The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV

The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a well-built, colour-calibrated monitor with a non-reflective IPS panel for ultra-wide viewing angles. Sounds expensive, right? This is also an entry-level, budget-friendly monitor.

Colour Calibration

The PA278QV is equipped with pre-tuned sRBG and arrives with a Calman verified colour calibration testing report. My report includes the serial number of the screen, the testing equipment used, and indicates a colour accuracy (Avg Delta E) of 0.29 which is quite good.

The monitor’s calibration can be fine-tuned for the unique lighting conditions in your home or office, but that’s easy to do with the intuitive ProArt Preset menu. The out-of-the-box colour is great, but you can use the ProArt Palette section of the menu to adjust colour brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, colour temperatures, gamma, black level, and more.

A complete colour recalibration will require the purchase of software for the purpose, as the ASUS ProArt PA278QV does not come with its own recalibration software. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether or not this is something that needs to be done for the integrity of your work.

It’s only an 8-bit monitor which means that there’s a limit to the kinds of colours that you can see, but it’s great for digital content creators. It’s also a great entry-level monitor for working with photos and videos. Photographers will be able to reproduce beautiful, vibrant colours that will look the same on a print from a colour-calibrated photo printer.

Hardware

The PA278QV has a nicely designed stand that allows tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustments which provide a highly flexible and comfortable viewing experience. The stand and base are plastic, but the base is sturdy without taking up too much space and the stand is sleek.

The base easily attaches to the stand/screen (one piece) with a screw although the monitor can be mounted on a wall if you prefer. The 27″ flat screen allows for full-size, side-by-side document display. You also have the option to display a ruler on the screen.

The connectivity options are extensive: Mini DisplayPort, DisplayPort, HDMI, audio in and earphone jacks, plus four USB 3.0 ports. I was grateful for the dual-link DVI-D port that allowed me to connect the monitor to my old (2012) MacBook Pro without having to run out and get an adapter.

Gaming

You will hear a lot about the benefit of this monitor’s colour accuracy for photographers and videographers, but the fast response rate and a 75Hz refresh rate–in addition to the colour quality–create an enjoyable experience for gamers, as well. The monitor also has a pair of speakers, supports Adaptive Sync, and is compatible with FreeSync.

Eye Care

The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV has a couple of features that are easy on the eyes, literally. The ASUS Low-Blue Light technology protects you from blue-light emissions and gives you a choice of four filter settings for that purpose. In addition, ASUS also minimizes eye strain and headaches with its Flicker-Free technology. These are real benefits if you’re spending long hours in front of your monitor.

Summary

The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is an entry-level monitor with truly awesome features for digital content creation and gaming with an affordable price tag. This is a monitor that’s going to make a lot of people very happy.

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