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Asus PA248Q Review

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First Impression The first thing that stands out from the Asus PA248Q 24" Widescreen IPS Monitor, out of the box, is its utilitarian and practical built and design. Everything about the Asus PA248Q, from the bulky and blocky looking stand and hard-lined edges right down to its matte black finish, screams functionality over fancy sleek designs that is perhaps more pleasing to the eye. Personally, I like the industrial design of the Asus PA248Q that gives off an appearance more suitable ...
7.7 Total Score
Asus PA248Q

This monitor doesn't go for looks, but rather stresses performance. A reasonably priced monitor that averages out in pretty much all of its aspects.

Display Quality (Color & Clarity)
7.5
Responsiveness (Refresh Rates & Response Time)
7.5
Amazon Rating
8.6
Editor's Rating
7.5
Value For Money
7.5

pa248q bezelFirst Impression

The first thing that stands out from the Asus PA248Q 24″ Widescreen IPS Monitor, out of the box, is its utilitarian and practical built and design. Everything about the Asus PA248Q, from the bulky and blocky looking stand and hard-lined edges right down to its matte black finish, screams functionality over fancy sleek designs that is perhaps more pleasing to the eye.

Personally, I like the industrial design of the Asus PA248Q that gives off an appearance more suitable for hardcore gaming and would not look out of place, or even be the center-piece, in your gaming man-cave.

That is not to say that the Asus PA248Q is without its design flourishes. Aligned along the bezel of the Asus PA248Q are ruler-like measurements, which together with the measuring dials at the display’s neck and notches on the stand reflect the theme of precision of the Asus PA248Q.

pa248q portrait modeAdjustability

The Asus PA248Q boasts pivot, tilt, & swivel features with a 4-inch height adjustment, 25 degree tilt range, and a 60 degree swivel range which are all conveniently printed on the mounting arm itself. The Asus PA248Q is also able to be pivoted on its head for a portrait view. However, the Asus PA248Q does not have an auto-rotation feature which is surprising and rather short-sighted considering its prevalence in today’s smartphones and tablets but it is ultimately useless for gaming in any case.

The stand itself feels stable and not at all flimsy. A crude experiment consisting of my attempts to knock the Asus PA248Q over at its middle height setting reveals that the risks of accidentally toppling the monitor over are fairly low. No danger of knocking over the monitor whilst reaching for that bit of sustenance during a game marathon here.

Connectivity

Aligned along the left edge of the Asus PA248Q are four USB 3.0 downstream ports, with the usual host of HDMI, VGA, DVI and DisplayPort video inputs together with an upstream 3.0 USB port at the rear of the cabinet. There is also a headphone jack built directly into the monitor useful for going into stealth-mode at any given time. It is useful to note that the connections are faced down and would be awkward to access if not for the pivot feature of the Asus PA248Q.

pa248q side and back

On the right of the Asus PA248Q bezel are the buttons for the menu, input select, preset select, programmable hot keys 1 & 2, the power switch, and a navigation joystick which gives access to a QuickFit Virtual Scale Function with grid patterns and paper sizes more for paper and photo size preview/editing. Generally the buttons feel snappy enough for that satisfying click whenever pressed.

Display Performance

The Asus PA248Q features a 1,920 x 1,200 panel with a 16:10 ratio. It also has a non-reflective anti-glare coating that works quite well at minimizing reflections and pesky sunrays. The Asus PA248Q comes with the Standard, Theater, sRGB, and Scenery presets picture setting with two User customizable modes. The Color menu provides the usual brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, and color temperature settings with a 1.8 and 2.2 gamma setting. It should be noted that right out of the bat, the Asus PA248Q is factory calibrated with the brightness setting set too high. It is recommended that the first thing to do is to reduce the brightness setting to a more comfortable level.

The colors and display of the Asus PA248Q are undoubtedly beautiful. A gameplay test of Bioshock Infinite on the Asus PA248Q reveals that the colors produced and displayed are vibrant with the notable plus point of having wide viewing angles with hardly any noticeable color shifts. I personally like this particular feature as it allows flexible viewing angles, especially when multi-tasking, to keep your eyes on the action as well as for the added benefit of any spectators/audience in the room. Backlight bleeding is also kept to a minimum and only ever noticeable if playing in a room devoid of other light source. I have also not encountered any dead pixels in my testing of the Asus PA248Q and had no problems with any image ghosting during tests.

Playing on the Asus PA248Q for long hours is also not an issue as even after 3 solid hours of gaming, the monitor remains cool or merely warm to the touch. Apart from that, the 24 inch display works as intended in providing a large and spacious viewing surface for optimum immersion during gaming.

