Good price; lots of inputs
Contrast could be better
Offering plenty of pixels while keeping down the price tag, this Asus could catch the eye of bargain hunters chasing acres of screen real estate.
This 27in monitor is blessed with a range of connectors – supporting 2560 x 1440 resolution via HDMI, DisplayPort or Dual-link DVI inputs, along with 1920 x 1080 via a D-sub input. The monitor also features two built-in 3-watt speakers, along with 3.5mm audio line-in and line-out. To get 2560 x 1440 from your Mac, assuming it supports such resolutions, you’ll want a DisplayPort cable or Apple’s Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter.
The Asus also offers a very flexible stand – letting you adjust the height further than any of the others. You can also tilt the screen forward or back and rotate the screen to portrait mode. The stand doesn’t swivel but viewing angles are excellent due to the use of a new LED-backlit PLS panel with a matte finish.
This could all make the Asus a valuable addition to your all-purpose study and entertainment corner, supporting your Mac along with other home entertainment gear. Unfortunately the writing and symbols across the bottom of the bezel mean this monitor would stand out a little in a living area.
When it comes to picture quality the Asus performs admirably. Images are crisp and colours vivid, although the 300 cm/d2 brightness surrenders ground to the Apple and Dell monitors. The contrast also falls a tad short at times.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice.
If you’re after a multimedia all-rounder that offers the benefit of 2560 x 1440 resolution and plenty of connectors, without breaking the bank, the Asus PB278Q should be on your shortlist.