1-Year North American Warranty (USA, Canada & Mexico)
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    ASUSPB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor
     
    4.5

    (based on 26 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great picture quality (16)
    • Large viewing area (15)
    • Adjustable viewing angles (12)
    • Reliable (12)
    • Easy to set up (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gaming (12)
      • Spreadsheets (8)
      • Movies (7)
      • Multimedia (7)
      • Office (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business user (5), Gamer (5), Graphics enthusiast (4), Pro photographer (4), Tech savvy (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (10), Business (7)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (11), Mac (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Compared to 27" iMac for Photo Editing

      I'm posting this review particularly for someone who wants to know how this monitor compares to Apple's 27" monitor or a 27" iMac for editing photographs.

      So, first some...Read complete review

      I'm posting this review particularly for someone who wants to know how this monitor compares to Apple's 27" monitor or a 27" iMac for editing photographs.

      So, first some qualification: I'm comparing my late 2009 iMac's monitor panel to this ASUS PB278Q. And, I'm making my comparison based on calibrating both of them using Coloreyes Display Pro calibration kit purchased within the last six months.

      My purpose for this monitor is to rotate it into portrait mode so that I can work on my vertical photographs in Photoshop, Lightroom, Capture One, etc, at the same display size that my 27" iMac provides for horizontal photographs. (roughly 2/3 of my shots are vertical) So, it was important to me to get a close match in performance and behavior between them. And, happily, I feel I was able to do this.

      Leaving the ASUS in "Standard" view mode with no user adjustments and calibrating with the Coloreyes app and Spyder, I got a reasonable match, but noticed that the iMac color gradations were smoother, and not surprisingly, the ASUS looked a little sharper. I could have almost lived with this, but I decided to persevere.

      I won't bore you with how many approaches I took to resolving this difference, but my bottom line was that I got a decent comparison when I lowered the ASUS contrast down to 30 and then re-profiled it. Coloreyes' profile validation graph looked best at this setting and the monitors looked very close to each other -- close enough that I'm content to get back to work. ;-)

      This was actually a very good learning experience in that I got a better sense of what I would demand of a higher level (much more expensive) monitoring solution. But, there comes a point of diminishing returns and I'm going to settle for the performance that a 27" iMac and this ASUS monitor provides for now.

      I haven't tried pairing two Apple 27" displays, but I wonder if I tried pairing Apple's newer 27" display with my 2009 iMac if I'd get any better matching. I wouldn't be surprised if I found a similar nuance of difference there as well.

      So, after calibration, with ASUS at Contrast: 30, three differences I see between the 2009 27" iMac display and the ASUS PB278Q:

      (1) Slight difference in smoothness of very gradual color gradation in light and dark areas.
      (2) The iMac's blacks are blacker. But, when comparing actual photographs, this seems to be a non-issue.
      (3) Even after calibration, the two monitors do not display colors exactly the same. Here, the ASUS actually looks a little more "right" to me based on neutral grays and pure whites. The iMac looks just a tiny bit shifted to green. It IS going on 4 years old . . .

      Conclusions:

      Experience has taught me the value of calibrating your monitor. For someone who wants a good cost-effective solution, I recommend Coloreyes Display Pro. And, my conclusions are based on the assumption that you will calibrate your monitor.

      If you are trying to decide between Apple's $1000 display and this under-$600 alternative, you can safely save yourself $400-plus by going with this ASUS display. Use some of the $400 to get what you need to keep it in calibration and you'll be better off since you would need to calibrate the Apple display as well.

      If you are worried about pairing this display with your Apple 27" display, I think you will likely be satisfied with how close you can get them. *OF COURSE* it won't be a *perfect* match. I'm not convinced that a new Apple would match perfectly either. At least in my case, it's a very workable pairing.

      My 27" iMac does not have an anti-glare screen like the newer models. This ASUS does, and it's a welcome improvement.

      ***

      I remember the first time I viewed my photographs on the iMac. I was previously using an EIZO ColorEdge CE210, which is a decent color calibrated monitor. The iMac just blew it away. And, once correctly calibrated, has served me very well. So, for me to say that I could be just as happy working with this ASUS as I have been with my iMac 27" is saying something.

      Hope this is helpful to someone looking for this particular comparison like I was when trying to decide whether or not to buy the ASUS.

      If anything changes with use of the ASUS monitor, I will be sure to update my post.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Beautiful monitor but with issues

      The first monitor had random back-light bleed that in one place reflected off the anti-glare coating as well as a line of dead pixels. The replacement had more dead pixel issues and light bleed...Read complete review

      The first monitor had random back-light bleed that in one place reflected off the anti-glare coating as well as a line of dead pixels. The replacement had more dead pixel issues and light bleed along the top like the last. This may have been a bad batch or damage in shipping but the light bleed appears to be a common issue with LED monitors.

