ASUS just showed me their first 27-inch 2560 x 1440 IPS panel (pictured above). Pricing and availability are both unknowns although I am hearing 2H 2012 may be likely for the display. There are VGA, DL-DVI, DP and HDMI inputs of course. The panel can be rotated 90 degrees as well. 

We'll keep you posted as ASUS finalizes details on the VA278Q.

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  • keithw1975 - Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - link

    I am pretty sure that the GTX 680 also supports 2560x1600.
  • Exodite - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    At no point do you /need/ DP, regardless of how you choose to define 'productively'.
  • Penti - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    Why would you have the screen and not run in native resolution for productivity? Don't you actually like to read the text on the monitor?

    You need DP on a laptop in order to drive it, or even odder and less common dual-link DVI supporting docking stations. Otherwise it's no use for computing use. Buy a lower res monitor if you can't drive the screen then.
  • santiagoanders - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    Not true. I can drive 2560x1440 over HDMI to my u2711 via a geforce 460. I just create a custom resolution.
  • Penti - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    Still bandwidth starved, not running 60Hz.
  • santiagoanders - Thursday, January 19, 2012 - link

    The info panel on the display says 60Hz.
  • twotwotwo - Monday, January 9, 2012 - link

    Pivoting's awesome for things that aren't media (long webpages, code) and it'd be big step up from my Dell WFP2007. If ASUS sets a decent price, color me interested.
  • Solidstate89 - Monday, January 9, 2012 - link

    Looks like this is another option to throw on the pile. I know I want some kind of 27" - 2560x1440 monitor, but until now it's been between a Dell Ultrasharp U2711 and that new Samsung Syncmaster PLS display.

    The more choices the better.
  • darckhart - Monday, January 9, 2012 - link

    agree. 1080p at 27" is just ugly.

    i also want to know if its hdmi v1.4a and 120 Hz....
  • Haydon - Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - link

    It's not 120 Hz. As such it doesn't really matter if it's hdmi 1.4a as I'm sure even if it were it wouldn't handle full resolution at 60 Hz. HDMI 1.4a only requires 30 Hz progressive at this monitor's full resolution. HDMI 1.4a has OPTIONAL modes that can run this monitor at full resolution at 60 Hz, but since there are no consumer devices other than the AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics card that have adopted this optional specification, nobody makes monitors or TVs that can do it. It requires an HDMI chip that runs at 340 MHz . Unfortunately, to keep saving money, no company other than AMD has made a consumer device with anything other than a 165 MHz chip (only capable of half the total pixels per second required of a 2560x1600 monitor, or in this case 2560x1440 monitor at the full standard 60 Hz)

    Until 340 MHz HDMI chips become mainstream you're not going to see monitors or TVs capable of using HDMI for anything over 1920x1200 if you want 60 Hz progressive. You can force an interleaved mode at 60 Hz or progressive at 30 Hz at best unless you use Displayport or Dual Link DVI as of today.

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