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ASUS VG245H Review: Budget 1080p 75Hz 1ms FreeSync Gaming Monitor

By September 24, 2018 No Comments
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Introduction

If you’re looking for an affordable gaming monitor that won’t break your bank yet work perfectly fine even with a budget-friendly PC rig, the ASUS VG245H is worth checking out.

It offers a 75Hz refresh rate, a 1ms response time speed, and AMD FreeSync technology for smooth fast-paced gameplay.

Moreover, it’s got additional gaming features and a cool design with full ergonomic support.

Image Quality

The image quality of the ASUS VG245H monitor is decent, but for the same amount of money, you could get an IPS display with more vibrant colors and wider viewing angles.

However, the TN panel of the ASUS VG245H provides you with a response time speed of only 1ms which other panels such as IPS and VA lack.

In short, you are sacrificing color quality (IPS) and contrast ratio (VA) as well as viewing angles for the response time speed performance.

Is it a worthy trade-off?

Well, if you mostly play competitive and fast-paced games, a quicker response time will better handle ghosting and trailing artifacts of fast-moving objects.

For better visuals and picture quality, you should get a monitor with an IPS or VA panel instead.

Performance

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While the 1ms response time speed effectively eliminates motion blur, the ASUS VG245H input lag of only 10ms ensures responsive gameplay with no delay between your actions and the result on the screen.

In addition to the 75Hz refresh rate, you get a small but noticeable boost in motion clarity as opposed to the standard 60Hz displays.

With TN panels, the 170/160-degree viewing angles cause the image to shift in color and contrast when you’re looking at the screen from skewed angles.

As long as you’re sitting directly in front of the screen, though, you won’t be affected by the viewing angles. Besides, you can always tilt or swivel the screen according to your position.

The ASUS VG245H 24″ monitor supports 16.7 million colors with true 8-bit depth but for the optimal image quality, calibration is recommended.

ASUS VG245H Calibration

For the best gaming experience as well as the overall image quality, we recommend the following ASUS VG245H settings.

Use the Racing preset as it’s closest to the ideal adjustments. Disable the following features: Blue Light Filter, SmartView, VividPixel, and Eco Mode.

While the mentioned features decrease the quality of the picture without giving much in return, you can actually keep TraceFree feature below 60 mark, as it reduces ghosting and motion blurring efficiently.

Now, adjust the following settings accordingly:

Brightness: 30 – 35

Contrast: 70

Sharpness: 50

Color Temperature: User Mode (Red: 100, Green: 91, Blue: 92)

For our particular model, we found these settings to work best, though you may need to fine-tune them yourself a bit as each monitor unit is at least slightly different. You can also look for the ASUS VG245H ICC profiles online.

Features

AMD FreeSync technology allows you to synchronize the refresh rate of the monitor to the frame rate of your AMD FreeSync-compatible graphics card or your Xbox One’s GPU.

In turn, you get a steady FPS (Frames Per Second) rate without screen tearing, stuttering, or extra input lag within the dynamic refresh rate range which in this case amounts to 40-75Hz/FPS.

Furthermore, the ASUS VG245H FreeSync monitor offers additional game-enhancing features.

Firstly, the ASUS GamePlus feature consists of customizable crosshair overlays as well as an on-screen timer that you can place on the screen to increase your precision and timing in video games.

Next, ASUS GameVisual provides pre-calibrated picture presets for certain scenarios including: Scenery, Racing, Cinema, RTS/RPG, FPS, and sRGB.

Design & Connectivity

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The ASUS VG245H 75Hz gaming monitor boasts versatile ergonomics with up to 130mm of height adjustment, 90° pivot, 90° swivel, 100 x 100 VESA mount, and -5, 33° tilt. It also features a matte anti-glare screen coating.

Connector ports include two HDMI 1.4, a VGA, an audio line-out for headphones, and an audio line-in for the 2x2W built-in speakers.

The two HDMI ports allow you to have a PC and a gaming console simultaneously connected, and when you wish to switch, simply change the input source in the OSD menu; No reconnecting of cables necessary.

Price & Similar Monitors

The ASUS VG245H price amounts to $199 MSRP. For that price, you can get a 1080p 1ms FreeSync gaming monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate – the AOC G2460PF.

Alternatively, you could buy a 24″ 1080p 75Hz FreeSync gaming monitor with an IPS panel instead, such as the LG 24MP59G, if you prefer better colors and wider viewing angles.

On Amazon, you will also find the ASUS VG245HE which is the same monitor but without the ergonomic stand and the ASUS VG275Q, which is the 27″ model of this monitor.

Conclusion

Overall, the ASUS VG245H is a solid gaming monitor with a great image quality for a TN panel display and smooth gameplay performance.

However, for the same price, you could get a 144Hz monitor instead which is significantly better for competitive gaming or an IPS monitor with a better picture quality.

ASUS VG245H Specifications

Screen Size24-inch
Resolution1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeTN
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate75Hz
Response Time1ms (GtG)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (40Hz-75Hz)
Speakers2x2W
Ports2x HDMI 1.4, VGA
Other PortsHeadphone Jack
Brightness250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (true 8-bit)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

What We Loved

  • Fully ergonomic design
  • AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz
  • Quick response time and low input lag
  • Decent image quality for a TN panel

What We Didn’t Like

  • Calibration out of the box is required
  • Expensive, there are cheaper and better alternatives

Writer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time on writing for DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.

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