Asus VG248QE 24 Inch Monitor Review
There’s a dazzling array of monitors available in the mid range gamer budget area. Competition is fierce with 24” and 27” screens dominating with new technology pushing the boundaries in color and responsiveness.
The good news is that with Asus’ offering in the form of a slick 24” screen it isn’t prohibitive to get your mitts on a piece of the action. In this article we’ll give you a run down on this competitive piece of kit to give you the best idea of whether this should be sitting on your battle station within the week.
Coming in at $290 on Amazon at present this is an extremely affordable entry into the modern world of monitors. 24 inches isn’t the largest monitor in the world but it’s perfectly fine for the average desk, particularly if you find yourself sitting closer to the screen than some setups.
The long and short of this Asus piece is that it’s a gamer’s screen. That comes with the usual focus and details you might expect: rock solid pixel response and a respectably low level of input lag that puts it up there amongst the other popular gaming choices available.
Let’s take a closer look at the details.
The Asus VG248QE certainly looks the part. It has a very neat and unfettered appearance with a strurdy looking plastic stand. You can get tilt on this to 15 degrees and a 90 degree range of swivel with a grounded feel to the stand (it doesn’t slide about like some poorer quality screens). It can rock the golden standard of resolutions – 1920×1080, required to get the best out of most games without taxing rigs too much.
The housing for the panel is a pleasantly chunky cabinet dressed in a smooth matte black design. It’s a simple look and we appreciate the fact that it’s not a piece of gaming gear draped with garish designs and lights.
The screen has a respectable range of color warmth and brightness which you’ll want to make best use of to tailor to the games you play (I’m looking at you murky horror games like Amnesia!).
It’s a good thing that there is a decent range on the stand as a sadly common downside with this Asus screen is the need to be zeroed in like a laser on the screen to get the best result. We saw a sad drop in the warmth and accuracy of the screen if we were even a few degrees away from straight on.
It’s not a fault that is a deal breaker by any means but if you tend to adjust your slouch from time to time as you play your games you might find yourself frustrated at the need to adjust to get the most out of the screen.
Thankfully the stand can be taken off and will work with VESA mounting units so that you can place it on your wall – as it’s not too chunky by any means this is a tempting option to save space and make adjustments a little easier.
The menu is about what you could expect from a competitively priced monitor. You have buttons located on the edge of the monitor that let you switch through your standard options – color, contrast, brightness and gamma.
We didn’t see too much of a difference with this switched on although it should prove useful for very twitchy games that require a high degree of accuracy in input.
The speakers are average. The integrated units provide a reasonable level of sound output that isn’t by any means bad but does suffer from the dreaded lack of bass syndrome. As most PC or console gamers make use of headsets with mics we wouldn’t advise this to be a serious downside in your considerations.
The I/O ports are reasonable. You can see on the bottom of the screen that there are ports for DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. Sadly we can’t see any VGA input here and we can see an irritating lack of USB 2.0 ports. That isn’t required by any means but for some extra peripherals it’s a helpful feature to have.
Let’s talk performance
Great stuff. The VG248QE showed its legs here and handled our gaming stress tests admirably. The refresh rate is fantastic on this screen and you can’t argue with a single millisecond of pixel response.
We ran a standard set of games through it on both PC and console – Crysis 3, GTA V on the PS4 and Battlefield 4 to name a few. All looked wonderful with the screen set up at the right angle – colors were smooth and distinct and even usual culprits like Battlefield had minimal stutter while still retaining a very respectable level of input accuracy.
The available color presets are surprisingly well adjusted but the accuracy of the overall palette does leave us feeling a little lacking. Testing for this screen has shown it performs exceptionally well in luminescence and clarity of RGB colors as well as depth of black areas on the screen.
We’re extremely pleased with the sharpness and ease at which you can adjust the ratios and contrast on this Asus monitor. It’s best to keep the ranges close to the factory standard as while you have the option to push up contrast and gamma it will quickly wash out all the georgeous colors this monitor has to offer.
It seems you can’t escape some common flaws in many modern gaming monitors. The holy grail of angles is an issue we see time and again with most mid-range offerings and this Asus screen is no exception. It does make up for this with lovely brightness and ambient light display.
What we do say ultimately is that the performance is fantastic where it matters. Response is impressive with the screen very clearly giving a crisp response and feel even when playing highly demanding games with varying color palettes.
It’s also complete with a good range of general features, although it is lacking in USB ports. Ultimately, for the price, it’s a serious winner and we reccomend consideration of it when it comes to making your next battle station upgrade.