One feature that makes the Asus PA248Q so desirable is its IPS panel. This monitor has excellent color accuracy, which we’ve tested by calibrating the display with the Spyder4Express. We did notice that there’s significant backlight bleeding upon the top left and top right corners of the monitor, which is surprising because the other portions of the display seem perfectly fine. It could be a defect with this particular unit however. When the Asus PA248Q is properly calibrated, the color gamut was as close as 91% of the sRGB benchmark and that’s pretty decent for a gaming monitor of this price.
The surface of the bezel as well as the stand has a matte texture, much like Dell’s UltraSharp series. Additionally, the screen itself has a matte layer rather than the usual glossy surfaces that you’d see on gaming monitors. Whilst this indicates that the colors will be much more accurate, the colors are not as vibrant or saturated as we would have preferred for playing games or for editing photos. Upon a closer look, we also noticed that the surface of the gaming monitor has a smeared look to it, as if oil has been rubbed all over the display. When you touch it when your fingers, there’s a grainy feeling to it. This becomes even more noticeable if there is light shining directly on the display.
The viewing angles are decent but it seems as if the vertical viewing angles are much wider compared to its horizontal ones. Other monitors in the likes of MultiSync EA193Mi has almost perfect viewing angles, which is necessary if you plan on using the monitor for various other purposes besides gaming. The monitor is really sturdy and it doesn’t tremble at all even when the entire table moves from typing. This particular aspect of it is superior over the Dell UltraSharp U2412M, which I’m currently using. While the U2412M seems excellent in every other aspect, there’s a disturbing element of the monitor and it is that the monitor easily shakes when I’m typing on the keyboard. The slightest movement on the table will cause the monitor to sway a little and this gets annoying after a while.
I was also rather surprised at the sharpness of the display on the Asus PA248Q. While it is true that IPS panels will almost always have better clarify compared to any other TN monitors, there’s a significant variation of display quality depending on the manufacturer as well. For instance, the Acer H236HLbid has an IPS panel as well but it certainly does not perform as well as the PA248Q in terms of its display quality. Also, despite the fact that the Acer gaming monitor has a very efficient response time of only 5 ms, the blurring of images was still noticeable at times whilst the PA248Q seems be devoid of such issues.
There’s a comparison I’d like to make here between the Asus PA248Q and the Asus VS239H-P because there have been many queries regarding these 2 monitors. The VS239H-P is considerably cheaper at only $185 whereas the PA248Q costs as much as $355. That’s almost twice the price of the former. You could easily have a dual-monitor setup of the VS239H-P in exchange for a single PA248Q. Both of these monitors are IPS paneled as well. Based on the initial specifications of both these gaming monitors, there’s almost no difference whatsoever. In fact, the VS239H-P beats the PA248Q in terms of the response time by 1 ms. There’s a huge difference in the brightness levels (50 cdm/2) but that shouldn’t be a problem here since most gamers will operate at a brightness setting of 230 cdm/2 at maximum. Personally, I only use 30% of the maximum brightness on my Dell U2412M, which means that my monitor is set to about 100 cdm/2 and even then, my eyes feel strained if I use it for more than 3 hours non-stop. You could probably make do with less.
The monitor only has 1 winning attribute and it is that its display size if 24 inches rather than the usual 23 inches. This allows you to play games on a resolution of 1920 x 1200 instead of the typical 1920 x 1080. These monitors are both LED-backlit and has a maximum refresh rate of 60 Hz. Some of the higher-end models like the BenQ XL2420TX can have a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. Even then, the BenQ isn’t the highest scoring monitor in this regard. There are a couple of new models from Asus that come with the ability to display images as 144 Hz. These include the Asus VG278HE and Asus VG248QE. Is this improvement in refresh rate really necessary? If you’re a true gamer, then yes, there is a huge difference. This can only be seen if your PC rig is capable to display an average frames per second (FPS) of 60 and above at a constant level though. The transition of the images will be a lot more fluid with a 120 or even 144 Hz monitor.
The connectivity options of the gaming monitors is where the main difference lies. The VS239H-P does not have any USB ports at all, which can be an inconvenience occasionally. The PA248Q has way more features than the VS239H-P and that is precisely how you’re able to justify forking an extra $150 to buy it. But if you find these features unnecessary, then by all means go with the minimalistic VS239H-P because performance is all that matters within the field of gaming.