Asus VG278H 3D Monitor Review

Posted by Jeff Lindsey (Piso_mojado), Feb 08, 2012 12:49

Technical Specifications

Size - 27” display (23.54” wide x 13.23” tall)

Resolution - 1920 x 1080 (16:9 widescreen)

Refresh Rate - 120 Hz

Response time - 2ms

Backlighting - Full LED

Display Colors - 16.7M colors/ 72% NTSC (CIE 1931)

Pixel Pitch - 0.3114 mm

Contrast Ratio - 1000:1 Native / 50,000,000:1 ASCR

Viewing Angle -170 degrees Horizontal / 160 degrees Vertical

Sound - 2 integrated 3W stereo speakers

Power Consumption - 65 Watts

I/O Ports - 1 HDMI 1.4, 1 Dual-link DVI, 1 VGA, 1 3.5mm Audio

asus VG278H I/O ports


Now if I get honest with the readers, there are so many things that make this monitor great that I can’t possibly talk about them all.  In preparing for this review, I read the 50 page review guide that came with the monitor and every page had me picking my jaw off the floor.  So since it is impossible to tell you about all these great features, let me highlight a few that really stand out to me as a gamer.

As I said earlier, a monitor is crucial to your graphic quality.  At a LAN party with all of the monitors side by side, it quickly becomes apparent that not all 1080p screens are created equal.  Two computers with identical specs, running a game with identical settings but with different monitors can look entirely different. 

A big part of this is backlighting.  The Asus VG278H is LED backlit giving it a stunning brightness.  A pitch black room comes to life with the brilliant glow from this monitor.  It should also be noted that the VG278H is also capable of utilizing Nvidia’s new 3D Lightboost technology. 

What is Lightboost?  Anyone who has ever played on a 3D monitor knows that  everything looks a little darker than normal.  Obviously since you are wearing tinted lenses to make you see 3D, this darkens the screen a bit.  What Lightboost does is that it will make the LED backlights pulse twice as bright in synchronization with your 3D Vision 2 glasses.  This make the VG278H  capable of delivering superior 3D picture quality up to 2 times brighter than other current generation 3D monitors on the market.

asus VG278H lightboost

Though this is a photoshopped image, it does accurately portray the difference that Lightboost makes.

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Our Rating for Asus VG278H 3D Monitor Review
9.5 Overall
The Asus VG278H sits proudly at the top of the monitor food chain. There is no reason for humility on Asus’ part because they have set a new standard of excellence with this monitor.

Rating: 4.4, votes: 5

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