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ASUS VG248QE Review: 1080p 144Hz 1ms Gaming Monitor

By November 24, 2018 No Comments
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Introduction

The ASUS VG248QE is one of the most popular 1080p 144Hz 1ms gaming monitors.

Does it live up to its reputation? In short, not really – and here’s why.

Image Quality

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.

Performance

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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 ASUS VG248QE doesn’t support AMD FreeSync variable refresh rate technology but it does have NVIDIA 3D Vision and NVIDIA 3D LightBoost.

The now-outdated 3D Vision technology provides a 3D viewing experience for compatible content using the 3D Vision active-shutter glasses.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.

Features

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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

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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 an HDMI 1.4, a Dual-Link DVI, and a DisplayPort 1.2. There’s also an audio line-out 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 the HDMI 1.4 port has enough bandwidth for it. So, use either the DisplayPort or the 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 AOC G2460PF is a 1080p 144Hz 1ms display with AMD FreeSync (30-144Hz dynamic range) 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 24GM79G.

Conclusion

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

Screen Size24-inch
Resolution1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeTN
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate144Hz
Response Time1ms (GtG)
Speakers2x2W
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, DL-DVI
Other PortsHeadphone Jack
Brightness350 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)
VESAYes (100x100mm)
Other FeaturesNVIDIA 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

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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