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Asus VG278H 3D Monitor Review

Posted by Jeff Lindsey (Piso_mojado), Feb 08, 2012 07:49

Most gamers will tell you that when it comes to graphics your video card is the most important piece of hardware.  As much as I hate to be the bear of bad news, I must tell these gamers that they are wrong.  A video card, though greatly important, is nothing without a display to do it justice.  In a world where High Definition has become the norm, there seems to be 1080p monitors and TVs by the hundreds.  There are so many on the market that you may get lost in all of the technicals, but if you are looking for a fantastic monitor with superior quality and incredible 3D capabilities, then look no further than the Asus VG278H.

Gamers Daily News was graced with the one of these magnificent monitors for our satellite office and we have been using it for a couple months now.  To say that we were impressed by its performance would be a gross understatement.  I was so immersed in a sea of stunning pixels and vibrant colors that the review was the last thing on my mind following about a thousand thoughts of “Oh my gosh!!! That looks incredible!!!”  So without further ado, allow me to take you on a tour of awesomeness. 

asus VG278H batman

Please note that I am not a professional photographer.  All of the pictures I took looked absolutely horrid and didn’t do the VG278H justice.  For that reason, this review will be showing pictures provided to us by Asus, so that the reader can see an accurate depiction of the product.

Design

Today the look of a peripheral is just as important as its functionality and Asus delivers on this front.  The VG278H is beautifully crafted with a sleek and shiny design.  The frame of the monitor is slick mirror-finished black plastic that will catch your eye.  That is of course, as long as you can keep people’s grubby hands off of it.  The mirror-finish is highly prone to picking up fingerprints and marks.

The base is both solid and sturdy.  The full metal base attaches with just a couple of wingnut screws.  Once upright, the whole unit is capable of swivelling about 350 degrees.  asus VG278H screenThe monitor itself will can be raised 10 cm, tilted forward 5 degrees, and back 20 degrees so that it looks good on any desk.  At the top of the monitor, you will notice a small protrusion that may seem out of place, but once you know what it is you will be thankful that it is there.  Instead of a standard half pyramid shaped IR emitter that can get in the way on your desk, Asus opted to integrate it into the frame of the screen saving you precious desk space.

Also in the box you will find a pair of Nvidia’s 3D Vision 2 glasses.  This version of the glasses sports several improvements over the original design.  You will notice that the side bands are significantly thinner, more flexible, and made to be more comfortable when worn in conjunction with a headset.  The most noticeable of these changes is the improvement to the lenses.  The 3D Vision 2 glasses sport lenses that are 20% larger than the original version.  This change, coupled with the Lightboost technology allows you to see stunning 3D across more of the screen in even the darkest of landscapes.

nvidia 3d vision 2 glases

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Our Rating for Asus VG278H 3D Monitor Review
10.0 Style (look/feel)
Not only is the VG278H look incredible, but with the built in 3D IR emitter it keep you from having another cable run across your desk.
10.0 Functionality (what it does/doesn't do)
I have tested other 3D monitors before and this monitor out performed them all.
8.0 Value (worth the cost vs. competition)
Yes, it is more expensive than other 3D monitors on the market, but you get what you pay for. In this instance, you are not paying for the Asus or Nvidia name, but rather for the superior quality resulting from their joint efforts.
0.0 Customer Support
N/A
10.0 Usability (comfort, usefulness, installation)
The glasses are incredibly comfortable, and the monitor is lightweight enough to easily transport to a LAN party.
9.5 Overall
The Asus VG278H sits proudly at the top of the monitor food chain. There is no reason for humility on Asus’ part because they have set a new standard of excellence with this monitor.

Rating: 4.4, votes: 5


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