Asus MG24UQ; An In-Depth Review

The 4K monitor market is expanding by the day, with more and more interesting and powerful being introduced in the market than ever before. And as one of the leading names in the gaming display industry, Asus seeks to continue its dominance with the release of their new MG series – a new line of gaming monitors, which is the brand’s cheaper alternative for their high-end ROG (Republic of Gamers) series.  One of first batch of this new line is the Asus MG24UQ, a 24-inch monitor that runs beautiful 4K through IPS panel, and of course, fast response time for gaming. What makes it a competitive gaming monitor? Check out this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide to find out more.

Asus MG24UQ (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

The Asus MG24UQ targets gamers who also enjoy sound and stunning image quality and play games in a display with higher pixels per inch.

 

Benefits

Asus MG24UQ (image from Amazon)


Asus MG24UQ actually measures only 23.6, but we can consider it a 24-inch monitor, since it’s its closest category. It takes pride for sporting IPS panel technology that runs 4K Ultra HD (3849x2160) resolution, which of course, also comes with great colour accuracy and excellent viewing angle. It’s biggest selling point is combining that excellent imagery with fast and smooth gaming performance, as it can run games at 4ms Response Time.

 

Packed with Convenient and Gaming-Centric Features and Presets

Asus MG24UQ (image from Amazon)


Asus GamePlus feature incorporates gaming-specific overlays to the screen. For instance, the Crosshair overlay can be activated for FPS games and help you improve your target. Timer overlay is a convenient feature for multi-player RTS matches. Also, the FPS will automatically counter list the frame-rate, without needing extra software. And lastly, there’s the Display Alignment, which provides a pretty good way to properly configure dual monitor or multi-monitor gaming setups with ease.

 

Gaming with Excellent Image Performance, Thanks to IPS Panel

Uncalibrated Datacolor Spyder 5 Elite test shows this Asus monitor already has excellent out-of-the-box setup, scoring 100%  sRGB and 78% Adobe RGB. The monitor shows good colour accuracy, while its contrast numbers remained superb, which don’t really require a lot of tweaking through the calibration.

Asus MG24UQ (image from Amazon)

Aside from the usual benefits of IPS panel such as excellent colour accuracy and viewing angles, the Asus MG24UQ also develirs 100% sRGB color gamut and a decent 300 nit brightness.

 

Dual Monitors and Multiple Monitors Setup

24-inch is long been accepted as the perfect size for dual monitor setup, which is what makes this Asus gaming monitor quite appealing, especially for hardcore gamers. The excellent gaming experience will be doubles, if not tripled when two or three of this screen is placed side by side.

 

If you're planning a dual monitor setup for this monitor, then you have plenty of good options. Two of the best options out there are from Ergotron and Amazon itself.

Ergotron LX Wall Mount LCD Arm (image from Amazon)


The Ergotron LX Wall Mount LCD Arm is easily one of the best options out there.

Each arm of this stand can be adjusted independently, and it is made up of solid polished aluminum construction, which lets it last ten times longer than its competition in the market. It comes equipped with the brand’s own Constant Force (CF) technology, which allows the arms to hold both displays in place securely, and still allow users to adjust eat display easily and smoothly, with one soft touch.

AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm (image from Amazon)


AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm on the other hand, works almost exactly the same, but for a cheaper price. It also comes with independently adjustable arms for complete ergonomics, and definitely a great alternative for those who want to save some cash.

 

Design and Features

As with its 28-inch counterpart, the Asus MG24UQ also sports the familiar matte black finish for its cabinet, as well as the understated design philosophy. The sleek aesthetics makes it pretty similar to Republic of Gamers monitors, which is actually one of the most appealing factors of ROG. We all know how much of a nightmare glossy finish monitors can be to maintain.

 

Ventilation and stand mount are located at the back, as well as a cable management system to neatly route your cables and cords in position. It works by clipping on its 2 pressure points and clipping cables to the stand. The cabinet is no anywhere near slim, but its thickness provides a robust and solid frame.

