Most of the gamers might not know but the gaming monitor you pick definitely makes an impact on your CPUs performance. If you are not peculiar with your choice, you might end up with some monitor with screen blur, tearing, or some other kind of problems. So, it is very important for gamers to know the hardware configuration of their CPU and then look for the perfect monitor they can get.
However, we are not going to tell you about how to get a perfect monitor for yourself. Instead, we are here to review a special monitor, i.e., Asus VG245H. Asus is a brand that one can trust upon when it gets to real gaming. The Asus VG245H is specially made for console gamers, but you can easily use it as your PC monitor as well. The AMD Freesync technology that gets rid of any kind of wear and tear, problems that you might face with other monitors falling under the same range.
Asus VG245H has been designed with the best of simplicity. The company offers tons of good features in a $199 monitor including vibrant colors, 1080p Full HD display, great response time, AMD Freesync technology and what not. You can find the detailed review of these monitors right below.
ASUS VG245H FreeSync Gaming Monitor: Review
Asus VG245H – Design
The Asus VG245H monitor is available in two sizes. One is the 34-inch version and the other only is a bit larger measuring 27-inches in screen size. The VG245H monitor has a maximum refresh rate of 75Hz and amazing response rate of just 1 millisecond. We did not face any kind of blurriness or ghosting while using the monitor for gaming.
The design of the monitor is very simple but we were really impressed with the stand that you get along with the monitor. The stand is square in shape with a hole right in the middle of it. The hole is from where you can pass in all the cables in order to manage them easily and not getting them all messed up. You are a gamer as well, we can understand the pain of dealing with a lot and a lot of tangled cable. The hole in the stand in VG245H monitor somewhat solves the issue.
The users can change the viewing angle by tilting the monitor or by turning it from the swivel. There is a height adjustment option too so that you can place the monitor at perfect height in case you are using it as your PC monitor. You can take the height to a maximum of 13cm. The monitor can be swiveled up to 90 degrees. The upward tilt can be adjusted up to 5 degrees but you can tilt the screen back to a maximum of 33 degrees. That is more than enough to offer you any kind of viewing angle you are comfortable with. You just need to adjust the height, tilt and viewing angle perfectly.
There is a 5-way OSD joystick on the left back side of the monitor using which the users can navigate through various OSD menu options as well as settings. There is a pair of 2-watt speakers installed in the monitor but they offer very basic sound to your ears. We would recommend you to get a good audio system in case you want to experience HD gaming experience.
The Asus VG245H monitor measures 561mm x 489mm x 211mm in dimension. Here we are including the height of the stand as well. Overall the monitors have a very simple design with the black plastic exterior.
Asus VG245H – Display
Both the Asus VG245H monitors offer you full HD 1920×1080 display resolution. It was very important for them to maintain the current standards and they have done well with the new VG245H monitors.
The color output of the Asus VG245H monitor is good but not great. It is because the monitor uses TN panels instead of an IPS panel. The IPS panels are more color-rich than TN panels in general. The monitor has a contrast ratio of 10,000,000:1, which Is pretty good to have on a TN panel. At the same time, the maximum brightness that the monitor can offer is 250 nits when compared to 120 nits, average brightness offered by most of the gaming monitors. The anti-glare finish on the surface makes sure that you do not face a problem with straight light which gets reflected off the monitor screen.
However, the lack of an IPS display is noticeable sometimes. For example, you might feel that the monitor has a narrow viewing angle as well as poor color reproduction and accuracy. This is because of the TN panel used in the monitor. If you look at the specification, you will find that it has just 72% color saturation. But that is not a very low value for the monitor and it performs spectacularly well if you find the perfect display mode for the game you are playing. The temperature of the screen changes automatically along with the contrast, brightness as well as saturation based on your game visual screen.
There are various default visual modes available in the monitor like FPS, RPG mode, which lightens up the dark areas in your game and helps you in tracking enemies that might be hiding in the dark. However, these game visual modes are not tweakable. It means that once you chose a visual mode, you won’t be able to change the default brightness, contrast of that particular visual mode.
