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ASUS VP249QGR Review

ASUS VP249QGR Review
The Siliconreview
30 June, 2020

If you are looking for an affordable gaming monitor with excellent image quality and smooth performance then ASUS VP249QGRis the best option. With its 24” display, 1080p 144Hz image quality and 1ms response rate, it makes gaming a whole new experience in a decent price. What it lacks in design versatility, it makes up for in price and performance. The monitor is equipped with LED backlit IPS panel along with 178 degree viewing angle. A color gamut of 72% NTSC coupled with dithered 8-bit color results in accurate and vivid colors suitable for gaming as well as picture/video editing.The ASUS VP249QGR comes with 100x100mm VESA holes for the alternative of wall-mounting.

Image Quality

The 23.8” IPS panel is equipped with Full HD resolution. The 1080p resolution with uniform color distribution makes the display sharp with a modest pixel distribution.

With dithered 8-bit color depth and 250-nits brightness, this gaming monitor provides excellent color resolution. 250-nits brightness is more than enough in normal viewing conditions and you might even have to turn it down a bit.

The178-degree viewing angle provides a crisp and color saturated view without any color shift from all angles.

The IPS panel is the LC238LF1F (IGZO IPS) by Panda. The 8-bit color depth is enhanced by the standard color gamut (~sRGB) with 72% NTSC. Color accuracy can also be adjustedby using the provided sRGBpicture preset.

The contrast ratio in ASUS VP249QGR is 1000:1 which is comparatively less than other monitors with VA display in this price range but, the IPS display with its wide viewing angles, sharp and vivid colors and faster response time makes it excellent for gaming, editing pictures/videos and for professional work as well.

The ASUS VP249QGR also comes with integrated Low Blue Light filter for relaxed viewing. The LBL can be reduced to four different levels so you can adjust it to your comfort level to prevent eye strain. The monitor is also equipped with an antiflicker backlight for improved readability in low light conditions.

Performance

The ASUS VP249QGR specifies a response rate of 4ms. Response rate is the time taken by the monitor to shift from one color to the other. It can be reduced to 1ms by using the included ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur) strobe backlight setting to reduce ghosting and tearing.This response rate, combined with a refresh rate of 144Hz, results in smooth display without any ghosting or motion blur. Although, in reality the response rate is slightly higher than 4ms resulting in minor motion blur while playing quick-paced video games.

We played Destiny II on ASUS VP249QGR to see the results for ourselves. The details in darker scenes were moderately visible which can be explained by its 1000:1 contrast ratio.Other monitors offer better contrast ratios but they are more expensive.The 72% NTSC color gamut works wonders producing vivid, sharp and accurate colors.

The ASUS VP249QGR specifies an input lag of 4ms but it was barely noticeableand the game was smooth and snappy. Minor motion blur and ghosting were observable which is tolerable considering the price range of the monitor. TN panels provide better results with reduced motion blur but they cannot compete the IPS panel in color accuracy and viewing angles.

The is one of those few monitors which support Adaptive-Sync including AMD FreeSyncwith a 48 – 144Hz variable refresh rate range (plus LFC support) which reduces screen tearing and stuttering. ASUS VP249QGR also supports NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards over DisplayPort although it is not certifiedas G-SYNC compatible by NVIDIA.

For gaming purposes the ASUS VP249QGR is a very capable 144hz monitor under 150 dollars you can get your hands on.

Features:

The display’s OSD (On-Screen Display) menu can be accessed and navigated with the help of two shortcut buttons, a power button, and four hotkeys which are present at the bottom bezel, on the right side of the monitor.

The monitor also offers features like QuickFit mode and GamePlus mode withpre-calibrated picture presets, customizable crosshair overlays, an on-screen timer and an FPS counter. It lets you choose between four persistent crosshairs so you can adjust your aim even if the game doesn’t allow the feature of crosshair. It also has the feature of Shadow Boost whichenhance visibility of objects in shadows.

The ASUS VP249QGR also comes with standard picture adjustment tools to adjust  brightness, contrast, sharpness, color saturation and temperature. It does not provide the option of gamma presets.

The Trace Free feature adjusts the monitor’s pixel response time overdrive from 0 to 100 in increments of 20. Disable VividPixel and ASCR options for optimal picture quality.

The ASUS VP249QGR is equipped with the Ultra-Low Blue Light technology to reduce the amount of harmful blue light emitted by the screen. It has four levels which you can adjust according to your comfort level.Moreover, Flicker free technology allows you to indulge in long gaming sessions without any eye strain.

The monitor also supports ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur) which reduces ghosting in fast paced games. Drawbacks of using ELMB are that it reduces maximum brightness and cannot be used while using FreeSync.

Design and Build Quality

The ASUS VP249QGR has a frameless design with a 23.8” flat display. the screen has a medium matte anti-glare surfaceand supports a WLED backlight. The plastic body is matte black and is devoid of any rgb lights or display accents which makes it look plain as compared to other monitors.

It comes with a stand which has the only ergonomic option of tilting +20 degrees~-5 degrees. The footprint of the stand is relatively small but if you still want to save some desktop space, you can mount it on the wall via the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity options include HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, VGA, and an audio jack for the dual 2W integrated speakers. All the ports face downwards.

Pros and Cons

The ASUS VP249QGR is an excellent monitor considering

  1. Its excellent image quality and vivid and accurate colors due to an sRGB
  2. Fast refresh rate of 144Hz with Adaptive-Sync (FreeSync)
  3. A comparatively large Full HD IPS display of 24 inches
  4. 1ms MPRT with Extreme Low Motion Blur
  5. Smooth performance for the given price range

Though some major flaws in the ASUS VP249QGR include

  1. Motion blur and ghosting due to high response rate
  2. Comparatively low static contrast ratio (10000:1)
  3. Supports FreeSync with NVIDIA cards only over DisplayPort
  4. Not suitable for fast-paced, multiplayer games
  5. Has a tilt-only stand and plain body

Summary

TheASUS VP249QGRis a great option in this price range but spending an extra $20 and buying the AOC 24G2 with a wider color gamut, adjustable MBR technology and a fully ergonomic design will be a much better choice. Currently, ASUS VP249QGR is the cheapest monitor with a 24-inch IPS display in this price bracket, with AOC 24G2 as its only competitor.

Overall, the ASUS VP249QGR is an excellent and affordable choice for gaming, editing photos and videos and for professional work.