The Good The Asus VE276Q includes built-in speakers, a large screen and plenty of connectivity options at a fairly low cost. It is also great for daily use.
The Bad The performance of the Asus VE276Q is lacking compared to its contemporaries; it lacks ergonomic options; and its speaker sounds muffled.
The Bottom Line The Asus VE276Q is a 27-inch low price that it can’t offer as much as its contemporaries.
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Looking for a 27-inch monitor that doesn’t fit the $ 1,000 scale? We can point you in the right direction; however, keep in mind that the more you pay for a monitor of this size, the more likely you are to get out of it. At least with those on our list.
The astute among you will notice that the monitor discussed here, the Asus VE276Q, is not on this list. This does not mean that it is a particularly bad monitor. It simply doesn’t offer enough in terms of performance and capabilities to warrant clearer recommendations. What Asus is trying to achieve is the price. At $ 330, it has the lowest price of the last 27-inch review we’ve reviewed, and it includes a useful range of connections and built-in speakers. Unfortunately, the sound of the speakers is muted; the picture has a slight green tint compared to the BenQ M2700HD; and it has fewer connectivity options than the BenQ M2700HD, which costs only $ 20 more. If $ 20 is not big for you, we recommend the BenQ M2700HD over the Asus VE276Q, thanks to better performance and more features.
Design and features
The 27-inch Asus VE276Q has a semi-glossy piano-black chassis. The bezel has a convex shape, occupying 0.8 inches on the right and left sides, and there is about 2.4 inches of space between the bottom of the panel and the desktop, giving access to the connection options a little hassle. The panel depth is less than we expected for the 27-inch, measuring 0.9 inches at the initial depth, but it extends another 1.25 inches when it considers the connection parameters. This results in the full depth of the monitor being up to 2.15 inches, which is shorter than 2.6 inches of BenQ. The full width of the display is 25.25 inches, which is about what we expected from a monitor of this size.
The round footrest is 8.6 inches in diameter, and the display neck mounts to the footrest and provides a 10-degree back tilt. Other ergonomic options are not included. The back of the panel has a glossy black front view and includes VESA wall support. At the top of the back, there are many small slots that make sound from the built-in speakers. In the center of the slots is an external light sensor that will adjust the light output from the backlight, depending on the amount of ambient light in the room. You can turn this on or off on the OSD. On the right of the back panel there is one HDMI port, DVI port, VGA port and DisplayPort.
On the ridge at the bottom right of the frame is a screen array, aligned horizontally, with a blue glowing power button in the right corner. The array consists of six buttons: Menu, Up, Down, Source, Preset Shortcut Button, and PIP Shortcut Button. The up and down buttons also double according to the volume of the speakers and shortcuts respectively.
The labels for each feature are located above the buttons on the front of the panel and have a corresponding bright white color. If you do not calibrate in a dark room, the buttons have enough space between them so you can easily distinguish which one you are currently pressing, even if the labels themselves cannot be seen in the dark. Unfortunately, the blue light from the power button LED does not help much; in fact, the power button is a little too far down at the bottom to even be seen most of the time.
The display screen contains the usual brightness, contrast, and sharpness settings. Also in Night View mode you can adjust the saturation and change the skin tone to natural, yellow or reddish. Why this option is only available in Night View is a mystery to us. It would be useful to use in other presets.
Screen Navigation revealed the frustration of the few days we spent with the monitor. The Up and Down buttons are separated by the Menu button, and the Menu button acts as an input button. So, blindly typing, we found that most often, instead of pushing down or up, we mistakenly pressed the Annoying Menu. In addition, pressing the OSD buttons caused a noticeable oscillation of the screen.
Sound options for built-in speakers are offered more than most monitors, with bass on, high and high right and left settings except volume.
|Connectivity||HDMI, DVI, VGA, DisplayPort|
|Ergonomic options||10-degree back tilt|
|Included video cables?||DVI, VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort|
|Number of presets||6|
|Picture options||Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness|
|Color controls||Color temperature control (yellowish, reddish, natural), RGB controls|
|Additional features||Ambient light sensor|
DisplayMate performance:We tested the Asus VE276Q through its DVI input connected to a Windows Vista PC using a DVI cable. The display published a composite score of 82 on Display-based tests based on DisplayMate Labs CNET labs – a few points lower than the 87Q BenQ M2700HD. Even after calibration, the VE276Q crushed the dark gray in our Extreme Grayscale Bars test and was able to display only as low as the gray level 8, indicating that there were problems with the display of dark details. The consistent theme of most of our color tests was, “Great, if only we could get rid of this green.” We couldn’t. Although the green tint is not offensive to a terrible level, it is noticeable, especially when near a monitor that does not have the same problem. In our dark screen test, the VE276Q created a very visible backlight that blurs or blurs at the bottom of the screen, but bleeds less than the BenQ M2700HD.
