ASUS Launches VG245Q 'Console' Gaming Monitor: 1080p with FreeSync, $200by Anton Shilov on April 4, 2017 4:00 PM EST
ASUS has introduced another monitor positioned specifically for console gaming that allows console owners to take their games out of the living room. The new display offers Full-HD resolution and uses an inexpensive TN panel with a fast response time, supporting a refresh rate of 40Hz to 75Hz. It features AMD’s FreeSync technology as well as a DisplayPort port, so while this is aimed at more console type gaming, in order to use Freesync it essentially has to be a 'console' PC rather than an actual console.
The ASUS VG245Q display uses a 24” TN panel with 1920×1080 resolution, and the general specifications are typical for budget devices: 250 nits brightness, 170°/160° viewing angles, a 1 ms response time (grey-to-grey) and so on. The monitor comes with two 2 W speakers and has two HDMI (so to connect to two consoles), one DisplayPort and one D-Sub connector. The VG245Q can adjust its height, swivel, and pivot. One of the important selling points of the ASUS VG245-series monitors is support for AMD’s FreeSync dynamic framerate technology that works at refresh rates ranging from 40 to 75 Hz.
In fact, ASUS’ VG245 family of displays, aimed at 'console' gaming, now includes three models: the VG245Q (introduced this month), the VG245H, and the VG245HE, with the latter two launched last fall. All the monitors use the same panel and have slightly different feature sets. The VG245H uses the same chassis as the VG245Q, but lacks DisplayPort. Meanwhile, the VG245HE is the most simplistic in the lineup, as it does not have swivel, pivot or height adjustments.
|ASUS VG245-Series Console Gaming Monitors|
|Native Resolution||1920 × 1080|
|Refresh Rate Range||75 Hz||75 Hz||40-75 Hz|
|Response Time||1 ms (gray-to-gray)|
|Viewing Angles||170°/160° horizontal/vertical|
|Color Saturation||72% NTSC
sRGB mode available
|Inputs||2 × HDMI
1 × D-Sub
|2 × HDMI
1 × D-Sub
2 × DP
|Audio||2 × 2 W speakers
Audio in/out ports
|Proprietary Enhancements||Trace Free Technology
GamePlus Modes: Crosshair/Timer/Display Alignment
Low Blue Light: Yes
GameVisual Modes: Scenery/Racing/Cinema/RTS/RPG/FPS/sRGB
|Height Adjustment||0~130 mm||-||0~130 mm|
|VESA Wall Mounting||100 × 100 mm|
While ASUS formally positions its VG245-series displays as reasonably priced solutions for consoles, these devices are cheaper gaming monitors carrying the ASUS brand. They enable the company to address the entry-level segment of the PC market (keep in mind that the sRGB is supported as a feature of the ASUS GameVisual menu) without distracting attention of the masses from the higher-end models with advanced specs and features.
ASUS has not announced precise MSRP for its VG245Q monitor, but at present, the VG245H can be acquired for $179.99. It is unlikely that the addition of a DisplayPort connector significantly affected the cost of the VG245Q vs. the VG245H and it is logical to expect the two products to cost about the same.
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mobutu - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - linkI agree, TN must die of an horrible death, so at least all the ignorants can't choose subpar tech on their devices ...
BrokenCrayons - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - linkI don't care about color accuracy as long as something is vaguely close (blue looks sort of blue, red looks sort of red, etc). I don't care about viewing angles as long as I have a 30-ish degree cone so I can see what I'm doing. I couldn't care less about pixel response as long as the screen doesn't get smeary like an old passive matrix screen on a mid-90s era budget laptop did. The only thing I care about is getting a crappy ~15 inch screen with a 1366x768 or higher resolution, integrated speakers that has an HDMI, DP, DVI, and VGA connector for under $100 because spending money a lot of money on consumer electronics is dumb. For people like me TN is good enough and I'll happy keep buying it or whatever else happens to end up as the bottom feeder of display tech. Life's too short to care about screen technologies.
Diji1 - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - linkYou must be poor.
BrokenCrayons - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - linkYou must feel threatened.
fanofanand - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - linkI almost always agree with you, but I can't go there with you on this. A 15" monitor? There are tablets bigger than that! 768p is pretty low for a monitor too. I can understand if you were ok with a TV that you sit ten feet away from having such low resolution, but when sitting close to a monitor (which is typical) that's just too low. I agree with TN being just fine for most purposes (other than professionals you don't NEED perfect color accuracy) but I'm not sure that saying every piece of tech over $100 is dumb. You seem to have jumped the shark a little bit on this one.
BrokenCrayons - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - linkThose standards of mine really are just mine. I thought I made it pretty obvious I was talking about a personal preference in support of why TN panels still exist -- for people like me that don't really care about image quality because we have other things to worry about that are more significant.
cwolf78 - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - linkLack of standards more like it. You can buy a "budget" display without over-the-top trash specs like that. Why not go dumpster-diving or to a pawn shop if you're really that much of a cheap-ass?
BrokenCrayons - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - linkYou're lashing out too? Do you really suffer from so much buyer's remorse that you can't just feel secure in what you're doing with your own money in the privacy of your own home?
mobutu - Thursday, April 6, 2017 - linkMany peope make the same mistake, thinking that "TN being just fine for most purposes (other than professionals you don't NEED perfect color accuracy)"
Actually it's not about only color accuracy, it's mostly about if don't sit at a perfect and centered 90% angle from your tn screen then you're gonna suffer from horrid contrast + brightness +color shift. If you move from that perfect position then the image you'll see is absolutely horrenduous.
That's why TN should have died a long time ago
desolation0 - Monday, May 8, 2017 - linkNot everyone cares about everything. It is not necessary that they care about everything. It is not stupidity that they don't care about everything. The market addresses those people with less expensive products because paying for everything doesn't make sense to them. The technology is still around because it sells. It sells because people want it and are willing to accept the tradeoffs. Could we please quit denigrating people just because their personal tastes disagree with what we feel is necessary?