ASUS XG248Q Review: 1080p 240Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor With Backlight Strobing

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Introduction

The ASUS ROG Strix XG248Q is a 23.8″ 1080p 240Hz gaming monitor aimed at professional and hardcore gamers.

What makes this 240Hz model stand out from the rest of similar monitors is that it supports FreeSync, it’s G-SYNC compatible, and offers backlight strobing up to 240Hz – all that for a very appealing price.

Image Quality

Unlike the more popular 24.5″ 1080p 240Hz models, the ASUS XG248Q uses a 23.8″ panel by Innolux which offers slightly sharper and clearer details thanks to its higher pixel density (pixel-per-inch ratio).

Although it features the same specs including dithered 8-bit color depth (6-bit + FRC), 400-nit peak luminance, and 1,000:1 contrast ratio, the color and contrast performance is a bit weaker on the ASUS ROG Strix XG248Q display.

The difference, however, is negligible after considering the superior performance the XG248Q offers in comparison to most of 24.5″ variants.

Performance

Thanks to its imperceptibly low input lag (~3ms) as well as the rapid 1ms response time and 240Hz refresh rate, the ASUS ROG Strix XG248Q monitor delivers impeccable and flawless performance in fast-paced games.

What’s more, you can enable the ASUS ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur) motion blur technology which via backlight strobing provides CRT-like motion clarity.

Now, the backlight strobing frequency of most 240Hz monitors maxes out at 144Hz whereas the XG248Q goes all the way to 240Hz.

Only a few other 240Hz displays (such as the BenQ ZOWIE XL2546 and the LG 27GK750F) can also strobe the backlight at 240Hz, but the ASUS XG248Q is the only 24″ model capable of doing this.

Note that you can also enable ELMB at 120Hz, 144Hz, and 200Hz in addition to 240Hz. Set it to the refresh rate that’s closest to your in-game frame rate for minimal strobe crosstalk.

In addition to having six levels of response time overdrive (from 0 to 5) as well as both FreeSync and G-SYNC support, you will certainly be able to tweak the perfect settings to match your preferred gaming experience/gameplay style with this gaming monitor.

Features

ASUS’ standard gaming features including GamePlus and GameVisual are also available on the ASUS XG248Q 240Hz gaming monitor.

These features include customizable on-screen timers, crosshairs, and an FPS counter as well as pre-calibrated picture presets (Racing, RTS/RPG, FPS, MOBA, Scenery, User, Cinema, sRGB) and four customizable profiles you can edit/save.

Additionally, the monitor offers AuraSync which consists of customizable RGB LEDs that you can synchronize with the rest of AuraSync-compatible hardware as well as with on-screen content in compatible games.

The monitor is flicker-free, has a low-blue light filter, and features a user-friendly OSD (On-Screen Display) menu that can be easily navigated via its 5-way joystick. You will also find three gamma presets (1.8, 2.2, and 2.5) and other standard adjustments.

Lastly, you get ASUS’ DisplayWidget software where you can customizable all your settings and presets in a desktop application.

Design & Connectivity

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The design is sturdy and versatile with up to 100mm of height adjustment, 90° pivot, +/- 50° swivel, -5°/20° tilt, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Beneath the base of the monitor, there’s the ROG logo light projector which comes with two different logo covers and one that’s customizable.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, a dual-USB 3.0 hub, and a headphones jack.

FreeSync works over both HDMI and DisplayPort with a 40-240Hz variable refresh rate range whereas G-SYNC (requires at least 417.71 WHQL drivers and GTX 10-series or newer NVIDIA GPU) works over DisplayPort only, with the same range.

Price & Similar Monitors

The ASUS ROG Strix XG248Q price is around $350 which is a standard price for a 240Hz monitor. However, considering that this model is G-SYNC compatible and offers backlight strobing up to 240Hz, we find it to be one of the best 240Hz monitors for the money.

However, for the same price, you can get the Acer XF252Q which is based on a newer 24.5″ 240Hz panel with a faster response time speed (0.5ms). The XF252Q can also strobe up to 240Hz, and although it’s not certified as G-SYNC compatible by NVIDIA, FreeSync will work without any issues.

ASUS XG248Q vs ASUS XG258Q

The XG248Q is also available as a 24.5″ variant, the ASUS ROG Strix XG258Q. Note that the XG248Q is actually the newer model, not vice versa.

In comparison, the XG258Q doesn’t have a USB hub and its motion blur reduction feature maxes out at 144Hz yet it’s more expensive. The ASUS XG258Q is also G-SYNC compatible.

Conclusion

The ASUS XG248Q is an excellent monitor for competitive gaming, however, we recommend the equally priced Acer XF252Q as the best 240Hz gaming monitor available.

ASUS XG248Q Specifications

Screen Size23.8-inch
Resolution1920×1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypeTN
Aspect Ratio16:9 (Widescreen)
Refresh Rate240Hz
Response Time1ms (GtG)
Motion Blur Reduction1ms (MPRT)
Adaptive SyncFreeSync (48Hz-240Hz)
G-SYNC Compatible
PortsDisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0
Other Ports2x USB 3.0, Headphone Jack
Brightness400 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio1000:1 (static)
Colors16.7 million (6-bit + FRC)
VESAYes (100x100mm)

The Pros

  • Quick response time and low input lag
  • Plenty of gaming features including MBR and FreeSync up to 240Hz, G-SYNC Compatible
  • Fully ergonomic design and rich connectivity options
  • Good value for the price

The Cons

  • Narrow viewing angles
  • Inferior image quality to other panels
ASUS XG248Q Review
  • 10/10
    Design - 10/10
  • 7.9/10
    Display - 7.9/10
  • 9.9/10
    Performance - 9.9/10
  • 9/10
    Price/Value - 9/10
9.2/10

Summary

The ASUS XG248Q provides everything a hardcore competitive gamer needs, and then some. You get both FreeSync and G-SYNC support, motion blur reduction up to 240Hz, low input lag, and quick response time which guarantees you’ll be able to find the perfect settings for your gameplay style.

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