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.