The Asus VG258QR is the next midrange monitor in the brand’s extensive gaming display portfolio that offers an upgraded refresh rate and a boosted response time. The new monitor somehow sits between the Asus MG248QR and the XG258Q as the new midrange option for competitive gamers. The Asus VG258QR uses a newer AU Optronics panel similar to the AOC G2590PX, making it interesting to check what kind of pros and cons we can expect.
Asus VG258QR Specifications
- Screen Size: 25 Inches
- Resolution:1920 x 1080 FHD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Panel Technology: Twisted Nematic (TN)
- Refresh Rate: 165Hz
- Response Time: 1ms
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Static)
- Brightness: 400 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: None
- Stand: Height – Yes (4.72 Inches)
- Stand: Tilt – Yes (-5°/+20°)
- Stand: Swivel – Yes (-50°/+50°)
- Stand: Pivot – Yes (0°/+90°)
- VESA Compatibility: Yes
- Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 1, USB 3.0 x 2, 3.5mm Headphone Jack
- Dimensions with Stand(WxHxD): 22.15“x 19.14” x 7”
- Weight: 124lbs
Design and Features
What’s great about the Asus VG258QR is it dons the brand’s familiar gaming monitor aesthetic instead of the latest generation which has seen mixed reception. The monitor is finished in matte black that’s easy to maintain without adding flashiness to the product. The monitor isn’t bezel-free, but the border is composed of very thin dual-stage borders.
The Asus VG258QR’s feature layout is familiar as well, but that can only be a good thing. The monitor still has buttons, but those are shortcuts to the monitor’s GamePlus features such as the FPS counter and the timer/crosshair overlays. The OSD is controlled with a five-way joystick that makes it convenient for gamers to tweak the display.
The rear of the chassis has a slightly different aesthetic scheme, but the signature futuristic pattern indents are still present. The VESA attachment point is the most prominent feature at the center of this side, covered by the included stand.
The Asus VG258QR is supported by a flexible stand that won’t leave you hanging when it comes to adjustments. The mechanism provides tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustments, making it convenient to acquire a perfect viewing angle. As mentioned, the product is VESA compatible, so you can still opt for a wall mount or an aftermarket stand.
The connectivity on the Asus VG258QR is pretty decent since it includes the essentials, however, this is one aspect the brand could have improved. The layout only includes DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, and DVI-D for video inputs plus 3.5mm jacks for audio passthrough. There is also a pair of 2-Watt speakers, but they are underpowered for gaming purposes.
Display and Performance
The Asus VG258QR sports a 25-inch TN panel from AU Optronics with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 165Hz refresh rate, and a .5ms response time. The latter, as always, should be taken with a grain of salt, but it is an indication that the display has advanced blur reduction features. The display is supported by a 400cd/m2 backlight which is powerful enough for most gaming situations such as strobing modes.
The 25-inch form factor and the 1080p resolution may make the Asus VG258QR less desirable for most, but it still is the current standard for competitive games like CSGO. The monitor should also be easy to run with a range of GPUs, including the low to midrange bracket. This product is an excellent finisher to a strictly competitive gaming build that doesn’t require a massive budget.
The highlight of the Asus VG258QR is its Trace-free ELMB or Extreme Low Motion Blur feature which reduces blurring and the backlight’s brightness in the process. Both Nvidia and AMD GPU users can use this feature for E-Sports titles where a clear, and blemish-free image creates an advantage. Take note, however, that ELMB will lock out the option to activate FreeSync if in case you are using an AMD GPU.
The monitor’s royalty-free variable refresh rate technology has a range of 40Hz to 165Hz which is wide enough for most circumstances. The Asus VG258QR isn’t complete without the brand’s GamePlus and SPLENDID features which always come standard with its products. You get nifty extras such as FPS counters and a selection of presets for general gaming genres such as RTS or racing.
Lastly, the Asus VG258QR supports responsive gaming by having a low input lag mode called GameFast. This add-on cuts out the displays unnecessary processes and focuses its resources into minimizing latency. We’re confident that the product is agile enough without the option, but its a handy tool to utilize in crucial situations such as ranked battles.
Thoughts on the Asus VG258QR
The Asus VG258QR presents a very practical and compelling solution for competitive gamers who don’t want to spend on unnecessary premiums. We already have 240Hz monitors in the market for quite some time, but most of them aren’t as affordable to the masses. This model’s specifications look sufficient enough even for the most seasoned E-Sports athlete, but we do hope it’s image quality doesn’t fail.
The Asus VG258QR has begun shipping to some regions in the globe and is asking for more or less $300. The product is pricier from seasoned competitors such as the ViewSonic XG2402, but this model has a few advantages you make like. For more information, you can check out the monitor’s official page or this page for the latest news.