Negative Aspects

A negative point I would raise about the Asus PA248Q is that it did not have any built-in speakers. For this monitor to seem so fully designed around the idea of functionality and convenience, with the multiple 3.0 USB ports and headphone jack, the absence of built-in speakers is perplexing especially when the bulky design seem so perfect for one. The addition of the headphone jack does alleviate this problem to a certain extent but it would have been nice to have the option. The Asus PA248Q is also not exempted and prone to those snap, crackle and pop sounds that monitors give out after it has been switched off.

If there’s one other drawback I should mention within this Asus PA248Q review is that this gaming monitor has a rather considerable power consumption, specifically at approximately 75W. The average power consumption for gaming monitors would be only be at about 30-40W so on the whole it takes about twice the usual amount. Personally though, the degree of power consumption has never been an issue to me but I’m aware that there are others that would think otherwise.

Verdict

In summary, the Asus PA248Q is not perfect, but the overall build quality, functionality and features more than make up for any of its short-comings. Moreover, the Asus PA248Q is reasonably priced and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a gaming monitor on a mid-range budget that is able to keep trucking through the night when everyone else has gone to bed.

 

PROS:

  • Sturdy, Stable & Flexible Design
  • Decent Color & Image Display
  • Impressive Wide Viewing Angles
  • Multiple 3.0 USB Ports with In-Built Headphone Jack
  • Anti-Glare / Non-Reflective Coating

CONS:

  • Bulky/Boxy Frame
  • High Power Consumption
  • No In-Built Speakers
  • No Auto-Rotation of Display Feature

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Dell UltraSharp U2312HM Review

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First Impressions I was of two minds when it came down to reviewing the Dell U2312HM. On one hand, the Dell U2312HM had some amazing features and design choices, but on the other hand the Dell U2312HM falls short in some areas of performance. Ultimately though, the price and value of the Dell U2312HM remain outstanding. Rest assured that there will be a conclusive review by the end of this article, but keep in mind that there will be as many supporters as there are detractors on the ...
8.3 Total Score
Dell UltraSharp U2312HM

The Dell UltraSharp U2312HM is a superb alternative to the popular U2412M. The most important difference between the two is that the U2312HM has an aspect ratio of 16:9 instead of 16:10, thus making it more suitable for console users.

Display Quality (Color & Clarity)
8.5
Responsiveness (Refresh Rates & Response Time)
7.5
Amazon Rating
9
Editor's Rating
8.5
Value For Money
8

Dell U2312HMFirst Impressions

I was of two minds when it came down to reviewing the Dell U2312HM. On one hand, the Dell U2312HM had some amazing features and design choices, but on the other hand the Dell U2312HM falls short in some areas of performance.

Ultimately though, the price and value of the Dell U2312HM remain outstanding. Rest assured that there will be a conclusive review by the end of this article, but keep in mind that there will be as many supporters as there are detractors on the Dell U2312HM.

Firstly, the Dell U2312HM is a 23 inch, IPS panel with power-efficient W-LED back lighting technology, with a 16:9 aspect ratio screen and boasting 1920×1080 Full HD resolution, with a 2,000,000:1 (typical) dynamic contrast ratio and 8ms with overdrive (typical) gray-to-gray response time.

Looks & Design

One of the positive points that is immediately apparent from the beginning is its appearance. The Dell U2312HM has a contemporary design with soft curves around the frame and screen that gives it a light and thin appearance. The bezel is thin and measuring at only 17mm wide along all sides. The Dell U2312HM is not all shine and sparkles to give off a fanciful appearance but neither is it a dinosaur in the looks department. In fact, the Dell U2312HM would not look out of place in any modern day office. In keeping with that, there is also the option to mount the screen on the wall via a VESA-compatible 100mm X 100mm wall mount kit (not included) as the stand is easily detachable.

dell adjustabilityAdjustability and Accessibility

On the topic of the Dell U2312HM’s stand, it is easily one of the best I have come across as any adjustments to the Dell U2312HM’s height, pivoting, tilting or swivelling (90º) can be easily and comfortably done one-handed. The excellence of the Dell U2312HM stand continues in holding the monitor steadily in place without any threat of wobbling and the Dell U2312HM feels very sturdy and well built. The specifics of the height adjustment range stands at 130mm whilst the tilt range of the panel goes up to 4° forward or 21° backward.

The Dell U2312HM does not stop there as its back panel is also nicely rounded off and more importantly, is enclosed well with a convenient cable tidy hole. The back panel of the Dell U2312HM houses the D-SUB, DVI, VGA and DisplayPort connections together with two USB 2.0 ports. A further two USB 2.0 ports may be found at the left panel for easier access. A nice touch is that all of these connections are located under the screen as opposed to them protruding in a perpendicular manner from the back panel.

