- Lots of inputs
- Low cost
- No lag, decent contrast
- Flat, muddy speakers
- Limited stand flexibility
- Plastic scratches easily
Even though it's not perfect, it's a 27-inch, 1080p display with lots of inputs for $300. What more can you want?
The ASUS VE276Q is ASUS’ latest take on the ever-growing 27-inch display market. Packed with features, the monitor may seem too big for some desks, but its narrow depth means it can fit almost anywhere. Can this three hundred dollar juggernaut find a spot in your life? Read on for our full review.
- Screen size: 27 inches
- Resolution 1920×1080
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- Horizontal viewing angle: 170 degrees
- Vertical viewing angle: 160 degrees
- Pixel pitch: 0.311mm
- Brightness: 300 cd/m2 (max)
- Dynamic contrast ratio: 100000:1 (max)
- Response time: 2ms (grey-to-grey)
- Ports: DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D, VGA, Line-in/out audio
- Dimensions: 25.3 x 17.5 x 8.7 inches (WxHxD, including stand)
- Weight: 15.87 pounds
- Stand: Tilt: +20 degrees, -5 degrees
- Built-in 3W stereo speakers, Kensington lock, VESA mount
- Warranty: 3 years limited parts and labor with free pick-up service
What’s in the box:
- ASUS VE276Q LCD monitor
- DVI cable
- VGA cable
- Audio cable with 3.5mm jacks
- Power cord
The suggested retail price for the ASUS VE276Q is $339.99, though it can be found for as low as $309 from some online retailers.
Build and quality
While the VE276Q might be a large display compared to the average computer monitor, its bulk does come in handy. Manufacturers can’t really afford to skimp too much on the build quality of these displays, because they’d just fall apart under light use. With that in mind, ASUS’ latest 27-inch display feels sturdy enough to last, treated properly.
The whole display is clad in glossy black plastic. It’s both a blessing and a curse – the body is attractive, but cleaning it with anything coarser than kitten fuzz, including a soft microfiber cloth, results in hundreds of fine scratches. Everywhere.
A large metal disk coated with the same plastic serves as a base for the thin display. The stand angles up from the rear, and the VE276Q can tilt up to +20 degrees or -5. ASUS constructed the disc in such a fashion that it also serves to help turn the display left or right – as a whole.
All of the buttons for the display are found on the lower-right hand of the monitor. Power, input switching, brightness up and down, video processing, menu and picture-in-picture all have their own functionality.
Four points in the center rear of the monitor serve as VESA-compatible mounting points. While the VE276Q is a hefty piece of kit, there are a number of stands that could adequately support the monitor’s weight and a lot of extra functionality besides.
Compared to the MT276HE, the VE276Q is much more svelte. The market has come to expect the thinner displays from LED-backlit monitors and TVs, so it’s interesting to see a much thinner CCFL-backlit monitor than LED-backlit one. There is an LED version of ASUS’s new display, known as the VE278Q.
While this new monitor loses the remote control from the other entry, it does keep a lot of other features. Two x three watt stereo speakers provide sound for the unit, and a couple of buttons on the front can change the volume levels. Sound is provided either over HDMI or, more likely, via an included 3.5mm – 3.5mm audio cord.
Inputs for sound and video can be fount on the bottom-rear of the machine. There are 3.5mm jacks for audio in and out on the right, along with DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D and VGA ports on the left. Fortunately, ASUS includes most of the cords necessary to get everything hooked up.
Light and power
The power draw of most LCDs is precisely equivalent to the brightness of the monitor’s backlight. In this instance, we displayed a raw white image on the display and measure power consumption at a number of different levels.
With the contrast set to 80 out of a total 100, the brightness was set to 0, 25, 50, 75 and 100, with power draw being measured at each level.
|Backlight level||Power draw (W)|
Interestingly, the power draw we measured didn’t come all that close to the manufacturer’s specifications – which, in this case, is a good thing – as ASUS suggests a maximum draw of 70 watts for the VE276Q. While these numbers are substantially higher than those one might find in a monitor that eschews CCFL for LED, they’re not too bad when compared to similar displays.