Asus ROG Swift PG248Q; An In-Depth Review

Although more and more people are jumping into WQHD and UHD resolution bandwagon, high refresh rate is still the name of the game when it comes to competitive gaming. Most gamers would forego high resolution, but would never compromise refresh rate and response time. And for this, many manufacturers still make mid-sized monitors with basic functionality using TN panel, but pack it with gaming-centric features and capabilities. One good example of which is the Asus ROG Swift PG248Q. This monitor is so fast, it’s considered as one of the best gaming displays out there for its price range, with a whopping 180Hz refresh rate. What other qualities does this product have that makes it great? Check out this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide to know more.

Asus ROG Swift PG248Q (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

Asus ROG Swift PG248Q is definitely for gamers, especially those who really care more about frame rate more than resolution or graphics. It runs with a mind-bugling 180Hz refresh rate, which means it can triple 60 fps gold standard for gaming, provided that you have the extra power in your rig of course.

 

Benefits

Comes Equipped with All The Gaming Features

As with other gaming monitors for Asus, this model also comes equipped with the exclusive GamePlus technology, which definitely improves the gameplay through Crosshair Overlay, Timer, FPS Counter and Display Alignment.

 

Cheapest G-Sync Monitor In the Market Today

Asus ROG Swift PG248Q (image from Amazon)


To start with, this Asus gaming monitor is affordably priced, which definitely makes it one of the best options out there. It bears a lot of similar qualities with the brand’s closely related model Asus MG248Q; they sport the same 24-inch screen, Full HD resolution (1080p) at TN (Twisted Nematic) Panel technology. They even look like identical products, as their overall dimensions are virtually the same.

 

What sets them apart from each other is their anti-screen tearing technology. The MG248Q uses Adaptive Sync from AMD and Intel graphics card, while PG248Q uses the G-Sync technology from Nvidia. Both technology works wonders in eliminating the tearing effect in 3D games, making gameplay a lot smoother and seamless.

 

Ultra-Fast 1ms Response Time and Amazing 180Hz Refresh Rate

1ms response time has been the standard for excellent gaming monitors. It delivers the smoothest and fastest gaming experience imaginable. Pair that with the high refresh rate and anti-screen tearing technology of G-Sync and users get seamlessly-smooth and lag-free gameplay.

Asus ROG Swift PG248Q (image from Amazon)


180Hz is definitely one of the fastest refresh rate we have in the market today. That means it can display it can display up to 180 frames per second. But is it better than 160Hz? Well, most users may be unable to distinguish the difference between 160Hz and 180Hz, but it is undeniably fast and smooth.

Without a doubt, this monitor has every feature every gamer would want. Gaming with 180Hz of course, demands a powerful video card to fully take the monitor to its full potential. The 180Hz is definitely a future-proof approach by Asus, making it a highly capable monitor for the most demanding games. Pair that with the G-Sync system and you get superbly smooth gaming experience.

 

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Setup Options

 

We're used to seeing two 24-inch monitors sitting side-by-side on a desk making a dual monitor setup. This Asus gaming monitor, is definitely an excellent candidate for that. To make a beautiful, comfortable and ergonomic setup, you may get rid of the factory-supplied stand and switch to after-market monitor stand and monitor arms with articulating arms.

 

Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm (image from Amazon)


Ergotron LX Dual Side-by-Side Arm allows you to put two displays of up to 28-inch display side by side, or even put one on top of the other. It is made up of solid polished aluminum construction, with high quality materials. It’s equipped with Constant Force (CF) technology, which is Ergotron’s patented technology that holds monitors securely in place, and still allows smooth, convenient adjustment for optimum ergonomics.

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


If you’re looking for a dual monitor LCD arm that can support your two 27-inch monitor, but don’t have the budget to spend for premium products, then you can opt for AmazonBasics dual side-by-side monitor arm. This product comes with an affordable price tag, but don’t mistake its price for low quality, as it can certainly stand against the best in the market today.

 

 

Design and Features

Asus ROG Swift PG248Q (image from Amazon)


Asus ROG Swift PG248Q is a beautiful-looking monitor to say the least in terms of build quality and design. This is in no way surprising, as we know Asus products has always demand attention. If you’re familiar with its bigger brother Asus ROG Swift PG278Q, then you would quickly recognize their similarities. The 24-inch cabinet looks sleek and stylish, with lots of sharp lines to accentuate the overall aesthetic look. Its smaller size also makes it easier for transportation, making it an excellent display for competitive gaming (especially for large-scale tournaments).

