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ASUS ProArt Display PA278CGV 144Hz QHD IPS with USB-C

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Whilst improved refresh rates are often most keenly appreciated by gamers, they can also provide a more comfortable and pleasant experience for productivity. The ASUS ProArt Display PA278CGV is built with this in mind, designed for colour-sensitive uses including design work. The screen has the usual smart look associated with the series, including a silver-coloured rectangular stand base and slim neck. The top and side bezels are dual-stage, with slim panel border flush with the rest of the screen plus thin hard plastic outer part. The bottom bezel is moderately thick, matte black plastic with OSD (On Screen Display) control buttons facing forwards towards the right side.

Smart styling

A 27″ 2560 x 1440 (QHD or 1440p) IPS-type panel is used, with 144Hz refresh rate plus Adaptive-Sync. This allows technologies such as AMD FreeSync Premium and Nvidia’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible’ to be used with assumed 48 – 144Hz VRR range plus LFC. A matte anti-glare screen surface is adopted with a 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles and 10-bit colour support specified. A flicker-free WLED backlight provides a colour gamut of 95% DCI-P3 and 350 cd/m² (400 cd/m² HDR peak) typical maximum luminance. Low Blue Light (LBL) settings are included to potentially improve viewing comfort. A Calman Verified factory calibration is included with specified DeltaE <2 within the sRGB colour space.

The monitor is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified, allowing the monitor to respond to HDR10 content in a basic way with 10-bit colour reproduction and the gamut put to potentially good use. The brightness is quite limited by HDR standards and no local dimming is specified to enhance contrast, however. A 5ms grey to grey response time is specified, which as usual isn’t a figure you should put much weight on. The stand is fully adjustable, including a generous 150mm (5.91 inches) height adjustment and pivot into portrait. The stand can be removed via quick-release to reveal provision for 100 x 100mm VESA mounting. Most of the ports face downwards and include; AC power input (internal power converter with ‘zero watt’ switch), a 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 HDMI 2.0 ports, DP 1.4, USB-C (90W PD, DP Alt Mode, upstream data) and 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports. 2 further USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports are found at the left side, as viewed from the front. 2 x 2W speakers are included and 2-system PiP/PbP is supported.

Excellent ergonomics and USB-C functionality

Further details can be found on the manufacturer’s website. The monitor is listed for ~£370.