The Asus VG245H performs really well while gaming and all because of its quick response time as well as good 75Hz refresh rate. This quick refresh rate makes sure you do not face any kind of ghosting during gaming. In case you didn’t know what ghosting is, it is the blurry images that trail behind when the main image is moving too fast on the front frame. The monitor’s 1ms GTG makes sure that the next frame’s color changes faster to produce a smooth transition in frames.
However, the problem is more visible when you use the monitor along with a gaming console. Gaming consoles do not offer a refresh rate of more than 60Hz and that is why using monitors with very high refresh rate won’t help in this kind of scenario.
Asus has also added the AMD Freesync technology, the adaptive Vsync technology that takes care of any kind of tearing that may occur while heaving gaming. Asus actually does not want to brand their VG245H only as the console monitor, but also as a normal monitor which people can use along with their PC. In case you are using AMD graphics card, the card renders the frame only when the monitor is done with the last frame and ready to render the new one, preventing screen tearing.
In order to install the “Freesync technology”, you will have to download the latest AMD Freesync drivers from the internet and then enable the Freesync feature from the control panel of the installed video card.
In case you want to excellent color reproduction and accuracy in your gaming monitor, Asus VG245H is not the best choice out there, because of the installed TN panel. But it is good if you want a good refresh rate and response time from a budget monitor.
To make the gaming experience even smoother, Asus has added “Game fast Input technology” in the monitor as well. Generally, if you are using gaming console for gaming, there could be some Input lag that you might face while enjoying gaming via wireless controllers. The input lag is the delay between your action on the controller and seeing that action appearing on the screen. The Asus game fast technology makes sure that you get instant response on the screen even if the connection between your controller and console is weak. The TN panels here plays an important role in implementing Game fast Input technology because of its optimal gaming speed.
Asus has included the Eye Care Technology in the monitors as well which includes the blue low light filter as well as a flicker-free module. If you are into deep intense gaming for hours, the monitor screen could lay a lot of stress on your eyes, causing severe pain in some cases.
The blue light filter and anti-flicker module protect the eyes of the viewer from eyestrain.
You also get Asus’ exclusive Game Plus Technology along with this monitor. The Game Plus Technology is nothing but a collection of tools that help you in enhancing your gameplay. Using it is going to bring a crosshair in the middle of the screen all the time, The crosshair is available in 4 different design and helps the gamers in timing, positioning the screen in alignment with monitor and shows the number of frames that are currently appearing on the monitor screen.
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Asus VG245H Connectivity
There is no doubt in the fact that Asus VG245H was specifically designed for console gamers, but that does not mean that they have totally ignored the PC consumers fully. The monitors have a couple of HDMI ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, D-Sub/VGA port and an external output jack for connecting speakers to the monitor.
You get both HDMI cable as well as a VGA cable along with the monitor. On our testing, we would recommend you to make use of HDMI cable because it offers better clarity as well as screen resolution than VGA cables. HDMI cable is also a must if you wish to use Freesync Technology while playing video games.
One good thing about the monitor connectivity is that you get two HDMI ports. So the users can plug in both, the gaming console as well as your PC to the monitor at the same time.
Asus VG245H – Verdict
All in all, Asus VG245H monitors are really good at the price at which they are offered. It is well suited for console as well as PC gaming. You get good 75Hz refresh rate and excellent response time with this monitor. One down point of this monitor is the TN panel, but that too brings a couple of performance enhancements along with it.
Asus’ Game fast technology makes sure that the players have the best and the smoothest gaming experience on this monitor. The 1080p Full HD resolution is good and works great with PCs as well as consoles.
Both the Asus VG245H monitors are available under $200 and that is another best thing about these monitors. Other monitors with so many features cost more than $200 right now. So if you are looking for a budget gaming monitor for your PC or gaming console, Asus VG245H is definitely going to serve you well with its performance, connectivity options, and different technologies.
The Asus VG245H is available in two sized, the 24 inch as well as the 27 inch version and you can get both of them from the links below.