My Ultimate Asus VG248QE Review – Best Budget 144hz Monitor for Gaming?

If you are looking for a great quality budget 144Hz gaming monitor then look no further than the ASUS VG248QE. While it does cut a couple of corners (USB ports and little things), it is a remarkably complete sub $300 144 Hz monitor; even to this day. The monitor was originally released in 2013 but has become a mainstay of professional gamers and weekend warriors alike. I have been using it for about a month now and love it. A perfect monitor for those who haven't made the leap to 144Hz yet. It is relatively cheap and provides enough features; you won’t be missing anything that your previous monitor had. Or at least, you won’t miss it too badly. The monitor has plenty of display ports, a headphone jack, and some solid viewing angles. Since it is a TN panel the colours and viewing angles won’t be as good as a IPS but are certainly good enough for most users needs. You won’t be able to take full advantage of the beauty of the Andromeda Galaxy in Mass Effect Andromeda or share a movie with a friend. When looking at this monitor from the side you will notice a drop in colour quality; but if you are using the monitor for gaming, then it is a perfect sub $300 option. You may notice the emphasis on sub $300. If you have a larger budget then there are much better options out there for you, obviously. However, for anyone looking to get a decently cheap 144Hz monitor. This your best option.

My Ultimate ASUS VG248QE Review: Is it the Best Budget 144hz Monitor for Gaming?

What’s Inside the Box?

Asus VG248QE 144hz Budget Gaming Monitor

First opening the box of a monitor still makes my heart skip a beat. I don’t know what it is, but I have it with any computer component, especially monitors. This one was no different. The glossy black monitor isn’t the best-looking monitor that I have ever seen; but it isn’t ugly either. Opening the box I right away noticed that there wasn’t as many cables as there should have been. You are getting only a DVI cable with this monitor. If you want to use any of the other video inputs, such as HDMI, then you are on your own. The monitor has HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI-D connectors but only provides the cables for the latter of those 3. While this isn’t a deal breaker, it is not something that would happen if you buy a more expensive monitor.

Moving on to the feel of the monitor.

Asus VG248QE Gaming Monitor 144hz

It feels surprisingly sturdy, for a sub $300 monitor. Most monitors come in a suitcase style box but this one came in a traditional box that is very large; giving plenty of room for lots of bubble wrap and packing peanuts. I had no problems with the monitor when I took it out of the box. No DOA pixels or any other issues. This was surprising considering the different style of box, I was anticipating issues but didn’t have any. Luckily.

Installing the monitor consists of screwing the base onto the rest of the monitor with the provided wingnut. In the box you also get a user’s manual, some drivers, an 1/8” audio plug, and an IEC power cable. Standard stuff. You don’t get a cable for every input that you have.

Once the monitor was on my desk I began to think about how I was going to manage my cables, and which output to use. I ended up using DisplayPort from a cable that I had laying around. There is a little red cable organizer on the back of the stand, it adds a little flare to an otherwise industrial looking monitor. Not that industrial is bad.

The monitor comes with speakers that won’t be bringing you great bass but are fine for watching some Romantic Comedies. You are much better off with headphones or a standalone sound system.

Since I wasn’t using the monitors speakers I could avoid using the audio cable so the cable organizer only had to deal with 2 cables. The power and DisplayPort. While it wasn’t a big deal to have those 2 cables hanging off of the back, it is nice that the monitor was able to hide them from my view. It makes any pictures for /r/battlestations sleeker. With the monitor set up and installed I took a look at how it felt to use. Not how it performed, but how it felt.

It felt good.

Asus have made a monitor that has every degree of adjustment that anyone would need. It goes up and down, right and left, forward and backward, and it even flips to portrait mode. The monitor flips more directions than a gymnast.

You can plug and play this monitor, but you might want to take some time to set it up properly on your desk.

Recommended Read: The Ultimate Guide to Choose the Best Gaming Monitor

Asus VG248QE Features and Specifications

The big selling point of this monitor is the fact that it has a 144 Hz refresh rate. For the uninitiated, a higher refresh rate means the monitors image updates 144 times per second as opposed to the standard 60 Hz, or 60 times per second. This gives you a faster reaction time, the difference between virtual life and death.

