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ASUS PA248Q ProArt Monitor Review

By on January 22, 2013
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Feature packed for professionals and enthusiasts.

Good: Great colors; Multiple connectivity options; Four USB 3.0 ports; Easy swivel and adjustments; In-depth color tweaking; Easy menu navigation.
Bad: Color reproduction could be better; aggressive hues in other preset modes.
Price: AED 1,400
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The ASUS PA248Q is a monitor designed for professionals and enthusiasts whose primary purpose is editing films or pictures, where color grading and precise measurements are the first priority for a satisfactory experience.

To that end, ASUS has a done a remarkable job of providing a pre-calibrated screen with a host of options to tweak the color settings as per your requirements. Beyond that, though, the ASUS PA248Q also provides some very useful connectivity options which make it great for daily usage by non-professionals as well.

Design

So first off, the ASUS PA248Q 24-inch monitor with an unusual aspect ratio of 16:10, giving it a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. The thick black plastic housing is just 1.8cm thick around the screen, where the bottom and right edges have an etching of 52cm x 32.5cm. This is sort of useless as there’s an on-screen display of various paper and photo sizes at the touch of a button.

Menus & Navigation

The buttons are another interesting facet of the ASUS PA248Q, with seven in total. The topmost button is actually a 5-way navigation nub which would normally be used to navigate the on-screen menus. However, just pressing it will show you grid alignments in centimeters and inches, as well as paper and photo sizes. Using this allows any designer to have a realistic preview of what the finished page or photo will look like on the target size.

 

The menus themselves allow you to delve in deep into color customization including hue and saturation in six different shades, not just the regular RGB. You can setup picture-in-picture easily as well, but you have to dig into the menus a bit. To bypass all of this, however, you have two shortcut keys which can be set to PIP settings or anything else. By default these are set to brightness and contrast.

Connectivity

The ASUS PA248Q comes with a 3.5mm audio jack, DVI, VGA, HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity. Additionally there are four USB 3.0 port on the left side for those times when you need to instantly transfer photos or videos. Honestly that’s more convenient that USB ports on the PC case; infinitely more accessible than the rear USB 3.0 ports on motherboards.

Color Modes

The Standard mode worked fine, but I was personally a fan of the sRGB mode which showed true color reproduction on the lagom.nl LCD Monitor Test’s ‘Gamma calibration’ test. In fact, other important tests like ‘Contrast’, ‘Black level’, ‘White saturation’ and ‘Gradient banding’ gave near perfect results.

The Scenery mode had the hue more towards red, while also bumping the contrast and sharpness a bit. It’s good for giving pictures a more ‘punchy’ feel, but otherwise not so good. In Theater mode everything has a cool blue tint, with black levels suffering a lot. It’s fine in some movies, but not most.

Honestly the sRGB mode is great for pretty much everything, including editing pictures and video if you want some color correction. If you want to tweak things further, the ASUS PA248Q allows you to easily do that in the menus. For games and movies in general I found the Standard preset to work best, for a more dynamic feel.

Conclusion

It’s easy to recommend the ASUS PA248Q for its great color reproduction, connectivity options, and incredible viewing angles (at 178°). It may need some extra bit of tweaking to get the truest possible color reproduction, but for the price though, and even then may leave a little to be desired by true professionals. Whether you’re a video editor or competitive gamer, the ASUS PA248Q will give you a brilliant experience and great bang for your buck.


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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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