Asus VE276Q

Monitors
-Hey guys, this is Eric Franklin from CNET.com, and today, we're taking a first look at the ASUS VE276Q. The ASUS looks fairly slight for a 27-incher, with a thin profile compared to other monitors of its size. The ASUS' bezel is low to the desktop, making accessing its connection options kind of a hassle. Those connection options include 1 HDMI port, a DVI port, VGA, and display port. The display also includes an ambient light sensor, VESA wall support, and built-in speakers. Sounds from the speakers was adequate, although much too low even at max volume. The on-screen display includes several preset options, as well as brightness, contrast, and sharpness options. Also, when in night view mode, you are given the option of adjusting the saturation and changing the skin tone from natural, yellowish, and reddish. Why this option is only available in night view mode is a mystery to us as it would have been useful in other presets. In movies, we noticed a green tint push, but only when the monitor was sitting next to the BenQ M2700HD, which didn't have the same tint problem. The ASUS's Theater preset was not as apt as the BenQ in displaying dark detail in dark scenes either. In games, we found the display to deliver a bright image with a good level of vibrancy. However, when directly compared with the BenQ, we, once again, did notice a slight green tint to the image. Again, we need to stress that this isn't something we'd likely notice if the 2 monitors weren't sitting right next to each other. The ASUS isn't a particularly bad monitor. It just doesn't offer enough in terms of performance and features to warrant a stronger recommendation. The biggest thing the ASUS has going for it is its price. At $330, it's the lowest price of the recent 27-inchers we've reviewed, and includes a usual assortment of connections and built-in speakers. Unfortunately, the speaker sound is muffled, there's a slight green tint to the image compared to the BenQ, and has less connection options than the BenQ as well, which cost only $20 more. Unless that $20 is a big deal for you, we recommend the BenQ M2700HD over the ASUS VE276Q, thanks to its better performance and more numerous features. Once again, this Eric Franklin, and this has been the first look at the ASUS VE276Q.

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