CNET First Look
This Asus monitor keeps the price right while packing in featuresThe Asus PB278Q is an extreme-definition monitor that you won't have to pay an extreme price for.
-The extreme-definition resolution that was in years past exclusive to 30-inch displays has recently become much more prevalent in 27-inch monitors. These monitors offer users a beautiful high pixel count screen at a much lower price. But does the latest 2560x1440 monitor from Asus live up to the categories fine performance tradition? Hi, I'm Eric Franklin, and today, I'll take a first look at the Asus PB278Q. Design-wise, the ASUS offers no real surprises. As what many Asus monitors released recently, it has this crazy wide foot stand which, unfortunately, isn't as stable as I'd like. Thanks mostly to the swivel mechanism underneath. Speaking of which, the monitor does include swivel, height adjustment, pivot, and tilt options. Connections include DVI, display port, HDMI, VGA, as well as a headphone jack and audio-in jack to complement the built-in speakers. The on-screen display array is located on the lower right side with these buttons placed underneath. Five presets are featured including sRGB. You have access to the usual brightness, contrast, color temp, red, green and blue options, gamma and hue options. The monitor has a 2560x1440 resolution and uses a PLS panel. Games and images are crisp, bright, and vibrant and 1080p movies look clear and colorful. The Asus costs $699. While that's kind of a lot of money by any stretch, it's actually a pretty good deal for a monitor with a resolution this high with the kind of features it includes. Check out my full review for more details. Once again, I'm Eric Franklin and this has been a first look at the Asus PB278Q.