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Asus announces 27-inch 144Hz VG278HE monitor

Asus announces 27-inch 144Hz VG278HE monitor

The Asus VG278HE boasts a 144Hz refresh rate for flicker-free 3D gaming, but its TN panel could mean a sacrifice in image quality.

Asus has announced its first monitor to smash the 120Hz refresh rate barrier, the 144Hz VG278HE.

Designed for use with Nvidia's 3D Vision 2 shutter-glasses system - although without the integrated synchronisation hardware, so you'll need a dongle - the system features a 144Hz refresh rate compared to most 3D monitors' 120MHz. The result should, in theory, be a smoother image with less flickering when used with the shutter glasses: instead of each eye getting a 60Hz image, each will receive a 72Hz image.

If you were hoping that the rest of the monitor's specifications would match its impressive refresh rate, we've got some bad news: the 27-inch wide-screen display uses a 1920x1080 twisted-nematic (TN) panel, rather than the increasingly popular and decreasingly expensive in-plane switching (IPS) variant. As a result, buyers can expect lowered viewing angles and a shallower colour gamut than if Asus had splashed out on IPS technology - although the 2ms grey-to-grey response time is certainly welcome.

To help counteract this, Asus has included numerous technologies designed to boost the quality of TN panels: a dual-side driving system reduces the charging time of the liquid-crystal display panel, preventing ghosting and bright-line effects, while Video Intelligence Technology by Splendid comes with six preset video modes - Scenery, Theatre, Game, Night View, sRGB and Standard - accessible through a hotkey. Regardless of the mode selected, the monitor's maximum brightness is 300 cd/㎡.

The monitor's stand includes 0-100mm height adjustment, ±150° swivel and -5° to 15° tilt. Onboard connectivity includes HDMI 1.4, dual-link DVI and an analogue D-sub VGA port. Audio connectivity, for the on-board 3W stereo speakers, is provided via a 3.5mm input and headphone output.

Official UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, with early models appearing in the channel priced at around £560.

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Griffter 27th July 2012, 12:58 Quote
ummmm no thx. i do not want to be the guinea pig only for them to release the proper version they have already as "next gen" monitor 2.0 blah blah blah.
damien c 27th July 2012, 13:26 Quote
To pricey for me.

Would rather pay that money for something that won't give me a headache every time I want to use it.
wuyanxu 27th July 2012, 13:27 Quote
TN, 1920x1080
do not want
Madness_3d 27th July 2012, 14:14 Quote
^ this
mauvecloud 27th July 2012, 14:56 Quote
72 hz per eye is supposed to be flicker free? CRT monitors generally required at least 85 hz to be flicker free, and shutter glasses are reputed to be worse. I'm not surprised it's a TN panel, though. To avoid crosstalk between eyes, the 144 hz means it has to have a worst-case response time of less than 6.9 ms, and IPS panels can only get that low when looking at average response time and possibly ignoring the extra time it takes to stabilize after rtc overshoot.
schmidtbag 27th July 2012, 16:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by mauvecloud
72 hz per eye is supposed to be flicker free? CRT monitors generally required at least 85 hz to be flicker free, and shutter glasses are reputed to be worse. I'm not surprised it's a TN panel, though. To avoid crosstalk between eyes, the 144 hz means it has to have a worst-case response time of less than 6.9 ms, and IPS panels can only get that low when looking at average response time and possibly ignoring the extra time it takes to stabilize after rtc overshoot.

Agreed, and don't forget - isn't this going to cause even worse headaches, for those who do get them from 3D displays?
badkangaroo 27th July 2012, 19:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
TN, 1920x1080
do not want
if it isn't at least 2560x1440 who cares.
Farting Bob 27th July 2012, 21:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Griffter
ummmm no thx. i do not want to be the guinea pig only for them to release the proper version they have already as "next gen" monitor 2.0 blah blah blah.

By the time they release a successor though you wont want that because they will have a "next gen" 3.0 model in the works already. At some point you just jump in, if you wait for a perfect component, you wouldnt have a computer now, or ever.
schmidtbag 27th July 2012, 21:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Farting Bob
By the time they release a successor though you wont want that because they will have a "next gen" 3.0 model in the works already. At some point you just jump in, if you wait for a perfect component, you wouldnt have a computer now, or ever.

hmmm.... yes and no. Some hardware today is really as good as it can get, such as audio, keyboards, and generic gamepads. Some hardware as of right now is more than enough for home/office users, such as CPUs and RAM. Some hardware are only a few steps behind being as good as it can get, such as monitors (true 32 bit color depth ought to be the last). I would say that at this moment, the only hardware that has a lot of room for improvement is networking (both wired and wireless), data storage, GPUs, and mobile CPUs.

In terms of new technologies, such as 3D monitors vs generic monitors, I see what you mean about never being able to jump in if you keep waiting for improvements. However, I think Grifter is just waiting for the technology to mature and become more popular. I personally feel there must be a better way to do 3D than what is available now, but I'm not sure what that is yet.
Tattysnuc 28th July 2012, 11:04 Quote
Glad I bought my 30" Dell. It's not 3d, but it is 2560x1600.

I don't get why a 27" 2d monitor is a big deal when the res is only 1920x1080. Let's have some boundary pushing tech.... you know, like retina, but for the PC...(not that I fully understand what retina is apart from 2880x1800 on a macbook pro http://www.wired.com/reviews/2012/06/macbook-pro/all/)
Gambler FEX online 28th July 2012, 13:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by badkangaroo
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
TN, 1920x1080
do not want
if it isn't at least 2560x1440 who cares.

