ASUS PB287Q True 4K Monitor Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS PB287Q True 4K Monitor Review


Once upon a time a computer monitor was a separate thing to a television, with different requirements and different inputs. As the switch to flat panel displays alongside the increased media capabilities, and indeed popularity, of home consoles came to be, so the difference between a monitor and a television was blurred to the point that they overlap. In the home the major manufacturers have been pushing 3D as the technology of the future, and it's nearly impossible to buy a good quality panel that doesn't come with some form of nausea inducing 3D built in.

Those of us who understand technology though, we knew that the future wasn't gimmicky 3D but increased pixel density and higher resolutions. The difference between Standard Definition and High Definition is massive, even though we've all got used to it. So when the first 4K televisions appeared we salivated. We then saw the price of them and went to buy a lottery ticket. They were laughably expensive, with even an average model costing a years wages. Thankfully in the same way that HD displays have become almost cheap, so the price of 4K screens is slowly dropping.

Not content with dropping the price slowly, ASUS have come out of the gate with the PB287Q, a 4K display priced at a barely believable £600. That isn't much more expensive than a 2560x1440 monitor, except you're getting 3840x2160. A huge amount of screen space. Any of us who work in the digital content world require all the space possible, and if you're a gamer who requires nothing but the finest possible display, the PB287Q could be right up your alley.

Technical Specifications

It's difficult to not look at the specifications of the PB287Q and not be blown away. 28 inches of screen, 4K resolution at 60Hz (via Display Port), a pretty good 157 Pixels Per Inch and full 10 bit colour are enough to make anyone salivate. When you add to that a 1ms grey-to-grey response time, and kudos to ASUS for admitting it's GtG rather than black to white, and a stand that actually is adjustable, it's clear that no corners have been cut to hit that low price point.

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Most Recent Comments

29-06-2014, 19:28:46

Oooh show me your display Quote

29-06-2014, 20:29:42

4K screens are starting to drop in price and the quality of them is improving, this one is a start.
Now we just need the GPUs to catch up so a single card is enough to run one 4K screen as good as they can on a 1080p one today.
Until that happens, it isn't really worth going 4K for 90% of people. By the time it does happen, 4K screens will be even cheaper and there will be better ones than the ones today.Quote

29-06-2014, 20:33:34

Very swish! And I really like the performance figures, puts into perspective just how much horsepower is going to be needed for 4k, particularly as things progress. One question though.....don't happen to have a couple of Titan's knocking around to run a test or 2 in SLI? The 295x2's only have 4GB per GPU, so the Titans could be a little experiment into the value that could be offered by something like a much mooted yet never materialising 6GB 780Ti, or even the 880 in the future.

Also, does your camera have a manual focus or focus lock? If not have you considered using a dSLR instead?Quote

29-06-2014, 20:40:33

Does it support 120Hz with 1080p? I'm intrigued by the idea of having such a screen and doing work stuff at 4k, and then game at 1080p. There wouldn't be blurriness since at 1080p every pixel is represented by a 2x2 cluster.Quote

29-06-2014, 20:58:12

Asus is really bringing it these days with their monitors. Ive been doing some research on some wanting to upgrade my 25" HP and a lot of the top ones out there seem to be by Asus.

Think Ill pass on 4K though for a while. I think its a little too much resolution requiring a little too much GPU horsepower. Luckily for my 42 year old eyes, 1920x1080 looks plenty sharp. Quote

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