The Good The Asus VG278H delivers great 3D performance, a superfast refresh rate, and useful ergonomic options.
The Bad The monitor is expensive, given what it offers. Also, accessing the connections can be maddening, there is significant backlight bleeding, and the OSD navigation is clunky and obtrusive.
The Bottom Line The Asus VG278H has great 3D performance and a fast refresh rate, but is just a bit too expensive for what it offers.
When it debuted a few years ago, the Nvidia 3D Vision Kit required four components to work properly: 3D glasses, an Nvidia graphics card, a compatible display, and a separate, USB-connected 3D emitter.
In the time since that debut, not much has changed. But, while all four of those things are still required, some manufacturers have figured out how to make the process a bit more streamlined, and instead of a separate USB-connected device, Asus builds the emitter into the monitor.
Design and features
When first laying eyes on the Asus VG278H, it's difficult to ignore its most aesthetically distinctive feature: the built-in 3D emitter. At the top edge of the panel, above the top bezel is the built-in Nvidia 3D emitter with "Ready for 3D games and videos" written in fine print, just in case its purpose was unclear. In the past, in order to deliver active-shutter Nvidia-style 3D performance, a separate USB 3D emitter was required. The emitter was connected by a USB cable and while not obtrusive to the experience, it did add to the clutter. Making it a part of the monitor gets it out of the way, and its angle adjustability means you can still fine-tune the signal it emits.
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