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Asus PA238Q review

Will the IPS technology behind this panel help it differentiate itself from the TN hordes?

Our Verdict

It's been a long time coming, but the (very nearly) perfect PC monitor has finally arrived. Buy one.

For

  • Fabulous IPS panel

  • Clean, bright LED backlight

  • Affordable pricing


Against

  • Just a whiff of edge bleed


Fed up with cheap and not-always-cheerful monitors based on TN panel technology? Then get a load of the new Asus PA238Q.

At around £235, it's pricier than your average 23-inch TN screen. But, joy of joys, it's got an IPS panel.

IPS stands for in-plane switching and just so happens to be the finest panel technology known to man or beast. That's why Apple, for instance, exclusively uses IPS in its iPhones and iPads. It's simply the best when it comes to colour accuracy and viewing angles.

As it happens, colour accuracy is a big part of the remit for the Asus PA238Q.

It's pitched as a low-cost screen for graphics professionals. However, Asus is also claiming 6ms response times, which makes for a tantalising all-round package. Could this affordable, colour-accurate screen also be killer for games and at the movies?

In order to find out, we made use of the freely available LCD test suite available at www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/. Test pages for everything from white saturation to contrast, viewing angles and even pixel response are provided.

Armed with these objective metrics and our own experience, we're able to deliver the definitive verdict on the Asus PA238Q. So, how does it fare?

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
HDCP SupportedYes
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, TCO Certified Displays 5.2, RoHS, WEEE
USBYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount CompatibleYes
DVIYes
VGAYes
DisplayPortYes
Adjustable Display AngleYes
ColourBlack
Brightness250 cd/m²
Screen ModeFull HD
Colour Support16.7 Million Colours
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Brand NameAsus
Contrast Ratio1,000:1
Mount TypeWall Mountable
Screen Size58.4 cm (23")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Response Time6 ms
Built-in DevicesUSB Hub
Operating Power Consumption33 W
Height with Stand495.70 mm
Width with Stand548.80 mm
Depth with Stand201 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelPA238Q
Product NamePA238Q Widescreen LCD Monitor
Manufacturer Part Number90LME4150T00081C-
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

High Color Accuracy with Low Delta E
Each PA238Q is pre-calibrated with a maximum E (Delta E) of less than 5. Ensures precise reading of color input and guarantees excellent color fidelity.

Flawless Gradation with 10-bit Look-up Table
PA238Q's built-in internal 10-bit Look-up Table can produce greater depth for each RGB colors than 8-bit Look-up Table in conventional monitors. Resulting in smooth gradation and accurate color resolution.

Mercury-free LED-backlit panel
Embedded LED backlight panel helps power saving and environmental protection with no mercury usage.

Package Contents
  • PA238Q Widescreen LCD Monitor
  • Cable Tie
  • DVI Cable
  • VGA Cable
  • Audio Cable
  • Power Cord
  • DisplayPort Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Support CD
  • Warranty Card
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)5.50 kg