ASUS VG248QE Review
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Review of Asus VG248QE
Asus has clawed out a spot on the market for itself and, love them or hate them, they certainly have a formidable presence when it comes to gaming monitors. Rather well known and loved for their ROG lineup of gaming peripherals, Asus also packs a gaming lineup outside of ROG. Of these monitors that lurk towards the modest end of the market, there are quite a few of them that deserve much more time in the light. Hiding behind the ROGs are a breed of monitor that pack enough punch to distract you from their larger and more imposing siblings. The AsusVG248QE is one such monitor.
Asus VG248QE Design
The VG248QE might not look like much from a distance, and in that, it is incredibly deceptive. Upon closer inspection of the monitor, specifically the stand, you’ll find that, although it seems simple, it hides features that are usually found on much more expensive gaming monitors, such as cable management aids and versatile orientation options. Asus have somehow managed to keep the monitor incredibly steady, while still keeping the base plate of the stand rather small. I know that this is akin to looking a gift horse in the mouth, but the monitor holds steady, even with a few teasing, MMA style knee strikes to the keyboard drawer.
The glossy finish, although classy, does tend to track a lot of fingerprints, and if even the tiniest of smudges activates some latent OCD in you, you can expect to do a lot of wiping. But, given that most of us don’t tend to handle these things an awful lot, once propped up on a desk, it only seems to need the occasional wipe to keep the dust off.
The stand isn’t just a neat looker; it’s also rather blissfully functional. You can orient this thing along with all the rotational axes, as long as you’re not trying to flip it upside-down. It rotates along a swivel for the left to right movement and also offers you the ability to pivot and tilt it. You can pivot the screen 90 degrees in either direction, making for easy portrait mode setups for all your multi-monitor aspirations. The bezels are rather prominent, but they’re also very consistent in framing the action, as far as multi-monitor setups go, that is. There’s also an elevation control available, which has 150mms of elevation to slide between.
This monitor also comes with a decent spread of connectivity options. They’re individual Dual-link DVI and HDMI ports, along with a DisplayPort to boot. There’s an included headphone or 3.5mm audio-out port, as well as an audio-in port to take care of the audio end of that DVI port.
If you spin the monitor around, you’ll notice a little red cable guide towards the base of the stand. This works pretty well, keeping your cables organized and in one controlled length. They’re also a pair of relatively powerful 2-Watt stereo speakers in the monitor if you choose to use them. They do the job pretty well and are pretty much on par with living room monitor speakers.
The Asus VG248QE features a 1080 FHD display that runs at 144hz. The display is actually pretty great; given that it was one of the first gaming monitors to feature a true 100+ refresh rate. The response time is as good as most other high-end gaming monitors, standing true at 1ms. The TN panel isn’t as good as half the TN panels on the market today, but then again, it isn’t as bad as the other half. Sitting by itself, you don’t really pick up on the differences unless you’ve got quite the trained eye, but when comparing them between the current ROG monitors, the difference is rather obvious. That said, the uninspiring rendition of the sRGB gamut on the TN panel is made up for by that 144hz refresh rate and the incredibly responsive 1ms response time. I assume that the colors can be fine-tuned with a little patience, but the out-of-the-box presets don’t really do the display much justice. There’s also no ghosting, which is surprising, as even today, ghosting plagues quite a few monitors. The VG248QE gets around this with Asus’s Trace Free II Technology, which just so happens to be the marketing name that Asus slaps on all its 144hz TN panels with 1ms of Grey-to-Grey response time.
The VG248QE also features a LED backlight with Asus ASCR dynamic contrast tech; which uses the backlight to help create better contrast between the blacks and the color. The monitor also puts out a pretty good brightness rating of 350cd, making sure you actually see the action that the high pixel density 24” 1080 panel puts out.
The monitor also comes with quite a few extra features that are pretty interesting. The first is a super-imposed crosshair of your choice, and for the life of me, I can’t see myself using that; but to each his/her own. The second is an onscreen timer that is a little more useful. The third is much more significant as it happens to be. The VG248QE fully supports Nvidia’s 3D Vision II kit, even going so far as augmenting it with compatibility for Nvidia’s 3D light-boost as well. The 3D Vision II kit is sold separately, of course, but it is a pretty interesting experience. Nvidia’s 3D Vision kit is a device kit that can be plugged into high refresh rate monitors (which were quite hard to come across, at the time), and it makes everything look good-and-proper 3D when you’re wearing the included glasses, even if the game or movie wasn’t designed for 3D.
· A great 144hz 1080 FHD monitor with a 1ms response time.
· Great orientation options and a rather sturdy stand.
· Nvidia 3d vision support.
· Comes with Asus’s ASCR dynamic contrast ratio technology.