The cabinet comes with a matte textured finish that looks graphite black and feels really nice to touch. Best part about its finish is it doesn’t attract finger prints. The bezels measure half inch thick, and since it has a wider border, we don’t see the dual stage design we normally see in larger ROG Swift models. The backside of the cabinet features angular accents, which is a common look for ROG products. Along these lines of course are the strategically positioned vents and connection ports. It rests on a sturdy and fully adjustable stand.

 

Buttons and Controls

The right side of the back panel houses the four buttons for this monitor. That includes the power switch and buttons to swap between presets. They also incorporated their multi-directional joystick, making it easy for users to navigate the monitor’s on-screen display (OSD).

Inside its menus are the GameVisual presets, which provide different color settings, gamma and color temperature control and a blue light filter. The Adobe RGB gamut is at 74%, which is notably lower than many IPS screens, which is expected for TN panels. Brightness level on the other hand, is at 400 cd/m2, which is considered outstanding. That said, colour accuracy is expectedly lower than many IPS-based panels and uniformity is all over the place.

 

Connectivity Options

Despite its amazing gaming specs, connectivity options for this monitor are still quite limited. It only offers DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0 port. Fortunately, they included USB 3.0 ports, making it convenient to hook up peripherals and charge your mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. All ports are neatly positioned under one of the slits of the back side of the panel in downfiring position.

 

Fully Adjustable Stand with VESA for More Flexible Mounting Options

Asus ROG Swift PG248Q (image from Amazon)


As said earlier, this monitor comes equipped with a fully-adjustable stand. That means it can move in all angles; swivel left and right, move up and down, tilt, and pivot/rotate to switch from landscape to portrait orientation and vice versa.

The neck of the stand comes with a slit in the middle for cable management to help keep your desk neat. There’s also the Light Motion feature at the joint between the base and the pillar and an LED light that chances color to your selected mode. It glows orange when the monitor is in a low power state.

Aside from that, Asus also provided their users more options for flexibility, as this monitor comes with VESA-compatible 100x100mm mounting holes. This means users can ditch the stand and use third-party mounting solutions, such as mounting stand with articulating arm and mounts, etc., for extra adjustability and versatility, or even for dual monitor or triple monitor setups for more immersive gaming experience.

 

Tech Specs

Package includes the Power cord, Power adapter, DisplayPort cable, HDMI cable, USB 3.0 cable, Quick start guide, Support CD and a Warranty Card.

 

Bottom Line

Asus ROG Swift PG248Q is all about speed, that’s a fact. Which is why it’s futile to lament on the use of TN panel for this display. The panel is typical TN, red and green tints are slightly off. But it does a little better in preserving details compared to many of its closest competitors when it comes to photos. Of course, this product is not intended for graphic design and colour-demanding tasks. Again, it’s a gaming display first and foremost, and it does the job well.

Any FPS games will definitely run beautifully on this screen, especially if you pair it with an Nvidia Graphics card to activate the G-Sync technology. In terms of responsiveness, smoothness, refresh rate and other gaming-related areas, it’s easily one of the best on its price range.

 

This product is one of the cheapest G-sync capable monitors in the market, and if it’s gaming that you want, but you don’t want to spend big on high resolutions and larger screen, this one is definitely the right one for you.

That said, Asus ROG Swift PG248Q is still considerably pricey when you compare it to non-gaming monitors. You can even find 4K monitors with lower refresh rate (60Hz) and uses IPS panel than this one.

All in all, this monitor looks good for what it is intended to be used for. The screen will definitely never look as good as IPS screen, and there are of course, the obvious TN problems, such as narrow viewing angles, and colour-accuracy issues. That’s despite of the fact that it’s one of the best looking TN panels out there. Also, it’s sibling Asus MG248G is cheaper. Also, if you can live without the G-sync, you can run it with 144Hz refresh rate with Nvidia cards. They’re almost the same screen, with the latter considerably cheaper. But if you want excellent gaming monitor with superbly fast refresh rate, then you can opt for Asus ROG Swift PG248Q.

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