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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
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  • Shaun .
  • 9/29/2015 10:03:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsASUS PB Series PB278Q 27"

Pros: Nice build quality, nice stand, plenty of inputs, lots of included cables, ASUS rapid replacement, nice screen.

Cons: My first monitor arrived from Newegg with bruises on the screen from shipping (I assume). Newegg took it back relatively pain free, however I had to wait 2 weeks shipping back and forth to get my new monitor (ASUS rapid replacement is not applicable until 30+ days after the purchase). My second monitor has no shipping damage, however it has a dead pixel on the top left. It doesn't seem that either ASUS or Newegg will replace for only one dead pixel, so I end up with a $400 monitor with a dead pixel that took 2.5-3 weeks in shipping to get. Overall not too satisfied, although hopefully my experience was just bad luck.

Other Thoughts: Careful about damage and dead pixels. Be sure you know ASUS does not begin their warranty or rapid replacement until 30 days after purchase. I know I would recommend this panel if it has come defect free, however as things are I am unsure whether it it worth it.

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  • Gregg G.
  • 9/26/2015 12:30:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat monitor

Pros: I'm a developer and the extra screen real estate is handy. I've also bought one for my son who plays a lot of games and he loves it too. No dead pixels on either unit.

Cons: USB bus would be nice to have

Other Thoughts: I was experiencing signal loss randomly, tried higher end display port cable but didn't help. Was dreading the thought of having to exchange the unit. I FINALLY REALIZED SIGNAL LOSS ONLY HAPPENED WHEN I HAD MY IPHONE 6+ SITTING NEXT TO MONITOR. Problem solved.

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  • Thomas S.
  • 9/23/2015 12:30:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsmonitor works, looks good

Pros: No dead pixels. Works great with my MSI Frozer II 7850 overclocked graphics card with latest driver running 2560x1440. Picture is great, too with improved color depth (I do photo editing, so color depth counts).

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: I haven't experimented with refresh rates, but no blurring so far. I also don't run games, so I wouldn't know. Maybe I'll get my 22 yr old grandson to wring my PC out. My 7850 graphics card also ran my 4x 50" TV, so it is probably the best 7850 ever - no need for me to upgrade it. PCmark8 has my PC in 96th percentile of performance thanks to about $1,000 bucks worth of upgrades (everything except the graphics card). No plans to upgrade further - I like it as is. One son made fun of my old 18" HItachi CRT monitor, so I had to modernize this last bit to hot embarass him any longer. It was worth it.

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  • Austin C.
  • 9/15/2015 8:42:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great for Photoshop

Cons: more inputs would have been nice and PIP.

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  • Tim L.
  • 9/2/2015 8:59:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAsus hit the spot!

Pros: Great size, price, brightness, etc. I have yet to find a flaw.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: If you want more real estate to place things on screen, this is a great monitor. While the two I have are provided by my workplace, I plan to buy a couple for my own computer system. Asus hit the spot on with these and there has yet to be anything that I can't rave about them. I would highly recommend these if they fit your budget and you won't be disappointed.

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  • Chauncey W.
  • 8/30/2015 5:31:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad Monitor

Pros: Great packaging. No dead pixels found on the display.

Cons: This monitor constantly makes popping noises and also drops the video signal which makes this monitor unusable. Tried using a different display port cable from another monitor and issue doesn't correct itself. The monitor completely lost video signal in the middle of a multiplayer game and I could not get it to turn on so had to get another monitor. I've been reading online and there a lot of complaints about the same issue. Manufacturer needs better quality assurance support.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Chauncey,

Thank for your time on posting this review, we are sorry to hear your experience with your ASUS monitor. Please allow me to assist you.

1. Plug the monitor and computer power cables directly into a known good outlet.
2. Connect the monitor to a different computer.
3. Connect another monitor to the current computer.
4. Refer to the self-test section of the specific monitor.
5. Test to see if a video issue is present in the BIOS.
Refer to your computers manual on how to enter the BIOS.
6. Test to see if a video issue is present in Windows Safe mode. You can enter Safe Mode by pressing F8 on startup and selecting Safe Mode, then following the prompts.

Please the monitor's FAQ and manual on the link provided below.