      It really is a shame that these issues mar such a beautiful monitor. I could only seriously recommend it for movies and gaming from my limited experience with it. I used it for gaming, graphics, movies, and web development. I never noticed any ghosting issues and the colors are amazing. The issues I experienced may be too much for someone doing serious graphics.

      I returned it a second time for store credit so I can spend extra to get something without these issues. I can't praise B&H enough for putting up with me and for making the whole process so hassle free.

      Reviewed by 26 customers

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      5.0

      I like it

      By Denes

      from Minneapolis

      About Me Multimedia Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Never Freezes
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Multimedia
        • Office

        Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

        So far evrithing is all right. Easy set up, nice colors and the price is right.

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        4.0

        ASUS Review a Designer's Persepective

        By Nico

        from New York City

        About Me Motion Design Pro, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Great Picture And Color
        • Versatile
        • Vertical Option

        Cons

        • Horrible Audiospeakers

        Best Uses

          Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

          I was looking for an alternative to the Apple display and after some online research and cost limitations. I went for the Asus PB278Q 27.I am using this as my main monitor connected to my powerbook.My main goal was picture quality and this monitor delivers.I've read other reviews about the overall construction and lanky swivel option on the base. Unless you move your monitor around all the time, the construction and swivel is not as bad as stated in other reviews on this product.Considering there are built in speakers , they sound like cheap portable speakers... the audio sounds high pitched, hollow and weak. Because of this I feel overall it could have been $ to $ dollars less of the list price. But if picture quality is what you are looking for price comparisons with other monitors with the same or similar specks, this is a good buy.

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          5.0

          I would buy again

          By Ostevalprime

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Avid Gamer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gaming
            • Multimedia

            Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

            excellent quality, great picture. I would buy it again.

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            5.0

            Awesome Monitor

            By TommyF

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gaming
              • Home
              • Multimedia
              • Office

              Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

              This works with my Macbook Pro 15 Retina (late 2013). I bought the extra cable to go from mini-display port to display port. This did not come with the monitor. The other cables might have worked, but I was advised to get this cable prior to be sure of getting full 2560x1440 resolution with my MBP. I mention this specifically as the last monitor I bought worked with 3 different computers, but NOT with my MBP. This one works! Yay!

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              5.0

              Great monitor

              By PhantomIce

              from California

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • 2560x1440 Resolution

              Cons

              • Pricy

              Best Uses

              • Gaming
              • Home
              • Multimedia
              • Office

              Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

              This is a nice step up from my 24" Samsung. Love the higher resolution, the text is very crisp. 1920x1080 just isn't enough, especially at 27".

              The color is not perfect out of the box, but looks great to the naked eye. I ran a Spyder4Elite on it, and can see that it had a very slight yellow tint, like most monitors do but less so. It looks better out of the box than any other monitor I've owned. You can tweak RGB values, as well as shift their offset, whatever that means. I left them all at the midpoint of 50, and let the Spyder4 adjust things on the PC end. Spyder4 says it covers 100% of sRGB space (Even though it looks like it might miss some in the blue area by a sliver... it's well outside the space at the red and green ends. It's got 76% of NTSC space, and 78% of AdobeRGB.

              The monitor raises and lowers, something you don't get on the cheaper monitors these days. And the base is perfectly flat. You can put stuff on it.

              It's got 4 different video inputs (HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort, VGA), and comes with a cable for each type! Nice!

              I haven't tried out the speakers in it yet, since I doubt I will use them. I can't even see them! The sound must come out of vents in the back or something.

              No stuck pixels. Asus's warranty covers pixels that are stuck ON in the first 12 months.

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              5.0

              Excellent product

              By Webapp Developer

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Software developer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Good value
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Multimedia
                • Office

                Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

                I have been using this monitor daily for several months now for software development and photo editing and I am impressed with the quality of the text displayed as well as the color fidelity. This monitor appears to be well-built and my panel has no frozen pixels. The WQHD resolution is a huge asset when running multiple virtual machines and when editing large spreadsheets or photos. Bonus points to ASUS for providing DVI-D and HDMI connector cables.One cautionary note. Make sure your video card supports WQHD resolution. Older video cards may not and the picture quality is only average at HD resolution.

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                4.0

                Excellent multipurpose monitor!

