[Review] ASUS VG248QG | Ultimate Budget Gaming Monitor

ASUS VG248QG review
Pros
  • Thin-bezel and ergonomic design
  • High-refresh rate (165 Hz) and quick response time (0.5 ms)
  • AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-Sync supported
  • Flexible connectivity options
Cons
  • The speakers are quiet
  • HDMI 1.4 instead of HDMI 2.0 output
When it comes to gaming, you should be very careful when choosing a monitor, especially if your main goal is to play the most demanding AAA titles as realistically and fluently as possible, and you don't want to empty out your bank account in the process. 

Having said that, it's time for you to dive deep into this review of the ASUS VG248QG, so you can get to know in-depth the most appealing features of this budget-friendly 24-inch gaming monitor, which is one of the best-selling and top-rated entry-level models at the time of writing this article.

For a very competitive price, you get an ergonomically-designed monitor which boasts good picture quality and a solid performance when gaming, as it comes with a refresh rate of 165 Hz, just 0.5 ms of response time, a good selection of terrestrial ports, and blue-light filters to reduce eye fatigue and improve your productivity on day-to-day computer tasks.



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ASUS VG248QG Technical Specifications


Brand/ModelASUS VG248QG
Dimensions 22.09 x 14.13 x ‎‎8.31 inches
Weight 11.5 pounds
Display TN | Anti-glare | 24-inch
Resolution Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Aspect Ratio16:9
Response Time0.5 ms (GtG)
Refresh Rate 165 Hz
Brightness 350 cd/m2
Color Gamut 16.7 Million
Speakers 2 x 2W
VESA 100 x 100 mm
Connectivity 1x Dual-Link DIV
1x DisplayPort 1.2
1x HDMI 1.4
1x Audio Jack
1x PC Audio Input


Image Quality

ASUS VG248QG performance
The ASUS VG248QG comes with a 24-inch TN display which is one of the most popular technologies deployed within gaming monitors due to its faster response times when compared to your traditional IPS and VA screens.  

The monitor also delivers crisp images and pretty decent viewing angles for a TN panel, as confirmed by some users.

Moving on, thanks to its Full HD resolution, wide color gamut (up to 16.7 million colors), and brightness up to 350 nits you can expect a great viewing experience with vibrant color for most general tasks such as web browsing, photo/video editing, graphic design, and so on.

Furthermore, its 16:9 aspect ratio and text clarity are perfect for productivity tasks and multimedia entertainment when streaming movies and series via the most popular streaming services.

Moving onto its gaming performance, the ASUS VG248QG boasts a fantastic refresh rate of 144 Hz (overclockable to 165 Hz) and response time as low as 0.5 ms while keeping a lower input lag so you can enjoy the ultimate gaming experience when playing shooters, e-Sports, racing, simulators, and many other fast-paced games.

Unlike other gaming monitors, this model support both FreeSync and G-Sync technologies allowing you to get the most out of your AMD or NVIDIA graphics card avoiding stutter and screen tearing, especially in fast-paced AAA titles.

Also, it's Variable Refresh Rate compatible (VRR), so you'll get a smooth gaming experience as it offers an artifact-free and clean image for offline and online gaming.

In addition, you'll be able to work on everyday computer tasks avoiding eye fatigue during long sessions as it comes with ASUS Eye Care technology and a Flicker-Free function.

Features Worth Pointing Out1

As seen on other monitors, there's a four-button joystick on the right back side of the ASUS VG248QG so you can access the on-screen menu and add a timer as well as a virtual crosshair on the screen, and display the current frame rate of your video source.

And for a better gaming experience, the ASUS Dynamic Shadow Boost software will enhance visibility on the darkest areas of the screen, while its GameVisual technology allows you to choose between 7 pre-set display modes to improve visuals according to the type of game you're playing.

Design and Connectivity

This monitor boasts a classic gaming thin bezel solid design made out of plastic with a sober black matte finish, a few etched designs on its back, and some red accents on its square-based stand that provide a relatively sober look. Also, it has a cutout for easy cable management which is always a bonus.

Moreover, it's VESA mount compatible (100 x 100 mm), and thanks to its anti-glare coating, you'll be able to do your daily productivity tasks without mirror-like distracting reflections that are common on low-tier monitors.

Unlike most conventional monitors, this stand is ergonomically-designed, so you can play more comfortably with the height (up to 130 mm), tilt (from +33° to -5°), swivel (from +60° to -60°), and pivot adjustments for even more flexibility.

Regarding its connectivity, we've got a DVI input, DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 outputs, an earphone audio jack, and a PC audio input so you can connect the monitor to external speakers in case you want to improve the quality sound of the built-in speakers. We would suggest doing that since this monitor doesn't have the best internal speakers, as is often the case due to the design of these monitors. 

Price and Similar Monitors

As we said earlier, the ASUS VG248QG is one of the best-selling entry-level gaming monitors out there, and that's possible not only due to its outstanding performance but also due to its unbeatable price, so you really couldn't ask for a better monitor at this price point.

However, if you need a bigger (and not-so-expensive) monitor in order to do productivity tasks, you might want to take a look at the recently reviewed LG 27MP400-B packed with a 27-inch IPS display with Full HD resolution, a 75 Hz refresh rate, and VESA compatible.

Verdict: Should you buy it?

The ASUS VG248QG reviewed today is worth buying for those looking for a gaming-oriented monitor at a killer price point whose day-to-day performance will make a big difference when playing the most demanding games compared to traditional monitors.

Also, its extremely flexible design and rich connectivity are pluses you shouldn't ignore as they allow you to take comfort to the next level while making it easier for you to connect the monitor to all the peripherals you might need.

Furthermore, we appreciated the inclusion of speakers as well as VESA support for those who prefer to place the monitor on the wall. 

In closing, for gaming, multimedia streaming, and general computer tasks, you couldn't ask for a better 24-inch monitor at this price point. 

However, if you're not planning to use this monitor for gaming, then we would suggest going for an IPS monitor instead, as you get better viewing angles, and response time isn't all that important unless you're playing AAA games where every millisecond counts. 

In that regard, if you're not looking for a gaming monitor, we might suggest the LG 27MP400-B or the Acer SB220Q Bi, both of which offer great picture quality but fall short in the gaming department.


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