Asus VG278H review

If only real life was in 3D, like on this PC monitor

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Asus vg278h

We're impressed with the efforts Asus has gone to with the VG278H's bezel. It's rare to get a height-adjustable panel outside of IPS screens, which is madness because it's a feature that everyone welcomes.

The panel surround does look a bit cheap and flimsy for a monitor costing over £500 (or $650 in the US), though.

The screen itself is an LED-backlit 27-inch TN, and as such image quality is a mixed bag.

It suffered gradient banding from white to black in our tests, displaying striped shades instead of smooth transitions. The viewing angle is also poor – and there's some serious colour distortion at wider angles.

But then there's LightBoost.

In 2D mode it doesn't count for much, but this screen (paired with Nvidia's new specs) produced the first truly clear, deep, colourful and frankly jaw-dropping 3D experience we've seen. And mostly thanks to that increased brightness .

Close-up objects don't appear to be painted on your eyeballs, and the middle ground doesn't look like a pop-up book, which is genuinely refreshing.

For the first time, we actually enjoyed the 3D experience. Who'd have thought something that sounded so much like marketing codswallop would actually be really good?

As a gaming monitor, this is top-notch.

If you're going to be the only one watching it, the viewing angle isn't much of an issue and it's plenty big enough. It will become a problem if you try to get two or more people involved, though, so be warned.

We liked

We're genuinely impressed by the 3D experience on offer from the Asus VG278H 3D PC monitor. The 3D Vision 2 glasses supplied team up with LightBoost to deliver better depth and image clarity than we've seen before in a 3D screen.

We disliked

The tradeoff for nippy 120 Hz computer screens is often image quality, and this monitor's no exception. Don't expect a professional-quality colour palette or brilliant viewing angles - this screen's purely about the 3D.

Final verdict

Factoring in the premium for the new LightBoost tech and LED backlighting, the £120 glasses thrown in, and the 27 inches of panel, the Asus VG278H certainly isn't a rip-off. For 3D lovers, this is a must-have, and for sceptics this could be a game-changer.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
HDCP SupportedYes
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, RoHS, WEEE
HDMIYes
VESA Mount CompatibleYes
DVIYes
VGAYes
Adjustable Display AngleYes
Product FamilyVG
3D Type3D Ready
ColourBlack
Brightness300 cd/m², 300 cd/m²
Screen ModeFull HD
Colour Support16.7 Million Colours
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Brand NameAsus
Contrast Ratio50,000,000:1
Mount TypeWall Mountable
Screen Size68.6 cm (27")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Response Time2 ms
SpeakersYes
Built-in DevicesSpeaker
Operating Power Consumption65 W
Height460 mm
Width643 mm
Depth220 mm
Product SeriesVG
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelVG278H
Product NameVG278H Widescreen LCD Monitor
Manufacturer Part Number90LME6101T010NCE-
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

Flicker-free 3D Images with NVIDIA 3D Vision 2
Enter an immersive 3D full HD 1080p world of games and movies with the VG278H. Through the use of the world's first NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 glasses technology, it instantly takes you into another dimension - transforming all your gaming experiences and movies to 3D. With its new technology, it delivers twice sharper 3D images than conventional 3D technology. There are more than five hundreds popular PC game titles currently compatible with the NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit.

Package Contents
  • VG278H Widescreen LCD Monitor
  • Dual-link DVI
  • VGA Cable
  • Audio Cable
  • Power Cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card
  • Nvidia 3D Vision Kit
Weight (Approximate)8 kg