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.
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