Asus PA246Q ProArt 24-Inch LCD Monitor Review

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When we heard Asus was coming out with a P-IPS display, we were a bit taken aback at the thought of Asus getting into the high end monitor game. But as the old cliche goes, there's a first time for everything, and the PA246Q ProArt 24-inch LCD monitor is Asus' first foray into the professional display market.

Every other monitor Asus has come out with has been of the TN variety, some of them very good, but there's a clear divide between what you get with an IPS panel and a TN display. The former boasts better viewing angles, much improved color accuracy, and in recent times have even proved up to the task of gaming. The latter is usually lighter on the wallet, though.



There are many kinds of In-Plane Switching panels on the market, one of the newer ones being Professional IPS (or P-IPS), as found on Asus' PA246Q. P-IPS is really a marketing derivative of H-IPS (Horizontal IPS) now commonly used to denote a 10-bit panel capable of reproducing 1.07 billion colors. Wading through all the nomenclature can be a dizzying task, but what you should take away from all this is that Asus is going for gold by using a top-of-the-line panel.

As such, the PA246Q commands a premium price, going for about $500 on the street. That's a bit on the high side even for an IPS display, though there's plenty of marketing bullets Asus hopes will help convince you to loosen your money clip. The PA246Q provides 98 percent of Adobe RGB, boasts a wide 178-degree viewing angle, a built-in 12-bit Look-Up Table (LUT), Picture-in-Picture, portrait and landscape rotation, and a QuickFit Virtual Scale so you can fit photos and documents to the exact size you need printed.

Asus PA246Q LCD Monitor
Specifications & Features

Display Size
24.1" Widescreen
Resolution
1920x1200
Aspect Ratio     
16:10
Brightness
400 cd/m2 
Contrast Ratio 
50,000:1 (ASCR)
Response Time
7 ms G-T-G (16ms)
Viewing Angle
178º (H) / 178º (V)
Display Type
P-IPS
Connectors
D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort
Power Consumption 
<75W (On), <1W (Power Savings Mode)
Speakers
No
Stand
Height, pivot, swivel, tilt
I/O Ports USB hub (1 up, 2 down), memory card reader
Dimensions (with stand)
21.8" x 14.99" x 9.25". (WxHxD) 
Weight
16.09 lbs
Included Accessories

Power cord, DVI cable, VGA cable, DisplayPort cable, USB cable, Quick Start guide, support CD, Warranty card, diagnostics report
Warranty
3 Years Parts and Labor (Limited)


Each PA246Q comes pre-calibrated out of the box so you can plug it in, turn it on, and start using it right away without futzing around with trying to fix color or geometry issues. What's more, Asus even includes a unique color calibration testing report showing sRGB, Adobe RGB, gray-scale tracking, and gamma value measurements. It's akin to receiving a custom benchmark report with an OEM system and gives you warm fuzzies that your unit's not a dud.



If this all sounds like gibberish to you, then welcome to the world of professional monitors. Whereas TN panels are typically judged by their brightness, contrast ratio, and response time, there's quite a bit more to consider with a high end display like the PA246Q. Gamers are welcome to dive in, and so are enthusiasts who demand the best hardware, but unlike TN panels, professionals such as graphic designers and those who are knee deep in CAD work stand to benefit the most from all the advanced features that sound like gobbledygook to the average Joe.
 

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omegadraco 3 years ago

Pretty... Graphics artists will probably drool over these babies. ASUS tends to be a company who can produce a quality product when they put their mind to it so I am sure these will not be an exception.

rapid1 3 years ago

I agree omega, while I don't have the experience with a monitor made with the specifications level this one has it looks very nice. The only thing which I find lacking is the refresh at 7ms. Like I said this may not matter on a professional monitor. I have installed them in many areas for professional clients. I just plugged them in and verified there operations not having to calibrate them etc, just to make sure there operational.

Why if anyone knows is the 7Ms good or is it a little lacking. I am not really even asking because of gaming. Although I might do some of that on my monitor if I had one like this, I am more concerned with video where I generally will not accept anything over 5 Ms refresh. That would also be a better more responsive measurement to me if I did decide to game on it as a default. Anything over 5 Ms in screen responsiveness can lead to dithering or lost frames in an active video picture from what I understood.

Either way it looks very nice with a large amount of capabilities. I love the adjustments, the color depth, landscape flip etc etc.!

