Asus PA248Q; An In-Depth Review

Asus monitors, particularly the PA series or Asus Professional Graphics Monitor, are known for its good gaming quality, excellent color accuracy and reproduction, pre-calibrated performance and robust design. And the Asus PA248Q has been a good example of these qualities, and as a matter of fact, it earned PCMag’s Editor’s Pick in 2012, and still getting a lot of good reviews in Amazon. Take a good look of this budget-friendly monitor here at Dual Monitors Guide’s in-depth review.

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Who is it for?

If you’re looking for a straightforward, high-performing, and affordable monitor for your workstation, then you definitely should consider Asus PA248QThe Asus Professional Graphics Monitor is known for its good pre-calibrated quality, and all-around performance, and this product right here is another good example of this reputation. It comes with robust set of features, and lots of connectivity options, making it a great solution for your workstation, not to mention it comes with an affordable price tag.

 

Benefits

The Asus PA248Q earned a lot of good praises and raving reviews from its robust set of features, excellent color reproduction and affordable price tag. The PA series has maintained a good reputation through quality, performance and budget-friendly price. This particular model offers solid all-around performance and comes equipped with generous set of features, making it a great workstation monitor.

 

Good Color Accuracy and Decent Grayscale Performance

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The 1920x1600 resolution has 16:10 aspect ratio, and it is able to deliver the color quality you can expect from an IPS panel. DisplayMate Color Scale test shows good saturation and uniformity across all colors. Sample images also shows natural life-like skin tones, while the LED backlighting provided bright picture with solid blacks.

The grayscale performance on the other hand, is decent, not stellar. DisplayMate 64-Step Grayscale test shows even transitions from dark to light shades of gray, but the two darkest shades look a little clipped and a little too dark. The same goes for the two lightest shades. Also, this monitor doesn’t seem to have any problems displaying small texts, as font size 8 remains legible. 

For Images and Photos, the screen showed no signs of annoying hues of green. Colors remain accurate, while skin tones looked life-like, though not as good as its strong rival HP LP2480zx.

For movies, Standard mode preset performs better at gamma 1.8. This combination results to better balance between color and contrast, and don’t marginalize dark details.

For Games, the Asus PA248Q is well-equipped to deliver enough contrast and vibrancy. Standard Mode with Contrast set at 80 and gamma at 1.8, shows colorful and vibrant graphics with good low black level.

 

Good Viewing Angle Performance

As like other IPS panels, the Asus PA248Q has quite a good viewing angle performance, with very little color fidelity loss when screen is viewed from extreme side angles. The display has 178°; the top and bottom viewing angles are also quite good, which is crucial when using the pivot function and rotating the panel from landscape to portrait mode.

 

Comes Pre-Calibrated Right Out of the Box

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Like other Asus displays, the PA248Q comes pre-calibrated right out of the box. A great treat for people who hate to go through the hassles of setups that most monitors in the market require. The 100% sRGB color reproduction is optimal for the 1900 x 1200 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio, which ensures you get the highest display quality possible.

 

With Asus Smart Contrast Ratio for Improved Contrast and Sharpness

This Asus monitors comes equipped with the brand’s Smart Contrast Ratio (ASCR) of 80,000,000:1 and 300cd/m² of brightness, ensuring improvement in contrast and sharpness by adjusting the backlight’s luminance. This allows the display to achieve the brightest white and darkest black levels, which equates to lifelike visuals.

Great Energy Saver for its Qualities and Function

The PA248Q consumes only 30 watts in Standard picture mode. That is significantly lower than the crazy 73 watts of its PA246Q sibling, and right in line with other similarly sized and good quality IPS monitors, such as NEC Multisync EA232WMi (34 watts) and LG IPS235V (34 watts).

 

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Setup Options

Mid-sized displays are best for dual monitor and multiple monitor setups, and the Asus PA248Q is well-equipped and pre-calibrated enough for such setups.

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If you want to use two of this monitor side-by-side for dual monitor, then your best available option is the Ergotron LX Dual Stacking Arm. It’s a fully-adjustable LCD monitor arm that can lift both LCD screen off your desk, leaving you with more workspace. You can reposition your display up, down, forward and back with one simple touch.

