ASUS VG248QE Full HD 144Hz 1ms HDMI Gaming Monitor Review

Editor rating

3.8/5 on October 24, 2017

User's rating

2,665 reviews

PROS

  • Refresh rate. A solid 144Hz rapid refresh rate with a DVI or DisplayPort input allows for incredibly smooth gaming on even more chaotic titles. Even lower-priced graphics cards can produce higher frame rates than expected with the VG248QE Gaming Monitor.
  • Contrast. Incredible contrast features that allow a range of blacks and whites to rival more expensive computer gaming monitors. Just be ready to fiddle with the controls for a while to get the perfect contrast settings and make sure you have plenty of lighting in your gaming space.
  • Lag speed. Great input lag speed allows for competitive multiplayer gaming with zero hiccups to speak of.

CONS

  • Backlighting. The flickering effect from the pulse width modulation is the single biggest drawback to the VG248QE. No amount of graphical quality is worth the skull-splitting headaches that gamers with sensitive eyes have reported from this backlighting feature.
  • Speakers. The 2-watt speakers are incredibly weak. Imagine watching an HD movie and listening to it through a tin can on a string and that's pretty much the effect of these on-board speakers. This can be remedied with any cheap set of stereo headphones, which you will want to purchase to complement the monitor.
  • Pricey. Even though the price has dropped recently to $259 on Amazon, the Asus VG248QE is still a little too expensive to be considered a true "entry level" gaming monitor.

VERDICT

So long as you do not suffer from eyestrain or have issues with flickering, the Asus VG248QE monitor can be a big quality upgrade from a standard computer monitor. If you are used to gaming on a standard 60Hz LED monitor, the graphical upgrade to 144Hz will truly blow you away. On the other hand, the 2013 technology of this monitor is starting to show its age when compared to its newer cousins. It really comes down a matter of personal preference when it comes to the cost. If you don't feel the need to have the very latest tech upgrades in a gaming monitor but want to make the jump to a 144Hz refresh rate, you can't go wrong with the Asus VG248QE.

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.

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