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ASUS PB Series PB278Q 27" 5ms (GTG) WQHD HDMI Widescreen LED Monitor 300 cd/m2 80,000,000:1 Built-in Speakers, Height & Pivot Adjustable

  • 2560 x 1440 5ms (GTG)
  • 80,000,000:1
  • HDMI 1.4, D-Sub, DisplayPort 1.2, Dual-link DVI-D
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Concept to Creation. Precision to the Finest Detail.

A new killer equipment for digital content creation and entertainment, the ASUS PB Series PB278Q LED monitor incorporates exciting performance and features demanded by professionals and designers. A colossal 27" screen size means more viewing real estate, 2560 x 1440 WQHD packs four times the pixels of 720p, so you can see more content on the screen and accomplish tasks with less mouse roll. The LED display affords 178° wide viewing angles for better productivity. ASUS exclusive Splendid Video Intelligence Technology, QuickFit Virtual Scale, and 100% sRGB fidelity ensure reality-defining color and image accuracy, complete with rich stereo sound from twin 3W speakers. An ergonomic design allows easy adjustment of tilt, swivel, pivot, and height, enabling you to enjoy the visual brilliance in extreme comforts.

  • newegg True-to-life Visuals The PB278Q features a 16:9 aspect ratio and a LED-backlit 27” WQHD display that provides 109 pixels per inch (PPI), resulting in high quality 2560 x 1440 visuals – equaling four times the resolution of standard 720p sets. It allows users to view greater image detail and do more with an onscreen footprint larger than that of standard displays. The screen’s 109PPI density means there are 109 RGB matrices within one inch. Generally, the more pixels a display has, the more lighting (or power) those pixels require to achieve the best visuals. However, with advanced LED backlighting on the PB278Q, power and energy savings are no longer compromised, while better visuals are assured.
  • newegg Made for Work and Play The ASUS PB278Q provides an ultra-wide 178° viewing angle on both horizontal and vertical planes, thereby minimizing onscreen color shift even when viewed from extreme angles. With its WQHD display, you enjoy 77% more desktop space than a full HD screen to spread out your windows and palettes. It is also about 25% sharper than a generic 27” full HD display, delivering ultra-smooth visuals thanks to 5ms (GTG) response time. This ensures you get lag-free experiences in movies and gaming, with the latter looking more vivid, with all in-game details shown in true color. The ASUS PB278Q is undoubtedly your best choice for work and play.
  • newegg QuickFit Virtual Scale for true what you see is what you get ASUS includes its exclusive QuickFit Virtual Scale feature with the PB278Q, allowing you to preview photos and documents on-screen in their actual size prior to printing. It can be activated via a monitor hotkey, and serves as a highly useful guide to accurately view and edit photos in their native size.
  • newegg Splendid Video Intelligence Technology Driven by a precision color engine that automatically analyzes and determines the nature of your current task, Splendid Video Intelligence Technology adjusts display parameters accordingly to ensure color accuracy and image fidelity. Six preset modes (scenery, theater, sRGB, standard, and two user-customizable modes) can be quickly selected via a designated hotkey.
  • newegg Extensive Connectivity The PB278Q features a host of connectivity options that include HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, and dual-link DVI for native WQHD, plus D-sub for full HD 1080p content transmission. Twin built-in 3W speakers provide quality audio for a completely immersive home theater experience.
  • newegg Designed with You in Mind The PB278Q offers a highly ergonomic and smart design that comes with tilt, pivot, swivel, and height adjustments to ensure an always-comfortable viewing and usage experience. Its smart cable management further promotes clutter-free spaces for work and enjoyment.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/16/2014 11:36:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsFine monitor with some serious problems

Pros: Very crisp, detailed image.
Natural, accurate colors are great for photo and graphic work.
Flexible connection options with cables included.
Wide range of height and angle adjustment.

Cons: Red streaks and speckles in dark areas of images.
Display blinks at intervals as short as every few seconds when using Photoshop, making it very difficult to work.
On-screen settings are unusable because menu goes off in 5 sec., too little time to figure out the cryptic choices and select one.
Azus online support is unusable because no matter how much care I take to fill in all of the many fields (many irrelevant) in the form it always says I haven't completed them all.

