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Asus PA278QV Review – 27-Inch, 75Hz for Creatives and Professionals

4.5/5

Geared towards professionals and creatives alike, the 27-inch Asus PA278QV is a user and cost-friendly display if you’re ever on a budget.

Being an IPS display, the PA278QV will provide you high-quality pixels, resolution and a quick 75Hz refresh rate, making graphics and motions buttery smoother in your gaming sessions.

The PA278QV gives you a lot of excellent features and a plethora of connectivity to add any additional electronic devices that you may have.

Before buying the Asus PA278QV, let’s jump into the monitor’s specifications, performance, design, and features.

Specifications

  • Screen Size: 27-Inches
  • Resolution: 2560×1440 QHD
  • Refresh Rate: 75Hz
  • Response Time: 5ms (GtG)
  • Panel Type: IPS
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
  • Brightness: 350 cd/m²
  • Screen Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Built-In Speakers: 2 x 2-Watts
  • Stand Height (15cm), pivot (-90° to 90°), Swivel, Tilt(-35° to 5°): Yes.
  • VESA Mount Compatible, 100x100mm
  • Connectivity: 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x Mini DP, HDMI 1.4, 4x USB 3.0, 2x 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Weight: 17-lbs

Display Design

The Asus Asus PA278QV measures at 27-inches, along with thin bezels on all three sides, giving you a more immersive experience. And with thin bezels, you’ll be able to attach another PA278QV monitor and have dual screens as well.

But a single 27-inch PA278QV display will provide you more than enough screen real estate for you to maneuver additional and multiple windows and projects simultaneously.

Along with a pleasant architectural design to the general display, the texture has a fantastic matte-black finish, making the Asus PA278QV much elegant and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

In addition, the stand is well ergonomically designed, along with an excellent square-based shaped foundation, which has minimal wobble on the display if slightly moved. The stand is made up of high-quality plastic material with a silver, metallic-like finish.

The stand can adjust in height, pivot, swivel, and tilt, which is excellent if you want to work and view the display from different angles and positions.

If you’re not fully on board with the default stand, you can always opt-in for a 100x100mm VESA mount, granting the display more movement flexibility and freedom of adjustability.

You’ll also be able to find the connectivity on the rear of the display, which consists of one DisplayPort 1.2, two Mini DP, 1x HDMI 1.4, four USB 3.0, and two audio jacks.

The PA278QV does serve you plenty of connections, along with four USB 3.0 ports, which you’ll be able to gain an advantage of when it boils to plugging in any of your additional electronic devices.

Besides, the PA278QV does have two 2-watt built-in speakers, which sound pretty decent; however, it’s always recommended that you have your own set of dedicated speakers or a pair of excellent headphones.

Overall, the Asus PA278QV monitor has a reliable and high-quality build, along with an excellent stand foundation that the PA278QV sits on, along with an abundance of connectivity that you can easily plug to as well.

Performance and Features

The Asus PA278QV has a 2560×1440 QHD resolution, along with a 75Hz refresh rate and a quick 5ms response time. And if you’re a gamer, these specs are pretty decent for gaming casually, considering that the PA278QV is geared towards professionals and creatives.

In addition, the PA278QV has a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a 350 cd/m² brightness level; the contrast coverage performs quite decent because the rich darks appeared to be grayed out but shouldn’t be significantly noticeable, and this is normal for an IPS.

The 350 cd/m² brightness levels were excellent and can be appropriately calibrated if the brightness is in the extreme levels.

With a decent contrast and excellent brightness coverage, you may experience a bit of backlight bleeding on the screen’s edges and corners. Still, it shouldn’t be too significantly noticeable.

Being an IPS panel, you’ll have excellent viewing angles, which can be advantageous if you want to view the screen from certain positions and areas. And the colors and images remained consistent throughout specific angle movements.

The PA278QV will provide you 99% sRGB and a Rec.709 coverage suitable for creatives and professional works because of the vibrant and accuracy in colors. The SDR color gamut has great coverage; however, it was slightly limited and improved somewhat.

Also, the Asus PA278QV does have FreeSync and is G-Sync certified, which both perform outstandingly well. When enabling FreeSync, you’ll be able to experience super smooth, buttery-like gaming sessions without any screen tearing.

The display has a VRR coverage between 48Hz to 75Hz, along with an 8ms input lag, which provides you an instantaneous screen response.

Also, the PA278QV does not support HDR and won’t provide you any additional HDR features.

Along with an excellent overdrive feature, the PA278QV already has a fast 75Hz refresh rate, but you can turn on overdrive, which provides you a range from 0 to 100. And 60 is the best for optimal use without any graphical artifacts nor any overshoots present.

Pros

  • Excellent for creatives and professionals
  • Excellent color coverage and color accuracy
  • Great for photo and video editing
  • Abundant of connectivity
  • Great viewing angle

Cons

  • Contrasts can be improved; darks appeared grayed out.

Conclusions and Thoughts

In general, the Asus PA278QV monitor is fantastic for creatives and professionals alike who like to game casually. However, if you’re a competitive gamer and gaming is your priority. You’ll need to look out for higher refresh rate gaming monitors such as the 144Hz gaming monitors or the 240Hz displays.

Along with an abundance of connectivity of ports and four USB 3.0 ports, which you can easily connect to if you have any extra devices around, which is super convenient.

Overall, the Asus is excellent if you’re working on creative and professional projects such as photo, video, and color grading edits. The monitor does provide you with ideal color coverage and visual smoothness in general.

Display Comparison

ASUS VG279Q

Compared to the ASUS VG279Q monitor, the PA278QV outperforms the VG279Q because of its versatile use in terms of creatives and professionals. And the VG279Q has a lot more connectivity that you can use. However, the VG279Q is decent when it boils down to gaming because of its quick 144Hz refresh rate.

 

 

Asus VG259QM Review - Front View

And compared to the  Asus VG259QM display, the PA278QV only has a refresh rate of 75H, but a higher VG259QM has a 280Hz refresh rate and is geared towards serious gamers. However, the PA278QV is primarily used for creative processes and creative professionals due to its high accuracy in the color spectrum.

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