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Asus PA248Q ProArt Monitor Review

The Asus PA248Q monitor ships in a large black box with a list of specifications clearly visible underneath a high resolution picture of the panel. The box measures 681 mm x 439 mm x 292 mm (WxHxD) and weighs 9.9kg.

The bundle is very strong as Asus bundle a DisplayPort cable, VGA cable, DVI cable, USB 3.0 host cable and regional specific power cable. There is also a little user guide, felt cable ties and software disc. Strangely there is no HDMI cable included in the bundle.

Asus also include a color calibration report, highlighting results of inhouse testing of the panel, before it ships to the customer. Asus claim that each PA248Q is pre-calibrated in the factory to achieve the best colour accuracy. They measure the ∆E and gamma value and track gray-scaling. The panel also supports Gamma 2.2 for PC and Gamma 1.8 for Apple Macintosh computers.

Asus claim that “each PA248Q guarantees industry-leading color accuracy, having been calibrated to minimize color difference to ∆E (Delta E) of less than 5 – ensuring precise reading of color input, guaranteeing excellent color fidelity.”

The PA248Q is an attractively designed screen with a red ‘racing’ trim visible along the bottom of the bezel. The screen weighs 6.4kg.

The display surround features the ‘ProArt’ name top left, as well as the native panel resolution of 1920×1200. There is also information that the screen supports full HD Video at 1080p, in both interlaced and progressive formats. The HDMI logo is visible bottom left, and the ASUS logo in displayed centrally at the bottom, above the red trim.

The Asus PA248Q ProArt screen is an industrial, chunky design. There is no need to focus on creating a super slim unit as this is primarily targeting the professional sector. Along the side of the panel are four USB 3.0 ports, which is a world first according to the company.

The stand system on this screen is one of the best we have seen, it is extremely well built and is clearly designed to last a very long time. It ships attached to the screen rotated in portrait mode. This stand can be removed completely if you wish to use the VESA wall mount.

There are plenty of adjustments for height, almost touching the base at the lowest point and rising a good 6 inches to the maximum height.

This stand system offers full control over tilt (-5°~+20°), swivel and pivot and is stable on a flat surface, even with some extreme adjustments.

Facing the screen from the rear, there is a power switch and plug on the left. On the right is a full sized DisplayPort, HDMI port, DVI and VGA port. There is a USB 3.0 host connector alongside a headphone jack. A very comprehensive range of ports to cover all bases.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.