Other Thoughts: I'm running the monitor via DVI from an AMD RADEON HD 6450 card, which is supposed to be fully compatible. It could be a factor in the blinking, but I'm reluctant to change the card simply on the chance. Much as I like this monitor in some ways, I'm probably going to feel that I have to trade it in on one from another mfgr, preferably one with better online support.

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  • Kevin Z.
  • 9/15/2014 3:44:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsPB278Q - Great...However

Pros: I would give this a solid 5 star rating but I was unfortunate to receive a unit that has 2 dead pixels/areas. Any time the screen is black due to a black background, it is painfully obvious that there are 2 issues since you can see the glaring 2 red dots on the screen. Other backgrounds, it is not as noticeable but still there. I was expecting much to ask for? I suppose.

Cons: Couple Dead Pixels...very obvious...and disappointing

Other Thoughts: I would still recommend as the price is really good for what you get.

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  • Michael W.
  • 9/10/2014 11:57:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Monitor

Pros: The colors on this monitor are great for photo editing. I had the PB287 4K monitor and I prefer this monitor hands down.

Cons: The power button is at the bottom which makes it a bad place if using as one of the top monitors in a multi-monitor setup.

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  • Peter N.
  • 9/10/2014 9:47:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsAs Mentioned Before, QC Problems

Pros: Nice display! I can fit 3 terminals side by side on this puppy :)

- good colors
- great device compatibility, including HDMI 1.4 which won me over from a dell model
- speakers are Ok

Cons: Yo, there's a smudge on the inside of my monitor! Not worth sending back when the majority of what you're doing is in a terminal or text editor, but dang!

Other Thoughts: Just wanted to air my gripes, as I'm a little frustrated. I don't have time to deal with it and it's irritating.

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  • Adam H.
  • 9/5/2014 8:22:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing PLS for Gaming and Professional Applications

Pros: Very low input lag for a PLS display, making it ideal for gaming.
Beautiful and accurate color reproduction for professional applications.
Extremely competitively priced for a monitor in it's class.
High WQHD 2160 x 1440 resolution.
Minimal light bleed.
All cables included in box.
Low power consumption.

Cons: Not necessarily aesthetically-pleasing design.
Uses PWM dimming, which is considered inferior to newer dimming methods.

Other Thoughts: I have had this monitor for under 24 hours, and it has made such a huge impression on me that I had to write a review right away. My PC is used primarily for gaming, web design, and photo retouching. My previous monitor was a 1080p TN-panel, ultra-low lag monitor that I bought with gaming in mind, as most gaming-specific monitors are manufactured with lag in mind. My monitor before that was an 27" iMac IPS WQHD monitor, and I have craved the vibrancy and super-high resolution of that monitor ever since (minus the input lag). This ASUS monitor's display quality is equally as gorgeous as the iMac's was, but with the added benefit of having an input lag of only 16ms to make it more than suitable for gaming. Competitive FPS players are the only people this display would not satisfy, as they would opt for a display with a refresh rate higher than 60Hz and possibly slightly lower input lag.

A note to gamers on GPUs: If you, like myself, want to play at a consistent 50-60 frames per second at max settings, this 1440p display will be pretty demanding. As I am finding, however, the higher resolution makes it possible to use less intensive anti-aliasing. I would even say that 1440p with no AA will look better than most games at 1080p with FXAA, 4x or 8x MSAA, although this is something that tends to be more of a preference than a fact. In the current generation of nVidia GPUs, I would not advise attempting to game with high settings on anything less than a GTX 770, although my recommendation would be a GTX 780 or 780ti. I have an overclocked 780 in my PC, and certain games dip into the 20-30 FPS range if I attempt to put more than 2x AA on. So, be mindful of your rig if you are considering this monitor.

Overall, this monitor is the absolute best I've ever owned. I literally said "wow" out loud when it first powered on and I glanced at its vibrant colors. I cannot recommend this enough.

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  • JIANG L.
  • 9/5/2014 11:44:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsdecent monitor for the price

Pros: Good brightness
Good contrast
Good viewing angels.
No dead pixels. so far.
Can overclock to 85hz.

Cons: color uniformity sucks.
upper left side has a warm pink tint while the right side is bluish.
I expect better from a IPS/PLS panel. This is coming from a 24" Dell Ultrasharp with no such issue. it's very noticeable when display white webpages.

