Asus Showcase 4K Monitor at Computex 2014
2014 is the year of 4K! A plethora of 4K devices such as TVs, cameras, tablets and laptops have come out in the last few months. Asus also showcased their latest 4K monitor at Computex 2014 in June. That is the PB287Q, which Asus have primarily developed for gamers.
The PB287Q has a 28-inch display with an AU Optronics panel. This panel is renowned for its strong color performance. It offers a 4K UHD resolution at 60Hz.
Unlike the Asus PQ321QE, the PB287Q has a TN panel. It is a new generation 10-bit TN panel that said to offer solid view angles and ultra sharp picture clarity. This choice of panel has allowed Asus to retail the monitor at clearly under $1,000. The Asus press release states, “When we previously announced the PB287Q it was about offering 4K to the masses, bringing down the price point of adoption without compromising on the quality of the display overall and offer rich features and functionality.”
As such, the monitor has a good variety of options. For example, it includes a Picture-in-Picture mode. That places a second input source window at either the top right or bottom right corner of the of the monitor.
In addition, the PB287Q has a Picture-by-Picture mode (PbP) that splits the monitor’s display down the middle. Then you can display two separate side-by-side content sources from alternative signals.
The PB287Q also has Quick Fit options. This gives you an align grid overlay so that you can align and preview actual-size documents and photos before printing them. It supports the B5, A4, letter document formats and 8 x 10, 5 x 7, 4 x 6, 3 x 5 and 2 x 2 photo formats.
This monitor has a DisplayPort 1.2 connection on the underside of the unit. There are a couple of HDMI ports situated beside them, and it also has a line-in socket for audio. One of the HDMI inputs supports mobile high-definition-link so that you can connect a mobile device and mirror content to the monitor. The PB287Q also has a couple of built-in speakers that accept inputs from the line-in port or HDMI inputs.
With the inclusion of height adjust, tilt and swivel options, you can place the monitor in both a portrait or landscape position. The PB287Q can always be wall mounted if you do not have sufficient desk space for it.
At the moment the PB287Q is still under development. Consequently, Asus have yet to provide any specific release date for it. It will probably come out in mid to late Q3 2014. Below are some initial specifications for the PB287Q.
Panel Size: Wide Screen 28″ (71.12 cm)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
True Resolution: 3840 x 2160 at 60 Hz (DisplayPort 1.2), 3840 x 2160 at 30 Hz (HDMI)
Pixel Pitch: 0.16mm
SPLENDID Video Preset Modes:
Night View Mode
Skin-Tone Selection: Three Modes
Color Temperature Selection: Four Modes
QuickFit (modes): Yes
GamePlus (modes): Yes (Aimpoint/Timer)
Signal Input: HDMI, HDMI/MHL
PC Audio Input: 3.5mm Mini-Jack
Earphone jack: 3.5mm Mini-Jack (for HDMI & DisplayPort 1.2 Only)
Dimensions With Stand (WxHxD): 26.0 x 16.3 x 8.7″ / 660.0 x 414.0 x 220.1mm
Dimensions Without Stand (WxHxD): 26.0 x 15.0 x 2.5″ / 660.0 x 380.7 x 63.6mm