The ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV is one of my favourite monitors in the industry right now. It is capable, versatile, and it comes with plenty of features for professional use that include media creation, colour-demanding tasks, and business purposes.
It is an upgrade to the ASUS PA278QV, which missed on USB Type-C, but our current contender has it. It is much more purposeful than before with its new design and wide range of ergonomics. It offers portrait orientation for vertical use along with height, tilt and swivel adjustments, so getting uncomfortable with this monitor is highly unlikely.
The industry has plenty of professional monitors, but it demands money. Very few of them are budget-oriented, and the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV is one of them. Its competitive pricing and the endless list of features are what makes this creative monitor one of our most recommended monitors of all time.
ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV Monitor: Review
- 1440p IPS Panel
- Superb ΔE<2 Accuracy
- 100% sRGB Coverage
- Fully Ergonomic Stand
- DisplayPort Daisy-Chaining
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The ASUS ProArt PA278CV is a great monitor for mixed usage. It is excellent for productivity purposes because of its great screen space and peak brightness. It might not interest gamers because of its limited refresh rate, but it does have Adaptive Sync for a satisfying gaming experience.
It is excellent for media creation because of its super color-rich screen and the valuable features it offers. It lacks HDR support, so it is not best suited for entertainment.
Design & Ergonomics
Monitor Type – Flat
Width – 61.5 cm
Height – 37.4 cm
The ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV has a boxy design with many square elements. The panel is finished in black, and it suits office and productivity spaces with its elegant design.
VESA Mount – 100x100mm
Ports Position – Down-Facing
The back is finished in all-black, and it has a bold ASUS logo in the centre of the top edge. The connectivity ports are on the back, and they are down-facing.
Weight – 18.52 lbs
The build quality is excellent, it is plastic, but it is very well put together. It feels premium, not as great compared to LG and Dell monitors, but it is excellent for the price.
Removable Stand – Yes
Cable Management – Yes
The stand has a square design, and it is made up of plastic. It takes a good amount of space, supporting the monitor well.
Tilt – 35° Backward, 5° Forward
Pivot – Both Ways
Swivel – 45° Left, 45° Right
Height – 15 cm
The stand offers excellent ergonomics. It rotates from both sides, has a decent swivel, tilt and height range.
Display & Performance
Panel Type – IPS
Panel Size – 27″
The ASUS ProArt PA278CV boasts an IPS panel. It is color-rich and decently sized for media creation and productivity purposes.
Resolution – QHD | 2560 x 1440p
PPI – 109 PPI
The screen clarity is excellent on this monitor. The high resolution results in great text clarity, and it offers perfect screen space for multi-tasking. The 109 PPI results in decent text clarity, but it does not match the excellence of 4K monitors.
Peak Brightness – 350 cd/m²
The panel on the ProArt PA278CV boasts 350-nits peak brightness, which is excellent at glares and reflection handling, thanks to its matte anti-glare coating on display. It is suitable for medium to well-lit rooms but should not be placed directly in front of the light.
Static Contrast Ratio – 1000:1
Dynamic Contrast Ratio – 100000000:1
The contrast is mediocre on the ASUS ProArt PA278CV. It is common with IPS panels and might not deliver the best dark room performance. Hence the blacks might appear gray in the dark.
Viewing Angles (H/V) – 178°/178°
The IPS panels are the best with viewing angles. Hence the colors do not shift when viewing from the sides or top and bottom. The image remains consistent, making it perfect for color-critical tasks
sRGB – 100%
Adobe RGB – 79%
Rec.709 – 100%
The ProArt PA278CV is meant for designers, artists, photographers, color-graders and video editors. It is highly color accurate, and it also comes factory-calibrated for the best results out of the box.
Minimum Response Time – 5ms
The ASUS ProArt PA278CV has a 5ms minimum response time, and it is good at motion handling. However, competitive gamers should get the super fast 1ms gaming monitors.
Refresh Rate – 46Hz to 75Hz
The max 75Hz refresh rate provides a little more smoothness over 60Hz monitors making it great for viewing motions during casual gaming and entertainment.
The ASUS ProArt PA278CV lets you quickly switch between color-gamuts. You can switch between sRGB, Rec.709, DCI-P3, Reading, and Darkroom, whichever suits your purpose.
REAL-SIZE ARTWORK PREVIEW
It provides various tools for measurements and alignments before printing. ASUS QuickFit Virtual Scale overlays a grid and ruler on the screen so that you can align your documents in their actual size.
ASUS LOW BLUE LIGHT MODE
It offers low blue light technology to save your eyes from straining, which you can access from OSD menu hotkeys on the front. There are five levels of low blue light mode, and you can set it according to the environment and tasks you perform.
The ASUS ProArt PA278CV is a great monitor for causal gaming when you are not working. It supports Adaptive-Sync, which means that this monitor is compatible with both AMD and Nvidia cards for VRR.
Connectivity & Inputs
1x HDMI 1.4
1x DisplayPort 1.2 (in)
1x DisplayPort 1.2 (out)
The ASUS ProArt PA278CV has decent video connectivity ports. It has a single HDMI 1.4, which should get the job done for most. However, it still has two DisplayPorts for in and out, and it also supports DaisyChaining for connecting up to 4 monitors.
USB & OTHER PORTS
4x USB 3.1
1x USB 3.1 (Type-C, 65W, DP Alt Mode)
3.5mm Audio Out Port
It also houses four USB ports for connecting accessories directly to the monitor. The USB-C port is great for MacBook users because it delivers video via DP Alt Mode and 65W power simultaneously. It also has an audio out port for connecting headphones.
Display2.6/5 AcceptableThe display is excellent, super color accurate, but not as good as 4K panels.
Design5/5 FantasticThe design is purposeful. It offers a wide range of ergonomics, and the build is excellent.
Features4.7/5 SuperbYou get plenty of features, and it is a complete package for media creation.
- Super Color-Accurate Screen
- Rich Connectivity
- Plenty Features
- Fully Ergonomic Stand
- Mediocre Dark-Room Performance
- Limited Refresh Rate