2014 is quickly becoming the year of 4K. It is becoming a valid resolution that offers an improved experience whether it be in the benefit of sheer desktop work space dimensions and enhanced workflow or improved PPI. Equally beneficial is the eye opening enjoyment offered by the clearer, sharper and more detailed viewing of photos and videos. PC gamers are also embracing this resolution, while the current next gen consoles struggle to offer a consistent 1080 resolution gaming experience PC gamers are making the shift from 1080 and 2560 resolutions to 3840. ASUS currently offers two 4K monitors meeting the growing demand from all segments whether it be content creation, productivity, gaming or others. The current 4K portfolio is made up of the the ultra high end IGZO based PQ321 and the new aggressively priced but surprising capable PB287Q. We are excited to announce another upcoming 4K monitor along with the previously announced PA328Q, this new monitor is the PB279Q.
When we previously announced the PB287Q it was about offering 4K to the masses, bringing down the price point of adoption without compromising on the quality of the display overall and offer rich features and functionality. Users and media alike have been impressed by the new generation 10 bit TN panel used in the PB287Q offering impressive color reproduction, solid view angles and ultra sharp clarity. The new PB279Q aims to build on the interest of a more aggressively price 4K monitor but with a focus of offering higher performance for prosumers, professionals and display enthusiasts.
Quick details and usage environments
ASUS and its display division have been extremely busy over the last couple years releasing a wide range of monitors for all segments whether it be gaming, content creation, productivity and much more. Whether it be through inspired designs with rich functionality or advanced specification support there has been an ASUS monitor to meet just about any usage model. Getting added into the award winning PB series of monitors focused at at prosumer, content creation professional, videographer and image quality enthusiast is the upcoming PB279Q. It is a 27” 100% sRGB 4K UHD monitor offering 10-bit color support based on a in plane switching panel. This will offer even higher performance and image quality as well color accuracy and reproduction when compared to the PB287Q. In addition black levels will also superior overall providing users with a price aggressive but high quality and higher performing 4K monitor than the impressive PB287Q. Many games will also be satisfied with solid response time of 5ms while. For many the combination of richer colors, deeper blacks and solid response times will be a no sensible upgrade to the solid color and black performance of the quicker 1ms PB287Q. Rounding out specification the PB279Q will also feature native 60Hz operation ensuring a smooth and responsive experience. Continuing in the tradition of recent ASUS monitors connectivity and aesthetics are improved upon with the PA279Q offering all the connections you could ask for whether it be DP, HDMI or MHL. Last buy not least the monitor features a super thin narrow bezel complimenting multi monitor installations.
In addition to 3840×2160 resolution and outstanding color saturation, performance display enthusiasts will appreciated the flexibility offered by the monitor. Whether it be its extensive range adjustments that include pivot, tilt, swivel or height adjustment the PB279Q will easily adjust to your usage environment and workflow. Additionally great ASUS features like our content creation friendly quickfit overlay system is present along with new Splendid Plus display adjustments allowing you to quickly and easily set the display for appropriate usage whether it be content creation, reading, video / movie watching or gaming. The PB279Q also implements the new OSD GUI ( onscreen display graphic user interface ) implemented in the recent PB287Q. This new OSD offers a clean and easy to under menu system with rich functionality for tweaking and tuning your display. Users looking to maximize the input flexibility and large resolution will appreciate the advanced PiP ( picture in picture ) support as well as PbP ( picture by picture ) support. All in all this is a fantastic display for those looking into any type of content creation, editing, modeling or large workflow usage models. Equally at home this high performance display offers outstanding image quality for image quality enthusiasts in the PC gaming space look to have an ultra sharp and large display for the most detailed PC gaming experience. The adjustment options are great for FPS gamers who prefer a vertical gaming experience compared to a traditional horizontal gaming experience. Movie and video watches will rejoice in rich and accurate color reproduction as well as deep black levels allowing for a cinematic experience whether it be in watching high bit rate HD material or native 4K video content.
- Panel Size: 27” diagonal
- Color Saturation: 100% sRGB, 10-bit color (10.7 Billion colors)
- Response Time: 5ms (GtG)
- Resolution: 3840 x 2160 resolution
- Pixel Pitch: 163 PPI
- Brightness: 300 nits
- Viewing Angle: 178 degree wide viewing angle in all directions.
- Input / Output: 1x mDP, 1x DP 1.2, 4x HDMI 1.4 /MHL 2.0 (combo) (support two PiP and maximum four PbP input sources)
o mDP and DP 4K at 60Hz
o HDMI 4K at 30Hz
o MHL no 4K support
- Mechanical Design: Full pivot, tilt and swivel and height adjustment, sub 1 cm super narrow bezel design (9mm) for multi-display setting
Quick Fit options
PiP & PbP options
Images of the PB279Q
When will this monitor be available?
This product is still under design and development but projected release time frame is in mid to late Q3.
How much will it cost?
MSRP pricing will be released closer to product availability. Pricing is expected to be clearly under 1000 USD.
Stay tuned for more information. If you have any questions or comments feel free to send them to PCDIY@ASUS.COM or post in the comments section. As more information becomes available I will update this post.