                By Musical Cakewalker

                from Cupertino CA

                About Me Amature Musician, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Never Freezes
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gaming
                  • Home
                  • Multimedia
                  • Music production
                  • Office

                  Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

                  My frustration with the laptop screens made me look for an LCD monitor. I researched everything from cheap monitors listed on craigslist to the ones on DELL and ASUS web sites.I had different requirements and this addresses each one of them.First, I have a home studio setup and I primarily use Cakewalk Sonar X2.It needed a higher resolution screen so that I don't spend 75% of my time scrolling up, down and sideways. I have been planning to buy a small TV for our bedroom, but prefer a Roku, Apple TV or chromecast rather than buying a TV and getting stuck with the dated technology.I also plan to switch to Macbook pro when I have enough money, so I needed a screen that will be able to make a good use of the higher resolution.And of course whenever I work from home, a large screen helps reduce a lot of inconvenience.When I looked at the specifications of this product, it seemed like what I was looking for. One star less because for some reasons, the monitor does not play back the sound from the HDMI source even after making sure the source is the right one.Purchasing it from B&H helped me save on taxes which was the best part of this transaction.- Amol

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                  4.0

                  Beautiful image

                  By BL

                  from CA

                  Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

                  This monitor is not easy to adjust, it will take time to learn to control the functions of the six input buttons. Once it came on with everything way too large, and it wasn't easy to figure out how to shrink it back to where it had been. The images are beautiful, colors look great, action is crisp with no blur. It came with no user manual, but I located one on the internet which I couldn't print but the tech help person sent it to me via email as a PDF which I was able to print.

                  There was no information anywhere on what the various cables are to be used for and they remain mysteries. The power cord does not stick in snugly and it loosened by itself during set-up which gave me a scare when the screen suddenly went black.

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                  5.0

                  Outstanding monitor

                  By Hax0r Keith

                  from Modesto, Ca.

                  About Me Software Developer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Beautiful Colors
                  • Great picture quality
                  • Large Viewing Area
                  • Outstanding Text Quality

                  Cons

                  • Heighttilt Adjustments
                  • Height-tilt Adjustments

                  Best Uses

                  • Movies

                  Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

                  I bought this to replace an aging 27" Acer. I wanted a monitor that easily reached 2560 x 1440 resolution using an HDMI connection.I use the monitor for software development and watching videos. I'm extremely pleased by the image quality.Adjusting the stand is a little cumbersome, but I don't have to do it very often.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • PC

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                  5.0

                  Compared to 27" iMac for Photo Editing

                  By Steve

                  from Central New Jersey

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Adjustable Viewing Angles
                  • Great picture quality
                  • Large Viewing Area

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Photo Editing

                    Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

                    I'm posting this review particularly for someone who wants to know how this monitor compares to Apple's 27" monitor or a 27" iMac for editing photographs.

                    So, first some qualification: I'm comparing my late 2009 iMac's monitor panel to this ASUS PB278Q. And, I'm making my comparison based on calibrating both of them using Coloreyes Display Pro calibration kit purchased within the last six months.

                    My purpose for this monitor is to rotate it into portrait mode so that I can work on my vertical photographs in Photoshop, Lightroom, Capture One, etc, at the same display size that my 27" iMac provides for horizontal photographs. (roughly 2/3 of my shots are vertical) So, it was important to me to get a close match in performance and behavior between them. And, happily, I feel I was able to do this.

                    Leaving the ASUS in "Standard" view mode with no user adjustments and calibrating with the Coloreyes app and Spyder, I got a reasonable match, but noticed that the iMac color gradations were smoother, and not surprisingly, the ASUS looked a little sharper. I could have almost lived with this, but I decided to persevere.

                    I won't bore you with how many approaches I took to resolving this difference, but my bottom line was that I got a decent comparison when I lowered the ASUS contrast down to 30 and then re-profiled it. Coloreyes' profile validation graph looked best at this setting and the monitors looked very close to each other -- close enough that I'm content to get back to work. ;-)

                    This was actually a very good learning experience in that I got a better sense of what I would demand of a higher level (much more expensive) monitoring solution. But, there comes a point of diminishing returns and I'm going to settle for the performance that a 27" iMac and this ASUS monitor provides for now.

                    I haven't tried pairing two Apple 27" displays, but I wonder if I tried pairing Apple's newer 27" display with my 2009 iMac if I'd get any better matching. I wouldn't be surprised if I found a similar nuance of difference there as well.

                    So, after calibration, with ASUS at Contrast: 30, three differences I see between the 2009 27" iMac display and the ASUS PB278Q:

                    (1) Slight difference in smoothness of very gradual color gradation in light and dark areas.
                    (2) The iMac's blacks are blacker. But, when comparing actual photographs, this seems to be a non-issue.
                    (3) Even after calibration, the two monitors do not display colors exactly the same. Here, the ASUS actually looks a little more "right" to me based on neutral grays and pure whites. The iMac looks just a tiny bit shifted to green. It IS going on 4 years old . . .

