It’s time to upgrade that old monitor. Imagine watching high definition videos on a crisp, clear 27-inch screen. How much more immersive would gaming be if you had a 2560 x 1440 display? Let’s take a look at two of the top QHD monitors to see which will be the best for you.
Dell UltraSharp U2715H 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor
Dell’s Ultra Sharp U2715H monitor is simply gorgeous to watch. The resolution is 2560 x 1440 pixels, four times the definition of a 720p HD monitor. The LED panel is a bright and clear IPS display with a 178-degree viewing angle. And each monitor is factory-tuned to 99% sRGB with a delta E < 3. That simply means that the colors you see on screen are as accurate as possible.
The27-inch diagonal screen has a thin bezel that allows you to place other monitors beside it. This bezel hardly causes any interruption of the image at all if you stretch your desktop across more than one screen. You can also physically rotate the screen 90 degrees if you desire.
The U2715H has two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort and a mini DisplayPort, plus USB 3.0 ports. One of those USB ports on the rear of the monitor can charge and power devices. That’s really handy when you want to watch video from your tablet or phone and keep the device topped off at the same time. You can also power a small media player like a Roku.
All of the UltraSharp monitors are built with arsenic-free glass and mercury-free LED panels. They are ENERGY-STAR qualified to save you money on electricity. The PowerNap feature automatically dims the monitor or puts it to sleep after an interval when it’s not in use.
Should there be a problem with the U2715H, Dell covers it with a 3-year Advanced Exchange Service Hardware Warranty and Premium Panel Guarantee. They will replace it if you find even one bright pixel.
More features of the Dell UltraSharp U2715H monitor:
- VESA-compatible for wall
- 60Hz refresh rate
ASUS PB278Q 27″ WQHD 2560×1440 IPS DisplayPort HDMI DVI Eye Care Monitor
If you spend long hours in front of a monitor, you might love the ASUS PB278Q. This 27-inch screen is flicker-free so your eyes don’t get as tired. ASUS uses Smart Dynamic Backlight Adjustment to stop the flickering of the LED backlight. As a result, they achieved certification from the TUV Rheinland Laboratories for diminishing eye strain.
This sharp and clear screen reproduces images in WQHD definition. That’s 2560 x 1440 pixels, four times better than a HD 720p display. Plus, it’s factory-tuned to 100% sRGB for accurate color reproduction. It’s no accident that PCMag gave this monitor the Reader’s Choice Award in 2015.
ASUS’s Splendid Video Intelligence Technology has six video modes for the perfect brightness and sharpness. They include Theater, Game, Night View, Scenery, sRGB, and Standard. The screen is an IPS display that has a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees. Although the bezel is thicker on the ASUS PB278Q than it is on the Dell U2715H, you can still operate the ASUS in a multi-monitor setup.
The screen includes a variety of ports for nearly universal connectivity, from HDMI and DVI-D to DisplayPort and VGA D-sub. That’s a lot more compatibility than the Dell offers. Although the monitor stand can adjust its height, tilt, swivel, and pivot, you can also use the VESA mount to hang it on a wall or arm.
Another bonus feature of the ASUS PB278Q is the built-in 3-watt stereo speakers. You won’t need external speakers on hand to hear sound from this monitor right out of the box. It also comes packed with all the cables and cords you’ll need, from the power cord to DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, dual-link DVI, and even an audio cable.
More features of the ASUS PB278Q 27-inch monitor:
- Covered by a 3-year warranty with Rapid Replacement Service with free shipping
On the surface, it may seem like these two monitors are similar. They have the same resolution and the same screen size.
But you may prefer the Dell U2715H if you want a slim bezel for a multi-monitor setup. While this model offers modern video connectivity, it isn’t compatible out of the box with older video standards like DVI or VGA. You’ll need additional adaptors or cables for those. But you can recharge a USB-powered device from the screen.
Meanwhile, the ASUS PB278Q offers immediate compatibility with older video standards, plus flicker-free viewing for less eye strain.