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.
- 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.
- 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.