ASUS PB278Q 27-inch WQHD PLS LED Monitor Review

ASUS PB278Q - Design


ASUS PB278Q LED PLS WQHD Review - Front-PanelASUS PB278Q LED PLS WQHD Review - Back-Panel

ASUS doesn't try to break down any barriers with the aesthetic design of the PB278Q, and we have no issues with that.  It's a no-frills design with a clean, square, and relatively-thin bezel for a screen this size.  Even though this is an LED display, it wasn't built to be super light or super thin, it was designed to have great color reproduction.  ASUS has kept the lines of the PB278Q inflated to give plenty of backlight volume so that the backlighting will be as uniform as possible.  The only real aesthetic "touch" is the piano black gloss stripe running upwards on the base.  We are glad that it's a matte finish so we don't have to worry about dusting and wiping fingerprints off every few minutes.


ASUS PB278Q LED PLS WQHD Review - Swivel-Mechanism-MountingASUS-PB278Q-Portrait-Side

The PB278Q is also a bit of a gymnast, and it will contort in a number of ways.  Being primarily a productive/collaborate display, it will tilt downward 5 degrees and 20 degrees upward, swivel 60 degrees to either side (to quickly turn your display to show your desk/tablemate something), and rotate a full 90 degrees for a portrait layout. The hinge is smooth and rock solid and also slides effortlessly up or down to meet your needs.


ASUS PB278Q LED PLS WQHD Review -Height-AdjustmentASUS PB278Q LED PLS WQHD Review -Portrait

ASUS PB278Q LED PLS WQHD Review - Maximum-Downward-TiltASUS PB278Q LED PLS WQHD Review - Maximum-Upward-Tilt

The square base has an ample footprint to give the display a rock-steady feel in any of the monitor's contorted positions.


ASUS PB278Q LED PLS WQHD Review - Control-ButtonsASUS-PB278Q-Input-Ports

The OSD buttons are situated far enough back that they are barely noticeable at eye-level at the bottom of the display.  I like this for two reasons: they are for all intensive purposes "invisible" buttons, while avoiding the clunky-recessed or touch-based style of button.  Recessed buttons can be tricky to properly "feel" and most touch-based buttons require needless prodding and are often poorly-executed.  They stick out plenty far where they are easy to use, which is a big plus.  The power button is diffused and sticks out a bit farther so you can see its on, off, or sleep statuses.  The input ports are neatly placed along the back and includes, from left to right, a DisplayPort, VGA, DVI, HDMI, and audio inputs.  Everything you should want or need.


ASUS PB278Q LED PLS WQHD Review - Swivel-BaseASUS PB278Q LED PLS WQHD Review - Kensington-Lock

The stand is rather hefty (thankfully) and provides a sturdy base that is also capable of swivelling.  The rubber feet are still flush with the bottom of the swivel pad, so they grip the surface to keep the display from freely rotating and also keeps it firmly planted on the surface of your desk.  This is better than if the swivel pad stood alone on the table freely rotating and being more prone to sliding.  Assembling the base is a one-step process, as the screw with a built-in turning handle is all that's needed.  The base rocks into place over two sturdy metal tabs, and the screw holds everything in place.  The left side (when facing the back) has the Kensington lock to keep your valuable display a bit safer from theft (or a coworker/roommate trying to "borrow" it).

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# tuta 2013-02-18 19:07
$649?? humm, I prefer 29" 21:9...