Great color quality
While not as stylish as the Samsung Series 9, the Asus PB278Q offers the same strong color and viewing angle performance for around $500 less, and it has a highly adjustable stand and an audio input, both of which are missing from the Series 9. The Series 9 has a USB hub, however, while the PB278Q doesn't. The IPS-based Dell UltraSharp 2713HM offers similar performance and a more robust feature set at a competitive price, which is why it remains our Editors' Choice for big-screen monitors.
I now have three of these monitors and am very satisfied with them. No dead pixels, no backlight leakage, just high quality displays. You will have to manually calibrate them, as color accuracy out of the box isn't great. You'll easily notice it if they're side-by-side. But that's pretty trivial to do. I also have two 30" much more expensive WQHD Dells and I actually prefer these. I have two plugged into my Macbook Retina Pro and they really provide a desktop experience.
Excellent picture quality pre- and post-calibration
ASUS's PDB278Q monitor is a great choice for gamers, business users, or anyone who wants the best possible image quality from a reasonably-priced monitor. It has a few good preset modes, is well built, and has useful features. It's not perfect, but it's a good value PLS panel.
Very nice 27 inch display
The ASUS PB278Q is a very nice 27" display, and is a good debut for PLS but not an outstanding one. Perhaps if used in one of the ASUS ProArt models with higher end calibration and backlighting we could see if PLS can offer superior, not just equal, performance to IPS panels. Hopefully this marks the start of a race for features and performance in higher end LCD panels that will benefit consumers.
Great colour quality
While not as stylish as the Samsung Series 9, the Asus PB278Q offers the same strong colour and viewing angle performance for around £250 less, and it has a highly adjustable stand and an audio input, both of which are missing from the Series 9. The Series 9 has a USB hub, however, which the PB278Q lacks.
Nice IPS monitor for the price, but there are caveats
My reliable HP 2509m monitor got the black screen of death after 3 years of use. I began researching IPS monitors and I had narrowed my selections to Asus, Dell and Viewsonic, but at the last moment HP released the Xi series of IPS monitors with great specs: an IPS LED-lit panel with an almost bezeless screen, with HDMI, DVI and VGA, all for less than the price of competitors I researched.
VA panel gives nice colours
On paper and at first acquaintence, the BenQ EW2430 really socks it to you. The spec list is frankly to die for. First there's that VA panel packing an LED backlight and 1920 x 1080 pixels. Of course, full HD is nothing special in 2011. But dig a little deeper and some outrageously good numbers emerge.
Most impressive is the 3000:1 static contrast among the best we've seen. Next up are 178 degree viewing angles in both planes, and pixel response of 8ms.
Truly excellent value
BenQ's 24in EW2430 is an attractive and versatile display that offers build, connectivity and image quality far above its class, and hammers yet another nail in the coffin of inferior TN monitors. It's not without its weaknesses - including limited adjustability, poor speakers and a few minor image quality hiccups - but these are easy to forgive considering its bargain price. All told, it's our new bargain monitor champion!
Very good colour reproduction with pleasing vibrancy and shade variety
With the EW2430 BenQ has built upon the appeal of its predecessor, the EW2420. You get the same energy efficient LED-backlit VA panel at an equally attractive price point. Although nothing too radical has changed to make this some sort of revolutionary product the monitor does seem more tightly tuned in many respects and put in a pleasing performance in our testing.
Thin, space-saving profile
The HP x2301 is a razor thin 23-inch LCD monitor that will dress up even the dreariest of desktops. It does a good job of displaying small text and delivers evenly saturated colors and artifact-free video but has trouble displaying light and dark steps of the grayscale and loses luminance when viewed from an angle.
CCFL backlighting - not as slim or environmentally friendly as LED based displays
The ViewSonic VX2258wm is a multi-touch, 21.5" LCD monitor designed to accommodate a desktop. It uses Infrared Optical Imaging Technology to deliver multi-touch functionality to desktop users, which is a first of its kind.
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