Asus VG278HE Is 27" 1080p, 144 Hz Gaming Monitor

Subject: Displays | July 26, 2012 - 11:17 PM |
Tagged: tn monitor, nvidia, monitor, asus, 3d vision 2, 144hz, 1080p

ASUS has a new 27” desktop monitor that should be hitting shelves soon. The VG278HE is an LED-backlit TN display with 1920x1080p resolution. So far, the specs are fairly lackluster, especially considering it is a 27” monitor. What is impressive about the display is the refresh rate. At 144 Hz, it offers up some promising 3D benefits, and as such it is compatible with NVIDIA’s 3D Vision 2 technology (the necessary glasses and transmitter are sold separately).

For 3D, the 144 Hz refresh rate means that you can get 72 Hz per eye, which should make it a much smoother experience that cuts down on flicker. It also suggests benefits for 2D gamers as well, because you can enable V-Sync to reducing tearing and still get respectable frame rates. Sure, 240 hertz would be really nice, but at least this is a step in the right direction for desktop monitors that seem to be perpetually stuck at 1080p resolutions (unless you go Korean, of course – as Josh would put it). The TN panel and resolution are drawbacks, but depending on price this may still be a good buy. Unfortunately, there is no word yet on pricing or availability according to Flat Panels HD.

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Other features of the monitor include a swivel, tilt, and height-adjustable stand, and HDMI, DVI, and VGA video inputs. Further, the monitor offers up two three watt speakers – and better yet – a headphone jack to connect powered speakers or headphones to. (At least that’s the reported spec, I hope that it’s not simply an input like my ASUS monitor has).

Personally, I think that I would rather have a higher resolution monitor than one with a faster refresh rate, but it seems to be a highly debated topic. I’m interesting in what you think. Which do you prefer, resolution or refresh rate (3D aside)?

Granted, as Ken reported earlier this month, if you are lucky you may be able to get the best of both worlds and snag an overclockable IPS monitor – but you’ll pay for the privilege.

July 27, 2012 | 02:06 AM - Posted by Draconian

Can you have the 144 Hz refresh rate in 2D mode as well?

July 27, 2012 | 01:50 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

That is my understanding, yes. Otherwise it would be a lot less interesting! :)

July 27, 2012 | 05:11 AM - Posted by jewie27 (not verified)

I've had my VG278H for 6 months and they are already replacing it with this? *sigh*...

July 27, 2012 | 01:50 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Yep, looks that way. Sorry!

August 31, 2012 | 04:15 AM - Posted by Tsais (not verified)

Its not a replacement.

The VG278H includes a transmitter for shutter glasses and Nvidia's latest 3D Vision 2 glasses, and it continues.

I did wish that the VG278HE would have something better than just a TN panel though...

Seeing a so-so screen at 144 Hz doesn't make the color representation any better in 2D

For 3D, we can assume it will add some shine, as we'll get 72 Hz refresh for each eye, though its unlikely that your GPU can pump out 144 fps in your favorite game...

If it can render at least 72 fps, it might still be of benefit with 36 fps per eye. But even a GTX 680 has a hard time doing 72 fps at 1080p with max detail settings in many current games.

I'm not sure what benefit you'd still get, if your GPU is hovering between 30-40 fps in the more demanding games..

If someone has an idea, please let us know!

July 27, 2012 | 07:13 AM - Posted by Wu Li (not verified)

For stereoscopic 3D size does matter. There's no point in watching Godzilla spit fire out of the screen at you if he is only two inches tall. The higher frame rate also means smoother action when playing fast paced games in 2D. Higher resolutions are more desirable for fantasy games or the Sims or whatever, but for fast paced competitive gaming they can't replace higher frame rates and a 1080p 27" monitor is at least as good as the resolution most people watch TV at.

