The ASUS VG248QE gaming monitor has long been lauded as the best budget 144hz gaming monitor. It’s certainly more affordable than just about any other 144hz monitor out there, but does ASUS cut any corners to achieve that oh-so-tempting price tag? Let’s find out:
|ASUS VG248QE Quick Specs|
|Screen Size||24 inches|
|Resolution||1920×1080 Full HD|
|Input Types||DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI|
ASUS VG248QE Design & Specifications
As you might expect from ASUS, the VG248QE is a very good-looking monitor. It features a 24 inch display seated in a sturdy, glossy black frame and rested stably atop a rock-solid circular base. The base itself has an awesome little cord-keeper attached to the back of it, which is perfect if you’re as anal about your cable management as we are over here at Armchair Empire.
Let’s talk physical dimensions – including the stand, this monitor measures 22.4 x 19.7 x 9.1 inches, and weighs around 12 lbs. For a 24 inch monitor, it actually takes up surprisingly little space, which is great if you’re like me and don’t have too much room on your desk to begin with. This model does is VESA Mount compatible as well.
Adjusting the VG248QE is an absolute treat, because ASUS made it so simple and so satisfying to do. You can:
- Swivel the monitor up to 45 degrees side to side
- Rotate the entire monitor 90 degrees and use it as a portrait or landscape-style display
- Tilt it up to 15 degrees forward and -5 degrees backwards
- Adjust the height of the monitor up to 4.3 inches
In other words, ASUS made sure that there isn’t a single configuration you can’t achieve with this monitor. It’s one of the sturdiest monitors I’ve had the pleasure of using, to boot.
The VG248QE does feature physical buttons, located on the bottom right-hand side of the frame, that afford you quick access to brightness, contrast, saturation, “skin,” and color temperature settings.
- Ultra smooth action with 144Hz rapid refresh rate and 1ms (GTG) response time
- Ergonomically-designed stand with Tilt,Swivel,Pivot,Height adjustment plus wall-mount capability for comfortable viewing position
- A comfortable viewing experience with ergonomic tilt, swivel pivot, and height adjustment
ASUS VG248QE Features
Where to start? The VG248QE is chock full of features – some awesome, some seemingly arbitrary.
This unit does feature a TN panel, along with a 1920×1080 Full HD display resolution and a standard 16:9 aspect ratio. The screen has a matte finish, which is well-applied and works wonderfully in bright environments and under direct light.
That brings us to its two main selling points: a 144hz refresh rate, and a 1ms gray-to-gray pixel response time. These numbers are just about unheard of at this price range, and should make gamers everywhere rejoice in excitement!
As for inputs, the VG248QE comes with DisplayPort, HDMI, and dual-link DVI hookups. That being said, please note that you can only take advantage of the 144hz refresh rate when using a DisplayPort or DVI connection – and even then, only if your graphics card can take advantage of a 144hz refresh rate. This model does come with a dual-link DVI cable, which is great news.
Last but not least, the VG248QE boasts an 80,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ration, along with a maximum measured brightness of 350 nits.
Here’s our standard quick note on panel technologies: A TN panel is one of three standard panel types you’ll run into when browsing gaming monitors: TN, VA, and IPS. TN panels are known for their superior refresh rates and extremely low response times, but often suffer from reduced viewing angles and worse color reproduction than their IPS and VA counterparts.
ASUS VG248QE Performance
The ASUS VG248QE performs like a dream. If you have the hardware to take full advantage of the monitor’s 144hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, you’ll notice the difference instantly if you’re upgrading from a 60hz monitor. Every single game movie and TV show we tested out on this monitor was completely free of screen tearing, motion blur, and every other issue that you might run into with monitors featuring lower refresh rates and slower response times.
It’s worth noting, however, that the VG248QE does not have any sort of adaptive refresh technology like Nvidia’s G-Sync technology or AMD’s FreeSync technology. These technologies are further screen-tear safeguards and typically allow your monitor to sync its refresh rate with your GPU’s FPS rate in order to achieve tear-free gaming, so long as you’re FPS rate doesn’t exceed your monitor’s maximum refresh rate.
I wouldn’t get too hung up on the lack of G-Sync or FreeSync – we scrutinized every single game, move, and TV show we threw at this monitor quite closely, and noted 0 instances of perceptible screen tearing.
Because this ASUS monitor does use a TN panel, the colors and viewing angles aren’t quite as good as those of a comparable IPS panel. Especially right out of the box, you’ll probably be underwhelmed by the picture quality. It’s important to take some time and play around with the various presets, settings, and so on – you’ll be much happier with the picture quality when you’re done.
Overall, the colors and viewing angles on this monitor are much better than I expected them to be in the first place. There are some TN panels out there with truly horrendous issues – thankfully, this is not one of them. I set it up side by side with an IPS panel in the same price range, and the difference between the two was surprisingly negligible.
ASUS VG248QE Extras
The VG248QE comes with a handful of extra features. Out of the box, it includes a dual-link DVI cable so you can achieve that 144hz refresh rate right away, along with an audio cable. The audio cable is because the monitor does come with built-in 2-watt stereo speakers, which is a nice touch by ASUS. The speakers obviously aren’t fantastic, but they’re better than nothing.
This monitor comes with a feature called “GamePlus” that lets players choose between four different crosshair styles, depending on what game you’re playing. This is not particularly needed or useful, but a cool little feature nonetheless. You can also enable an onscreen timer, for whatever reason.
The VG248QE is also 3D-gaming and 3D-movie capable, but you’ll have to buy a pair of 3D glasses separately.
Finally, we have the standard ASUS picture enhancement technologies: their dynamic contrast ratio, and their “Splendid” video display presets.
ASUS VG248QE Pros
- 144hz and 1ms response time ensure fast, tear- and blur-free gaming
- Endless physical and software configurations ensure you’ll be able to find the perfect balance of settings to suit your own tastes
- Inclusion of the DVI cord is appreciated
- Price is fantastic for most 144hz monitors
ASUS VG248QE Cons
- Out-of-the-box setup needs to be tweaked for best results. Colors and picture quality will initially seem disappointing
- TN panels will never look quite as good as IPS panels, although they do tend to be faster
- 144hz refresh rate only applied to DVI and DisplayPort connections
- The speakers are bad, although this is solved by an external speaker setup
We Recommend The ASUS VG248QE For…
The ASUS VG248QE 144z gaming monitor is perfect for any gamer looking to make the jump to 144hz gaming. BUT, make absolutely sure the rest of your rig allows you to take advantage of 144hz gaming in the first place. Just because the monitor can do it, doesn’t mean your GPU can.
If you want this monitor for console gaming, you should probably look elsewhere – many consoles out there do not take advantage of a 144hz refresh rate.
ASUS VG248QE Conclusion
The ASUS VG248QE is a fantastic entry by ASUS into the category of budget 144hz monitors – and it was one of the first “true” 100hz+ gaming monitors when it initially hit the market a few years back. For the price, there’s very little you can criticize about this monitor that doesn’t come down to personal preference in the first place.
Some may be unhappy with the TN panel technology, but plenty of people gush about how gorgeous the monitor’s picture looks nonetheless. If you want to upgrade to 144hz gaming without breaking the bank, look no further than the VG248QE.