The ASUS VG248QE 24″ Gaming Monitor is still a top seller even though many of its features are starting to show their age in late 2017. If you want to upgrade to a gaming monitor, you could do a lot worse than to invest in one of these to experience what a 144Hz monitor has to offer. While the VG248QE does not score as well on some review sites, customers still give it top marks which shows the monitor’s staying power, at least for now. Here is a closer look at the ASUS VG248QE 24″ Gaming Monitor.
Display and Features
The Asus VG248QE has a 24-inch 1080P twisted nematic panel. It has a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. Newer models may have slightly better color reproduction and accuracy, but you would be hard-pressed to beat the entry-level pricing of the VG248QE which first debuted in 2013.
It has a sturdy base and a black chassis. The VG248QE comes standard with a dual-link DVI cable, audio cable and power cord. The VG248QE has HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, but these cables are not included. The 144Hz maximum refresh rate is dependent on your graphics card and is only available when using a DVI or DisplayPort input. There are also no USB ports on the monitor. Brightness, contrast and other options can be adjusted using keys on the bottom right of the frame. You can also set customized viewing modes such as gaming, movie viewing and night view.
The VG248QE’s color accuracy has a measured DeltaE of 2.93 because of undersaturation at the wider edges of the monitor’s frame (mostly green). The sRGB gamut coverage is a solid 93 percent, which is average for gaming monitors in 2017. (This was top-of-the-line when the Asus VG248QE debuted back in 2013.) These outputs have been greatly increased on newer monitors but are still very respectable for an entry-level gaming monitor.
The monitor has some great options for ergonomic adjustments. It can be rotated 45 degrees to the left and right or pivoted 90 degrees on its stand. It also has 20 degrees of tilt variation – 15 degrees forward and 5 degrees backward. It has 4.3 inches of height variation that can be adjusted. The built-in 2-watt stereo speakers are extremely weak, and you’ll want to upgrade to almost anything else to improve the sound quality on your games.
One feature that makes the Asus VG248QE stand out after all these years is its excellent contrast. The recorded averages stand at 750 to 800 at 30 to 50 percent brightness and a whopping 1080:1 at 80 percent. Those are great numbers, but you will have to do some fine tuning and ensure that your gaming area is well lit.
Multiplayer gaming stands out well on the Asus VG248QE because the input lag is not noticeable at all. The input lag has been measured at 3.2ms which is excellent for competitive games. By way of comparison, anything above 4ms of input lag amounts to about one frame of delay which the vast majority of gamers will not even notice.
The gaming-exclusive features of the Asus VG248QE include GamePlus, which allows a player to select between four different crosshair types for first-person shooters. The monitor also includes an on-screen timer, which we suspect is really more of a parental control to limit gaming time. 3D gaming and movie viewing are supported but you will have to purchase the glasses separately. The 144Hz refresh rate will work with almost any GPU but the VG248QE does not have adaptive refresh technology such as Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync. It does, however, have Nvidia 3D Lightboost Technology which strobes the backlight and allows it to mimic a CRT monitor. This can do away with motion blur entirely in your gaming sessions. However, the strobing also increases the flickering effect which brings us to our final point.
The biggest drawback to the Asus VG248QE is the older pulse width modulation (PWM) which is used to control backlight dimming. PWM causes flickering which becomes more intense the lower the backlight is set. Unfortunately, this can cause headaches and eyestrain in some gamers, even if the flickering is unnoticed. Gamers with sensitive eyes or other visual conditions should avoid the Asus VG248QE entirely.