Connecting the monitor’s cabinet to the stand is fairly easy and quick; simply attach the stand to the protruding metal and insert and slide it to the base. This makes a solid connection between the two major pieces.

Bezels are fairly thick, even thicker than the Asus PG278Q. The thicker frame however, provides more durable and solid frame compared to ultra-thin bezels present in some monitors.

 

Buttons and Controls

Asus MG24UQ (image from Amazon)


This Asus monitor has special buttons for its special presets, namely GameVisual and GamePlus. Other selection includes the Input Select, 5-way joystick, and of course, the power button.

For the GameVisual setting, it’s pretty obvious what it is about – an option for gaming-centric presets, helpful for specific scenarios. Note that Racing Mode is the enabled default preset. For Picture settings, it includes the basics, namely Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, etc.

 

Asus MG24UQ (image from Amazon)


There’s also the familiar Blue Light Filter and Flicker-Free technology features, that adjusts the screen’s blue light emission, allowing gamers to play for hours, without hurting their eyes and suffer eyestrain. 

Asus MG24UQ (image from Amazon)


Colour section as its name suggest, houses the colour settings of the monitor, including Brightness, Contrast, Colour Temperature, Saturation and Skin Tone.

In Image Menu, you can actually change the screen’s sharpness , and choose between , 4:3, 1:1 and overscan Aspect Ratios. Note that overscan can only be enabled when you use the HDMI input source.

Also included is the Trace Free technology, which speeds up the monitor’s response time through overdrive. To improve visual sharpness, there’s VividPixel, an exclusive feature for Asus displays. The ASCR setting refers to Adaptive Sync and Dynamic Contrast Ratio, which is pretty self-explanatory.

System setup section lets you reset the monitor to factory settings, choose Eco mode and access the GamePlus menu. You can also change the volume of the integrated speakers through System setup.

 

Generous Set of I/O Ports

Asus MG24UQ (image from Amazon)


As with most Asus gaming monitors, this one right here comes with great connectivity options, namely one DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 1.4 ports and one HDMI 2.0 connector. That’s basically pretty much all you need for almost all types of gaming setup.

Fortunately, each connector comes with clear labeling, which comes in quite handy, as they make it easy for users to see which HDMI port is rated for the 4K 60Hz.

 

 

With Built-In 2W Speakers

Asus have made it a thing to integrate their gaming monitors with speakers, which is quite a convenient addition, especially for those who don’t have the luxury of desk space to accommodate extra peripherals like external speakers. The speakers as expected, are fairly low quality that cheaper headphones and speakers have better sound quality. They are obviously not the best if you’re looking for immersive audio quality, but they’re passable.

 

Stable and Fully Adjustable Stand with Anti-Slip Support

Asus MG24UQ (image from Amazon)


Underneath the base are strong rubber pads which help the whole thing stable and secured on top of your desk, and keep it from wobbling or sliding around.

The stand is also fully adjustable, allowing swivel, tilt, pivot and height adjustments for more comfortable and ergonomic gaming.

 

Tech Specs

Package includes Power cord, HDMI cable, DisplayPort cable, Quick start guide, Support CD and a Warranty Card.

 

Bottom Line

The development of responsive IPS panel leads to the development of gaming monitor with better colour reproduction and improved viewing angle, characteristics that makes them more enticing than their TN counterparts. Unlike its bigger sibling Asus MG28UQ which uses TN panel and runs 1ms Response Time, this one has a slightly slower response time. It runs at 4ms Response Time, which is quite for any gaming monitor using IPS panel, a minor compromise to make way for better imagery.

The superb stock performance is undeniable, with very minor issues needing fixing from calibration. This makes sharp and highly detailed images, while utilizing the impressive pixels per inch of 4K Ultra HD resolution. It is packed with gaming-centric features, which certainly makes it one of the most attractive choices out there.

4K gaming may be stuck at 60Hz refresh rate, but that’s in no way Asus’ fault, as the world is yet to see a high frame-rate gaming display to support 4K anywhere beyond 60fps. This however, shouldn’t be a problem for gamers who are all focused on playing their games on 4K texture, rather than the standard HD.

For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!



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