The Asus MG248Q is the most expensive monitor on test this month, and it matches its price with a low-profile bezel, which instantly gives this monitor a more premium feel over the other displays on test.
This premium feel also carries over to the overall design. It’s not quite at the level of truly premium monitors, but there are little touches here and there that make a difference. The rear of the monitor has a circuitry pattern on it, for example, which manages to look just the right side of fun, rather than cheesy, while the base and stand continue the muted, angular theme to great effect. The stand also offers a full range of adjustments, all of which are smooth and reassuringly sturdy.
Asus’ signature on-screen display (OSD) controls are also present. The control system comprises a little joystick and four buttons mounted on the back of the display, which combine to make navigating the OSD quick and effortless. Asus has the best OSD controls on the market, and it’s great to see the company hasn’t scrimped on including them here.
The MG248Q’s connection options aren’t quite so impressive though. You get plenty of video inputs, with DisplayPort, DVI and HDMI all included, plus an audio input and headphone output.
However, you miss out on a USB hub, and there are no built-in speakers although, to be fair, many gamers will be using either dedicated speakers or a headset anyway.
There’s little that’s remarkable about the panel in this display too, with it including the same 144Hz, TN, 1080p specs as the other displays on test.
However, Asus has included several gaming extras. Asus GamePlus is a set of screen overlays that work completely independently of what your computer is showing. These features include a frame rate counter, a crosshair, a timer and display alignment markings. The timer and alignment tools are very niche, but the crosshair and frame rate counter can come in useful.
Asus would also have you believe it has a second set of gaming features called GameVisual, but it’s really just a list of gaming presets. You get preset modes for FPS, RTS and Racing games, as well as an sRGB mode, Cinema mode, Scenery mode and User mode. For some reason, the default is the Racing mode, which may not seem like it would be the best selection for overall image quality, although once it’s tweaked, this mode actually provides perfectly satisfactory image quality.
That tweaking does have to be fairly extensive, though, because all the colour modes are far too blue. For instance, the default Racing mode has a colour temperature of 7,519K. The only way to counter this blue tinge was to switch to the User colour mode and drastically change the colour balance, from 100x100x100 to 100x86x80 (RGB).
Once the colour is adjusted, the overall image quality is more than adequate – in every regard, other than colour balance, it performs well.
However, unless you have a colorimeter, then getting that correct colour balance might be tricky. Thankfully, gaming performance is absolutely fine, with us finding little reason to tweak any of the several gaming options, and FreeSync worked flawlessly too, providing great, tear-free gaming performance on decent-spec AMD GPUs.
The low-profile bezel gives the MG248Q a premium look and feel
The Asus MG248Q is a great-looking gaming monitor, offering a good balance of features and excellent gaming performance. Its outof-the-box image quality lets it down, but it can still provide a great quality image with a bit of colour tweaking. Nonetheless, it’s hard to look past the default colour problems when you consider the comparatively high price.