                    Conclusions:

                    Experience has taught me the value of calibrating your monitor. For someone who wants a good cost-effective solution, I recommend Coloreyes Display Pro. And, my conclusions are based on the assumption that you will calibrate your monitor.

                    If you are trying to decide between Apple's $1000 display and this under-$600 alternative, you can safely save yourself $400-plus by going with this ASUS display. Use some of the $400 to get what you need to keep it in calibration and you'll be better off since you would need to calibrate the Apple display as well.

                    If you are worried about pairing this display with your Apple 27" display, I think you will likely be satisfied with how close you can get them. *OF COURSE* it won't be a *perfect* match. I'm not convinced that a new Apple would match perfectly either. At least in my case, it's a very workable pairing.

                    My 27" iMac does not have an anti-glare screen like the newer models. This ASUS does, and it's a welcome improvement.

                    ***

                    I remember the first time I viewed my photographs on the iMac. I was previously using an EIZO ColorEdge CE210, which is a decent color calibrated monitor. The iMac just blew it away. And, once correctly calibrated, has served me very well. So, for me to say that I could be just as happy working with this ASUS as I have been with my iMac 27" is saying something.

                    Hope this is helpful to someone looking for this particular comparison like I was when trying to decide whether or not to buy the ASUS.

                    If anything changes with use of the ASUS monitor, I will be sure to update my post.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Awesomesauce

                    By Jax The Ax

                    from Hollyweird

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Great picture quality
                    • Large Viewing Area
                    • Price

                    Cons

                    • Non-apple Looking

                    Best Uses

                    • Editing

                    Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

                    Hooked up to Mac Pro, works great. Love the built in speakers and clarity. Solid purchase. Patting myself on the back!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Works great with my late-2013 rMBP

                    By Frijol

                    from Austin, TX

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable Viewing Angles
                    • Great picture quality
                    • Great value
                    • Large Viewing Area
                    • Multiple Connections
                    • Reliable Performance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

                        I bought this to use with my brand new late-2013 Retina MacBook Pro, and use it mainly for touching up photos in Aperture and editing in FCP X and Avid MC (for web browsing, e-mailing, and everything else, I usually just use the lovely Retina display on my MBP). I was considering buying the Thunderbolt Display, but ended up researching all the other monitors at WQHD resolution on the market, and this Asus seemed to offer a lot more bang for the buck. The quality of the screen is very comparable (if not better than) my 2011 27" iMac screen, which I believe is about the same as the Thunderbolt Display screen. The main thing I like about this though is that it has a TON of connection options (HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, VGA... I connect with a mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable) so that I'm not limited to using it only with my newer Macs like I am with the Thunderbolt Display. With this one I can hook it up to the older MacBook Pros we have around the house that don't have Thunderbolt ports. I also really like how much the screen position can be adjusted, which is another huge advantage over the Thunderbolt Display. The range of height, tilt, and spin adjustment is great, and it can even be spun 90º (which I've never needed before, but I supposed it would be good if I wanted to use it as a dedicated web browser monitor and maximize screen real estate). The color and finish of the monitor, as well as the relatively narrow bezel, look pretty darn good on my desk. So far, no complaints!

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        4.0

                        Solid.

                        By Matt Architect

                        from Paterson, NJ

                        About Me Business User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great picture quality
                        • Large Viewing Area
                        • Reliable Performance
                        • Small Footprint

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Architecture

                          Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

                          great monitor, the only thing is no usb ports which is not a deal breaker.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          5.0

                          So far, very pleased

                          By leakyanus

                          from Bellaire, MI

                          About Me Casual User, Gamer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Adjustable Viewing Angles
                          • Great picture quality
                          • Large Viewing Area
                          • Reliable Performance
                          • Small Footprint

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Gaming
                            • Movies
                            • Spreadsheets

                            Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

                            The Asus products I've purchased have always set a standard for quality. I purchased the monitor primarily on name recognition and have not been disappointed. I use it as a desktop computer monitor and HD TV and find it exceptional for either use. My only complaint has to do with the speakers. Built-in speakers are usually pretty lousy, and these are no exception. Asus could have left them out and charged less for the monitor.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            5.0

                            excellent monitor

                            By Pan

                            from State College, PA

                            About Me Business User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Adjustable Viewing Angles
                            • Great picture quality
                            • Large Viewing Area
                            • Reliable Performance
                            • Small Footprint

