Asus VE276Q review:

Asus VE276Q

Sound: The built-in speaker delivered adequate sound that unfortunately was too low, even at max volume, to satisfy most gamers or action-movie watchers. However, music sounded fine at max volume, if somewhat muffled. Overall, the sound wasn't nearly as good as a standalone sound setup, but not bad if watching Web videos.

Viewing angle: The optimal viewing angle for a monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the way down from the top of the screen. At this angle, you're viewing the colors and gamma as the manufacturer intended. Most monitors are not made to be viewed at any other angle. Depending on the panel type, picture quality at nonoptimal angles varies. Most monitors use TN panels, which get overly bright or overly dark in parts of the screen when viewed from nonoptimal angles, making for inaccurate color representation. The Asus VE276Q uses a TN panel, and when it is viewed from the sides or bottom, we perceived the screen to darken about 6 inches off from center; this is typical for a TN.

Recommended settings and use: During general use, watching movies and playing games, we found the Standard preset, with the contrast set to 71 and the Red and Blue set to 87, to be the VE276Q's optimal picture setting.

Preset Contrast Red Green Blue
Standard 71 87
87 100

Still, even at this setting, the VE276Q exhibited a proclivity to display a noticeable green tint, especially when compared with the BenQ M2700HD, which didn't have the same problem. We understand that at this point we are risking sounding like a broken record about the monitor's green tint problem, but we feel the need to get this point across clearly: the green tint problem is not that bad, but is a significant factor if trying to decide between the Asus and the BenQ.

As with most TN-based monitors, the Asus VE276Q shouldn't be used if pinpoint accurate color reproduction is required; however, the monitor is good for watching movies, playing games, and for general use. If you do have stringent color needs, we suggest you narrow your search to IPS or PVA-based panels only. The more expensive Dell UltraSharp U2711 is a good place to start.

With its useful number of connection options, the monitor makes for a good console or PC gaming monitor, but not as good as the BenQ M2700HD with its abundance of connections. One advantage the Asus has over the BenQ is its inclusion of a DisplayPort connection.

Power consumption: The Asus VE276Q achieved poor power consumption, with a Default/On power draw of 52.17 watts, compared with the BenQ M2700HD's 47.7 watts in the same test. The consumption delta was higher in our Sleep/Standby test, with the VE276Q drawing 1.1 watts and the M2700HD costing a lower 0.72 watt. With both monitor's center point calibrated to 200 candelas per square meter (cd/M2), the VE276Q drew 44.01 watts, whereas the M2700HD drew a lower 35.2 watts. Based on our formula, the Asus VE276Q would cost $16.33 per year to run, compared with the BenQ M2700HD's $14.73 per year.

Juice box
Asus VE276Q Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 52.17
On (max luminance) 54.9
On (min luminance) 26.1
Sleep 1.1
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 44.01
Annual power consumption cost $16.33
Score Poor

Brightness (in cd/m2)
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Asus VE276Q 27"

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Service and support
Asus backs the VE276Q with a three-year casing-and-panel warranty that covers the backlight. Asus also offers support through a 24-7 toll-free number, e-mail, and Web chat. The company's Web site provides easily located documentation for the VE276Q.

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