Asus VK278Q

Asus VK278Q
Rating
Overall:

A 27in monster, but it's not great value compared to some of the big screen beauties we've seen recently

Performance:
4
Features and Design:
3
Value for Money:
4
Price
Price: $899
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Specs
27in Full HD 1920 x 1080, 2 ms (GTG), 300 cd/m2; 1000:1; 3W x 2 stereo speakers; DVI cable, D-sub cable, Audio cable, Power cord, USB cable, Quick Start Guide, support CD (LifeFrame2), 3 Year warranty

For a 27in monitor, this ticks almost all the boxes, and it has a couple of unique features, but the price is too high.

After last month’s Labs, where we looked at high-end monitors (the results of which you can see in our January issue) , the Asus VK278Q feels like a bit of a step-down. That’s understandable – it’s comparing IPS apples against LCD oranges. 

Which is not to say that the VK278Q doesn't have it's own appeal, in the form of some unique features.

The VK278Q is a slick, glossy black, from its rounded base to its widescreen bezel. There’s almost no adjustment for the easy to attach base – you can tilt it forward or back perhaps 5 degrees, but there’s no swivel, and no height adjustment. There’s also a little bit of wobble – we’d like it to be slightly more robust and able to stand up to the rigours of an average desk.

The on-screen display is clear and straightforward to navigate, although we’d have liked the adjustment menus somewhere other than under the screen bezel.

The 1920 x 1080, 16:9 screen provides for Full HD, and also features a 2MP webcamera at the top, but we couldn’t get the supplied LifeFrame software working on our Windows XP system. One additional touch is picture-in-picture, which lets you view two screens at once, via two different signal inputs.

There’s no complaint about the colours, however: the LED backlighting means that whites are crisp and and bright, and the colour accuracy is good. Colour gradients are smooth, and while the viewing angle isn’t the best we’ve seen, even with a widescreen 27in monitor there’s only a little darkening at the corners as a result. Colour saturation is good too, and the response time is a fast 2ms grey to grey. 

The Dell 27in monitor is remarkable for its connectivity, and the Asus stacks up well, despite the budget price. There’s displayport, VGA, DVI and HDMI available as well as one USB port and audio connectors.

With good image quality  and a three year warranty, the Asus VK278Q might look like a great deal, but LCD can’t compare on image quality to the likes of the similarly priced Dell U2711 27in IPS monitor.

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Comments: 7
Fixitdude74
8 August 2011
This very monitor can be bought from MSY for a poultry $449..........thats a bargain!!



Comment made about the PC & Tech Authority article:
Asus VK278Q?
For a 27in monitor, this ticks almost all the boxes, and it has a couple of unique features, but the price is too high.

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rubaiyat
8 August 2011
This is still a lower resolution display and poorer quality images, but then that may be what many PC users are looking for.
Slatts
8 August 2011
rubaiyat wrote:
This is still a lower resolution display and poorer quality images, but then that may be what many PC users are looking for.


I suspect you blokes may have missed something.

Quote:
Thursday December 02, 2010
Written by Zara Baxter


rubaiyat
8 August 2011
This site is weird that way.

The number of ancient regurgitated articles that keep surfacing on the front page...
Slatts
8 August 2011
It pays to be alert.

It seems they're in demand right now. ;)

amcmo
8 August 2011
A 27" that only displays 1920 x 1080 - Stick to my old 2006 vintage Dell 24", same resolution and every sort of port on it. Mind you at the time it did cost somewhat more.

At this stage, can't see anything better than replacing it with an Apple 27" display or possibly the Dell 27".

If you want 27" then the Dell has 2560x1440 res and a 8 in one card reader built in for the same price. Only disadvantage - not LED backlighting if that's any real issue. You can swivel it to work in portrait mode (useful for some)

Want 27" and LED, the Apple unit has 2560x1440, though to take advantage of all it's ports you need a Thunderbolt fitted Mac. Even so, it's an attractive monitor. At $1199 it's a little more expensive.

For $399 full retail you can get the Dell 24" 1920x1080 with LED backlighting and 4 USB ports. That, if you only want 1920x1080 makes a far more compelling buy than the Asus. Great picture quality and viewing angle. Why pay extra for something that takes added desk real-estate and no better resolution.

A quick check of currently available monitors, shows the one's mentioned above seem well out in front of the market.





Edited by amcmo: 8/8/2011 01:57:27 PM
c.dawson
19 October 2011
I think this is very expensive. OTA sells this for only $460. http://ota.com.au/Monitor/ASUS-LCD-Monitors/ASUS-VK278Q-ASUS-VK278Q-27-inches-Widescreen-LED-Monitor-Black-Full-HD-1920x1080-16-9-2ms-10-000-000-1-(ASCR)-HDMI-Speaker-and-Earphone-Jack-1492674.html
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