ASUS VG278HE 27” 144Hz Gaming Monitor Review

Author: AkG
Date: October 25, 2012
Product Name: VG278HE Monitor
Part Number: VG278HE
Warranty: 3 Years
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A Closer Look at the Asus VG278HE


While there are some minor physical differences between ASUS’ new VG278HE and the older VG278H, the only noticeable area of differentiation is the lack of a front 3D signal emitter. As a result, the VG278HE’s bezel has a more streamlined appearance. Nonetheless, this monitor still boasts a rather utilitarian look when viewed from afar and it will never pass as a piece of artwork like some of the ProArt series will. However, much like the VG278H, ASUS designers have done everything in their power to make the design as appealing to PC gaming enthusiasts as possible. With its glossy black finishes and curving lines the VG278HE looks good without making any overly bold statement.

As we have stated many times in the past, in an industry that is almost manically fixated on equating TN panels with “thin” it is always refreshing to come across a design which bucks the trend. The Asus VG278H does just that since the overall dimensions of this monitor are downright bulky by LED backlit totting monitor standards. Do gamers really care about something as trivial as panel thickness? We don’t think so. They will however care about the 144Hz refresh rate this panel boasts.

The front bezel may not have been upgraded from the VG278H but it still houses those excellent buttons located in the bottom right corner. Most manufactures are obsessed with great looking but buggy, clumsy and annoying “touch sensitive” buttons but ASUS once again bucked this trend by including a true interface. This means that even in a darkened environment, a gaming enthusiast will be able to tell by touch alone which button they are about to press or have pressed.

As expected, VG278HE’s stand is the same unit which accompanies ASUS’ VG278H. On the one hand it uses an extremely sturdy design that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is strong. It also has fairly good range of movement. The swivel goes for a full 300° (150° left and right), the tilt varies from +15° to -5° and the upright pole allows for about 100mm of height adjustment. Unfortunately, it still lacks any ability to rotate the screen from landscape to portrait mode.

While the VG278H could afford to have a merely decent selection of input options – by today’s standards – the VG278HE’s broader market focus but limited I/O connector selection could hinder its appeal. Unfortunately, neither USB 3.0 ports nor a DisplayPort input have been provided, which is disappointing for a $500 1080P monitor.

In grand total ASUS have included a 3.5mm stereo in and out jacks for getting sound out of the included pair of 3 watt speakers or to your headphones. A Dual-link DVI-D connector is also included alongside a HDMI 1.4 input and an analog D-Sub port.

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