Asus PA248Q ProArt Monitor Review

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The Asus PA248Q ProArt Monitor is one of the finest 24 inch screens I have tested this year. It is attractively designed and clearly built to survive the test of time within an active studio environment.

While it can sound somewhat superfluous I do feel the support mechanism is a very important facet of a monitor design. This PA248Q stand has tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustments and it can be removed completely for VESA wall mounting. I welcome the fact that ASUS ship the monitor with the stand installed, in portrait position.

The bundle is reassuring, with ASUS including DisplayPort, DVI and VGA and USB cables. Negatively, I would prefer to see an HDMI cable included rather than VGA, as I doubt anyone now will be using this A+ IPS screen with an analog connector.

Technically, this monitor is excellent in all areas and is suitably equipped to satisfy designers and photo editors alike. It delivers 100% sRGB coverage with very wide viewing angles (almost 180°), ideal for direct presentations to a customer within a bureau.

Both black definition and white purity are superb and the panel delivered some of the best results this year, with only minor variance issues and backlight bleed. Colour consistency is fantastic and accuracy is perfectly suited to professional level requirements.

In real world terms, we enjoyed viewing high definition media bluray movies and first person shooter games. The panel refresh is fast enough to minimise any unwanted abnormalities and the colour rendition is rich, realistic and invigorating.

The non glossy coating also means that there are fewer problems dealing with light interference within close proximity. The four port USB 3.0 hub is the icing on the cake.

The price point is very aggressive, with Pixmania stocking the PA248Q for £319 inc vat and free delivery. For an IPS screen of this overall quality and consistency we have no hesitation recommending for a myriad of duties. There are certainly better screens on the market, but not A+ IPS with 1920×1200 resolution at this price point.

Pros:

  • Colour rendition is superb.
  • panel has a high level of consistency.
  • black definition and white purity are close to class leading.
  • perfect for a designer on a budget.
  • USB 3.0 hub.
  • built like a tank.
  • stand has tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustments.

Cons:

  • No HDMI cable supplied.
  • Not the slimmest panel on the market.

Kitguru says: A quality panel, built to produce clear, crisp highly saturated images at a competitive price point.

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  • Lucy Whitcombe

    brilliant review, you made me want to but it. until I looked at my bank balance. perhaps next month.

    I like the thicker design too, many of them now seem to focus on silly gimmicks like lighting.

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  • WarrenUK

    Thats such a nice looking monitor. I can’t believe how much the price has dropped.

    Although im saving for the ARIA 27 inch deal for £500, its only £200 more than this with much higher resolution. it will be all gone probably by the time i can afford it.

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  • Nick

    This is my next monitor,definetely.

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  • ahtze

    Hello, can you please talk about how is this PA248Q compared to the PA246Q you reviewed last year?? Thanks

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  • Boko

    246Q is way better if you look for color accuracity and etcs. because:

    PA26Q uses 10bit P-IPS + 12bit LUT instead of the 8bit e-IPS + 8bit LUT used in 28Q. Also 26Q uses WCG-CCFF which is also better to the cheap WLED.

    WLED = White LED – cheap. It’s not RGB-LED
    WCG-CCFL = Wide Color Gamut Cold Cathode Fluriscent Lamp = WIN

    WLED is only better if we speak about power comsumption and sizes.

    Also I can’t see CARD reader on the monitor, which is very important for the users that is aimed for this monitor. USB 3 is … anyways.

    If you see the prices 28Q is cheaper a lot than 26Q and this is normal.

    So for the end – 26Q outperforms the new 28Q which is orientated for mainstream designer/user.

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  • Mithos

    Does anyone know how compatible this screen is with gaming systems like PS3 and Xbox360?
    The resolution is 1900×1200, but, does this monitor have a scaler that readily converts 720p or 1080p up to 1900×1200?
    If so, does it generate a noticeable amount of input lag, or create black bars?

    Thanks for the review!

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  • Mike

    Ok, based on your review, I just purchased one from BestBuy using the 10% off on-line coupon. If it’s as good as you make it out to be at this price, I likely won’t have too much to complain about.

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  • Sybil

    The matt screen is what would stop me from buying this monitor. I really hate AG coating on monitor panels, even if it is considered light. I am looking for a 16:10 IPS, PLS, (or similar), monitor…..with a glossy, semi-glossy, or anti-reflective screen. The choices are very limited right now, but I am hoping that manufactures will start listening to consumers….and start giving us that choice!

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  • Pauli

    I wonder if the Black Definition is measured with dynamic contrast enabled? If that is the case, i.e. the black definition is measured with backlight turned OFF, the results are useless.

    BTW, I hate it how low-end monitors are marketed with ridiculous dynamic contrast values such as 80,000,000:1 . Those numbers have nothing to do with reality. They are invented by the advertising department by just picking a number that is bigger than what competitors have advertised.

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