July 27, 2012 | 07:21 AM - Posted by Humanitarian

I've owned the older 120hz VG236H for over a year now, It's never really blown me out of the water with any of it's features or the quality considering how much I spent on it. Not totally hating it either but I can't see where this 144hz model will fit in the market, I presume it's going to be expensive as hell and with no (appreciable) 2d benefit, I'm going to go out on a limb and say the 3D won't be noticeable/impressive to most people either.

July 27, 2012 | 08:57 AM - Posted by Will (not verified)

I want a 30" 2560 120+ Hz 3D monitor!!

July 27, 2012 | 03:00 PM - Posted by Wu Li (not verified)

LG is coming out with their new 100,000hz infinite contrast 55" OLED TV this year, but you'll have to pay $8,000.oo.

August 31, 2012 | 04:42 AM - Posted by Tsais (not verified)

yeah and that only comes with an HDMI port, and the dumbest company on earth, HDMI LLC, has limited 3D signals to the following two possibilties:

720p @ 60 Hz
1080p @ 24 Hz

So, forget using a TV screen for 3D gaming, unless you don't mind it looking like a dog's breakfast.

I've tested many TV's in stores, bringing my Alienware M17x with its GTX 680M and absolutely stunning looking 3D screen, hooked it up to every brand's top of the line TV over (sadly) HDMI, and it was absolutely worthless.

This is the sad reason I've ordered the smallish VG278H 27" monitor from Asus, cause with LightBoost support and and 120 Hz refresh, there is currently nothing that makes 3D games look better.

Even though the monitor can just barely be called average at 2D...

February 7, 2013 | 10:04 AM - Posted by SkhairKro89 (not verified)

I've been waiting for something like that to happen for at least 2 and 1/2 years!!

Well, actually more like one year, because it was 2 and a half years since I first wanted a 3D monitor, let alone 3D enabled PC-game station! Then I got sony's 3D play station display for 240 hz, thinking it'd be 120 hz per eye awesomeness!!! (45 hz more per eye than my ol' 2D, 75 hz LCD Dell Monitor.)Only to find out HDMI can't do 240 hz, only 1080p at 60 hz, (24 hz when in 3D mode) So I was now having to scale the resolution down from HD 1080p to 720p just to get 3D at 60hz, (The min for gamers, 30hz is sometimes tolerable though nothing I know is 30hz anyways)

So I'm with you on that point, for the past year I've been waiting for something even more than HD, at 120HZ 3D +++ !!
When, oh when will this technology finally exist for the general public??!!

February 7, 2013 | 10:07 AM - Posted by SkhairKro89 (not verified)

"July 27, 2012 | 08:57 AM - Posted by Will (not verified)

I want a 30" 2560 120+ Hz 3D monitor!!"

I've been waiting for something like that to happen for at least 2 and 1/2 years!!

Well, actually more like one year, because it was 2 and a half years since I first wanted a 3D monitor, let alone 3D enabled PC-game station! Then I got sony's 3D play station display for 240 hz, thinking it'd be 120 hz per eye awesomeness!!! (45 hz more per eye than my ol' 2D, 75 hz LCD Dell Monitor.)Only to find out HDMI can't do 240 hz, only 1080p at 60 hz, (24 hz when in 3D mode) So I was now having to scale the resolution down from HD 1080p to 720p just to get 3D at 60hz, (The min for gamers, 30hz is sometimes tolerable though nothing I know is 30hz anyways)

So I'm with you on that point, for the past year I've been waiting for something even more than HD, at 120HZ 3D +++ !!
When, oh when will this technology finally exist for the general public??!!

July 27, 2012 | 10:08 AM - Posted by ThorAxe

Resolution first then refresh rate.

I don't want giant pixels no matter how fast they are refreshed.

July 27, 2012 | 03:13 PM - Posted by Cannyone

1080P on a 27" display does not equal "giant pixels"... especially when you aren't less than 30" away from the display. Still you are entitled to your opinions. Just don't expect no one to contradict you when you express them. :D

July 27, 2012 | 03:35 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

heh, well they aren't "giant" but comparitevly they are a lot bigger than a 2560x1600 panel of the same physical size :).

