The Good The Asus PA248Q offers very good performance, useful OSD features, ample ergonomic options, and an impressive assortment of connections. Its sub-$350 price is icing on an already tasty cake.
The Bad The monitor cannot duplicate the high color performance of its predecessor.
The Bottom Line The Asus PA248Q is an inexpensive IPS monitor that doesn’t skimp on performance and features.
Asus PA248Q does not quite fit last year PA246Q performed, but this is to be expected. The PA246Q supported a more expensive panel capable of displaying more colors.
Compromise? The PA248Q costs a lot less (at least $ 170 less) and uses less green LED backlight. In addition, if you don’t schedule, you probably won’t notice the color deficiency of the PA248Q. The PA248Q has the same great connectivity and ergonomic features as its predecessor, and even fits into the unprecedented level of USB 3.0 support.
Many shots of the Asus PA248Q in action (pictures)
Design and features
Editor’s note: The PA248Q by design is so close to the PA246Q that much of the design and function section is used here.
In the upper left corner of the 24-inch Asus PA248Q chassis written in white is the word “ProArt”. If there was any ambiguity about the type of user that Asus is targeting with this monitor, this small design touch should cancel it out. However, while most “Pro” monitors, like the 2011 PA246Q, have a Professional Switching (P-IPS) switch panel, the PA248Q uses an advanced IPS (E-IPS) panel. In my experience, E-IPS panels tend to perform worse than their P-IPS counterparts in color reproduction, but we’ll come to that later. The PA248Q contains an LED backlight as opposed to the illumination of the PA246Q (CCFL) cold cathode fluorescent lamp. The result is a body that is significantly thinner than the PA246Q, measuring 2.4 inches deep, compared to the older 3.2 inches of the older monitor. Also at 14 pounds the PA248Q is 3 pounds lighter than the older model.
On the left and right sides, the panel is 0.75 inches long, and the full width of the panel is just under 22 inches. Aligned along the frame are the ruler measurement bars, last seen on the PA246Q. This precise motif continues both at the base and at the top of the neck of the display, where two circular dials are placed with measured notches located along the perimeter. The dials act as guides and allow accurate panel rotation and rotation.
Speaking of which, the monitor can rotate 60 degrees left and right, tilt back 20 degrees and rotate 90 degrees, and its screen height can be adjusted by about 4 inches. The footrest is fairly flat and square in shape, measuring 11 inches wide by 9.25 inches wide. When knocking on the sides, the display shakes a lot when full-height, but hardly at all when set to the lowest level.
Along the left edge of the monitor, aligned vertically, are four USB 3.0 ports downstream; The PA246Q media card reader has been deleted. Backlinks include DVI, DisplayPort, VGA, HDMI, USB 3.0 upstream and a headphone jack. There is also a power switch pulled out on the right side. The connections are facing down and it will be difficult to access, except for the one that is always useful for turning.
The on-screen display array consists of six buttons: a small joystick button, two function shortcuts, a preset shortcut, a menu button, and a Source button. The buttons are separated from each other by the length of space on the button and when pressed give satisfactory equipment.
You can navigate the OSD using the joystick, but its usefulness is limited. You can use the wand to scroll the menu up and down, but you must use the menu button to reject a menu that is considered illegal. Here’s hoping Asus adds more joystick functionality the next iteration of the monitor. The OSD screen has standard presets of standard mode, sRGB, stage mode and theatrical mode, as well as two additional custom user modes. Brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, gamma, and advanced color settings are also included, including six-color tint and saturation adjustment and direct RGB color control by boost and offset. More useful options are rounding, aspect ratio adjustment, picture-in-picture (PIP) adjustments, and system setup options such as on-screen window placement and on-screen duration.
Today, the most unusual feature in the already extensive PA248Q OSD menu is QuickFit. Pressing the joystick button puts a pad on the screen of your choice: either a grid (different units) or the size of paper and photos. With grid templates, you can more accurately and consistently organize content on a page, say, by designing graphics for the web.
Paper sizes and photos would show what the papers and photos would look like when printed. This seems less useful since any self-respecting graphic artist may have already used Photoshop or some other program for this purpose. Still, this is a unique option that makes some more useful than others.
|Design and feature highlights|
|Connectivity||DVI, VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort|
|Ergonomic options||20-degree back tilt, 5-degree front tilt, 60-degree swivel, 90-degree pivot|
|VESA wall-mount support||Yes|
|Included video cables||DVI, VGA|
|Screen film||Matte w/AG coating|
|Number of presets||4|
|Picture options||Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Hue, Sharpness|
|Color controls||RGBCMY; 5000k, 5500K, 6500K, 9300K|
|Additional features||Grid overlay, photo-and paper-size overlays, USB 3.0×5|
We tested the Asus PA248Q through its DVI input connected to a Windows Vista PC using a DVI cable. The display shows a composite score of 92 in CNET lab performance tests.
DisplayMate: The Asus PA248Q displayed light gray to 253 (pure white 255), but 254 did not differ from white. At the lower end of grayscale, the monitor was able to show dark gray to only 4 (black – 0); lower than the PA246Q, which got only 6. This indicates that, although the very light gray may shy away from the PA248Q in movies and games, it is still capable of retaining some dark details.
