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Asus is Showing Their New 27-inch VG278H 120Hz 3D LCD Monitor

March 5th, 2011 · 22 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

Asus has a strange history in regards to showing some 3D monitors at events such as CES or CeBit and these monitors never actually appearing on the market. They are trying to be first, but only in showing a prototype on a big event and then releasing a different product on a market at a later time. This already has happened with the Asus VG242H that never came to the market, but instead Asus VG236H was released at a later time. Then Asus was the first company to show a 27-inch 3D monitor that months later again has never appeared on the market and now at CeBit 2011 Asus is showing a new 27″ model, the Asus VG278H that we are probably soon going to have on the market… hopefully as early as April.

Asus VG278H 3D Monitor Specifications:

Display size: 27″, 16:9 Widescreen, LED backlight
Panel Technology: TN (Twisted Nematic)
Resolution: 1920×1080 @ 120Hz
Contrast ratio: 1000:1 / 50,000,000:1 (Dynamic)
Brightness: 400 cd/m2
Response Time: 2ms (gray-to-gray)
Internal speakers: 3W x2 Stereo
Connections: HDMI, DVI-D (Dual-Link), D-Sub, HDMI 1.4, Earphone Jack

The 27-inch Asus VG278H 3D monitor follows the general design of the smaller VG236H monitor the company released last year, but there are some differences as well. The new 27-inch model apparently will be using a LED backlight, will have a built-in 3D Vision IR emitter and also have support for stereo 3D over the HDMI 1.4 interface. I expect that it will be pretty similar in terms of performance to what the 27-inch Acer 3D monitor that I’ve already reviewed, but we’ll have to wait a bit more to see.

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22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 thomasjn // Mar 5, 2011 at 13:52

    Its nice with some more 27″ screens on my market (if asus releases this one ;)..)

    It would be nice to see some screen with a different panel tho, and im mostly thinking about IPS panel.
    Is it not possible to create a 120hz IPS panel, that can be used for gaming?

  • 2 Bloody // Mar 5, 2011 at 16:09

    One thing that is not very clear yet is if the screen will be glossy or matte…

  • 3 Jez_Gafys // Mar 5, 2011 at 21:56

    I queried the asus 27″ last year with my asus rep as it was originally due like Q2 2010. They came back with a the following response …

    “Unfortunately this product isn’t released until Q2 – April – June2011”

    Plain and simple a year delay

  • 4 arlips // Mar 5, 2011 at 22:35

    I’ll believe it when I see it on the market… too many 27″ teases with nothing to show for them have left me gunshy of getting my hopes up.

    Also, I bet this will be prohibitively expensive compared to other 3D monitors. Huge screen, LED backlit, built-in emitter… When I first heard about a 27″ 3D monitor I was jumping for joy at the prospect of paying maybe ~$600 for a screen with some decent size, but after reading all the features they are packing into this, I’m thoroughly convinced it will be priced similar to 30″ 2D monitors that do 2560×1600 – that is, $1000 and up.

  • 5 tritosine // Mar 6, 2011 at 01:15

    even the 1000:1 contrast is a cheat

  • 6 craig davis // Mar 6, 2011 at 05:40

    Any info on the samsung 27″ i thought it was supposed to be released in march?

  • 7 Lucidkill // Mar 6, 2011 at 18:43

    Wow. Asus is finally releasing a 27 inch 3d monitor. I am really interested in reading a comparison of this monitor to the Acer 27 inch 3d monitor coming out soon.

  • 8 Bloody // Mar 6, 2011 at 18:55

    Not a lot of information about the new Samsung 3D monitors yet, I’ll try to get the Asus as soon as it is available to review it and compare it to the Acer… will also try to see what happens with Samsung.

  • 9 Bart // Mar 6, 2011 at 20:52

    I hope it’s the glossy model. I love the colours and better contrast that a glossy screen provides. Bloody I noticed that a store near me has a new Panasonic 3D camecorder for about 1200.00 Have you tried this one yet? Worth buying? Thanks and love your website.

  • 10 Dennis // Mar 8, 2011 at 12:03


    I’d like to know if you can tell the difference between a 300cd/m2 monitor and a 400cd/m2 monitor in 3d mode.