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If you want to save and still get the benefits of having two monitors sitting side-by-side for your work and games, then check out MonMount LCD-194 Dual LCD Monitor Stand. It’s one of the cheapest choices out there, but it’s good enough to hold and support two mid-sized displays for dual monitor setup. The best thing about this product is it comes with very few assembly pieces, making it  very easy to put up together in your workstation.


Design and Features

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There’s only very little difference between Asus PA248Q and its predecessors. It uses e-IPS panel, compared to PA246Q’s P-IPS panel. The former is cheaper to manufacture than the latter, and though it’s not as good when it comes to viewing angle performance, it still performs well and has better viewing angle than TN panels.

The monitor is 2.3 inches thick, thinner than its predecessors. The cabinet is coated with basic matte black finish, while its screen is coated with a non-reflective matte anti-glare coating to ensure no glare or light reflections disrupts your display. The bezel measures 0.75 inches on both left and right sides, with the full width of panel checking in at only under 22 inches.

Like the Asus PA246Q and PA249Q, the Asus PA248Q also has a red ruler-like markings etched in its bezel, which is nothing but for aesthetic purposes. This motif continues also helps make precise swiveling and pivoting of the display. The ProArt logo is placed on the upper bezel’s left side, while the Asus name is in the center lower bezel.

 

Buttons and Functions

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Asus PA248Q has seven (7) buttons, which is all you need for operating and changing picture settings. This includes the Power Switch, access to the Menu, Input Select, Preset Select, two hotkeys (both programmable, designed to let you set brightness and contrast at default) and a quick Fit button which brings out various grid patterns and paper sizes for users to conveniently edit photos and preview a page layout, in real hardcopy size. The buttons also provide quick and easy access to the OSD menus.

 

The Splendid Technology feature is Asus’ fancy name for its preset picture settings. It includes just the basics, namely Standard, Theater, sRGB, Scenery presets and two (2) User Customizable modes. The Color Menu settings gives access to brightness, contrast, color temperature, hue and saturation adjustments, alongside with two (2) gamma settings of 1.8 and 2.2. The monitor also features advanced sub-menu with six-color (RGBCMY) hue, saturation, and gain settings. The basic image settings include Sharpness, Focus, Position and Aspect Ratio.

 

I/O Ports

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This Asus monitor doesn’t fall short of I/O ports. The back side of the cabinet houses DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI and VGA video inputs, alongside with the earphone jack and upstream USB port for your convenience. Also, the left side of the cabinet strategically includes four (4) USB 3.o ports, truly a great feature for your workstation. Unlike its predecessor PA246Q's however, this model doesn’t have the card reader.

 

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Highly Adjustable Stand for Full Ergonomics

The cabinet is supported by a telescopic mounting arm, which comes with a built-in pivot hinge that makes way for flexible ergonomic adjustments. The arm can extend 4 niches for height adjustment, has 25° tilt range, has mechanism in the base to allow the screen to swivel 60° left and right, and can pivot 90° to switch between landscape and portrait orientation modes. However, this Asus monitor doesn’t change orientation automatically, which means you have to manually set the orientation from the graphics control panel should you want to switch from landscape to portrait mode, or vice versa.

 

Tech Specs

Bottom Line

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Pre-calibrated right out of the box, the Asus PA248Q is one of Asus’ growing line of Professional Graphics Monitor. It’s an IPS monitor that delivers excellent color accuracy, with 100% standard RGB color reproduction. It delivers rich and robust color quality, and comes with all the basic features you need for a productive workstation, and more. It has USB 3.0 ports for convenient connectivity of your gadgets and workstation peripherals, and additional inputs like DisplayPort and HDMI to complete your workstation.

This product is of course, far from being perfect, it can’t duplicate the kind of high color performance of its predecessors. Though colors are good, they can be improved, particularly when it comes to aggressive hues in some preset modes. Grayscale performance could also be improved. Also, there is no auto-rotate feature that should go along with the stand’s pivot function, it could have been a handy feature to have in the workstation.

All in all, the Asus PA248Q is a good performer. It’s not the most impressive, but there’s also nothing much to complain about its performance. And considering its affordable price tag, it’s a good pick up. Also, it has the VESA mounting holes, and its size is perfect for dual monitor and multiple monitor setups.

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