Asus VG248QE 144Hz Gaming Monitor Specifications

Asus VG248QE 24-inch 27-inch 144hz
  • 1 DisplayPort
  • 1 DVI Cable
  • 1 HDMI
  • 1 ms GTG response time
  • 144 Hz refresh rate
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 24-inch / 27-inch
  • 1920x1080 resolution
  • 2 2W speakers
  • 24" screen
  • TN Panel

Asus VG248QE Review and Detailed Information

Going through these features, there isn’t anything special. It is a 1080p monitor that has the most basic of functionalities. It isn’t the flashiest monitor and doesn’t have all the bells and whistles but for a solid price you can still get a 144Hz monitor. That is the most important part of this monitor. To know more about other high end gaming monitors, you should check out our ultimate guide to choose the best gaming monitor.

Video Inputs

The video inputs are what you need to display 144 Hz. Not every input can handle the amount of data needed to update the screen every 144 seconds. To make use of the 144 Hz you need to use the provided DVI-D cable, or a DisplayPort cable. However, you need to buy that DisplayPort cable yourself as it is not provided with the monitor. It isn’t a big deal which input method you use, DisplayPort and DVI-D both work fine for 144 Hz but HDMI won’t be able to transfer the data fast enough. The inputs are fine and nothing about them is special.

Resolution

A 1080 resolution is pretty standard, especially for 144 Hz. There are few monitors that are getting 1440 resolution with 144 Hz. And those monitors are all much more expensive. This resolution is good enough for the requirement of most people. There is no way that you will find a 144 Hz monitor with a 1440p resolution for anywhere near this price. Those monitors are much more costly. Personally, there isn’t a reason to upgrade to a 1440p monitor yet. It just isn’t worth the money; it looks great but then I would need to upgrade all my components for a little bit more clarity. But not a whole lot.

For anyone who doesn’t know; resolution is how many unique pixels you can fit into the screen. It is usually written with 2 numbers, in this case it would be 1920x1080. We just write 1080 because it is a shorter, easier version. 1440 is also known as 2560x1440.

Speed

The ASUS VG248QE is built for speed as evidenced by the 144 Hz refresh rate AND the 1 ms Gray to Gray response time. The GTG response time is how quickly the individual pixels can change their colour values and go back again. The lower the number the faster the change. A faster GTG value means you will have less ghosting from the monitor and smoother images when they have to change colours (all the time). If you are playing FPS’s or other similarly fast paced games, you want to have a low GTG response time. Otherwise you might experience ghosting.

Ghosting is when the image moves so fast that the monitor cannot change the pixels fast enough so it looks there is a version of the image still on the screen. Or a ghost. It can be annoying, but shouldn’t affect your gameplay. However, it is certainly not something you want your monitor to do. It is a serious quality of life issue.

Luckily, this monitor is so fast that it shouldn’t be an issue.

Speakers

The ASUS VG248QE has 2 speakers built in, but if you want to actually hear your sound then you should get a separate speaker system. You do not want these speakers to be your only sound system. They are great for if you are building a PC and haven’t had time to pick up a system yet. But they sound quite tiny.

They aren’t actually bad, for monitor speakers. But even a $20 investment at your local Radio Shack will give you better sounding speakers, exponentially better sound.

Conclusion

This monitor is one of the best monitors you can get, for its price. In fact it is better than some monitors that cost $200 more. While it lacks in features such as USB ports and charging stations. And it doesn’t have a fancy looking bezel. But it is the embodiment of the idea that it is what is under the hood that matters. That something doesn’t have to look fancy to be good.

While reviewing the monitor, I was presented with a rare opportunity. It was a beautiful sunny day and I had to work from home. So I decided to make the best of both worlds. I took my entire gaming setup outside to my balcony. I fully expected this not to work due to glare. However, it did. Asus has given this monitor some great brightness and contrast numbers making it perfect for gamers who game in different environments e.g. LAN parties or your balcony.