The Asus VG248QE is one of the best gaming FHD monitors with Nvidia 3D Vision support, but it’s rather pricey and seemingly not worth the money you pay for it, in this day and age. At the original price point of something like $270, it would be an instant grab, but the charm of that pricing is currently lost, as many retailers have the monitor listed at rates that are upwards of $400, unfortunately. With all the boxes ticked on what makes a good gaming monitor, outside of adaptive sync, the VG248QE tries to add on extras that might not appeal to everyone. But, it’s rather graceful in making that work for itself, and, if you’re a fan of Nvidia’s 3D vision or looking to get in on it, it would be a nice to have, even if it is a little antiquated. 3D vision is great. Even rather underrated, I’d dare say. But with the onset of VR, it might be a little late to the party to be anything more than the novelty.
Boasting no ghosting or motion blur whatsoever, the 144hz refresh rate brings even the cloudiest of battlefields to life, with Nvidia’s 3D vision support being the cherry on top. The thoroughbred of the ROG shows through the VG248QE, and even though it doesn’t share the title, the Asus VG248QE has cemented itself a rank amongst the best gaming monitors in existence. If you find this monitor on sale at its original price: don’t even think about, just grab it and run; you can pay them once they catch up with you. IF they catch up with you.
ASUS VG248QE Specifications
- Refresh Rate 144 Hz
- Response Time 1ms
- Input Lag Time 3.2 ms
- Size 24.”
- Aspect Ratio 16:9
- Static Contrast Ratio 1000:1
- Dynamic Contrast Ratio 80,000,000:1
- Resolution 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
- Panel Type TN
- In-Built Modules Nvidia 3D Vision 2 kit
- Brightness 350cd/cm2
- Blue Light Reduction No
- Anti-Glare Yes
- Anti-Reflection No
- Backlight LED
- Speakers Yes, 2
- Color Shiny Black
- Ports 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x HDMI, 1x Dual-Link DVI, 1x Audio line in, 1x Headphone Jack
- Viewing Angle 170/160 Degrees
- Adjustability Pivot portrait view, swirl 45 degrees left/right, height 0-110mm, tilt 5-15 degrees front/back
- Brand-Specific Features ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio, Aspect Control Function, Splendid Video
- Intelligence Technology, Trace Free II Technology
- Additional Features Nvidia 3D Lightboost Technology
You Don’t need to read below this: The text below is from our old review. But you are still welcome to check it out.
Summary of ASUS VG248QE Review- best budget 144hz Monitor
Considering all factors, this is one of the best gaming monitors in the market. The ASUS VG248QE comes with several gameplay-friendly features for the competitive gamer. Smooth gameplay is achieved through the fast refresh rate and the correspondingly low response time and input lag time. Motion blur and ghosting becomes a rare occurrence when playing high fps required games. The 3D module comes with Nvidia’s Light Boost Technology, providing the smoothest 3D gameplay experience possible, which of course, requires appropriate 3D supported Nvidia Graphic Card before it can be used. Typically for TN panels, the viewing angle determines the color performance, and this screen is no exception. The color performance significantly reduces when viewed from sharper angles however color performance, in general, is quite satisfying especially considering it is a TN panel. Screen tearing, although far from frequent, is not eliminated and never will be, since there isn’t inbuilt sync technology. Equipped with anti-glare, contrast and brightness will be calibrated for the sake of the user’s eyes, but we find the lack of blue light reduction disappointing still. Conclusively, this monitor is worth every dollar, considering the array of gaming-friendly specs and is aimed towards the competitive gamer who wants a smooth gameplay, with minimal motion blur and ghosting for a very reasonable price. If you are looking for an ultrawide gaming monitor, then we recommend you to read our review of Asus Pg348q.
Screen tearing, although far from frequent, is not eliminated and never will be, since there isn’t inbuilt sync technology. That is the only negative side of this monitor, but at this price range, adaptive sync is not expected. Equipped with anti-glare, contrast and brightness will be calibrated for the sake of the user’s eyes, but we find the lack of blue light reduction disappointing still. Conclusively, this monitor is worth every dollar, considering the array of gaming-friendly specs and is aimed towards the competitive gamer who wants a smooth gameplay, with minimal motion blur and ghosting for a very reasonable price.
The complete review of Asus VG248QE
When ASUS released the VG248QE in January 2013, it was quite the beast for a price low enough to make anybody with a desktop computer consider buying it ($350). Equipped with the fast 144 Hz refresh rate and a 1ms GTG response time, this monitor is still, three years later, a very attractive asset to the competitive gamer’s hardware collection.
The ASUS VG248QE comes with a wide range of adjustability which includes swirling ranges for 45 degrees for both sides, tilting angles of maximum 15 degrees both front and back, and lastly but probably most conveniently the height adjustment of 110mm. The I/O ports are nothing to brag about; it comes with 1 HDMI port, 1 Dual Link DVI port, 1 DisplayPort 1.2, one audio line in and one headphone jack – just enough for the gamer’s needs but nothing more.
