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Asus PB279Q 4K makes us see red

by on04 December 2014


And green and blue

The 4K monitor area is beginning to be shaken up just in time for Christmas.

They start at around $499 and they go all the way over a $1500. There is even a $2999 professional 32 inch Sharp 4K monitor for a person with deep pockets.

Right in the middle is the Asus PB279Q and it comes with some unique features. The least expensive Asus 4K monitor a PB287Q Black supports 10-bit color and sells for $569.99. The new Asus PB279Q monitor has 163 pixels-per-inch (PPI) density, over eight million pixels. It is great for business users; it is an IPS (In-Plane Switching) monitor with 178-degree wide-viewing angles on both horizontal and vertical planes.


Most important it has 100 per cent RGB wide colour gamut for consistent color reproduction which is rather important for professional video and photo editors. It is less useful for some gamers that the monitor supports 5ms pixel response time.


It comes with eight different inputs, four HDMI 1.4 with MHL, single Display Port 1.2, Mini Display Port 1.2 audio in and earphone jack. The four HDMI can enable four different inputs for Built-in Picture-in-Picture (PiP) and Picture-by-Picture (PbP) usage. You will have to use Display Port 1.2 or Mini Display Port 1.2 to get the full 4K 3840x2160 at 60Hz. HDMI 1.4 is limited to 3840x2160 at 30Hz and only HDMI 2.0 can push the whole 60Hz.


Asus intends that you won't be using more than four times full HD on this monitor. Only surveillance security guys might actually do something like that. Having more than one input and picture in picture support is a great idea as many users, us included sometimes need to do a thing on another machine.

The PB287Q monitor supports height adjustments from to 150 mm, swivel +60, -60 degrees, tilt +20 or -5 degrees and pivot 90 clockwise rotation for a portrait view.


This monitor is targeting prosumers, professional photographers, designers, video editors as 10 bit color accuracy plays a big role in monitor accuracy. Gamers might not benefit from this one as for many 5 ms might be too high for gaming. TN panels offer faster gray-to-gray response time, but worse viewing angles and colour accuracy. IPS monitors were always on a more expensive side but professionals won't mind.

The $799 price for Europe and Taiwan seems reasonable and the monitor should start shipping later in December.


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