Now to some of the negatives points of the Dell U2312HM. Firstly, it does not have any integrated speakers, which is a personal pet peeve of mine, though it does have a single connection for Dell’s sound bar should one wish to add external speakers. Secondly, whilst having an option for dynamic contrast ratio it does not however do anything or have a substantial effect on anything in particular. The Dell U2312HM further does not have any HDMI video connections, which is a disappointment for anyone looking to connect their monitors to any external devices.

u2312hm menuButtons and Menus

On the face of the Dell U2312HM, there are actual OSD buttons on the bottom right corner of the screen, which is a design choice I always find convenient. The OSD buttons here are also subtly designed and streamlined without being distracting.

I would say that it is almost too subtle as it does not have any indication of the functions of the buttons and the only way to learn of their functions is to press them and see what happens. The Dell U2312HM’s screen also comes with an anti glare matte coating which is lighter and have a less grainy feel to it and that is different from those of the glossy or semi-glossy variety.

Visual Quality

Visual Quality

On to the capabilities of the Dell U2312HM. Switching the monitor on reveals the impressive W-LED backlight screen of the Dell U2312HM, which is capable of producing vibrant images to a maximum of 352cd/m2 brightness and even more impressively, does not have serious backlight bleeding issues. Backlight bleeding at the edges of the display is only ever a real issue for the Dell U2312HM if in a completely dark room. Even so, I found that this did not substantially affect my enjoyment.

The Dell U2312HM has a 926:1 contrast ratio display which is able to produce better details in dark images and scenes. The Dell U2312HM boasts a 6-bit colour depth with Advanced frame rate control (A-FRC) to produce the 16.7 million colors but has a colour temperature of about 6,152K which is slightly warmer than 6,500k causing a slight blushing effect to the display.

Tests on the factory settings of the Dell U2312HM reveals that Luminance at 75% brightness was recorded at 215 cd/m2 which is entirely too high and too bright for prolonged daily usage. However, the black depth at this setting was a decent 0.25 cd/m2.

The Dell U2312HM comes with a standard, multimedia, movie, game, text, colour temperature and custom colour settings. The Dell U2312HM also has display settings options for external device monitor aspect ratio of 16:9, 4:3 and 5:4 respectively.

ultrasharp u2312hm in actionOn the topic of the factory settings, the Dell U2312HM has a slightly hidden Overdrive option to boost pixel transitions across grey to grey changes and to reduce motion blur. This Overdrive option is accessible through the factory menu however I would not recommend tinkering with it if unsure or not confident. Game testing on the Dell U2312HM shows that the Dell U2312HM may be sufficient for moderate gaming, showing low to moderate levels of motion blur with the Overdrive control turned on. I would say that this should have been made more easily accessible rather than having to go through the factory menu for any tweaking.

The colors on the Dell U2312HM for gaming however are an entirely different story. I would strongly recommend readjustments to the settings rather than gaming on the factory settings as it would be a disservice to the Dell U2312HM’s capabilities not to do so is. Image blurring / ghosting issues remain low to moderate with occasionally noticeable spikes depending on the action on screen with low input lag. At the end of the day, I cannot confidently recommend the Dell U2312HM to hardcore gamers but for most people its minor to moderate ghosting issues would not overwhelm its other positive points. The Dell U2312HM is a pretty decent choice if you are looking for a 23″ IPS screen for gaming.

The Dell U2312HM proves itself an excellent choice when it comes down to watching movies, as not only does the 178° viewing angles prove incredible in allowing several people to comfortably view the screen at once, the aforementioned stand of the Dell U2312HM makes it super convenient to accommodate different viewing angles as well. One proviso to that is that viewing from extreme angles will still result in diminishing visual fidelity. Other than that, the good pixel responsiveness makes the Dell U2312HM fully capable of keeping up with fast moving scenes in movies without trouble.

Power Consumption

The Dell U2312HM’s monitor is also exceptional in the power consumption department as even at absolute maximum settings, the power consumed stood was only at about 30W. Lowering and tweaking the brightness to the standard 120cd/m2 resulted in power consumption being nearly halved to about 16W. While on standby, the Dell U2312HM only uses a mere 0.5W. The Dell U2312HM’s power consumption is made better by features such as Energy Smart and PowerNap software that basically allows the screen to go into sleep mode once it has gone to the screensaver.

A last minor point is that the Dell U2312HM has a slight electronic buzz which may annoy those with sensitive ears.

Verdict

With all of the features and performance of the Dell U2312HM in mind, I find myself on the fence when it comes down to recommending it. I would say that the Dell U2312HM is not the best of choices for hardcore gaming, and coming from a gamer’s perspective, I can see how it may be a deal breaker when I hear issues of its performance in this area. However, for its value, display quality and all around flexibility, the Dell U2312HM is certainly worth considering if you are in the market for a new monitor

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