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    Phoronix: ASUS PB278Q WQHD LED PLS Professional Graphics Monitor

    For those that found the 1920 x 1080 resolution for the 27-inch ASUS MX279H IPS Monitor too small when it was reviewed earlier this month on Phoronix, today we are looking at the ASUS PB278Q. This monitor is part of the ASUS Professional Graphics Monitor series and offers some brilliant specs for those in the market for a 27-inch 2560 x 1440 display with DVI, DisplayPort, and HDMI connectivity.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=20055

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    Still no note about PWM. And I'm thinking monitors these days (hi res ones) should drop the VGA and DVI and include another DisplayPort, maybe even an extra HDMI. Rationale: connecting a DP laptop and some other HDMI device shouldn't require resorting to stiff DVI cables for a desktop machine.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Cyborg16 View Post
      Still no note about PWM. And I'm thinking monitors these days (hi res ones) should drop the VGA and DVI and include another DisplayPort, maybe even an extra HDMI. Rationale: connecting a DP laptop and some other HDMI device shouldn't require resorting to stiff DVI cables for a desktop machine.
      Some people only have VGA or DVI... but I agree VGA should be dropped.

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      • #4
        Please test "green on white" terminal windows in a badly-lit room...

        It would be very nice for this monitor - and any monitor you test - to try to use it in a low-lit environment on full-screen terminal window.

        All those Splendid-Theather-Nightview-Scenery modes are only good for gaming and watching movies.

        My Asus 27" VS278Q, even in lowest brightness/contrast settings, when using full-screen black terminal windows, is a punch in my eyes. Too much light. Things are slightly better using the VGA port (so I think that its HDMI and DP ports are internally "decoded to VGA" and then feeded to the display, adding extra contrast/brightness in the conversion).

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        • #5
          ASUS monitors are great. Love their stands too.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Cyborg16 View Post
            Still no note about PWM. And I'm thinking monitors these days (hi res ones) should drop the VGA and DVI and include another DisplayPort, maybe even an extra HDMI. Rationale: connecting a DP laptop and some other HDMI device shouldn't require resorting to stiff DVI cables for a desktop machine.
            Unfortunately, it does use PWM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Cyborg16 View Post
              Still no note about PWM. And I'm thinking monitors these days (hi res ones) should drop the VGA and DVI and include another DisplayPort, maybe even an extra HDMI. Rationale: connecting a DP laptop and some other HDMI device shouldn't require resorting to stiff DVI cables for a desktop machine.
              I also prefer monitors with just one input source plugged straight into the panel. My 1440p is Dual-Link DVI only and has extremely small input lag in gaming. There is also a multi-input variant of my monitor and it has about 30 ms of input lag just.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Cyborg16 View Post
                Rationale: connecting a DP laptop and some other HDMI device shouldn't require resorting to stiff DVI cables for a desktop machine.
                A trick that can be done on monitors with proper working EDID like this one is using a Dual-link DVI to HDMI adapter on both ends and then using a Redmere HDMI cable (I used monoprice Redmere cables). You end up with a cable thinner then most DisplayPort cables. That's how I have two of these exact monitors hooked up to the Titan (the third hooked up to the DP).

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                • #9
                  Now if only this was 1/3rd the price I'd get it in an instant. The overhead for 3 more inches and 1.78x more pixels means 4x the price of a 24" fullHD IPS screen. That's some terrible scaling.

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                  • #10
                    Can you run the full 2560x1440 via HDMI on your laptop?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ferdinand View Post
                      Can you run the full 2560x1440 via HDMI on your laptop?
                      Yes, on my Zenbook it's no issue.
                      Michael Larabel
                      http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Michael View Post
                        Yes, on my Zenbook it's no issue.
                        Is this because of Nvidia graphics? Could Intel do this? Or can you just check for hdmi 1.4?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ferdinand View Post
                          Is this because of Nvidia graphics? Could Intel do this? Or can you just check for hdmi 1.4?
                          As explained in the linked article from my new Zenbook, it's only Intel Iris Graphics, no NVIDIA.
                          Michael Larabel
                          http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                          • #14
                            A lovely monitor

                            I bought one of these a year ago.

                            The high resolution over the usual 1920x monitors appealed to me but I didn't want to spend the earth and this looked the best deal. I paid about £500 in the end which was a lot but I felt I was going to use it a lot and justified it on those grounds.
                            I wanted to do a lot of photo editing and desired the large resolution but also play the odd game like x-plane now and then. I paired it to a Asus 660ti-OC and run with Ubuntu.
                            I recently added a Chromecast to the spare HDMI port on the back and will consider a Roku Stick when they arrive next month and use it as an occasional TV.
                            The monitor has never failed me, has excellent colour reproduction once tweaked a bit with software for my liking, and the built in hidden speakers are great for TV use.

                            The large base is a problem for me as it takes up such a lot of desk but I plan to replace with a vesa desk mount when I can.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by baracca View Post
                              My Asus 27" VS278Q, even in lowest brightness/contrast settings, when using full-screen black terminal windows, is a punch in my eyes. Too much light.
                              Yeah, only VA displays (and OLED I guess, but they are non-existant at this point) have good black levels. But so far I have seen only one decent VA monitor, the Eizo Foris FG2421. But itís expensive (500Ä) and only 1080p.

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