ASUS PB278Q 27” PLS Monitor Review
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ASUS has never been one to shy away from pushing the envelope when it comes to development of their monitors. No matter the target market, be it professionals, gamers or everyday home users, they have always released products which seamlessly blend performance, practicality and in many cases, an aggressive price. The end result is people sitting up to take notice whenever ASUS introduces a new monitor and that’s bound to happen once again with the enthusiast-grade PB278Q.
The PB278Q is a 27” monitor that uses a 2560 x 1440 PLS panel and has been built from the ground up with an eye towards pleasing discerning consumers and appeasing gamers that don’t necessarily have a dearth of ultra-high resolution options to choose from. While it may not be as narrowly focused as ASUS’ 120Hz, 3D certified VG278H/HE units, this new monitor has its sights firmly set on the gaming enthusiast who wants it all: great gaming potential, silky smooth performance, high resolution, good versatility and outstanding value. Based on previous experience with Samsung’s PLS technology, the PB278Q should have no problem in the gaming or performance departments. With an asking price of $700 to $750 it is actually cheaper than Samsung’s own PLS-equipped 27A850 yet has an impressive array of input options and other features. The proximity of Dell's awesome $750 to $800 U2713 could cause ASUS' newest entrant some problems but generally, the PB278Q is less expensive and its PLS panel shouldn't have any problems competing with its IPS sibling.
However, between the release of the SyncMaster 27A850 earlier this year and ASUS’ PB278Q introduction, the enthusiast marketplace has become absolutely glutted with excellent 2560x1440 27” monitors. This situation tends to make things difficult for new entrants but the PB278Q’s unique blend of attributes may allow it to be a great overall choice in a market filled with options.
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