Should you buy ASUS VG248QE?

Susan Fernandez February 02 2022
ASUS is one of those brands that make good products. They are not the absolute best, but they do put out some great devices. Its products are always very expensive, but they are also always very good. Their monitors are no exception. ## General specifications of ASUS VG248QE This monitor, in particular, is 24 inches and has a 1ms gray-to-gray response time. It also has Nvidia's G Sync built into the monitor, meaning it will sync with compatible Nvidia graphics cards. The color quality is decent; like most IPS panels tend to be. The contrast ratio is not what one would expect for an IPS panel either, but that should not really affect screen quality too much. And of course, this monitor has all the features you would expect from a gaming monitor: blue light filter (reduces eye strain), low input lag (gaming responsiveness), multiple-input ports (such as VGA, DVI and HDMI), and more. It also has two built-in 4W speakers which do not sound too bad. The resolution is 1920 by 1080, which is standard. The refresh rate is 144Hz; anything higher would be unnecessary. ## What about its design and connectivity? The stand is adjustable for height, pivot, and tilt. The monitor also has a handle on the back which can be useful if you have to take it from one place to another. A minor inconvenience with the stand being so low is that a lot of people will not be able to fit this monitor without taking out the top part of their desk or putting something underneath it. If you have speakers behind your main monitor then you will have to check how high they are as well since they could otherwise block the screen's path going up and down. Many people do not like this sort of handle, but I think it is a good idea. It makes the monitor easier to pick up and move around. The monitor's connectivity is as follows: one VGA port, two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, and two downstream USB 3.0 Type-A ports. This may be a problem to those with older computers that only have DVI or VGA as their video output connection; this monitor does not have a DVI port. Also, keep in mind that the DisplayPort cannot be used as a second HDMI or vice versa if you want both inputs on your computer to use at the same time. ## How good is the ASUS VG248QE image? This monitor, much like most other ASUS monitors, has good color quality and sharpness. Even in places where there aren't a lot of small details you can still see that the monitor is fairly sharp. This monitor is fairly standard when it comes to contrast ratio; which makes sense since IPS panels do not have poor black levels but they also cannot display perfect blacks. The image quality is decent. It has good color quality, not perfect but still good. This monitor is pretty bright as well, which is common with IPS panels. The viewing angles are also very wide; almost to the point of being noticeable in some situations. Overall this monitor has very few problems regarding its image quality or anything else regarding its functionality for that matter. ![]( The pixel density of ASUS VG248QE is about right. Most monitors have a fixed number for their pixel density, and other factors can affect it as well. The best way to test the sharpness of a monitor is to look at two things: small text size (8pt) and minute details in video games. There are lots of problems with looking at 8pt text on any monitor, but you can still notice differences between certain monitors when comparing them side by side. ASUS VG248QE does not have any problems here either; except that it will take some time getting used to seeing everything at its normal size after spending most of your computer life looking at 1600 by 900 or 1280 by 720 resolution on 1315 inch screens. ## The refresh rate is powerful! [ASUS VG248QE]( has 144Hz which is significantly higher than most other IPS gaming monitors in its price range. In fact, it has the highest refresh rate among all gaming monitors in general. How much of a difference does this make? In reality, not very much when looking at games from a normal distance from the monitor. It would only be useful if you could quickly switch to a different screen and look at a clock or a small icon in the corner to check how high your framerate was because 200 FPS on this monitor will seem exactly like 100 FPS on another monitor that cannot go above 60Hz. That said, 400+ FPS should definitely look better here than they do on other monitors. The point I'm trying to get across is that refresh rate alone will not improve your gaming experience much, so do not let anyone trick you into thinking it does. ## Performance and productivity ASUS offers its clients a very unique feature: a special mode for productivity, which makes the monitor look like the text is coming out of the screen. This might be beneficial to some but I think it looks quite ugly and distracting; even though it's only an illusion. The input lag and fast response time are great. Along with the high refresh rate and low response time, this monitor has the ability to play games without much of a problem. If you plan on using it as a monitor for work as well, then you will love this monitor because it can switch from gaming to productivity in less than a second. The quality seems fine from the back but the stand looks cheap from the front. The stand is not very sturdy and may cause issues after prolonged use, especially if you move your mouse around a lot while playing games. ASUS VG248QE has the capability to use AMD FreeSync. It is one of many technologies that can sync your monitor's refresh rate with your graphics card, which will provide you with a much smoother image. Using this feature might be beneficial if you have an AMD graphics card but I honestly think that it does not matter whether you have NVIDIA or AMD because in my