Text:We didn’t see any color issues with the black text on the white background in the text. The fonts were visible up to a 6.8-point size and were clearer than the BenQ M2700HD.
Movies:We tested the Asus VE276Q using the Blu-ray version of Avatar. The problem with the green tint goes over to the movies, but it’s not something we probably noticed if the monitor didn’t sit next to the BenQ M2700HD, which didn’t have the same color problem. Asus’ Theater was also not as adept as BenQ in displaying dark details in dark scenes. During one of the night scenes, some details of Na’vi’s hair were not visible, but they were more noticeable on the BenQ M2700HD. Increasing the contrast only approximates the black to gray you want to avoid when calibrating your monitor.
Games:Through our deep familiarity with World of Warcraft (WoW), it remains the best tool for judging color quality and brightness in games. We looked at WoW in the pre-installed Asus VE276Q game and found that the display provides a bright image with a good level of brightness; however, when compared directly to the BenQ M2700HD, we (once again) noticed a slight green tint. Again, we must emphasize that this is not something we would have noticed if the two monitors were not seated.
Sound:The built-in speaker made adequate sound which, unfortunately, was too low, even at maximum volume, to satisfy most gamers or fighters. However, the music sounded great at maximum volume, if muted. Overall, the audio was not as good as offline audio tuning, but not bad when you were watching web videos.
Viewing angle:The optimum viewing angle for the monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the way down from the top of the screen. At this angle, you look at colors and colors as intended by the manufacturer. Most monitors are not considered in any other angle. The image quality at sub-optimal angle depends on the type of panel. Most monitors use TN panels that are too bright or too dark on parts of the screen when viewed from sub-optimal angles, making the color image inaccurate. The Asus VE276Q uses a TN panel, and when viewed from the side or bottom, we perceived the screen to darken about 6 inches from the center; this is characteristic of TN.
Recommended settings and usage:While sharing, watching movies, and playing games, we found a pre-installed Standard program (contrast set to 71, red and blue to 87), which is the optimal VE276Q image setting.
However, even with this setting, the VE276Q demonstrates the advantage of displaying a noticeable green tint, especially when compared to the BenQ M2700HD, which did not have the same problem. We understand that at this point we run the risk of sounding like a broken record about the green tint issue, but we feel the need to clearly understand the problem: the green tint problem is not too bad, but an important factor when trying to decide between Asus and BenQ.
As with most TN-based monitors, the Asus VE276Q should not be used if accurate color reproduction is required; however, the monitor is good for watching movies, playing games and for public use. If you have severe color needs, we recommend restricting your search to IPS or PVA panels only. The more expensive Dell UltraSharp U2711 is a great place to start.
With its useful amount of connectivity, the monitor provides a nice console or PC gaming monitor, but not as good as the BenQ M2700HD with many connections. One of the advantages of Asus over BenQ is its inclusion in DisplayPort.
Energy consumption:The Asus VE276Q achieved poor power consumption, the default energy / power of 52.17 watts, compared to the 47.7 watts BenQ M2700HD in the same test. Delta consumption was higher in our sleep / expectation test: the VE276Q was 1.1 watts and the M2700HD was below 0.72 watts. With center monitor point calibrated up to 200 cand. Per square meter (cd / M2), the VE276Q received 44.01 watts, while the M2700HD reduced 35.2 watts. Based on our formula, the Asus VE276Q will cost $ 16.33 a year, compared to the BenQ M2700HD $ 14.73 a year.
|Asus VE276Q||Average watts per hour|
|On (default luminance)||52.17|
|On (max luminance)||54.9|
|On (min luminance)||26.1|
|Calibrated (200 cd/m2)||44.01|
|Annual power consumption cost||$16.33|
Brightness (cd / m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP 2709m 27″
441 BenQ M2700HD 27″
377 Asus VE276Q 27″
288 Samsung SyncMaster P2770HD 27 ”
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Asus VE276Q 27″
1,292:1 Samsung SyncMaster P2770HD 27 ”
1,003:1 BenQ M2700HD 27″
819:1 HP 2709m 27″
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Samsung SyncMaster P2770HD 27 ”
94 BenQ M2700HD 27″
87 HP 2709m 27″
84 Asus VE276Q 27″
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Service and support
Asus supports the VE276Q with a three-year warranty on the body and backlight panel. Asus also offers 24-7 support through toll free number, email and web chat. The company’s website offers easily posted documentation for the VE276Q.