ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor

ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor

ASUS PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor

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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
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ASUS PB278Q overview

  • 1Description

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.
UPC: 886227236565
In the Box
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 3-Year Warranty
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    ASUS PB278Q specs

    Size 27"
    Panel Type IPS-Type LCD
    Touchscreen No
    Native Resolution 2560 x 1440
    Finish Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Maximum Brightness 300 cd/m2
    Contrast Ratio Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Dynamic Contrast Ratio 80,000,000:1
    Refresh Rate Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Adaptive Sync Technology None
    Horizontal Frequency 24 to 89 kHz
    Vertical Frequency 50 to 75 Hz
    Bit Depth / Color Support Not Specified by Manufacturer
    HDR Compatibility Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Color Gamut 100% sRGB
    Response Time 5 ms
    Viewing Angle Horizontal: 178°
    Vertical: 178°
    Dot Pitch 0.233 x 0.233 mm
    Inputs / Outputs
    Connectivity 1 x 3.5 mm Input/Output
    1 x 3.5 mm Output
    1 x DVI-D
    1 x DisplayPort 1.2 Input
    1 x HDMI 1.4
    1 x VGA
    HDCP Support Yes
    Built-In Speakers Yes, 2 x 3 W
    Power Consumption 0.5 W (Standby)
    60 W (Typical)
    AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    Certifications ENERGY STAR, RoHS, TCO Certified, as per Manufacturer
    Height Adjustment Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Rotation Adjustment Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Swivel Adjustment Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Tilt Adjustment -5 to 20°
    Mounting-Hole Pattern 100 x 100 mm
    Lock Slot Yes
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 25.3 x 15.2 x 2.7" / 64.3 x 38.6 x 7.0 mm (Without Stand)
    25.3 x 21.7 x 8.6" / 64.3 x 55.2 x 21.8 mm (With Stand)
    Weight 19.4 lb / 8.8 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 23.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 29.5 x 18.2 x 8.9"

    ASUS PB278Q reviews

    PB278Q 27" Widescreen LED Backlit LCD Monitor is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 114.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Also having problems with displayport Search the comments and you will find numerous reports of problems with the display-port. It appears to be related to the monitors inability to wake from sleep mode and re-establish sync with the computer. Quick workaround is turn monitor off, literally pull the power cord for a minute and then turn it back on again. This typically works, but is really annoying! I disabled monitor sleep mode in my Win 10 settings in hopes that it solves the annoyance problem. For me, this method would work and meets my computer usage patterns. I have not contacted ASUS support but plan to. Otherwise, the monitor is fantastic. Great picture and price. So frustrating!
    Date published: 2016-09-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product - glad I bought it! I bought this monitor because I wanted more screen space and I also wanted the 2560 x 1440 resolution. The setup was relatively easy, although you do have to be careful to get snug fits on the cables and the power cord. I am connecting this monitor to a late 2012 Mac Mini and purchased a Display Port to MiniDisplay Port cable from B & H to make that connection. I did this because HDMI on that version of the Mini cannot go above 1920 x 1080 resolution, which does not look that hot on a 27 monitor. I did not have to do much calibration at all - I just tweaked the brightness a bit. All in all, a GREAT value for the money!
    Date published: 2015-03-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where price meets quality I am downgrading from a 27 Imac to PC system. I was looking for a comparable monitor, but had photo-editing in mind. This monitor is 1) very sturdy, well built 2) solid black 3) clean around the edges. It can range from very bright to exceedingly dim. The colors are very accurate with default settings, but there are great recommendations in the forums for changing if needed. Speakers aren't terrible, but not impressive. I thought the connections for HDMI/DVI/DP were more difficult to access than needed, but that's infrequently used. Would like to have seen USB side ports but for the price this is a killer monitor. If you're in the sub 500$ market, this wont disappoint!
    Date published: 2015-05-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great value, some trade-offs Good alternative to the Apple Display. Big, bright and accurate color once calibrated. The extra resolution is really great, having been used to 1920x1080 cinema displays for years. The monitor has many connections, but only the displayport will give you the highest rez (2650x1440). All others (dvi, hdmi, etc) will only give you 1920x1080 max, at least on my 2013 MacPro. Having some issues with displayport connection, however. Once the display goes to sleep, it will not come back on. A hard restart is required to bring it back. Temporarily switched to the DVI connection, but was bummed I couldnt use the monitor's highest rez. Replaced my displayport to minidisplayport cable a couple times and am still experiencing this issue. The workaround has been to change system prefs so that the display does not go to sleep...ever. So, it's a great performing monitor for the price, but has a few trade offs in terms of reliability.
    Date published: 2014-09-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome monitor at a cheaper price. I am a professional wedding, and fine art, photographer, as well as work with video, and various other visual arts. This is my first IPS panel, and I absolutely love it. I have a fine arts degree and have been trained in profiling monitors, and this monitor hold its color fidelity very well. Asus claims that it supports 100% sRGB, which, according to my monitor calibrating software, is almost perfectly accurate. See screen shots. My calibration software reports that it displays 99% of the sRGB colors pace, 78% of AdobeRGB, and 74% of NTSC as well. The different of the evenness and shadow details from my previous (ACER Ferrari) are very noticeable. I would recommend this any day. There are not bright or dark pixels, and the display is very beautiful. The only issue that I have was that my monitor was damaged at the manufacturer's site prior to being boxed, as there were no marks on the packaging of any kind. There is a very obvious spot where the bezel on the monitor was dinged and then subsequently buffed out, which probably overheated the area, and possibly the internal components, and left a shiny mark that sticks out against the rest of the monitor. B&H was willing to swap it out, but I ended up keeping it and am still happy with it, although I am still bothered by the fact that it happened. Again, this seems to be a manufacturer's mistake, not B&H.
    Date published: 2013-06-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product 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.
    Date published: 2014-03-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Love it! As a photographer, color accuracy was of utmost importance. After much research I decided on the Asus PB278Q. I ordered it through B&H and kept my fingers crossed that there would be no adverse issues. I'm happy to report that it was perfect out of the box. Gorgeous color and contrast. My previous monitor was a viewsonic and while it was good, it only lasted three years! I'm hoping to have this one much longer. I also love the 27 size. I'm in heaven.
    Date published: 2015-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2013-11-30
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