Unlike the manufacturer's Designo range, whose monitors, including the LS246H and MS2387H, rely on an unusual design to stand out, the VE278Q is setting out to build a solid reputation based on its performance alone.
Hardware: inputs save the dayFinished from head to toe in shiny plastic, the VE278Q has what is ultimately a fairly traditional look for a monitor. It rests on a round stand which only allows the screen to be tilted back a few degrees. With no accessories (you don't get a USB hub for instance) the only thing left to look at is its connectivity, which, fortunately, is pretty decent. There are VGA, DVI, HDMI and Display Port inputs at the back, but for audio, there's just a single line in wired up to a pair of 2 x 3 W speakers or a line out.
Responsiveness: needs adjustingAlthough it's billed as a 2 ms monitor, meaning it should be suited for gamers, the VE278Q's default configuration didn't convince us of this. You can, however, improve things by using the onscreen menu to adjust the 'Trace Free' option from 0 to 40. Be careful not to go any further, otherwise you might end up with reverse ghosting.
If you set it up this way, the VE278Q is very good and becomes an excellent choice for gamers who aren't ready to make the jump to a more responsive-but more expensive-120 Hz display. Fast-moving objects are displayed with enough clarity to suit these demanding users.
Input lag is so low it falls below the threshold of visibility to the naked eye. There's absolutely nothing to worry about when you're gaming online: this monitor won't be what's holding you back.
Colours: a pleasant surprise
We still tried to see if we could make things any better, but we didn't manage. But don't worry, this monitor is very good as it is and will be perfectly fine for the majority of users. The only people who might have a real problem with it are those who spend a lot of time editing photos, or users who can't stand TN technology because of the uneven nature of colours. They're more likely to want to try an IPS-based screen, like the Dell U2410.
At over 980:1, the VE278Q's contrast ratio is above the average value for monitors, 850:1.
- Colours are accurate without any calibration
- Above average contrast
- Lots of connectivity options
- TN panel, so poor vertical viewing angles
- Stand doesn't allow movement
With an alternative panel technology and a slightly more flexible stand, the VE278Q would have easily managed five stars instead of four. It's a good 27'' monitor and represents value for money.