It’s always important to be able to appreciate the visual quality of video games. And for that, you’ll need to have the proper monitor, packed with features that will not only let you enjoy the eye-candy graphics, but will also give you that little but essential competitive edge.

The ASUS VG248Q is one of the company’s previous attempts to cater to that specific market. It offers 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, which are core to fast-paced games, and can even make general use, just a bit more visually appealing.

ASUS VG248QE Monitor Specs
Panel SizeWide Screen 24.0", 16:9
Panel TypeWLED/TN
True Resolution1920 x 1080
Response Time1ms (Gray to Gray)
SPLENDID Video Presets6 Modes
Skin Tone Selection3 Modes
Color Temperature Selection4 Modes
Speakers2W x 2
Signal InputHDMI, DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI-D
AdjustmentsTilt, Swivel, Pivot, Height
VESA Wall Mountable100 x 100mm
Design and Build Quality

vg248qe 56 - ASUS VG248QE Monitor ReviewThe very first thing that you’ll notice with the VG248QE is that, unlike ASUS’ current lineup of monitors, it utilizes a glossy finish, which was quite a popular design language back then. And while I’m personally not bothered by that at all, I can see why it’s a “love it or hate it” thing. it’s a smudge magnet.

vg248qe 63 - ASUS VG248QE Monitor ReviewThe second you’ll notice is that, this monitor’s bezels are thicker compared to the current lineup. Again, let’s not forget the fact that this was launched a few years back, and perhaps, it was an engineering marvel of its time. When using it however, it really doesn’t seem bothersome.

vg248qe 22 - ASUS VG248QE Monitor ReviewUp front is the ASUS and HDMI logo, along with the labels for the button controls, which are found at the bottom, and are used to navigate the on-screen display. While it’s not as intuitive as say, the joystick mechanism found on the brand’s high-end models like the PG27VQ, the labels are very straightforward, and the buttons themselves are easily distinguishable, and are responsive enough.

vg248qe 87 - ASUS VG248QE Monitor ReviewAt the back, you’ll find an HDMI port, a DisplayPort, a legacy DVI port for older systems, a headphone jack, and a power port. That means you can connect this monitor to just about anything, from a laptop, to a high-end rig with no problems. There’s also the usual branding, and a cable management slot, which is a good addition.

vg248qe 107 - ASUS VG248QE Monitor ReviewIf there’s anything I don’t like about the design though, it’s the stand. I mean, let’s face it. It works, but I just wished that it was a bit simpler. I mean I get it. The monitor is 3D ready, but it doesn’t have to be in my face whenever I look down.

vg248qe 84 - ASUS VG248QE Monitor ReviewAs far as flexibility is concerned, you’re covered, as the monitor can be tilted, swiveled, and its height can be easily adjusted. It’s VESA mountable and can even rotate to portrait orientation, should you use it as part of a multi-monitor set up. There’s also room for cable management, which is a nice touch.

Performance

The VG248QE uses a TN Panel, so colors may not be as vivid, but that allows for faster response time. It has Full HD resolution, and 144Hz refresh rate, which you can really appreciate not only when playing games, but also during daily tasks such as browsing the web or just playing around with the menus. There’s a hint of fluidity that you won’t find in say, a 60Hz monitor.

vg248qe game 1 - ASUS VG248QE Monitor ReviewAnyway, as far as games are concerned, this monitor delivers as it says. In fast-paced titles like PUBG, my character movements are just smoother and more fluid compared to my old 60Hz monitor. There’s just a world of difference in performance. Actions like aiming down sight also seem snappier.

vg248qe game 2 - ASUS VG248QE Monitor ReviewRacing games like Project Cars also look more visually appealing, as the fast movement really benefits from the high refresh rate. You’ll sense every object’s fluid moment, which adds an additional element of immersion to the experience.

One thing to note is that by default, this monitor doesn’t have NVIDIA’s G-Sync, which is kind of expected at its price point, and is personally fine with me, since I rarely use it. As far as the speakers go, they fall short in clarity, and bass is almost non-existent. They do have decent volume at least.

Software

The VG248QE features an easy to navigate on-screen display. While its white and blue text layout may seem a bit boring, it doesn’t fall behind as far as functionality is concerned.

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Splendid, which is now called Game Visual on the newer models, gives you a number of display presets for every situation, such as when watching movies or for gaming. I personally prefer Scenery Mode, as it seems to amp up the colors, making them look more vivid.

vg248qe 43 - ASUS VG248QE Monitor ReviewGamePlus is also present, and lets you add a crosshair or a timer on your screen, to aid in gameplay.

vg248qe 32 - ASUS VG248QE Monitor ReviewIt also allows you to manually adjust color, brightness, saturation, sharpness, color temperature and numerous other options, if you do prefer manual tuning. You can also adjust the speaker volume, the transparency of the OSD, and change the language.

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ASUS VG248QE Monitor Review
Design and Build Quality
Performance
Software
What's Good
Flexibility in terms of position adjustment
Superb gaming performance
Easy to understand and straightforward UI
Flexible connectivity options (HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort)
What's Not
Outdated design
Mediocre speakers
A bit more expensive compared to almost similar offerings from other brands
4.3
Our Verdict
The ASUS VG248QE may not be as striking as its higher-end and more expensive siblings, but it has most of the essentials covered. You get 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, two things that you’ll most likely need in fast-paced games such as first-person shooters. It has all the ports you’ll need, its controls are responsive and straightforward, and you can adjust its position in just about every thinkable aspect.   But then, there's the PhP17,730 price tag (a bit less depending on where you'll buy it). With competitors offering more affordable monitors with almost the same features, that makes this one less compelling, especially with its outdated design. But If you can get over its minor flaws, or a glossy look is your preference, the VG248QE is still a great all-around monitor.

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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

If the line on the demo is any indication, Biohazard RE: 2 is one of the most popular games in TGS 2018. It’s one of those games that, regardless of the time of day, the queue to the booth just won’t go shorter than 60 minutes. We decided to hold off trying our luck on the demo, maybe tomorrow’s line would be shorter.

Demo or no demo, it’s still worth mentioning that the game, even in pictures is just a sight to behold. CAPCOM gave us access to screenshots of the game, and my goodness, what a fresh  coat of paint the game has over the 1998 Playstation and Nintendo 64 classic.

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