ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Aug 13, 2020 at 08:22 am
ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV Picture
8.0
Mixed Usage
8.4
Office
8.3
Gaming
7.7
Multimedia
7.8
Media Creation
5.8
HDR Gaming
Size 27"
Resolution 2560x1440
Max Refresh Rate
75 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
Adaptive Sync

The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a very good budget-friendly monitor that's intended for creative professionals. Its superb ergonomics, high peak brightness, and wide viewing angles make it a good fit for nearly any type of workspace. It comes with good color accuracy out-of-the-box and it has an excellent SDR color gamut; however, it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't support HDR. It has impressive gaming performance despite its professional-looking design, as it has a fast response time, Adaptive Sync support, and a 75Hz refresh rate that makes fast motion look just a bit more fluid. Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio and mediocre black uniformity, which is expected of most IPS panels. On the bright side, it provides a generous number of USB ports and even has a pair of built-in speakers.

Update 09/24/2020: We mistakenly indicated that this monitor has native FreeSync support. It supports Adaptive Sync, and is FreeSync compatible.

Our Verdict

8.0 Mixed Usage

The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a great monitor for most uses. It has a large screen with a high resolution that's well-suited for work, gaming, or media consumption. It has a fast response time, low input lag, and a 75Hz refresh rate that makes fast motion look smoother than a typical 60Hz panel. It has superb ergonomics, wide viewing angles, and it overcomes glare easily in bright lighting conditions. Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio that makes it less ideal for dark room viewing and it doesn't support HDR.

Pros
  • Superb ergonomics.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Flicker-free backlight.
Cons
  • No HDR support.
  • Low contrast ratio.
8.4 Office

The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a great office monitor. Its large screen and high resolution allow you to work comfortably, with plenty of screen space to have multiple windows opened at the same time. It has wide viewing angles, it overcomes glare easily, and it has superb ergonomics, so you can adjust the monitor however you like. Input lag is low and the monitor's 75Hz refresh rate makes scrolling through documents feel just a tad smoother.

Pros
  • Superb ergonomics.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Flicker-free backlight.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
8.3 Gaming

The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a great monitor for gaming. It has a fast response time, low input lag, and its 75Hz refresh rate makes motion look just a bit smoother than your typical 60Hz panel. It supports Adaptive Sync to reduce screen tearing and it's compatible with FreeSync and G-SYNC sources. It isn't well-suited for gaming in the dark, as it has a low contrast ratio and mediocre black uniformity. On the upside, it has a large screen and high resolution that makes gaming feel incredibly immersive.

Pros
  • Superb ergonomics.
  • Variable refresh rate (VRR) support.
  • Great response time.
  • Flicker-free backlight.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Mediocre black uniformity.
7.7 Multimedia

The ASUS PA278QV is a good monitor for media consumption. It delivers good picture quality thanks to its high resolution and its large screen feels immersive. It has superb ergonomics and wide viewing angles, making it easy to share content with others. It's well-suited for bright rooms, as it handles reflection well and it gets bright enough to overcome glare. However, it doesn't perform all that well in dark rooms due to its low contrast ratio and mediocre black uniformity.

Pros
  • Superb ergonomics.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Flicker-free backlight.
Cons
  • No HDR support.
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Mediocre black uniformity.
7.8 Media Creation

The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is a very good monitor for content creators. Its high pixel density results in sharp images and text, and there's plenty of screen space to have multiple windows opened at the same time. It has superb ergonomics, wide viewing angles, and it gets bright enough for use in any lighting conditions. Unfortunately, its contrast ratio and black uniformity are both mediocre, so blacks look more grayish. It has near full coverage of the sRGB color space; however, its Adobe RGB coverage is only decent.

Pros
  • Superb ergonomics.
  • Wide viewing angles.
  • Flicker-free backlight.
Cons
  • Low contrast ratio.
  • Mediocre black uniformity.
5.8 HDR Gaming

The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV doesn't support HDR.

  • 8.0 Mixed Usage
  • 8.4 Office
  • 8.3 Gaming
  • 7.7 Multimedia
  • 7.8 Media Creation
  • 5.8 HDR Gaming
  1. Update 9/24/2020: We've updated the variable refresh rate support to indicate Adaptive Sync instead of FreeSync.

