Appearance and Function
The first thing you’ll notice after taking the ASUS VG248QE out of the box is that it’s one sleek monitor, with ASUS applying a glossy finish wherever possible. With the cabinet, bezels and stand all sporting the same glossy black texture, you’ll want to make sure to buy a cleaning cloth or two as this monitor attracts fingerprints like flies to honey. With its smaller circular base and thin frame, the ASUS VG248QE can fit on even the most cluttered computer desk with ease, perfect for gamers who like to clutter their gaming space with gaming memorabilia and empty pizza boxes.
Like most gaming monitors, the ASUS VG248QE is fully customizable, letting you put it into a position that works best for you. With a swivel mechanism and a telescoping mounting arm that enables you to adjust the pivot, height and tilt of the monitor, you’re guaranteed to find an ergonomic position no matter your size.
As you’d expect with an ASUS product, the ASUS VG248QE gaming monitor is extremely durable; even though its surface is almost entirely glossy, the coating does not easily knick or scratch. As a lightweight monitor, the ASUS VG248QE is an excellent choice for gamers who frequently find themselves transporting their equipment, such as professional gamers or those who regularly attend LAN parties.
The ASUS VG248QE features the typical array of ports seen on most gaming monitors. On the back of the monitor, you’ll find three digital video inputs: HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI. Alongside these inputs is a headphone jack along with a basic audio input. What you won’t find on the ASUS VG248QE are any USB ports nor an analog video input, meaning that you won’t be hooking up any retro gaming consoles to this monitor. As a bonus, the ASUS VG248QE 24-inch gaming monitor includes both DVI and audio cables in the box, giving you everything you need to hook this monitor up to your PC right away. Keep in mind that while the monitor is capable of 3D output, it does not include any of the necessary components in the box to immediately take advantage of its internal 3D technology.
Like most monitors, the speakers on the ASUS VG248QE are on the weaker side. At only two watts per speaker, the best way to describe the sound they output is “tinny,” or lacking in bass. Also, it’s difficult to differentiate between sounds when using the built-in speakers, as the speakers tend to output all sound at the same pitch. Instead of feeling like you’re on the battlefield, you’ll feel like you were listening to the battlefield via a phone positioned a few miles away from it! In other words, you’ll want to invest in a pair of high-quality gaming speakers immediately, especially if you plan on also using this monitor to watch videos.
The ASUS VG248QE gaming monitor is similar to most monitors in that you access its menu system via a series of buttons located on the underside of the screen. It’s a chore using the buttons to navigate through the ASUS VG248QE monitor’s menu system, but luckily ASUS has thought ahead and provided a handful of function buttons that let you access important features quickly and easily. For example, one function button will cycle through the color presets while another will let you quickly access the proprietary GamePlus technology. When you’ve only got a few seconds between rounds in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, being able to access your monitor’s features quickly is important.
In addition to letting you tweak options such as color, contrast and brightness, the ASUS VG248QE allows you to adjust settings such as skin tone, color temperature and color saturation. For those who prefer not to spend all day tweaking their monitor to find that perfect blend of colors, the six preset color settings let you match your display to the game you’re playing. For example, the RPG color setting is designed to highlight the color and vibrancy found in most fantasy games while the FPS color setting focuses on bringing out the grit and realism of games like Call of Duty.
If there is one area where the VG248QE falters, it’s in the viewing angles. As a TN panel monitor, the more you move away from the center of the display, the more washed out the picture becomes. Unless you’re all planning on bunching up at the center of the screen, forget about using the VG248QE as a monitor that your friends and family can huddle around and watch a movie. While there is a setting that adds more luminance to the display to counteract the washed out picture when viewed from the side, the tradeoff is that the picture in the center starts to become washed out instead. To get the most out of this monitor, you’ll want to plan on viewing it from the center position and only having it accommodate two viewers maximum.
Color and Resolution
While the ASUS VG248QE may share the same viewing angle flaw that accompanies most TN panel monitors, it doesn’t share the color flaws that is typical of TN panels. While most TN panel monitors are known for displaying washed out colors, the ASUS VG248QE provides a superb level of color accuracy that you typically don’t see with these types of screens. The ASUS VG248QE offers beautiful blues and reds, though the greens tend to be a bit oversaturated; however, it’s unlikely that most gamers will notice this. What players are more likely to notice is that the grays and blacks of the VG248QE aren’t quite as deep as other monitors, which makes a noticeable difference in the atmosphere of games such as Dark Souls 3.
Where this monitor shines is in its 1-millisecond pixel response and 144Hz refresh rate that provides no ghosting, smearing or lag, even in fast-paced games such as Overwatch or Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. In addition to providing smooth gameplay, this monitor also works great for movies, with virtually no screen tearing or stuttering appearing onscreen even during large panning shots.
Because it’s an older model, the ASUS VG248QE is an excellent choice for gamers on a budget who still want a fantastic gaming monitor. On average, you’ll find the VG248QE at prices ranging from $250 – $265; however, you can score this monitor for under $200 if you’re patient, especially around the holidays.
Don’t be put off by the fact that the ASUS VG248QE is an older monitor, as it easily outperforms many newer displays by a wide margin. In fact, the VG248QE’s age is a boon rather than a hindrance, as it results in a lower price than what you’d typically expect to pay for a monitor that demonstrates such a high quality. While the ASUS VG248QE lacks some of the more recent features seen in today’s gaming monitors, if you’re a gamer on a budget then the ASUS VG248QE is the best bang for your buck on the market today.