Asus VG248QE; An In-Depth Review

It’s been widely accepted that the best gaming monitors in the future will have faster refresh rate. This is to get rid of the blurry rendering of highs-peed gaming content. The Asus VG248QE is designed for that, as it can handle hardcore games with relative ease. But is it really the future of gaming displays? What else does it offer? Check out this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide to know more!

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Who is it for?

If you’re a serious gamer looking for a high-quality but affordable mid-sized gaming monitor to bring out the best out of your gaming rig, then you seriously need to consider Asus VG248QE. Not a lot of products out there come equipped with the things this product has. It may not have the bells and whistles of an expensive gaming-centric display, but it well-equipped with the right features to ensure optimal gaming experience.

 

Benefits

Straightforward and Well-Equipped Budget Gaming Monitor

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The Asus VG248QE brags 144Hz refresh rate, which is currently one of the fastest in the market. Aside from that though, it also displays incredible colors with incredibly low response time (which is also the fastest in the market), making it one of the most competitive gaming monitors performance wise.

 

Incredibly Fast 1ms Pixel Response and 144HZ Refresh Rate for All Your Gaming Needs

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The Asus VG248QE is quite a capable 24-inch gaming display. It has the world’s fastest 1ms gray-to-gray pixel response time to deliver smooth gameplay, and 144HZ refresh rate to work alongside with it. This results to smooth motion handling to satisfy all your lust for speed and bring the best out of your gaming rig. This gives users the wonderful feel for the game from broad range of scenarios, with the game world/environment moving seamlessly and exceptionally fluid.

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Also, it has an input lag of a little over 2ms, which delivers snappy feeling and instant responses to even the slightest movement of the mouse.

Upon testing, the monitor shows no signs of lag or smearing while playing Burnout Paradise while using PlayStation 3 console. It shows the same results in PC-based Far Cry 2 and in action-packed movies like 2012 on Blu-ray. Panning scenes remained crisp and free of stutter.

Decent Color Accuracy and Good Grayscale Performance

For the most part of its performance, the Asus VG248QE can be considered a solid-performer. Though accuracy is a little off from the ideal, it’s far from being terrible. Chromaticity test shows that this TN panel with 1920 x 1080 resolution makes greens a little oversaturated. Colors blue and red are close to their ideal coordinates though. From test photos, green looked a little heavy, but not heavy enough to cause any tinting.

In terms of grayscale performance, the VG248QE is quite good, as it has no problem displaying each and every shade of gray from DisplayMate 64-Step Grayscale test. Dark shades however, could have been a little darker, as there were some hints of clipping at the light end of the scale, quite uncommon for a TN-based monitor.

 

80,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio to Deliver Life-Like Images and Full HD 1080 Support

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This feature allows the monitor to dynamically improve the display’s contrast by adjusting the luminance of the backlight, achieving the darkest black and brightest white – delivering lifelike images and Full HD 1080 Support (1920x1080) to open spectacular world of colors.

 

Narrow Viewing Angle

Like most monitors with TN panels, the viewing angle of VG248QE is relatively narrow. Color shifting is already visible around 50° both left and right from the center, while bottom and top angles look dark. This is more apparent when the panel is rotated, where bottom angle become the left side angle.

 

Equipped with Asus GamePlus to Get You At the Edge of Your Game

This monitor features the exclusive GamePlus hotkey of Asus, which when activated, brings out a crosshair overlay and timer functions on your screen. It’s a great tool for serious gamers, especially for specific points and situations in the game. There are four (4) different crosshairs to choose from and fit to your gaming environment, perfect for FPS games. While the timer helps you keep track of build times and spawns on your screen, perfect for Strategy games.

 

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Setup Options

It is common for 24-inch displays to be used in dual monitor setups, especially for gaming. The Asus VG248QE is well-equipped to handle the best games, and putting two of them side-by-side only make things even better.

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For a dual monitor setup with this display, your best solution is the Ergotron LX Wall Mount LCD Arm.  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.

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For people looking for cheaper dual monitor solution, there’s MonMount LCD-194 Dual LCD Monitor Stand. This stand clamps easily to almost any desk, and can hold two displays up to 26-inches in each side. It’s a simple and straightforward solution, yet is securely holds monitors in place. It’s very easy to assemble as well.

 

Design and Features

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Design wise, the Asus VG248QE has a lot of similarities to its bigger sibling VG278HE. It has the same glossy black cabinet with thin glossy black bezels, with a matching stand that allows ergonomic adjustments.

 

Buttons and Functions

This Asus monitor has six (6) function buttons, including the Power button, which are all clearly labeled and housed underneath the lower bezel on the right side. Most buttons works as hot keys for your convenience, such as for Picture presets and the GamePlus feature, which when activated, shows up the aiming scope for users to zero in their targets (great for FPS games) and game timer.

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Like other Asus monitors out there, this one also offers the Splendid Technology, a fancy name for Picture Presets. There are six (6) presets in this monitor, namely Standard, Game, Theater, Scenery, Night mode and sRGB modes.

Other Picture Adjustment settings include Brightness, Contrast, Color Saturation, Color Temperature and Skin Tone. There’s also the Smart View setting, which adds luminance for the side angle viewing. However, this feature compromises the view from the middle, and it is bet to leave it disabled.

 

I/O Ports

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There are not a lot of connectivity options in this display, but there is enough for all your basic needs. All three video inputs (HDMI, DisplayPort, and dual-link DVI) are all housed at the back side of the cabinet, facing downward, alongside with the audio input and the headphone jack.

 

Unassuming 2-Watt Speakers

As a gaming monitor, we appreciate the thought of the 2-watt built-in speakers in Asus VG248QE. They are moderately loud, but sound tinny when set at higher volume. They’re far from being impressive, but good enough for most use, such as gaming use or streaming online videos.

 

Ergonomic Stand for Comfortable Gaming

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This Asus gaming monitor comes with an ergonomically adjustable stand that allows flexible adjustments to fit anyone’s ergonomic requirements. The round base is equipped with Lazy Susan mechanism with a telescopic mounting arm which makes way for height adjustments, tilt adjustments, and even pivot 90° to switch between landscape and portrait mode anytime you want. The base also has the 3D logo, which signifies the monitor’s 3D ready capability.

 

Tech Specs

Bottom Line

Nine out of ten hardcore gamers prefer speed over most things when it comes to gaming. And it’s no secret Asus really addressed this demand in their Asus VG248QE, as it comes equipped with all the right features and function to improve gaming experience. This monitor ensures lag-free and choppy-free action, thanks to its 1ms gray-to-gray pixel response time, 144Hz refresh rate and 3D capability, though it doesn’t come with Nvidia 3D Vision 2 kit required for multidimensional contents.

The color accuracy may not be the best, and the viewing angle can be a little too narrow for most users, but it delivers well where it’s supposed to deliver – optimal gaming experience. Also, there are no USB ports in this product, which would have added great convenience for most types of computing use. Also, some gaming-centric features can really set this monitor above its competition.

AMD users be given have access to display port and Nvidia will have access to the DVI and 3D vision capability. This is something serious gamers would invest in to get the most out of their hardware.

All in all, though it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of fancy gaming monitors, the Asus VG248QE is equipped enough of the basic features and functions to provide you great gaming experience. The speedy performance is paired with highly adjustable stand for your gaming comfort.



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