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27" Pro Art Display PA278QV
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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
10.4 lbs (4.7 kg)
Weight (with stand)
16.5 lbs (7.5 kg)

The ASUS ProArt PA278QV's design is simple and a bit boxy, very similar to Dell's UltraSharp monitors, such as the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q. It has thin bezels on three sides but the bottom bezel is thicker, as it houses the monitor's controls and also has a built-in ruler. The stand has a square base that doesn't take up too much space and it has a brushed metallic finish.

Design
Stand
Width
10.3" (26.2 cm)
Depth
8.9" (22.5 cm)

Even though the stand is plastic, it supports the monitor well and there's very little wobble.

9.7
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.9" (15.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range -90° to 90°
Tilt Range -35° to 5°

The ASUS PA278QV has superb ergonomics. It allows for all manner of adjustments, but it's the incredibly wide swivel range that really stands out.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor has a clean and professional look. The stand has a quick release feature if you want to wall-mount it, and there's a small cutout in the stand that serves as cable management.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.3" (0.8 cm)

The bezels are thin on three sides except for the bottom bezel, which houses the monitor's controls.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
6.9" (17.4 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.1" (5.4 cm)

The screen itself is fairly thin, which is great if you want to VESA-mount it.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The ASUS PA278QV's build quality is good. The plastic construction feels fairly solid and there are no obvious issues. The stand supports the monitor well and it doesn't wobble much. However, the stand's finish scratches rather easily.

Picture Quality
6.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1114 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV has a mediocre contrast ratio, typical of most IPS panel monitors. This results in blacks that look grayish, especially when viewed in a dark room.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

This monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is for reference only.

8.3
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
417 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
444 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
446 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
446 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
447 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
447 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
444 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
445 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
445 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
446 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
446 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.000

The ASUS ProArt PA278QV's SDR peak brightness is great. It's bright enough to overcome glare in any lighting conditions and is extremely consistent across different content.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

The ASUS PA278QV doesn't support HDR.

8.2
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
44 °
Color Washout From Right
44 °
Color Shift From Left
61 °
Color Shift From Right
62 °
Brightness Loss From Left
52 °
Brightness Loss From Right
52 °
Black Level Raise From Left
70 °
Black Level Raise From Right
70 °
Gamma Shift From Left
41 °
Gamma Shift From Right
43 °

Great horizontal viewing angles. Images should remain accurate when viewed from the side, making it easier to share your work with others.

8.8
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
53 °
Color Washout From Above
58 °
Color Shift From Below
61 °
Color Shift From Above
68 °
Brightness Loss From Below
52 °
Brightness Loss From Above
56 °
Black Level Raise From Below
70 °
Black Level Raise From Above
70 °
Gamma Shift From Below
45 °
Gamma Shift From Above
55 °

Excellent vertical viewing angles. This is good if you tend to sit extremely close to the screen or have the monitor mounted above eye level.

8.9
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
2.657 %
50% DSE
0.093 %
5% Std. Dev.
0.322 %
5% DSE
0.052 %

Excellent gray uniformity. The edges of the screen appear darker, but thankfully, there's very little dirty screen effect and uniformity is even better in dark scenes.

6.2
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
1.874 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Mediocre black uniformity. There's visible backlight bleed at the top and bottom of the screen. It shouldn't be noticeable in normal content except for very dark scenes, or in movies where there are black bars.

7.9
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
sRGB
Luminance
117 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
N/A
Contrast Setting
80
RGB Controls
50-50-50
Gamma Setting
Default
Color Temperature
6007 K
White Balance dE
2.97
Color dE
2.31
Gamma
2.17

Out-of-the-box, the ASUS ProArt PA278QV has good color accuracy. The monitor has an sRGB mode that's factory-calibrated and comes with a calibration report in the box. It's advertised to have an accuracy that's below 2dE; however, some of our measurements exceed that. This is likely due to different methods of measuring color accuracy.

Most of the color inaccuracies are difficult to spot, but white balance is off due to the warm color temperature giving the image a reddish tint. Gamma follows the target curve reasonably well except for bright scenes, which are over-brightened.