Asus has also seen fit to give the monitor a 3 year warranty so that if you get any broken parts you can get a new monitor. But, people have reported issues with Asus’ customer service. Since I did not get any dead pixels or otherwise defect parts of the monitor, I cannot personally attest to these reports.

TN panels are notorious for having horrible viewing angles. On some monitors you get horrible colour distortion when looking at the monitor anywhere except head on. The ASUS VG248QE has superb viewing angles from the side but the vertical angles are atrocious. Which is to be expected from a TN panel. The horizontal viewing angles are perfect for anyone looking to create a multi monitor surround set up. But, the vertical viewing angles make it awful to use as a monitor above you.

The atrocious viewing angles are acceptable considering the fact that the monitor is designed for the gamers whose reaction times are faster than what current monitors can handle.

So, What Are My Final Views on the Asus VG248QE?


Asus VG248QE 24-inch Gaming Monitor 144hz

Frankly, this is one of the best monitors on the market now. It isn’t high end, beyond the 144 Hz, but the core of the monitor is so good that it makes up for any flaws the monitor may have. ASUS didn’t skimp on any part of the monitor, giving us a barebones performing machine. It gives uncompromising performance that is sure to make even the pickiest gamer happy. This monitor came out in 2013 and it blew peoples minds when it first came out. Forums such as Toms Hardware were abuzz when the reviews of this monitor came out. As soon as people realized what this monitor had accomplished it became a hot item. And it still is. For good reason. This monitor, 4 years later, is still one of the best monitors that you can buy. There are few bargains like this one. Few monitors offer such uncompromising performance for such a low price.

My only gripe with the features are the speakers. It would be better if Asus would get rid of them and lower the cost or add some USB ports. That would make my cable management much easier.

Currently this is one of the most barebones monitor on the market and it has been a complete and utter joy to use. There are few things in the world that make me as happy as a monitor that is this well engineered.

There is one negative to this monitor.

It doesn’t have any ‘sync technology in it. There are 3 kinds of ‘sync tech, V-Sync, Freesync, and G-Sync. This monitor has none. However, at this price point it is expected that the monitor wouldn’t have them. The lack of syncing technology means that there is occasional screen tearing. But in all the hours that I logged on this monitor I didn’t experience a single instance of screen tearing.

60 Hz vs 144Hz Refresh Rate on Gaming Monitors


The most recent gaming fad is 144 Hz monitors. However, there are some things to keep in mind before you make the upgrade to a 144 Hz monitor. Most notably it would be the fact that you have to be running games at that FPS. If you run all your games at 60 FPS then there is no point in upgrading to a higher Hz monitor since you won’t be able to take advantage of the higher refresh rate.

​144Hz is how often the screen redraws itself per second. Historically it has been locked at 60 FPS but recently manufacturers have managed to get those numbers up to 144 Hz. And now in 2017 there are companies that reportedly have gotten even higher numbers. You can only notice this difference if your Graphics card is sending more than 60 FPS to the monitor. Otherwise you will still be bottlenecked by your graphics card.

Asus VG248QE vs. Other Similar Monitors (Comparisons)

When you looking at buying a monitor the first thing you should do is figure out what you want. Then find all the monitors that suits your needs and compare them. Here I would like to do the comparisons for you. We take a look at monitors that are similar to this one, in price and in features. May the best monitor win.

#1: Asus VG278HV

ASUS VG278HV 27-inch 144hz Gaming Monitor
  • 27”
  • 144 Hz
  • 1080p
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x dual-link DVI
  • 1x D-sub
  • VESA mount compatible
  • 1 ms GTG response time
  • Built in 3W speakers
  • 1x Audio output

This is the big brother variant of the Asus VG248QE. It is a 27” 144 Hz monitor that gives you a larger screen with the same speed as the smaller variant. But this larger screen comes with a larger price tag. Obviously. The extra 3 inches cost you about a $100 extra. Some would say it is worth it and other wouldn’t. This depends on your budget and what you feel comfortable spending; but if you want a larger screen with the same speed then the Asus VG278HV is the one to get.

