SEE ALSO: Radeon R9 280X vs GeForce GTX 770Asus PB287Q: SetupIf only we could say the same about the Asus PB287Q on-screen display OSD and controls. Youll also need a DisplayPort 1. As ever, the specs don’t tell the full story here. More recent 4K TVs, like the Sony KDL-65C9005B and Samsung UE65HU8500, now carry HDMI 2. Other base specs include a claimed native contrast of 1,000:1, 300 nits peak brightness and a flicker-free backlight that will appeal to anyone particularly prone to eye-strain.
0 ports that support 60Hz 4K. Thats fine with us.As for how the monitor looks, its black and monitor-like. Were not suggesting for a moment either should be deciding factors in what monitor you buy, but Asus has contrived to make what the likes of the Dell UP2414Q and Samsung S24D590PL do so easily look very hard indeed.
2 port, and two HDMI 1.This 60Hz support is obviously pretty important for games, as is the claimed 1ms grey-to-grey response time.2.
4 ports with MHL support.To the PB287Qs credit, however, aside from VividText the default settings look pretty good. Its also very easily to assemble and disassemble, with a single screw to fasten the base to the monitors arm. The OSD looks quite nice and provides plenty of options, but many of them are buried below rather too many layers of abstraction.
What, after all, is the point of a graphics card that can do 4K if you dont have a 4K monitorThe Asus PB287Q is arguably one of the better featured of these monitors at present as it has a flicker-free backlight and includes height, pivot and swivel adjustment. The pivot works fine, too, though were little dubious as to how useful this is in a TN-based monitor — a panel technology not famed for great vertical viewing angles, which are very important for portrait use. Does it justify the extra outlaySEE ALSO: Best Monitors Round-upAsus PB287Q: Specs and DesignWe should deal with a few important points first.The Asus PB287Q is the first in what we expect to be a minor glut of cheap 4K monitors from known brands, including Dell, AOC and Samsung.
The Asus PB287Q does support 4K at 60Hz, though in common with many early 4K TVs and most 4K monitors it can only manage 60Hz over DisplayPort and 30Hz over HDMI. The Asus PB287Q defaults to DisplayPort 1. Each button is effectively context sensitive, but its oh so easy to hit the wrong one and end up doing the opposite of what you want. Theyre all based on cheaper TN panel technology and claim low 1ms response times, which ought to make them perfect for those looking to play the latest games at 4K.
Thats reasonable enough, but were puzzled why Asus VividText mode is on by default.There are also a couple of setup quirks to navigate.There are six control buttons, excluding the power button, all of which are hidden behind the front edge and indicated by little white blobs on the front. We suppose its meant to make text look sharper, but it just makes it look jagged and oversharp.
1, which means youre limited 30Hz until you enable 1. But this comes at the cost of a 599 price tag thats 100 more than rivals.SEE ALSO: Best SSD Group TestTheres just the one DisplayPort 1. Well done Asus.
Its totally unnecessary on a 4K monitor, or any monitor for that matter. No HDMI 2.0 is an issue, but its perhaps not quite as serious as you might imagine given PCs most of which carry DisplayPort are among the few devices that can output 60Hz 4K. The Asus PB287Q has a generous amount of height adjustment, enough that you wont have to resort to any other means of boosting its height.
Most recent graphics cards will, but some older ones and laptops wont. The bezels arent offensively wide and Asus has kept labels to a reasonable minimum, which we like. Indeed, if anything it would be nice to have another Display Port perhaps a Mini Display Port instead of two HDMIsBut this is nitpicking really, particularly considering the excellent stand design.2 output to get 60Hz, so check you do before you buy.
All of which make it sound quite similar to the likes of the Dell UP2414Q and Dell UP3214Q, the other 4K monitors we’ve reviewed, though they both use higher quality IPS panels. If you have any suggestion, just let me know.