Asus PB278Q review
The PB278Q is a 27in IPS monitor with a large 2,560x1,440 resolution, and is very similar in specification to Viewsonic's VP2770-LED. It's another highly-adjustable screen with excellent picture quality, and is ideal for working on multiple documents or with complicated applications such as video editors or audio production applications.
Once we'd spent some time with a 2,560x1,440 monitor, it was hard to go back to plain old 1,920x1,080 - there's so much space to arrange your windows that you don’t even particularly need a second screen. The PB278Q makes it easy to get comfortable with your monitor, thanks to height and tilt adjustment, but it doesn’t have so much height adjustment as the Viewsonic screen and doesn't pivot from side to side, so you have to rotate the whole monitor on its stand instead. The monitor rotates into portrait mode for easier word processing.
The monitor's understated dark grey bezel looks smart and it feels like a good-quality bit of kit, as you'd expect at this price. On the bottom are DVI, VGA, HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, and the monitor has 3W stereo speakers for basic sounds and YouTube videos. There's no USB hub as on Viewsonic's screen, unfortunately; we find USB hubs in monitors invaluable if you keep your PC out of the way on the floor.
What a shame - I use two of them on my LaCie for camera and a desktop back-up drive.
Otherwise this sounds a good monitor for the price in comparison - as long as it doesn't have a glossy screen which wouldn't be good for photo editing.
By trishahardwick on 23 Oct 2012
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