In color-tracking mode, I noticed a slight red tint in the scale of grayscale when using the default setting. However, switching to user mode 1 allows you to adjust the color red down.
While looking at the dark DisplayMate screen, which consists of a regular black screen, I saw a fairly clear backlight flowing on the left and top left and right angles.
Movies: I tested the Asus PA248Q using the Avatar version of Blu-ray. Unfortunately, the Preset Theater showed a film with a depressingly dominant blue tint and crushed dark gray, complicating some of the detail. Of course, films look more cinematic in this setting, but you should not lose the detail.
For a more balanced image, where dark gray does not live under the oppressive heel of blue wick, I preferred to use a standard preset with a gamma set at 1.8. This combination gave a much more tolerable color and contrast balance that did not marginalize the dark details.
Games: Personally, I prefer monitors that display games with bright colors and high contrast black and white. When colors also appear full and deep, games will usually look great. Dragon Age II is a game that can look dramatic at times, but it certainly benefits from rich, vibrant yet accurate colors. I watched the game on the PA248Q in a standard preset with a contrast set to 80 and a gamma of 1.8. In these settings, the monitor provides bright color graphics while maintaining a low level of black. The color palette was not as impressive as HP DreamColor LP2480zx , but few monitors. However, the PA248Q provided enough brightness and contrast to leave me amazed at the game’s graphics.
To test the refresh rate, I used a DisplayMate graphics motion test that moves a box of colored blocks at different user-controlled speeds. Each block leaves an impression of itself as it flies across the screen. The longer the bar remaining from the blocks, the more blurring of images you will likely see when the monitor shows fast movements, as in a first person game. The effect may be subtle, but noticeable to those who are really looking for it.
In addition, IPS monitors tend to perform brighter than TN displays, so it’s no surprise that the blocks in this test have left quite long bands. Not the worst I’ve seen, but still significant. As I said before, the difference between a monitor with a fast refresh rate and a slow one is really subtle, and most people don’t notice it.
Photos: The faces in the photos looked healthy and did not show any signs of that annoyingly painful green tinge that disturbed many monitors. The clothes and other items looked natural with the exact color, but maybe not as complete and accurate as we saw on really impressive monitors such as the HP LP2480zx. This is not too surprising given the incredible difference in price.
Viewing angle: The optimum viewing angle for the monitor is usually in the front, about a third of the screen down from the top. At this angle, you view the colors as intended by the manufacturer. Most monitors are not designed to be viewed from any other angle. Image quality at any other angle depends on the type of monitor panel. Most monitors use TN panels that are too bright or too dark on parts of the screen, if you do not look at optimal angles.
Asus PA248Q uses the E-IPS panel, so it can be viewed from different directions, maintaining its color quality, sharpness and correct gamma value. Anti-glare can block most prints and, unlike glossy screens, direct sunlight has only minimal detrimental effect on image quality.
Energy consumption: Asus PA248Q’s Power Consumption Ratings are Fair, Default Power / On Power is 31.3 watts; in the same test Asus PA246Q drew 71.6 watts.
In our sleep / standby test, the PA248Q received 0.74 watts and the PA246Q 1.04 watts. Based on our formula, the PA248Q will cost $ 9.85 a year, while the PA246Q will cost $ 22.08 a year.
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP DreamColor LP2480zx
98 Dell UltraSharp U2412m
97 LaCie 324i
97 Asus PA246Q
96 Samsung SyncMaster PX2370
96 Asus PA248Q
Brightness (cd / m2)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
361 LaCie 324i
358 Samsung SyncMaster PX2370
344 Dell UltraSharp U2412m
300 Asus PA248Q
278 HP DreamColor LP2480zx
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell UltraSharp U2412m
1,155:1 Asus PA248Q
1,058:1 HP DreamColor LP2480zx
1,036:1 Samsung SyncMaster PX2370
1,008:1 LaCie 324i
937:1 Asus PA246Q
|Asus PA248Q||Average watts per hour|
|On (default luminance)||31.3|
|On (max luminance)||41.3|
|On (min luminance)||22.3|
|Calibrated (200 cd/m2)||31.2|
|Annual power consumption cost||$9.85|
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Service and support
Asus supports the PA248Q with a three year warranty on the backlight and panel. This includes the Zero Bright Dot warranty, which promises to replace your monitor completely if stuck pixels are found. The company also offers support through 24-7 toll free number, email and web chat.
The Asus PA248Q did not hit the grand slam, but instead, a kind of threesome with men in second and third. The awkward baseball analogies aside, while I was not too impressed with the PA248Q’s work, there were also no malicious performance violations.
Of course, there is some turbidity and there is evidence of a shallower color palette compared to more expensive monitors; however, his viewing angles are wide and the movies and games looked great. If you’re a serious professional artist, you’ll want to stick with a P-IPS based display, such as the Asus PA246Q or even the HP DreamColor LP2480zx (if you have the money). However, if you’re just looking for a monitor that offers many features at a reasonable price, then look no further.