How about this then: http://120hz.net

120hz is the future.

- Wonder in amazement as the 120Hz display produces an easily observable higher fluidity in the animation.
techreport.com/articles.x/21516

- The ASUS VG236H was my first exposure to 120Hz refresh displays that aren’t CRTs, and the difference is about as subtle as a dump truck driving through your living room.
anandtech.com/show/3842/asus-vg236h-review-our-first-look-at-120hz

- Doing precise image editing, as another example, is an area where faster display processing times are desirable.
anandtech.com/show/2787

- Sorry been playing some Quakelive. Its so nice to be at high refresh in Q3 again. Quakelive is goddamn amazing at 120hz. I’m just going through some games now…Dragon Age looks good too. Even the windows desktop is instantly smoother, even my fiancee could tell the difference in the mouse moving around.
hardforum.com:80/showthread.php?t=1466381&page=18
.//TuNdRa 28th July 2012, 15:58 Quote
Subjective appearances. 1080p and Twisted Numeric means that, while 120 hz might be nicer for the "Speed" of image editing; it won't have the colour range and depth of a similar-price IPS screen, which means anything produced on this monitor may be off in terms of colour.

3D might also be nice, but remember what you're trading off for that; better colours and better viewing angles.

I'm amazed Asus hasn't made a 120hz IPS screen already. With all the times they come up with completely insane ideas (MARS series, i'm looking at you); you'd think something as "simple" as doubling the refresh rate on an IPS screen wouldn't be that complicated.

120hz adds in percieved smoothness, but I've been through the change the other way, when I was limited to 30hz on a 37" TV at one point. Going back to 60 felt awesome. What's to stop you, six years down the line, repeating your words, only going "120hz is ****. 240hz is were Deez Bizinezzez should be ats."?

We've all been at 120hz before, with CRT screens. Who really needed that? 85 was generally comfortable, and the moment i'm at 72hz on a TFT panel. From 1999. The extra 12hz isn't really a gamechanger for me. Give me 60hz, and better colours, kthxbai.

There is also the ironic fact that despite most monitors claiming 2ms GtG times; most reasonable IPS panels actually have pixels response times that are the same, if not faster, than TN panels, even 120hz TN panels with overdrive.

I'm thinking that, at this point in time, looking at all the other evidence; Most IPS panels out there are probably capable of far more than just 60hz, it's just limited to that to prevent screen burnouts, like the shortened lifespan you will see with 120hz screens with Overdrive enabled.
Elton 28th July 2012, 20:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tattysnuc
Glad I bought my 30" Dell. It's not 3d, but it is 2560x1600.

I don't get why a 27" 2d monitor is a big deal when the res is only 1920x1080. Let's have some boundary pushing tech.... you know, like retina, but for the PC...(not that I fully understand what retina is apart from 2880x1800 on a macbook pro http://www.wired.com/reviews/2012/06/macbook-pro/all/)

Retina displays are basically displays that have a larger PPI. In other words it's just a high density panel. Is it done by apple? No, the first "retina" (god I hate that term) display was the awesome T200 series by IBM. 20" with a resolution of more than a few megapixels.

The reason you want a high PPI display is because firstly you can't see the pixels. And secondly, the picture quality is much butter.

As for 120Hz IPS panels. The reason they haven't really introduced it yet is mainly down to the fact that overdrive screws with color accuracy and also reduces panel lifespan. But they will soon. I have no doubt about it.
pingu666 28th July 2012, 23:04 Quote
is there actully a connection that could cope with super high res at 120hz+ ?
Elton 28th July 2012, 23:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by pingu666
is there actully a connection that could cope with super high res at 120hz+ ?

Displayport I think. The problem isn't the connection but the output on the GPU.
Anfield 29th July 2012, 00:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by pingu666
is there actully a connection that could cope with super high res at 120hz+ ?

Displayport 1.2 goes up to 4096x2160 at 60hz only though:

http://www.amd.com/us/Documents/50279_AMD_FirePro_DisplayPort_1-2_WP.pdf
dolphie 29th July 2012, 10:57 Quote
I just want a new monitor that's:

2560x1600
60 hz
8bit
no dead pixels
no backlight bleed
no noticable buzzing noises
no noticable input lag

And preferably under £600
I'll probably try my luck with a Hazro HZ27WC but I'm probably going to wait for Arma3.
Anfield 29th July 2012, 12:40 Quote
^
that uses a res of 2560 x 1440 though. But besides that it is probably one of the best affordable" 27" screens still.
dolphie 30th July 2012, 11:32 Quote
Oops yeah that's ok, still bloody big :) I hear very mixed reviews about the Hazro unfortunately. But then... you get mixed reviews about everything if you research it well enough. For example I saw some people talking about crappy build quality and if you get a bad one like that, then the backlight is terrible etc.. So I thought ok screw it, I'll look at the more expensive Dell instead. But then as I read about that I saw the same things, and that has the added issue of (apparently) a very over the top and ugly None Glare Coating which gives a kind of grainy tint to everything.

So in other words, my hope for the future is just to get a screen like we can already get - but more reliable and better built. And seeing one using a crappy old TN panel and a low resolution seems like a big backwards step to me, one that the 144hz doesn't compensate for. That's just imo though. If I used it as a TV or something I would have completely different requirements, but for playing games and browsing the web and stuff, I really want it to be sharp and clean and nice lookin.
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