One thing to keep in mind with a monitor this size is that if you plan on gaming, you'll need a relatively powerful graphics card to drive the display's pixels at the panel's native resolution. That's not something the CAD crowd necessarily has to worry about, but if your primary objective is to blow up bad guys in virtual worlds in full graphical splendor, be mindful of the 2650x1440 resolution for optimal image quality. Though any LCD can scale down to lower resolutions, things just won't look as sharp as native res.
ASUS PB278Q - 27 inches of PLS sex appeal.
Paper specs and pricing advantages are both fine and dandy, but at the end of the day, image quality and performance plays the biggest role in determining a monitor's worth. Can the PB278Q stand up to our battery of visual quality tests? It's time to find out.
The PB278Q is kind of an odd mix of feature additions and subtractions. It has built in stereo speakers, plenty of ports, and a flexible stand that supports rotate, tilt, pivot, and height adjustments, but there's no USB hub or media card reader built into the panel. Perhaps they were sacrificed for a lower price tag, though we'd argue a graphics professional would likely benefit more from those items than the pair of speakers jammed inside, and gamers are likely to wield a high quality headset or a bookshelf system anyway.
One other thing to note is the weight. Even though the PB278Q is not much smaller than a 30-inch panel, it's significantly lighter than the larger monitors we've played with.