The Good The Asus PB278Q offers a sharp extreme-definition screen, rich color, accurate presets, and useful ergonomic options at a good price.
The Bad The monitor lacks USB inputs and its swivel mechanism is poorly implemented.
The Bottom Line 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.
Great performance at a good price
In the world of extreme-definition monitors, the Asus PB278Q almost perfectly hits a happy medium between features and value. I reviewed theearlier in 2012, and while that monitor offered great performance at a reasonable price, aside from brightness, customization features were nowhere to be found.
The PB278Q is like getting the ZR2740w with better performance, and with a great assortment of customization features at about the same price. The Asus can't quite match the performance of the $100 more expensive Dell U2713HM and lacks the Dell's USB ports and plentiful assortment of presets, but for $100 less it's a great lower-priced alternative for those looking to save a few bucks on an extreme-definition monitor.
Design and features
The 27-inch Asus PB278Q is one of the first non-Samsung monitors to house a plane-to-line switching (PLS) panel. Previous to this, the Samsung SyncMasters S27A850D and S27B970 hold the distinction as the only other two monitors to feature the company's still relatively new panel tech. Like most monitors produced today, the PA248Q houses a white LED backlight resulting in a fairly thin, 2.6-inch deep chassis. Also, at 19.4 pounds, it's surprisingly light for a 27-inch monitor.
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