We've got quite the treat in the lab today in the form of the new ASUS PB287Q 4K monitor. 4K is a beautiful technology that provides the same screen area as four 1080p monitors (when you times x and y axis by two), as illustrated in the image below.
4K monitors are starting to get into a reasonable realm of pricing, meaning that enthusiasts should start to pick up 4K displays to game on, and professionals will be picking them up for the extra screen area. Enter the ASUS PB287Q.
Specifications and Pricing
The PB287Q is a 28-inch LCD widescreen display. The panel features the new 4K resolution that everyone is pushing for. Just a quick note: 4K is really sort of in limbo. As it stands, there really isn't much 4K content--videos, TV shows, etc.--because there aren't very many 4K monitors in the wild. There aren't very many 4K monitors in the wild because of the lack of content and massive toll on the GPU when gaming (you need one heck of a GPU to push 4K in a game with decent graphical settings).
While not specified, I do believe this monitor uses a 16:9 aspect ratio TN panel. The more off-center you view the monitor, the darker and more off the colors will become. ASUS says that this panel has a horizontal viewing angle of 170 degrees and a vertical viewing angle of 160 degrees.
The monitor stand is quite good. It allows for full swivel, tilt, pivot, and height adjustment. ASUS notes that the competing 4K Samsung monitor available for a similar price only features tilt. We haven't reviewed the Samsung monitor, so take that for what it's worth.
Regarding the technical specs, the PB287Q features a maximum refresh rate of 60Hz. To get a 4K monitor running at 60Hz, you require a DisplayPort 1.2-equipped video card and relevant drivers. HDMI can only support 4K at 30Hz.
The PB287Q features a response time of 1ms Gray to Gray, a contrast ratio of 100,000,000:1, a rated brightness of 300 Nits, and support for 1073.7 million colors (10bit). On the connector front, it features a DisplayPort 1.2 port and two HDMI ports, as well as MHL for viewing content from your mobile device that also includes MHL support. The monitor also has built-in speakers for basic audio needs. The monitor also features VESA mounts, something ASUS again notes the competition lacks.
It also comes with a complete complement of features, including features for gamers and content creators, such as a solid 1ms (GTG) response time. Also, for instance, ASUS' GamePlus technology features enhanced aim points and timers depending on the game type.
ASUS says the monitor will release for $649 in the US and $699 in Canada on June 10. Since this review is being written before the monitor is available, we'll have to go off of the above pricing that was provided to us.