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Spreadsheets

                              Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

                              I was hesitant ordering this monitor after reading reviews about dead pixels and light bleeding. Well, I did pull the trigger, and all I can say this monitor is excellent. I have a 30inch Dell as well which looks grainy compared to the Asus. The Asus is much better for long hours of computer work. I like this monitor so much, that I ordered two more for my small busines. Thumbs up to B&H for the double boxing.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Linux

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                              4.0

                              PB278Q 27

                              By Mowang

                              from Vancouverm WA

                              About Me Gamer, Graphics Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Adjustable Viewing Angles
                              • Great picture quality
                              • Large Viewing Area
                              • Reliable Performance

                              Cons

                              • Slight Light Bleed
                              • Slight Light Bleed On Dar

                              Best Uses

                              • Gaming
                              • Photo processing

                              Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

                              I was looking for a bigger monitor to use in post-production of photo shoots. This fit the bill perfectly. I really like the 2560x1440 esolution. The reason I did not give 5 stars is the slight bleading of light near the edges. It is not bad and I would buy it again. Great monitor for the price.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              5.0

                              pretty good.

                              By moodog

                              from Edgewater, NJ

                              About Me Gamer, Graphics Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Reliable Performance

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Gaming
                                • Movies
                                • Spreadsheets

                                Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

                                I use this monitor for mostly gaming and photo editing.

                                Pro: price, value, no dead pixel

                                I was considering to get Samsung sb970d if not this one. The price difference is huge (being sb970d is twice more expensive..) and it was hard for me to resist the design of samsung's monitor... but i decided to give it a try on the Asus and now Im glad I did.

                                Con: color, design,

                                Lets be honest... this monitor doesn't look that bad... but comparing to sb970d... its ugly... especially if you want to have this on a studio or office... you might wanna go with sb970d.
                                Also the color isn't so accurate... its not that bad and you cant notice a thing when you play games but its bit disappointing when you do photo editing. But its good enough that I'd still give 5 stars... considering the value and all..

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

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                                5.0

                                Great Monitor. Fast Shipping!

                                By NY ITX

                                from Jersey

                                About Me Business User, Graphics Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Adjustable Viewing Angles
                                • Great picture quality
                                • Large Viewing Area
                                • Reliable Performance

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Gaming
                                  • Movies
                                  • Spreadsheets

                                  Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

                                  Used as Graphics Monitor/ TV

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • PC

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                                  4.0

                                  GOOD, CRISP, ACCURATE, AND GOOD PRICE

                                  By CK

                                  from New Jersey

                                  About Me Professional Photographer

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Adjustable Viewing Angles
                                  • Great picture quality
                                  • Large Viewing Area
                                  • Reliable Performance
                                  • Small Footprint

                                  Cons

                                  • Lack Of Usb Hub

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Movies
                                  • Photographyphotoshop

                                  Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

                                  I use this monitor mainly for photography. The size makes it easy to work large. The screen is crisp, and more usefully, accurate right out of the box. My prints (I use both Epson R2400 and Stylus Pro 7890) were so close to the monitor that I have not bothered w/calibration.

                                  The PB278Q 27" monitor comes w/accurate presets, and useful input options at a good price. Connections include DVI, DisplayPort, VGA, HDMI, a headphone jack, and an audio-in port. The connections face downward and would be difficult to access if not for the useful pivot feature. It pivots 90 degrees, can also swivel left and right, and tilt back 20 degrees.
                                  The 27-inch Asus PB278Q features a plane-to-line switching (PLS) panel. Viewing at extreme angles not a problem, although who would sit at a extreme angle to their monitor anyhow? I sit straight on and the color and clarity are spot on, that's what I care about.
                                  I really searched for a good monitor at a good price, and I found the B&H pricing best although only by 4 bucks, still the best considering their legendary support staff.
                                  The monitor lost a star because it does not have a usb hub. Otherwise a five star.!!!!!

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                                  5.0

                                  HD is the ONLY way for Photographers

                                  By Silver Moon Photography

                                  from Huntington Beach, CA

                                  About Me Commercial Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Adjustable Viewing Angles
                                  • Great picture quality
                                  • Large Viewing Area
                                  • Reliable Performance

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Lightroom
                                    • Photoshop
                                    • Spreadsheets

                                    Comments about ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor:

                                    I use the product daily to edit and retouch images for my business clients. Now, my eyes do not get overly tired after only an hour of work. Thank goodness for the quality of this monitor. I was able to eliminate the stand for the other monitor, thus reducing the clutter on my desk. Whoo HOOO!

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • PC

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