One thing that was positively surprising was the color display accuracy. Considering that the panel is of TN technology, we expected a somewhat poor color saturation performance, but the ASUS VG248QE did very well during the color performance tests. Compared to the color accuracy display of IPS panels there is an obvious gap – as there usually is, however, based on the other TN monitors we have reviewed the ASUS VG248QE reduces this gap quite significantly.
Viewing angles are as always with TN panels, disturbing when viewed from sharper angles so for, full utility of the contrast brightness and colors you should adjust your seating so that you face the center of the screen. 24” is a size big enough to enjoy the high fps required games without having the difficulty of reduced color display at the corners of the screen compared to if it was, for example, a 27” screen.
Ghosting appeared rarely and only for an instant when playing high fps required games. This was expected since there was no sync module inbuilt before hand, but the ghosting was so insignificant that we had to look for them to notice them, and during gameplay, we believed it was such a minor factor, that it shouldn’t be the reason not to buy it. For the price, it’s hard to imagine it being better.
Since color display (although good compared to the average TN panel, still lacks in accuracy and total saturation), ghosting and lack of sync technology are complimentary with the ASUS VG248QE it was thought that the tradeoff was based on something else. In that, we were right. The ultra-low (for its price) input lag time of 13ms combined with the 1ms GTG response time and 144 Hz monitor, motion blur becomes a distant thing of the past. Appearing here and there it was so insignificant that it is fair to say that you will not feel it all. When playing high fps required games, it was clear to us that this monitor was designed for exactly these demanding, action filled, high-intensity fps required games. You will have to search long and hard for a smoother gameplay for less than $249.99.
To complete that package, you’ll need an appropriate Nvidia graphics card and the company’s 3D Vision kit with glasses and an emitter.
What is in the box?
Dual Link DVI Cable
- DisplayPort Cable
- Audio mini plug
- CD (Manual, drivers and Nvidia 3D Vision Support)
Review 2: You don’t need to read this
ASUS VG248QE still the best 144hz monitor for the price
With the developments of the graphics technology, the demand for hi-end monitors has increased remarkably. Going beyond “just having a monitor” PC users are now focused on getting a monitor that comply with aspects of 3D gaming and ultra-realistic HD animations. ASUS VG248QE is such product that can meet high expectations of graphic enthusiasts for many reasons.
One of the most remarkable features of ASUS VG248QE is its astonishing refresh rate. While most of the competitors claim to have a refresh rate of 120Hz and support both 3D and 2D contents, ASUS VG248QE features a 144Hz refresh rate. This refresh rate is capable of providing the best possible fluidity with high-quality graphic contents making it the dream PC monitor for gaming enthusiasts. Although 120Hz and higher refresh rates are common with TV sets, Asus is the first company to introduce such rate for PC monitors.
In addition to the exceptional refresh rate, this 24” monitor features a rapid response rate of 1ms. Because of this higher response rate, users can expect a significantly reduced screen draw time and minimal input lag, which are highly appreciated by pro gamers. Asus VG248QE also features a great amount of brightness (350 cd/ m2). This becomes highly advantageous in overcoming the dimming effects of the active shutter glasses.
Asus VG248QE is made with a black glossy appearance which matches any setup. While maintaining the clarity and the vibrancy of the images, it comes with an antiglare-treated matte screen. Mildly illuminating power button is located towards the bottom side of the frame assuring a distract-free viewing experience.
This particular monitor comes with a circular shaped stand assuring a great stability and firmness. It also allows users to enjoy a convenient 900 swivel rotation to match the posture and the viewing height of the user. Providing more convenience for the users, Asus VG248QE is rotatable to position even vertically if needed.
The performance of this masterpiece is powered with the design itself. Manufacturers have used a PCB with an over-clocked input to maximize the response rate as well as the refresh rate. Because of this particular feature, ASUS VG248QE doesn’t become unstable like most of the other monitors which become unstable when they exceed the refreshing rate of 72 Hz. In addition to that, it is powered by a six-bit TN (Twisted Nematic) panel done by AU Optronics. Most of the competitor products feature IPS technology which is less responsive than the TN panels.
When it comes to the price, ASUS VG248QE can be purchased for an amount around $300. It comes with a three years warranty assuring the best return for the money you invest. The overall design of the monitor is quite elegant and sleek. Black finish matches any surface without any trouble. When it comes to the user-friendliness, the OSD is divided into five main sections making it perfectly easy to navigate. All the attributes including presets are well placed to make things much easier for users.
Overall, ASUS VG248QE is a great investment for gaming enthusiasts who expect superior graphics and performances.