The ASUS VG248QE is one of the most popular 1080p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitors.
But does it live up to its reputation? Long story short, not really – and here’s why.
In order to deliver the best performance for competitive first-person shooters, the ASUS VG248QE monitor features a TN panel with a rapid response time speed which comes at the cost of viewing angles and color quality.
The ASUS VG248QE response time speed amounts to only 1ms which is quick enough to eliminate all visible ghosting and trailing of fast-moving objects in video games.
While the viewing angles of 170/160 degrees cause the image to fluctuate in color and contrast when you are looking at the screen from skewed angles, the image will remain intact as long as you’re sitting directly in front of it.
In comparison to other panel technologies (IPS and VA), TN panels also have the lowest color quality.
For a hardcore gamer, of course, the viewing angles and the color quality won’t be as important as the response time speed which is why the ASUS VG248QE is mainly intended for competitive gamers.
At 144Hz, the ASUS VG248QE input lag amounts to only ~5ms making it one of the fastest gaming monitors.
The combination of its flawless input lag and response time performance along with its high 144Hz refresh rate makes fast-paced gaming more immersive and enjoyable, but it also gives you a slight edge over your opponents with regular screens.
Other panel-related specs include up to 350-nit peak brightness, up to 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, and 8-bit color depth with 16.7 million supported colors; all of which is standard for a monitor at this price range.
Out of the box, the ASUS VG248QE gaming monitor requires a bit of fiddling with calibration. We have an article dedicated to the ASUS VG248QE color calibration and settings for gaming.
NVIDIA LightBoost & 3D Vision
The now-outdated 3D Vision technology provides a 3D viewing experience for compatible content using the 3D Vision active-shutter glasses. This technology can work simultaneously as LightBoost in order to increase the screen brightness and reduce ghosting and crosstalk.
Alternatively, you can just use LightBoost to decrease motion blur by backlight strobing but at the cost of extra input lag introduced.
There are certain workarounds that include fiddling with drivers settings and third-party software that can get rid of the extra input lag and can make LightBoost work with AMD graphics cards.
However, these methods are complicated for an average gamer and may not give the same results as each ASUS VG248QE unit is slightly different.
Besides, nowadays, you can get a 1080p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitor with a modern backlight strobing technology that can work with any graphics card straight out of the box.
Other gaming-related features of the ASUS VG248QE 144Hz monitor include GamePlus customizable crosshairs and an on-screen timer for better precision and timing in FPS, RTS, and RPG video games.
There are also pre-calibrated picture presets available for Scenery, Night View, sRGB, Theater, Game, and a Standard fully customizable mode.
You will also find the standard adjustments such as contrast, brightness, saturation, color temperature, sharpness, input source selection, RGB settings, etc.
Keep in mind that the ASUS VG248QE monitor is not flicker-free as it uses PWM to regulate brightness. Moreover, it doesn’t have a low blue light filter, so if you are sensitive to screen flicker, there’s a chance you’ll experience headaches or eye fatigue.
Finally, there’s the TraceFree feature which increases the response time speed, however, settings it to over 60 can introduce inverse ghosting, or overshoot.
Design & Connectivity
The ASUS VG248QE monitor has thick glossy bezels which may not appeal to everybody.
On a more positive note, the design features full ergonomic support including +/- 45° swivel, -5°/15° tilt, 90° clockwise pivot, and up to 110mm height adjustment. It’s also VESA mount compatible.
Connectivity includes HDMI 1.4, Dual-Link DVI, and DisplayPort 1.2. There’s also an audio line-out port for the headphones and line-in for the 2×2 built-in speakers.
Keep in mind that the monitor doesn’t support 144Hz over HDMI even though HDMI 1.4 has enough bandwidth for it. So, use either DisplayPort or DVI for 1080p at 144Hz.
Price & Similar Monitors
The price of the ASUS VG248QE monitor is around $270 which we find too expensive given that there are newer 1080p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitors with better features available for less money.
For instance, the Acer XFA240 is a 1080p 144Hz 1ms display with AMD FreeSync (and G-SYNC compatibility) available for under $200.
If you are looking for a 144Hz monitor with the backlight strobing for the best performance in FPS games, check out the LG 24GL600F.
The ASUS VG248QE was one of the first 144Hz monitors with the LightBoost technology which at that time, had an impressive performance with incredible motion clarity and responsiveness; hence its outstanding ratings and popularity.
Nowadays, there are newer monitors which deliver better performance and features at more affordable prices.
ASUS VG248QE Specifications
|Resolution||1920×1080 (Full HD)|
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time||1ms (GtG)|
|Ports||DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, DL-DVI|
|Other Ports||Headphone Jack|
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 (static)|
|Colors||16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)|
|Other Features||NVIDIA 3D Vision, LightBoost|
What We Loved
- 144Hz and 1ms deliver smooth and fluid gameplay
- Impressive input lag performance
- Full ergonomic support
- Useful gaming features
What We Didn’t Like
- There are better alternatives
- No AMD FreeSync
- The monitor doesn’t support 144Hz over HDMI
- Outdated NVIDIA 3D Vision and LightBoost technologies
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.