experience they both work just as fine and do their job really well. That said, using NVIDIA G-SYNC may be better than FreeSync because there are more monitors available with that technology and it also costs less than FreeSync-equipped monitors. Finally, 3D Vision on this monitor will also work without issues. I'd recommend everyone who's interested to buy a monitor with this technology (either NVIDIA or AMD) because it will allow you to play games in 3D and that is one of the main benefits of this monitor. ## What should you know about its gaming-related features? [ASUS VG248QE best settings]( and its GamePlus features are awesome. The picture-in-picture function is useful when playing games that have terrible menus or you want to check your e-mails while playing or something like that. That said, it's definitely not necessary because the monitor already has lots of other "unnecessary" features for gamers which makes this feature seem even less beneficial. ![]( The crosshair overlay is very useful if you ever plan on making YouTube videos or streaming your gameplay online. You can basically put a crosshair on top of every game and then tell viewers/gamers that they can use the same crosshair in their favorite games through simple modifications. A user can choose between Scenery, Night View, sRGB, Theater, Game, and Standard modes. That might be useful for deciding which color profile to use while playing games. The only thing I dislike about these profiles is that you cannot manually change their settings, so choosing them can sometimes feel like a shot in the dark. It would've been much more beneficial if you could just choose among various presets rather than having to rely on some preset profiles that may or may not suit your needs. ## Average price One can find this monitor for about 270$ on Amazon. We believe that's the best price one can get for this monitor because it really has everything one might need; especially when it comes to gaming/productivity capabilities. ## What ASUS can offer you for this price tag? Well, the alternatives do not have G-SYNC technology, which is huge for gamers who own NVIDIA graphics cards. There are also no other monitors that offer the same set of features (especially when it comes to gaming), so ASUS VG248QE truly stands out in this sense. For example, you can buy a cheaper monitor that has a higher refresh rate but you will not be able to do much more than gaming unless you buy another monitor. In this case, ASUS VG248QE is the only option and the price tag is well justified. On the other hand, ASUS PG278QR, which costs about 561$ on Amazon, comes with G-SYNC technology and a 144Hz refresh rate (that's what using FreeSync does for NVIDIA graphics cards), so it seems like a perfect alternative for gamers who have an NVIDIA card and don't want to pay extra money for features they won't use anyway. However, if you plan on using 120Hz or 144Hz then you should definitely consider this monitor because it will work better for you. ## If we talk about other brands... So, with this same price of 270-300$ other manufacturers like BenQ, Acer, and Dell also offer their own versions of monitors with 27-inch screens that have similar or higher refresh rates than ASUS VG248QE. There are many such alternatives that cost about 300$ on Amazon and they all come with some neat features for gamers/users in general so we believe there is nothing to be afraid of if you want to pay a bit more money and get a monitor that will work well for several years. LG can offer you a cheaper alternative that has a 75Hz refresh rate and FreeSync technology. However, it doesn't have G-SYNC and we believe G-SYNC is essential for NVIDIA graphics card users and even 5760×1080 resolutions (that one has) because of the price difference between this monitor and ASUS VG248QE's price is way bigger than when compared to similar alternatives from other brands. In general, if you want a good monitor with a good resolution that will not cost much then go ahead and pick any one of these 144Hz 27-inch monitors, they won't disappoint you but don't expect them to last for years without problems. In our opinion, ASUS VG248QE is best in this situation because it has everything a good monitor should have, including G-SYNC technology. ## So, is ASUS VG248QE a good choice? Yes, it is. It has everything one might need, strong build quality (it feels premium yet not too heavy), awesome design, awesome viewing angles, awesome colors, awesome price for what it offers (you get what you pay for). However, if you plan on using this monitor mostly for productivity activities like photo editing then G-SYNC technology may not be the best choice because the screen tearing will surely annoy you while trying to do something important with your pictures. So choose a different option if you have no use of G-SYNC or 144Hz refresh rate. If we had to find something bad about ASUS VG248QE then it would be its stand that can't move up/down or swivel which makes it a bad choice for people who sit in front of their monitors are not to the side. ## What are some disadvantages of this monitor? ASUS VG248QE has only one connection port (DVI-DL). This means that you can't plug anything into the monitor. If this is not a problem for you then there are no other disadvantages except some slight problems with availability on Amazon or eBay. Also, it should be noted that such high refresh rates (144Hz) require very powerful GPUs to work well without problems like screen tearing or other issues. So, if you have a laptop you should probably look somewhere else for now. If we had to choose between ASUS VG248QE and PG278QR then, right now, it would be PG278QR because of G-SYNC support which makes it better suited for NVIDIA GTX graphics cards users. However, the difference is small enough so it all depends on your preferences and budget.