Originally Posted by tfouto
And as a overall monitor do you prefer Asus or you would consider both at the same level?
Neither is sharper, if an experienced user (One who has owned displays with all types of coatings and is able to differentiate) were to put them side by side, they should be able to spot the difference steveotron was able to. The difference is very minimal.
The semi-glossy coating used by PLS displays is 10x better than the excessively grainy matte coating most IPS panels use= all 20-23" matte IPS except the VG23AH, all 16:10 24" IPS, all 30" IPS and all matte 27" IPS except the U2713.
I've had the Samsung for a year (I had the Asus for a week), if I had to choose, I would keep my Samsung since it has better calibrated colours (calibrated with an i1 display pro colorimeter) as well as 3x USB ports, and I don't like the colour of the PB278Q's bezel, even though it has better build quality.
The Asus does have better out of the box colours and it is cheaper, so, it gets my recommendation to non-PWM sensitive users. If I did not own a colorimeter I would keep the Asus...however
The S27A850D overclock.ru reviewed (manufactured in september 2012) had better default colours than the PB278Q's
(average gamma round 2.2 with the mode 2 gamma setting vs the PB278Q's 2.3), doesn't pose problems for PWM sensitive people and has 3x USB ports.
The only way to determine when an 850D is manufactured is to look at the sticker on the back of the display...and who knows if Samsung has improved all of the 2012 850D's or when they started improving themEdited by MenacingTuba - 11/2/12 at 9:43pm