July 29, 2012 | 12:35 AM - Posted by Mark Harry (not verified)

Thanks Tim, I've refused to go to 27" monitors because my 24" is 1920x1200, I'm not willing to give up the screen height. I would however give it up for more pixels, because I'm usually within 2 feet. That's why I'm trying to figure out how to lie my way out of one of those Korean displays, because the wife will lose it, I already have 2 monitors.

August 31, 2012 | 04:49 AM - Posted by Tsais (not verified)

Since the majority of people use single GPU computers, i.e. no expensive SLI or Crossfire setups, its hard for Companies to crank up the resolution on displays for gaming, cause fps drops at a frightening rate with higher resolutions.

Add to this that its a Monitor for 3DS, you've already cut the fps from your shiny new $500 GTX 680 board in half.

So, I think that answers that about the likelihood of companies making monitors targeted at 3D gamers with any higher resolution than 1080p...

we'll need a load more processing power, so I think by 2015 you might get your wish, at the current rate.

July 27, 2012 | 12:58 PM - Posted by Dave (not verified)

Definitely resolution first.

July 27, 2012 | 04:24 PM - Posted by Mark (not verified)

WTF replacing my monitor already ASUS????? thx

July 28, 2012 | 02:38 AM - Posted by Eudorcas (not verified)

I still prefer my current monitor "Samsung S27A850" and I recommend it to everyone than this. It has Plane Line Switching (PLS) panel which is pretty similar to IPS panel with slightly better viewing angles and image quality, increased brightness.

But with this new Asus VG278HE with Twisted nematic (TN) panel? WT?! We all know TN is the worst type of panel that can only display color of 18 bit in total, and are unable to display the 16.7 million color shades (24-bit truecolor) not to mention the viewing angles as well.

For the people who's already eager on having higher res than 1080p is something you might regret in our present time, our latest generation enthusiast level GPU's already struggles in such resolutions what more in 2560x1600? Multi GPU setup?, what about the mainstream lineup?

August 31, 2012 | 04:56 AM - Posted by Tsais (not verified)

yeah, I've tested out the Samsung S27A850. Its a nicer monitor in 2D than the Asus.

But the 3D for PC games doesn't even come close to the VG278H (or HE).

If you're just watching 3D Bluerays on the Samsung, its pretty ok, but as soon as you try a game, its real sad...

Nvidia's "3D Vision 2" is just that good, and the Samsung doesn't support it.

Basically, the ONLY reason to buy this pair of Asus Monitors is Nvidia's LightBoost tech and the new glasses.

People with AMD GPU's in their computers who are not planning to switch to a GeForce card should actually buy the Samsung Monitor rather than the Asus in my opinion. (except if the 144 Hz on the HE version is more important to you than the 2D picture quality)

July 28, 2012 | 01:25 PM - Posted by Branthog

A 144hz display is fantastic, but who cares, if it means having a crappy 16:10 aspect with 1920x1080 with a TN panel. Throw in all the stupid input types (slows response time, which is probably one of the reasons they're going with a TN panel) and you have a monitor that doesn't even qualify for "lackluster". Not to mention annoying 3 watt built-in speakers (I really hate built-in speakers on a computer monitor -- all the crappy quality of built-ins, plus the space they take up in the bezel -- oh, joy!).

The ONLY thing it has going for it is 144hz. But it could be 500hz and it wouldn't matter, considering all the other checkpoints it fails. If you want a high refresh rate, you probably care enough about the color pallet to want an IPS (yes, slower, but so much better - it truly makes a difference).

This monitor might be acceptable at $99, but even then you can do better. Unless you REALLY need high refresh rate 3D. Most of us don't.

July 28, 2012 | 07:00 PM - Posted by 1911Shooter (not verified)

You guys are missing the point - the 144hz means 72Hz shutter glasses which will greatly improve the 3D

August 31, 2012 | 05:00 AM - Posted by Tsais (not verified)

yep, what he said... :)

Being a mediocre screen otherwise, this is the best 3D gaming screen on the planet, save for some prototypes that are not in production, like Alienware's giant curved 3D screen that also supports 3D Vision 2...

