Asus MG248Q

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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

Con­clu­sion

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.

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