Drake_McNasty 3 years ago

7ms isn't actually lacking for a monitor like this. The dell ultrashparp's are 6, the two hp's I looked at were 5 and 7, and I'm not sure but I think the apple cinema is 12, that seems a bit high but that is what their site says. I use the apple 23" cinema displays and I've never run into lost frames when editing video. I think it is awesome that asus is getting into the professional monitor realm, good quality and low prices equals happy customers. I really want to see a lower version of this for home use though, 1920x1200 and high rgb % is hard to come by at a lower price point.

acarzt 3 years ago

That racing stripe would PERFECTLY match my Case :-P

I think I just found a new monitor :-D

(and no, not just cuz of the racing stripe lol)

SammyHayabuza 3 years ago

I'm in love with this monitor.....I might consider a "Buy" Soon.

HHGrrl 3 years ago

Looks like a very nice monitor! Glad to see Asus is getting into this space!

inspector 3 years ago

lol, i think this is the first monitor i seen with a ruler along the sides. Of course i haven't seen all monitors out there xD. nice features it has though.

rapid1 3 years ago

Yeah I agree this will make the prices a bit more bearable in this space I would imagine.

deadmanet 3 years ago

I have to agree with you guys. Asus has always been my favorite companys. Their quality vs. price is great and their customer service(in the rare case that you actually need it) is top notch. Might have to keep an eye on this one.

DScheive 3 years ago

meh :P ive seen better monitors... like the one u win for the giveaway thats going on now :D

Aggiton 3 years ago

what are you talking about?

this is for people who use Photoshop and other software that requires extreme color accuracy.

gaming monitors are not IPS monitors - not that I know of

different task, different tool

AKwyn 3 years ago

[quote user="Aggiton"]this is for people who use Photoshop and other software that requires extreme color accuracy.[/quote]

IPS monitors are not just for that, you can also play Movies on them and be blowed away by the color accuracy, or you could play a game and be awed at the amazing as hell colors. Trust me, Movies, Pictures and Games can benefit from an IPS screen, it can benefit even more from a C-PVA screen due to the deeper black levels but at the cost of decent refresh rates (unless you're one of the few rocking an Eizo).

Hell, a CRT can have amazing color accuracy and you can still play games on this like it was nothing. Just because it's a different tool does not mean it's tasks are different.

Aggiton 3 years ago

very good point indeed
-1 for me
I tend to think of very fast refresh rates as a priority when it comes to gaming monitors (FPS for example and even 3D as of late)
as for CRTs, I am still holding on to my Mitsubishi 20" CRT for resolution and refresh rate (although at SRGB color space)
I wish I own an Eizo, used to have access to one connected to an Apple G5 (?) for you know...

I still remember just a few years ago when people mentioned how LCDs could not surpass CRTs in resolution and color
The advantages were smaller size (thinner) and lower power consumption and that it wasn't possible to have the best of both...
But once we get razor thin monitors with both expansive color space and super fast refresh (and no more dead pixels), I can safety say LCDs (w/LED lighting) has surpassed CRTs.
(only problem is viewing LCDs at different angles affect the color and brightness/contrast, at least in my opinion)

rrplay 3 years ago

definitely agree with the comment about the quality and be able to have color profiles with a CRT I  I have experienced great longevity with my Viewsonic CRT .Looks good play game great although no at high a resolution I would like but still a keeper.About the only things I had needed to do from time to time was clean it and on occasion open it up and tweak the brightness and contrast 'pots' just s hair.Some folks just pitch them when the CRT screens seem to fade over time.Without knowing that a few minutes spent 'tweaking' will give the monitor a much longer lifespan.

I definitely will be looking very carefully this year to upgrading this monitor, not really sure that i would need a pro featured monitor such as this, but looking to upgrade with at least a high quality 24"++ that's has enough flexibility  that I will not experience 'eye-fatigue'.as I have with some.

AKwyn 3 years ago

[quote user="Aggiton"]But once we get razor thin monitors with both expansive color space and super fast refresh (and no more dead pixels), I can safety say LCDs (w/LED lighting) has surpassed CRTs[/quote]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_light-emitting_diode

This technology surpasses LCD's and CRT's but is currently jack expensive.

Still, those bullet points look tempting. I'll be waiting for a day when we can replace our TV's and Computer Monitors with glorious high-res OLED.

Aggiton 3 years ago

ah, OLEDs
great potential with some companies currently showing off translucent displays
we still need more time for this technology to mature

ppludoc 3 years ago

Amen to that

Regards

pplu

jimmyjamesros 3 years ago

I have this monitor now and it is amazing, completely worth the money.

JKrueck 3 years ago

I was liking what I was reading till I saw the $500 price tag. :-/ Sounded like something to get my wife but just can't afford that price. :(

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