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Asus VG248QE review

A cheaper entry into the silky smooth world of 144Hz gaming?

Our Verdict

For

  • 144Hz refresh rate
  • Good colour reproduction
  • Tilt and roation adjustment
  • VESA compatible

Against

  • Too expensive

We should all be fairly grateful that monitor and TV manufacturers are now turning their attention and marketing budgets towards 4K panels. It means we can all accept the latest attempt at making 3D a home experience was a total failure.

But since the 3D tide has receded, we've been left with some great panel technology for us faithful PC gamers - and that's been exemplified by the new Asus VG range of 144Hz screens.

The enhanced refresh rate needed to get stereoscopic 3D off our PCs has led to some serious advances in TN technology. Now we're almost getting as good colour representation as we do with our favourite budget IPS panels - and all that with a quicker response rate, perfect for those fast-paced 3D games.

But it's still the 120-144Hz refresh that gets us the most excited about what the latest 3D movement has left behind. This has meant that good ol' TN panels with their quick refresh rates are actually rather pricey. In fact, you can pick up a decent 27-inch 10-bit IPS screen for around the same price as this Asus TN screen. Suddenly, it becomes a bit of a head-scratcher as to which one you should go for.

Stereo VGs

Asus's VG range of 3D screens have all been solid performers, offering the full Nvidia 3D Vision 2 experience, with Lightboost tech to make the best of the stereoscopic 3D's numerous failings.

Outside of the 3D modes they're great monitors, offering a smooth desktop experience with a top-of-the-range 144Hz refresh rate and that excellent new spin on TN technology.

The Taiwanese company has also been smart in removing the built-in IR receiver and bundled 3D Vision goggles from the most recent screens, such as the VG278HE. Now you won't find yourself accidentally firing up Skyrim with a hunk of plastic strapped to your face, filling you head with blistering headaches.

Thankfully, it slashes a good chunk off the ticket price too. The sad thing is that this 24-inch version isn't much cheaper than the 27-inch one. We were hoping the smaller screen-size would represent a more budget-oriented entry into the glorious new 144Hz world, but you're only saving about £60 or so.

That said you are still getting the same native resolution, full tilt/rotation, a VESA-compatible stand and great image quality, but a sub-£300 price-tag would have been nice. That's especially true given what BenQ has managed to do with its XL2411T. It's almost £100 cheaper than this 24-inch Asus screen, and the only real difference we can make out is that this panel is rated at 144Hz, as opposed to the 120Hz of the BenQ.

I think most of us will agree that a decent 120-144Hz screen is a rather desirable little gaming panel, minus forking out for an Nvidia 3D Vision bundle. Sure, Asus has got some impressive screen technology in its monitor range, but it needs to get a lot more competitive on the price front given the value on offer from both BenQ and Iiyama at the moment.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
HDCP SupportedYes
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, ErP, J-Moss (Japanese RoHS), RoHS, WEEE
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount CompatibleYes
DVIYes
DisplayPortYes
Adjustable Display AngleYes
3D Type3D Ready
ColourBlack
Brightness350 cd/m²
Screen ModeFull HD
Colour Support16.7 Million Colours
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Brand NameAsus
Contrast Ratio1,000:1
Mount TypeWall Mountable
Screen Size61 cm (24")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Response Time1 ms
SpeakersYes
Built-in DevicesSpeaker
Operating Power Consumption45 W
Height with Stand499.90 mm
Width with Stand569.40 mm
Depth with Stand231 mm
Height340.4 mm
Width569.4 mm
Depth57.3 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelVG248QE
Product NameVG248QE Widescreen LCD Monitor
Manufacturer Part Number90LMGG001Q022B1C
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

Ultimate Fast Gaming Experience with 144Hz Refresh Rate and 1ms Response Time

  • Ultra smooth action with 144Hz rapid refresh rate and 1ms (GTG) response time
  • Full HD 1920x1080, 80,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio, and 350cd/m² of brightness for like-like visuals
  • A comfortable viewing experience with ergonomic tilt, swivel pivot, and height adjustment
  • Featuring DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI-D, and HDMI ports for multi device connections
  • Built-in 2W stereo speakers for an immersive home entertainment experience
Package Contents
  • VG248QE Widescreen LCD Monitor
  • Dual-link DVI Cable
  • Audio Cable
  • Power Cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Support CD
  • Warranty Card
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)5.50 kg