ASUS PB278Q review: ASUS goes WQHD

Smart features add value to a PLS panel



ASUS has a number of monitors specifically geared towards photo and video editing, but none with a resolution in excess of Full HD.  The PB278Q has exactly that, with a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels on a 27-inch display. Since it is part of the P series this monitor is primarily aimed at the demanding user, such as video editors and graphic designers. We recently reviewed Dell's new WQHD model and many of our readers wanted to know how it compares to the competing model from ASUS. This is exactly what you can read in this review, where we compare the PB278Q with a number of other screens of the same size and resolution.


WQHD stands for Wide Quad HD and Quad HD, which reflects the fact that 2560x1440 is exactly four times as many pixels as 1280x720, or standard HD resolution. Like we explained in our review of the Dell UltraSharp U2713HM, it's not so much that the picture will look much sharper, but you end up with much more desktop and working space.


The ASUS PB278Q has an average price of £499, which is in the area of other WQHD monitors that we've tested. The coming months Philips and LG will introduce 27-inch 2560x1440 monitors of their own, so we're hopeful that the increased competition will cause the prices to drop. On the other hand, the more mature among our readers will remember the days when a good monitor cost £650 to £850, and when you put it in that perspective the ASUS screen is pretty reasonable. You pay a lot, but you also get a lot. If the monitor delivers on its promises, that is. Let's find out.

Product discussed in this review

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27 inch, 2560x1440, 109 ppi, PLS, DVI input, HDMI input, DisplayPort input, 5 ms, 300 cd/m², 1000 : 1

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