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Asus VG278H review

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

Our Verdict

3D just got a lot easier on the eye - but the compromises 3D panels make remain an issue.

For

  • Amazing 3D
  • Bundled glasses
  • Height-adjustable

Against

  • Image quality and chassis disappoint

Asus has jumped right on Nvidia's second generation of 3D Vision, incorporating its new LightBoost technology in the new Asus VG278H.

You know the usual pattern - 3D monitor is a capable gaming screen, lacks the colour quality of IPS panels, is slightly overpriced, that kind of thing... well the Asus VG278H is a bit different.

The reason? LightBoost.

This is Nvidia's big idea for improving 3D image quality. LightBoost is essentially an extra layer to the panel that compensates for any dimness before the image, making it twice as bright as previous 3D screens.

The shocker is that LightBoost actually does make a big difference. But that's not the only endearing feature of this screen; there's the height-adjustable bezel, bundled Nvidia 3D Vision 2 glasses and 27-inch panel.

Asus made one of the best 3D Vision screens for the last generation in the Asus VG236H, but there's plenty to be wary of when buying a 3D monitor though, so the Asus VG278H isn't home and dry yet - let's put our scrutinising hats on.

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
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