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[Best Buy] ASUS 27" TN LED Gaming Monitor (VP278H-P) - $199.99

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[Best Buy] ASUS 27" TN LED Gaming Monitor (VP278H-P) - $199.99

Before anyone says this and that, it's a TN panel, 1080p @ 27", and 60hz refresh (which I really don't understand much about, all I know is the PS4 runs at 60hz max). VESA mountable not that I will be using it.

Don't see this deal in their online flyer.

This fit my console gaming needs. Specs I was looking for were: sub $200 (by 1 penny!); dual HDMI; 27"; and decent input lag (11ms from displaylag.com). Speakers are a bonus although user reviews were right, not great. For me, sound was good enough to play games but not good enough when I watched a movie. Will be buying external speakers.

Pricewise, newegg was selling refurbished ones with one buyer saying it cost $180 shipped to his/her door. This is brand new and pricewise, it was $229.99 during the last Cyber Monday sale so $30 cheaper.

Assembling was pretty simple, just screw in the stand although I must say, it was barely a few turns and doesn't leave me with much sense of security. Wish the height was adjustable but I'm sure I can find something to prop it on (too bad I recycled all my Yellow Pages last week). People criticized the menu but it's not hard to figure out after a few moments of fidgeting.

ASUS Product Page

User Reviews:
Best Buy
Newegg (refurbished)

Youtube Unboxing (not me)
Youtube Review (not me)

Please reply if you have experience with monitor or if I made a mistake in the specs. Hope this helps at least one person.
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Hmm I really need a 27-42” display in a bedroom for some ps4 pro gaming and video watching. Not sure if this is good enough or should I go with a tv instead? Or splurge and go with a 42” 4k
:rolleyes:
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If you have a PS4 Pro it's a no brainer. 4K monitor or TV with UHD.
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This would be terrible for PC gaming.
jkam wrote:
Feb 17th, 2018 10:16 pm
Hmm I really need a 27-42” display in a bedroom for some ps4 pro gaming and video watching. Not sure if this is good enough or should I go with a tv instead? Or splurge and go with a 42” 4k
27" is tiny for a bedroom.
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Thank you OP. Will be stopping in my local Bestbuy today after dinner to pick one up. Needed a new monitor that is bigger than 24”. And under $200 price point.
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not to bash the post or anything, but what about this monitor considered "Gaming"
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Medellin wrote:
Feb 18th, 2018 8:47 am
This would be terrible for PC gaming.



27" is tiny for a bedroom.
How you enjoying that McMansion?
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jkam wrote:
Feb 17th, 2018 10:16 pm
Hmm I really need a 27-42” display in a bedroom for some ps4 pro gaming and video watching. Not sure if this is good enough or should I go with a tv instead? Or splurge and go with a 42” 4k
42" 4K only makes sense for a computer monitor that you sit 3 feet away from. If you're going to be sitting 8 feet away from it then you wouldn't be able to distinguish 1080p from 4K on a TV that small. For PS4 and movies in a bedroom, just get the cheapest 1080p 40-50" you can find. Resolution won't matter on something that small, it's things like OLED and HDR that will matter. But they're only available on really expensive TVs that are 4K, anyway.
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Can anyone with knowledge on monitors comment on this deal [specs/price ratio]? Thanks!
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monitors that are not 144hz / 1ms should not be called 'gaming' monitors.
i got my 144hz / 1ms gaming monitor about 2 years ago and recently i went to my buddy's place and played some fps games on his 60hz monitor and i just couldn't do it.. it's horrible.
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This is perfect for a cheap 27" monitor. Great for desktop or console use.
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Guklagar wrote:
Feb 18th, 2018 9:48 am
Thank you OP. Will be stopping in my local Bestbuy today after dinner to pick one up. Needed a new monitor that is bigger than 24”. And under $200 price point.
You are welcome! Happy to see someone take advantage of this deal.
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The reason hz matters is really for movies and pc gaming. For movies, most movie are 24 frames so 120 makes it a multiple of 5 where as 60 wont divide evenly (reason for the term 3 three two pull down). Its a minor difference but if you see it, you will notice it. For pc gaming, its a huge difference going from 120 or 144 fps to just 60.

For PS4/xbox one x, 60hz is all you need but you might want 4k since most new release will support that. Could even go as far as hdr if you want the best experience. Of course it will cost you more for 4k but if you plan on using your monitor for a few yrs, might be worth considering getting a cheap 4k monitor/tv instead.
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dlxowhd wrote:
Feb 18th, 2018 11:14 am
monitors that are not 144hz / 1ms should not be called 'gaming' monitors.
i got my 144hz / 1ms gaming monitor about 2 years ago and recently i went to my buddy's place and played some fps games on his 60hz monitor and i just couldn't do it.. it's horrible.
To each their own, in my opinion TN panels shouldn't even be allowed to be sold. Pro-tip though most of these monitors can overclock to 75hz.
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Definitely not a "gaming monitor" in any modern sense (no 4k or 144hz), but yes, a cheap 1080p option if that's all you're looking for. Just be aware that the optimal viewing distance for a 27 inch monitor is around 3-4 feet, not necessarily ideal for a multi-seating living room situation.
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