9.7
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
User 1
Luminance
101 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
7
Contrast Setting
80
RGB Controls
49-51-55
Gamma Setting
2.2
Color Temperature
6516 K
White Balance dE
0.32
Color dE
0.59
Gamma
2.19

After calibration, the color accuracy is superb. The remaining inaccuracies shouldn't be noticeable without the aid of a colorimeter. White balance is nearly perfect and the color temperature is much closer to our 6500K target. Gamma is better, but dark scenes are still brighter than they should be.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and should not be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit even for the same model due to manufacturing tolerances.

8.5
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
95.8 %
Adobe RGB xy
74.5 %
sRGB Picture Mode
User 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
User 1

The ASUS PA278QV has an excellent SDR color gamut. It has near full coverage of the widely-used sRGB color space, but its coverage of the Adobe RGB is more limited and may not be good enough for professional photo editing.

8.7
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
94.9 %
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
79.1 %
sRGB Picture Mode
User 1
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
User 1

Excellent color volume. It doesn't display dark colors well due to its low contrast ratio and has trouble with bright blues, which is normal for LCD screens.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
N/A
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

The ASUS PA278QV doesn't support HDR.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

This monitor doesn't support HDR.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR After 0 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 2 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 4 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 6 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 8 Min Recovery
0.00 %
IR After 10 Min Recovery
0.00 %

There are no signs of temporary image retention.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

Excellent gradient handling. There's a bit of banding in all colors, but it's most noticeable in greens and grays.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.001 %
Pixel Column Error
0.002 %

There are no signs of color bleed on this monitor.

7.9
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.5 %
Indirect Reflections
2.8 %
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.8 %

The ASUS PA278QV has good reflection handling. The matte anti-reflective coating does a good job of diffusing reflected light. Direct reflections can be a bit distracting, but the monitor can get bright enough to compensate.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

Text clarity is decent. It looks much sharper with ClearType enabled (top photo), especially with diagonal lines. The pixels are blurry in the photo due to the monitor's matte anti-reflective coating.

Motion
8.4
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
60
Rise / Fall Time
6.6 ms
Total Response Time
12.6 ms
Overshoot Error
2.9 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
6.9 ms
Dark Total Response Time
11.7 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
3.8 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
0 Chart Table Photo
20 Chart Table Photo
40 Chart Table Photo
60 Chart Table Photo
80 Chart Table Photo
100 Chart Table Photo

The ASUS PA278QV has great response time when running at its max refresh rate. This results in only a small blur trail behind fast-moving objects and makes this monitor a good option for gaming. The best overdive setting is '60', as it provides the best performance with minimal overshoot.

8.4
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
40
Rise / Fall Time
7.2 ms
Total Response Time
12.4 ms
Overshoot Error
0.9 %
Dark Rise / Fall Time
7.7 ms
Dark Total Response Time
12.4 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
2.7 %

Overdrive Setting Response Time Chart Response Time Tables Motion Blur Photo
0 Chart Table Photo
20 Chart Table Photo
40 Chart Table Photo
60 Chart Table Photo
80 Chart Table Photo
100 Chart Table Photo

The response time at 60Hz is nearly identical to the response time at max refresh rate, but with even less overshoot. The best overdrive setting at 60Hz is '40', as the higher settings have significantly more overshoot, causing visible artifacts.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
>1000 Hz

The backlight is flicker-free when the brightness is at maximum. Below maximum, the backlight's flicker frequency is so high that it shouldn't be noticeable to most people.

7.8
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
75 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
75 Hz

There's an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to help improve motion clarity. It only works at 75Hz and can't be used at the same time as variable refresh rate. Unfortunately, the strobe crosstalk is quite bad, as it causes visible image duplication. To enable the Black Frame Insertion feature, you have to be in the 'Rapid Rendering' mode.

7.8
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
75 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
75 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
Compatible (Tested)
VRR Maximum
75 Hz
VRR Minimum
48 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors DisplayPort, HDMI

The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV supports Adaptive Sync to reduce screen tearing when gaming. It's also compatible with FreeSync and NVIDIA's G-SYNC; however, the latter only works over a DisplayPort connection.

Inputs
9.2
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
6.5 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
8.1 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
6.9 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
9.0 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
13.0 ms

The ASUS PA278QV has exceptionally low input lag. It's a little higher if you run at 60Hz or with the Black Frame Insertion feature enabled, but it shouldn't be noticeable to most people.

8.3
Inputs
Resolution And Size