Aug 28, 2012 Written by: MarshallR

Want To Go 2560x1440? ASUS PB278Q Launches For Big Screen Pros

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As the first 2560 x 1440 (WQHD) resolution display launched by ASUS we figure the PB278Q is big enough news to tempt those gamers & PC enthusiasts who want more than 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) from a 27" upgrade, without having to go for the full tri-monitor-athon. The PB278Q might sound new, but you've probably already met it earlier as the VA278Q. It's not just been rebranded though, its (slight delay) has been through upgrading to P-series spec, with professional-quality enhancements that include 8-bit IPS (100% sRGB color space compatibility), color pre-calibration at the factory, and ASUS exclusive QuickFit Virtual Scale, and Splendid Video Intelligence Technology. The other advantage of a 27" 2560 x 1440 display is the higher pixel density at 109 pixels per inch (PPI), giving a crisper, easier to read image. Although, keep in mind you'll need a modern graphics card (or recent processor graphics) capable of dual-link DVI, DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 1.4 to be able to send this size resolution, as previous connector standards are limited to smaller Full HD (1920x1080) only. The PB278Q is available from September.

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Press Release

ASUS Launches the PB278Q WQHD Display

Experience true-to-life visuals on a 27” wide quad high definition (2560 x 1440) display


Taipei, Taiwan (August 27th, 2012) ― ASUS today launches the PB278Q wide quad high definition (WQHD) display. This new ergonomically-designed 27” monitor promises true-to-life 2560 x 1440 resolution visuals courtesy of an LED-backlit, wide-view angle (178°) display.


It is chock-full of features that include ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio technology, 100% sRGB color space compatibility, ASUS exclusive QuickFit Virtual Scale, and Splendid Video Intelligence Technology. It offers extensive multimedia connectivity with HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, and Dual-link DVI for WQHD content support; along with built-in twin 3W speakers for an immersive home theatre experience.


True-to-life visuals

The PB278Q features a 16:9 aspect, LED-backlit, 27” WQHD display that provides 109 pixels per inch (PPI) that results in 2560 x 1440 resolution high quality visuals – that is four times the pixel resolution of standard 720p HDTVs and enables users to view more image detail and do more thanks to an onscreen footprint larger than regular displays.


The PB278Q provides an ultra-wide 178° viewing angle on both horizontal and vertical planes, thereby minimizing onscreen color shift even when viewed from extreme angles.


An 80,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio and 300cd/m² of brightness helps enhance display contrast and sharpness by adjusting backlight luminance to achieve the darkest blacks and the brightest whites. A 5ms GTG response time ensures a smooth viewing experience.


ASUS-exclusive technologies

Splendid™ Video Intelligence Technology optimizes video performance and image fidelity by enhancing color, brightness, contrast, and sharpness. Five preset video modes (Scenery, Theater, sRGB, Standard, and user-preset) can be selected via a hotkey.


The QuickFit Virtual Scale function to provide actual sized document, photo and alignment grid overlays onscreen so users can accurately preview and edit their photos on screen. QuickFit Virtual Scale is activated through a simple hotkey and supports A4, letter, 8” x 10”, 5” x 7”, 4” x 6”, 3” x 5”, and 2” x 2” sizes.


The PB278Q also comes with 100% sRGB color space compatibility and provides users the option of selecting their preferred settings via an OSD.


Extensive connectivity and multimedia support

The PB278Q features a host of connectivity options that include HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, Dual-link DVI for WQHD and D-sub Full HD content transmission; while built-in twin 3W speakers provide quality audio to complete that immersive home theatre experience.


User-friendly design

The PB278Q has an ergonomic design that comes with tilt, pivot, swivel, and height adjustments to ensure a comfortable viewing experience. A smart cable management design also helps to ensure a clutter-free workspace.



Panel Size

27"(68.47cm) Wide Screen (16:9)

Panel Type

IPS Technology (PLS Panel)

True Resolution




Viewing Angle


Response Time

5ms (Gray to Gray)

Video Feature

Trace Free Technology

SPLENDID Video Intelligence Technology

SPLENDID Video Preset Mode (Scenery, Theater, sRGB, Standard, and user-preset)

HDCP support
Color Temperature Selection(5000k, 5500k, 6500k, 9300k)

Support Gamma 2.2 & 1.8

QuickFit (A4, Letter, Photo, Alignment Grid))


Signal Inputs (HDMI1.4, DisplayPort1.2, Dual-link DVI & D-Sub), PC Audio Input (3.5mm Mini-jack), AV Audio Input (HDMI1.4), Earphone Jack (3.5mm Mini-jack)

Audio Feature

3Watt x 2 stereo speakers

Mechanical Design

Tilt : +20°~ -5° , Swivel : +60°~-60°, Pivot : 90°(clockwise), Height Adjustment : 0~120mm, VESA Wall Mounting : 100x100mm


1-year panel ZBD warranty, 3-year system warranty, 3-year panel warranty (in specific countries)



About ASUS

ASUS, the world’s top 3 consumer notebook vendor and the maker of the world’s best-selling and most award winning motherboards, is a leading enterprise in the new digital era. ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home, office and person, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktops, Eee Box and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, tablet devices, servers, multimedia and wireless solutions, networking devices, and mobile phones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 3,886 awards in 2011, and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with the Eee PC™. With a global staff of more than 11,000 and a world-class R&D team of 3,100 engineers, the company’s revenue for 2011 was around US$11.9 billion.

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