Other Thoughts: I wish it came with a USB hub. I miss this when switching out my Dell.
other than the color uniformity. This is a good monitor.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for your purchase of an ASUS PB278Q Display Monitor. I am sorry to see that you are experiencing screen color issues while using your unit. Have you tried updating the monitor’s drivers to see if that would resolve the color issue? If you would like to discuss this matter further, please feel free to email me at Please be sure to include your unit’s serial number and this reference case number N140923002, in the subject line of your email as well.

Thank you for being a Loyal ASUS Customer!

Best regards,
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Mathew D.
  • 9/4/2014 11:48:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsAbout to RMA for the 2nd time

Pros: I got two of these, to upgrade my Samsung displays from 2010. Pixel count is great, colors are awesome, screen is bright. I like the one that works.

Cons: I had to RMA one of the two initial monitors I received, as it had a gray smudge on the inside of the screen, right in the middle of the monitor.

Just got my replacement yesterday, after a ~2 week wait for my RMA to reach California and verified that it had an issue.

The replacement BLINKS/FLASHES every 10 to 90 seconds...

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for your purchase of an ASUS PB278Q Display Monitor. I am sorry to hear that your replacement is not performing at its standards. If you have not yet contacted our Support line, you can reach out to me as well and I would be more than happy to help assist you with this matter. My email is, Please be sure to include your reference case number N140919283, in the subject line.

Thank you for being a Loyal ASUS Customer!

Best regards,
Asus Customer Loyalty

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/3/2014 10:16:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsLove it for a first monitor

Pros: I've had this monitor since July 10, and I absolutely love it. I first wanted the PG278Q 1440P monitor that has GSYNC along with 144hz, but ASUS kept on pushing the release date back. I got a very good deal on it, so I had to jump on it. I didn't order from Newegg, but the monitor had no problems with dead pixels. I prefer to use the scenery mode when gaming. I have 2 EVGA GTX 780 6GB in SLI, and they run perfectly at 1440p, with most games hitting above 60FPS. Because of this, I tried overclocking the monitor to 80hz. So far it was stable, but it became a little glitchy in games. However, I'm becoming worried it will ruin my monitor, so I backed it down to 60hz.

Cons: I have 2 cons (maybe 3)- when I first received the monitor, it kept telling me that the display port was getting no signal. This would happen about 3 times a day. I contacted support, and they kept trying to help me, but failed. Repeatedly told me it's a hardware issue and that I need to RMA it. Then about 3 weeks ago, I figured out the problem. For some reason, you need to turn the monitor on first, before the computer. If the computer is on first, it will get "NO SIGNAL."

The second con is the backlight bleed. The top corners are decent, but the bottom 2 corners are absolutely terrible. I didn't want to do a return, so I just kept it, and the company I bought it from refunded me 25% (for the NO SIGNAL, and backlight bleed). For spending close to $500 (after the price drops), I wasn't satisfied with the ASUS quality control. That's the only reason I asked for a partial refund.

One very little con is the size of the bezel. If I don't decide on getting the ROG Swift, I would like to add 2 more PB278Q's for NVIDIA SURROUND. The bezel is pretty thick, so it's going to be tough to look at 2 huge lines in the middle. But this is a possibility... Not sure if I will get 2 more.

Other Thoughts: Overall I'm very satisfied with the monitor, let alone 1440p. I'm coming from a 19" Visio TV (1080p), and the upgrade is great. But I'll be honest... It's very hard to tell the difference between 1080p and 1440p when gaming.

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  • Mark J.
  • 8/24/2014 7:12:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsfits the bill

Pros: this is a well put together unit. I didn't notice any problems with the screen or pixels. The audio is not really loud but good enough to watch a movie on. I just program and watch movies on it, and I'm not going to bother with purchasing speakers.
The menu for changing settings is less annoying that the expensive dell 30" I have at work.

Cons: It would be convenient if they included a usb hub.

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  • Jona A.
  • 8/23/2014 2:05:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsDon't be out done by an Phone

Pros: Colors pop very nicely in games. Text on things like webpages don't have that grainy look. And pictures look like post cards.

Comes with a crazy 5 year warranty

No dead Pixels

Cons: You have to tune it for optimization to the get the most out of it.

Other Thoughts: If your still computing at 1080p think about this. Chances are, your smart phone has a higher resolution than your computer monitor.

If your concerned about how 60 is going to effect your gaming, don't. I've had 4 different 120hz monitors. The PB 278Q is a no brainer.

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