  • 11 XLink // Mar 8, 2011 at 22:26

    Why would you buy Asus?

    I don’t think you can trust a company that enjoys teasing customers the way they did with their 27” 3D monitor. They showed that is not about the product, it’s about competition only.

    I’m definitely waiting for the Samsung product instead.

  • 12 Dennis // Mar 9, 2011 at 12:59

    Don’t hold your breath. Samsung’s new 3d monitors aren’t compatible with nvidia’s 3d tech. They aren’t included in the compatibility list.


  • 13 Bloody // Mar 9, 2011 at 13:28

    This simply means that there are no drivers yet that support them, as you can see the 27-inch Asus is also currently not in the list, only the Acer HN274H is…

  • 14 Lucidkill // Mar 13, 2011 at 17:30

    Does anyone plan on doing 3d surround with this monitor or any of the other 27 inch 3d monitors coming out soon? I think that the bezel on this monitor looks thin enough to be in a surround set up. Although the price may not be attractive.

  • 15 H C Forde // Mar 14, 2011 at 05:37

    For the Samsung 27″ it is a given that you will need Samsung’s glasses. What I am not clear about is if they will be able to work with Nvidia’s video cards because of some hardware emulation in the monitor (via upgradable bios chip)or if it will be limited to 3D via the HDMI and if so, then at what resolution(s).

    The bios emulation is my imagination thinking of possibilities nothing more. I have heard nothing to that effect!!!

    I have not tried it but do glasses of different manufacturers of 3Dtv’s work interchangeably? I don’t think they do, but a 3D blu-ray movie works with all Blu 3D players and TV’s with the appropriate glasses. Am I missing something here? If the glasses work with the monitor and the video card works with the monitor, do the drivers even matter for the glasses to work? OR is this driver you are talking about just the “.inf or icc” file that is a very simple thing to produce.

    The Samsung monitor intrigues me because of the visual quality they have. In my opinion, their picture is best after the Panasonic.

  • 16 BJ // Jun 3, 2011 at 11:26

    I checked Asus Tech Support last night and their website form has a listing for the VG278H monitor. So it seems like they do plan to support this product because it even has a webpage for downloading drivers already, even though it’s blank right now.

  • 17 Doomtack // Aug 20, 2011 at 19:53

    They are taking way too long to release any info on this…
    I would at least like to know when the thing is going to be released so I can plan for it…

  • 18 Sir Le3ch // Sep 12, 2011 at 16:12

    I agree, i have pre-ordered the Samsung s27a950 as stock disappeared pretty quickly, and was hesitating due to this option, but as they give no support to the consumer regarding approximate release date etc, I think ill stick with the beautiful Sammy.

    Also as i have an AMD gpu it will be better suited i feel, plus the 2d to 3d conversion and the more comfortable glasses, i think it will be the much better option. Only paying $547 mwahaha… Lets see Asus beet that!

  • 19 frankycro // Oct 16, 2011 at 22:19

    There is a mistake in Asus VG278H 3D Monitor Specifications, it says Brightness is 400 cd/m2 – this is wrong, according to Asus user manual and online specification this monitor is 300 cd/m2 ;-)

  • 20 Bloody // Oct 16, 2011 at 23:02

    This is an old information from Asus, check the date of the article, probably before the specifications of the product were finalized…

  • 21 frankycro // Oct 17, 2011 at 00:37

    Hm, this information is not from article, it’s from their web product specification and user manual. Ok, even it’s 400cd/m2 and 27″ it is obvious why 3D picture looks brighter versus “old” Samsung 2233RZ, which is 300cd/m2 and 22″. I personally have LG W2363D (400cd/m2) and it will be interesting to see how Asus VG278H performing against other 400cd/m2 on the market and how much Light Boost technology actually “boost” brightness. But one is fore sure, if it not deliver light to TN panel in moment when shutter switching from one eye to another, then it will dramatically reduce ghosting/crosstalk effect.

  • 22 Paul // Oct 27, 2011 at 00:15

    Its October 26th, 2011. This monitor was published for release at the end of October 2011. So ASUS, where is it???? I’ve been a loyal consumer but am very frustrated with your marketing techniques for this monitor and your lack of integrity in your word for delivery. I am considering switching my monitor lineup to another brand.

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