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Asus details 27in IPS QHD VA278Q monitor

Asus details 27in IPS QHD VA278Q monitor

The Asus VA278Q boasts a 2560 x 1440 IPS panel with LED backlighting, but there's no word yet on pricing.

Asus has released firm details of its latest high-end display, the VA278Q 27in QHD, which boasts some impressive specifications for those who need pro-grade features from their display.

Featuring a resolution of 2560 x 1440, the VA278Q has a pixel pitch of 0.233mm - some 25 per cent smaller than that of a traditional WFHD 27in display - along with 178° viewing angles in both the horizontal and vertical planes; welcome news when coupled with a stand that allows the display to be rotated for portrait or landscape use along with the usual height, tilt and swivel adjustments.

Boasting an LED backlighting system and In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel technology, Asus claims the VA278Q offers full coverage of the sRGB colour space, along with 80,000,000:1 contrast via the Smart Contrast Ratio technology; sadly, it hasn't provided non-dynamic contrast figures.

The QuickFit Virtual Scale system, a feature normally found in the company's ProArt displays, offers an actual-size photo and grid overlay to help editing tasks, while the company's Splendid Video Intelligence Technology provides six pre-set picture modes: Theatre, Scenery, Gaming, Night View, sRGB and Standard.

Powered, as you might imagine from a monitor with such a high resolution, via a dual-link DVI or DisplayPort input and with HDMI connectivity for console or Blu-ray use, the VA278Q certainly sounds promising. Thus far, however, the company is keeping the price under its hat.

Coupled with a matte-finish panel, Asus could be about to offer the likes of Dell and Samsung some serious competition at the high end of the consumer-grade monitor market.

Are you pleased to see companies offering large-format high-resolution IPS displays, or will you be waiting to hear how much Asus is going to charge before getting excited? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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proxess 16th January 2012, 12:38 Quote
*Drool*
Yslen 16th January 2012, 12:47 Quote
Looks good. There's been a massive price gap between 23-24'' and 27'' IPS for a while, presumably because the only 27'' displays have been professional spec. Hopefully this is going to be equivalent to low-end IPS (LG, new Dell etc) and therefore cheap! I know the current Dell 27'' IPS is awesome and all, but most of us can't afford it.
andrew8200m 16th January 2012, 12:48 Quote
Dell 30" for me.. knowing Asus itll be £700+
N17 dizzi 16th January 2012, 12:56 Quote
Sounds nice, would like to see the price!

Loving these news items Gareth, great stuff :)
bogie170 16th January 2012, 13:39 Quote
I own the Dell U2711 and I love it!

This monitor looks pretty identical. Would be interesting to see the g2g timings.
true_gamer 16th January 2012, 13:45 Quote
Give me 120hz IPS 4K panel, and I will buy it now!
atlas 16th January 2012, 14:12 Quote
I definitely think they need to be making more of this kind of thing, bring it into the consumer space. I was just considering getting a Dell U2711 but I may wait to see this pricing first, although Dell and Samsung still have far better ascetics.
GoodBytes 16th January 2012, 14:37 Quote
This looks like a lower end 27inch option, compared to the Dell U2711. Should be interesting.

Comment on the article: There is no point in the manufacture in giving the actual contrast ratio.. they all say: 1000:1, even thought it's not really true.
r3loaded 16th January 2012, 14:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by atlas
Dell and Samsung still have far better ascetics.
I know, their monitors have already achieved enlightenment and will ascend to display nirvana. If only all monitors followed the teachings of the Buddha.
Hustler 16th January 2012, 17:20 Quote
24' - 27' monitors rotated into portrait mode running MAME vertical shooters.....gaming heaven.
Waynio 16th January 2012, 17:57 Quote
2560x1440 & IPS is just gorgeous :) sooooooooo much better than the 120hz monitor of my last one & no noticable input lag or ghosting & don't even notice any tearing when games going past 60fps with v-sync disabled :), took a gamble on a Hazro & am very happy .
izools 16th January 2012, 18:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by bogie170
I own the Dell U2711 and I love it!

This monitor looks pretty identical. Would be interesting to see the g2g timings.

Yeahman, true.

I saw this and immediately thought "So it's another U2711 wannabe... and?"
Fizzban 16th January 2012, 18:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by brumgrunt
Can't tell you how much, mind...

Lots...
Gareth Halfacree 16th January 2012, 18:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by N17 dizzi
Loving these news items Gareth, great stuff :)
Ta - glad you're enjoying 'em!
Skiddywinks 16th January 2012, 19:39 Quote
IPS or e-IPS?
LedHed 16th January 2012, 20:07 Quote
looks like a good replacement for my BenQ FP241W
GoodBytes 16th January 2012, 21:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
IPS or e-IPS?

IPS has sub categories:
e-IPS, E-IPS (not the same as e-IPS), S-IPS, H-IPS, P-IPS, and now from Samsung PLS.

e-IPS (economy-IPS) is used on the entry level IPS panel, basically the one that have a low price tag.
Jasio 17th January 2012, 16:17 Quote
Excellent news, now if only they get the price right and start to push prices down in the 27" range.

@LedHed: Yeap, my pair of BenQ FP241W's are starting to show their age (backlight getting dimmer) but I love these displays oh so much. Best long term purchase I made, ever.
GoodBytes 17th January 2012, 16:30 Quote
Already? It's only 2 years old?
Jasio 17th January 2012, 20:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by GoodBytes
Already? It's only 2 years old?

Two years? I've had my FP241's for -6-7 years already. The Bit-Tech review alone was in 2006 (6 years) and I had mine before that. I've also used them everyday for the 6-7 years for very long periods of time.
GoodBytes 17th January 2012, 21:26 Quote
Sorry I miss read the release date.
Mac_Trekkie 11th February 2012, 05:13 Quote
I'm waiting for a price before I get all excited.
Saivert 26th April 2012, 18:40 Quote
What does QHD stand for here?
I know qHD from mobile devices where it basically is a quarter of 1080p.
but this is more than 1080p.
Gareth Halfacree 27th April 2012, 08:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Saivert
What does QHD stand for here?
I know qHD from mobile devices where it basically is a quarter of 1080p.
but this is more than 1080p.
Holy thread resurrection, Batman! QHD is Quad High Definition, so called because it is four times the pixels of 720p (rather than four times the pixels of 1080p as you might expect, which is naughty.)

More correctly, the 2560x1440 of this monitor is known as WQHD - Widescreen Quad High Definition - but Asus calls it QHD and who am I to argue? It's their monitor. They can call it Bob if they want.

There's also QFHD, which really *is* four times the pixels of 1080p at 3840×2160 - and UHD at 7680×4320, but it'll be a while before *that* hits your desk...
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