If you need further technical assistance or if you want to discuss this matter with me, please email me at and put case #N150901748 in the subject line for a reference. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Best regards,
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Jesse K.
  • 8/28/2015 5:13:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBeautiful Picture, Disappointing Featureset

Pros: Picture is great. ESO, KSP, D3 all look wonderful, as does Brackets/Eclipse for coding. After the brightness/contrast are adjusted properly, it's a great screen to look at from 30 inches away.

Cons: -1 star because this monitor doesn't 'sleep'. When the computer sleeps this monitor will flash a blue screen for 10 seconds duration every 2 minutes, stating "No HDMI SIgnal". Same goes for the Display Port. It's annoying regardless of how dark the room is. The engineer in me has calculated the RMS of power usage when the monitor 'sleeps' when also considering this blue screen, and the power usage is enough to make the monitor lose it's Energy Star certification. More concerning is the fact that no one on Newegg or other sites seem to have complained about this in reviews, which tells me Asus has a bad batch of monitors or they changed/cheapened the design without changing the model #.

-1 star because the power button doesn't always work in the normal way (bear with me...). To turn the monitor on, push the button - but not with what I consider a normal amount of force. I've done this stuff for 20 years, I know how to push a button.... but this monitor doesn't work until I REALLY push that button. I can hear the internal plastic straining when I do it. This single issue alone will cause me to return this monitor for a refund rather than replacement. Combined with the blue screen issue, it also means this monitor doesn't always turn off - i.e. at night in bed upstairs I can see the blue glow of a massive screen that is downstairs and around 3 corners.

-1 star for the OSD, Manual, and the fact that the monitor I received isn't the monitor advertised on Newegg, Asus or even the manual that came with the monitor I got. I like the multiple and varied inputs. In theory my wife's Surface Pro 3 would connect to the same monitor I game/code on, so ease of display switching actually matters. All of the pictures on the sites, in the manual and on Asus's website allude to the commonly-known icon for display switching, and yet on my monitor there are 6 dots over 6 buttons (that have the same force issue as the power button) and multiple menu items to go through in order to switch. Another quirk - the monitor's brightness/contrast can't be adjusted if the monitor is in 'Eco' mode - so whatever 'Eco' mode actually does (which isn't dim the screen to save power...) should be explained somewhere.

Other Thoughts: This is the first tech breakup review I've ever written - I didn't want to write it until I tried to turn on the monitor this morning to do some coding. I detest this monitor, even though the color, picture and response times are all great. If I were 18 and didn't know how the power button issue would eventually play out, I'd probably keep it. If I were younger I probably could live with the blue screen thing as "that's the way tech is going, so ok". Yet considering these issues haven't been explained in the multitude of reviews I've read or even a Google search, I can really only conclude Asus really messed up when they designed iteration 2 of this monitor, and I'm the guinea pig who has to tell it to them like it is. Even on sale for $430, it's an expensive purchase - and in my case it wasn't worth it all things considered.

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  • Bill H.
  • 8/10/2015 1:32:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect Resolution

Pros: I've tried the 4K monitors and found that any application that displays text was too small to read. This monitor's resolution is the perfect size for any productivity application.
Its adjustable stand and easy controls made it a dream to set up. I've been using 2 monitors side-by-side for over a year now with no problems.

Cons: I'm unhappy with my 1920 x 1080 monitors at work now.

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  • Patrick C.
  • 8/4/2015 8:44:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Monitor

Pros: I bought this monitor on sale for $247. At that price I felt it was unbeatable. I've had this since Jan 2015 and have had zero issues.

Cons: None as of yet.

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  • Jonathan S.
  • 7/25/2015 8:42:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: No back-light bleed, no real issues to report with this monitor.

It's not "4K" but at 2K its more than enough imo. I game quite fine and find it very aesthetically pleasing as well as color quality to be spot on as expected.

Cons: Only real "issue" is how the monitor turns. Entire thing turns not the screen which is a bit annoying but luckily for me has no point so didn't take off an egg. Not as thin as my 1080P Acer LED monitor or light weight but still not an issue

Other Thoughts: Could have been better if it was 120hz but all in all its more than sufficient at 60hz.

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