The front panel is laid out in an easy to understand manner with buttons for the main menu system, movement up and down buttons and input/power buttons.
Furthermore, the VG248QE monitor features the ASUS-exclusive GamePlus hotkey with Aimpoint and Timer functions. Gamers can select four different Aimpoint types to suit their gaming environment for better aim in First Person Shooting (FPR) games; while the Timer keeps players aware of the elapsed time in Real-time Strategy (RTS) games. Its an interesting idea, but we never used it when gaming.
The color modes change the colour saturation to suit a variety of situations. The 6 preset video modes (Scenery, Theater, Game, Night View, sRGB and Standard) can be selected via a hotkey. As with the larger monitor the ‘game’ mode did add some vibrancy with a little reduction in accuracy. Scenery mode is a mode I don’t like with these screens as it boosts the saturation level past the point I would consider to be usable.
The Standard setting seems the most useful as you can configure brightness, contrast and colour settings. Some of these were locked out in other preset modes. I also liked the sRGB setting.
The onboard speakers are not the most capable, but perfectly usable in an office style environment when bass response and ultimate volume are not that important.