July 28, 2012 | 07:05 PM - Posted by 1911Shooter (not verified)

Also, believe it or not, there are a lot of people who don't care about accurate color or pixel density and prefer a very fast screen.

Just because your eyes or reflexes are too slow to appreciate high frame rates does not mean this isn't a very exciting product for a lot of gamers.

I'll probably sell my 3x 25" ASUS 60Hz surround screens to go to a single one of these.

July 28, 2012 | 10:48 PM - Posted by Eudorcas (not verified)

Actually, it depends. Yeah! 144Hz is FANTASTIC, less eye straining etc.. etc...

Many people kinda miss the point (I mean this point); it's simple, when your a gamer then this is the dream monitor for you as you wouldn't careless whatever image quality this will give you as long as its not eye straining, motions are superb and the 3D is great, as long as it simply gives you what you need. But for a photographer (like me) this monitor is the worst because I need more precision, color accuracy and pixel density, overall image quality. It depends to every individual person to whatever that will suit their needs not because of 'our eyes or reflexes are too slow to appreciate high frame rates'.

July 30, 2012 | 04:08 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Why even look at this monitor if your a photographer, its for gaming and yes i want 3 of them in 3D surround for iracing. Bring it on

September 17, 2012 | 11:16 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The 140Hz (144) is everything 1920*1080 is good enough. The only thing that make me a bit depressed with this monitor is the loggo in front of the panel in pure glowing white against a black frame. This will be solved with some black tejp in my case but still...

I hope it can handle low resolutions too like 320*xxx because I will use it to play Quake1 on. =)

I know the difference between my old CRT in 60 vs 120Hz but I dont have any experience when it comes to LED. Does it work the same way, will the effect be as big? If so, this will be a good buy for me.

Btw this 3D crap, I dont want it and I sure dont want to pay for it but whatever. Its not like I have any option.

December 20, 2012 | 04:22 PM - Posted by cctvsupplier (not verified)

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Items you will need

2 coaxial cables
TV or video monitor

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Switch off the security camera, DVR and TV or monitor.
Step 2

Push on the connector at one end of a cable onto the camera's output port, which is usually on the back edge. Twist the metal ring on the cable clockwise to hold it on the camera.
Step 3

Attach the other end to the input on the rear panel of your DVR.
Step 4

Connect the second cable from the DVR's output to the RF input on the television set or monitor.
Step 5

Turn on the power for the three components and tune the DVR to channel three or four, depending on the camera model.
Step 6

Watch the monitor or TV to view the area under surveillance from the camera, or record video by pressing the DVR's record button.

December 20, 2012 | 04:24 PM - Posted by cctvsupplier (not verified)

A satellite digital video recorder, or DVR, captures a satellite TV signal for storage on the internal hard drive and playback to a connected television. The signal passes through a coaxial cable connection to the DVR. Hooking up a security camera enables you to record an area under surveillance to the DVR, or simply monitor an area on a TV connected to the DVR without recording. Use a pair of coaxial cables with threaded RF couplers on the ends.
Items you will need

2 coaxial cables
TV or video monitor

Sponsored Link
Security Camera SupplierMade-in-China.com
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Step 1

Switch off the security camera, DVR and TV or monitor.
Step 2

Push on the connector at one end of a cable onto the camera's output port, which is usually on the back edge. Twist the metal ring on the cable clockwise to hold it on the camera.
Step 3

Attach the other end to the input on the rear panel of your DVR.
Step 4

Connect the second cable from the DVR's output to the RF input on the television set or monitor.
Step 5

Turn on the power for the three components and tune the DVR to channel three or four, depending on the camera model.
Step 6

Watch the monitor or TV to view the area under surveillance from the camera, or record video by pressing the DVR's record button.

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