#2: Acer GN246HL Bbid

Acer GN276HL bid Full HD Gaming Monitor
  • 24”
  • 144 Hz
  • 1080p
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x DVI
  • 1x VGA
  • VESA mount compatible
  • 1 ms GTG response time
  • 1x Audio output

This is another low budget 144Hz monitor. The difference between this monitor and our Asus VG248QE is about $50 and a lot of quality. The Asus model has better brightness, better contrast, better quality, and just as fast specifications.

If you are looking at the online specifications of the 2 monitors, they seem identical. However, Asus put more effort into making sure the base product was good. The little things, such as contrast, backlight leakage, brightness, and color gamuts are much better on the Asus. The Acer also suffers from horrible viewing angles. Both vertically and horizontally. This would make it a tough monitor to use in a multi monitor setup.

#3: BenQ ZOWIE XL2411

BenQ ZOWIE XL2411 1080P 24-inch LED Gaming Monitor
  • 24”
  • 144 Hz
  • 1080p
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x Dual-link DVI
  • VESA mount compatible
  • 1 ms GTG response time
  • 1x audio output
  • 1x audio input

This monitor is the only one on this list that I would say is truly comparable to the Asus VG248QE. It is of similar price and from a solid company. The build quality is nearly as good and it as the same specifications but has a couple more features.

The price is slightly higher but only by approximately $30. And for that extra money you get some USB ports. For the rest, the 2 monitors are equal in speed and resolution. The sizes are the same and they are both made by great companies. Deciding between the 2 is a tough choice. It comes down to brands, and personally I would go for the BenQ. But that is only because they support eSports more than Asus.

Acer XF240H bmjdpr

Acer XF240H bmjdpr Full HD FreeSync 144hz Gaming Monitor
  • 24”
  • 144 Hz
  • 1080p
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x Dual-Link DVI
  • 1x DisplayPort
  • VESA mount compatible
  • 1 ms GTG response time
  • AMD Freesync

This monitor is slightly cheaper than the Asus VG248QE and offers the same speeds, but, like the other Acer monitor, doesn’t offer as good build quality. What Acer sometimes seems to forget is that a monitor has to be good at the things you can’t market before you can add marketable features.

Asus managed to build a monitor that had great color gamut, great contrast, nearly no back light leakage, stunning brightness, and solid viewing angles. In a TN panel. It isn’t sexy to put those facts into a marketing campaign, but they are what separate good monitors from great monitors.

Acer doesn’t seem interested in those facts. They seem to not care about the little things. The backbone of the monitor. They want flashy buzzwords such as 144 Hz, or AMD Freesync. And while AMD Freesync is an awesome feature. You need to the base to be good. And this one isn’t as good as the Asus.

But if having Freesync, or G-sync, on a 144 Hz is a must for you then this is the monitor to get. The basics aren’t too bad, just not as good as the Asus, and it is a fast monitor. Its price does clock in at cheaper than the Asus, which is saying something considering that this monitor comes with AMD’s Freesync.

Conclusion - ASUS VG248QE Gets the Gaming Buff Seal of Approval

The Asus VG248QE is a great monitor for its price that will offer you insane speeds and some of the best specifications of any monitor released that year. In fact, any monitor released so far. Not only that, but the monitor is a complete joy to use. Playing CS:GO at 144 Hz per second makes the game easier for some reason. As the entry gunner I used to get maybe 50 Hp damage before dying. Now I would be able to get headshots and subsequently kills. My reaction time was faster, or at least, felt faster.

The resolution is adequate. Sure it isn’t 1440p or 4K but it is a solid enough resolution for a 24” screen. If you are itching for more screen realty you can buy a couple more of these and mount them side by side. The monitor is VESA compatible meaning you can mount on any VESA mount.

Overall, it's the BEST gaming monitor right now under $300. The features and specifications it offers at that price point is so good to be true. Furthermore, it's one of the most popular monitors in the gaming community. With over 1700 5-star reviews on Amazon, most of its buyers and users only have good to speak about the monitor. The ASUS VG248QE certainly deserves the Gaming Buff seal of approval. In fact, we have decided to give it a 5-star rating ourselves. If you have decided to get this awesome monitor for yourself, you can get the best deal on it using the link provided below!

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