ASUS PA249Q Pro IPS Monitor Review

ASUS PA249Q Pro IPS Monitor

Introduction

Monitors tend to be the red-headed stepchild amongst the hardware suite. We spend hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds to have the fastest, smoothest, most gorgeous media and gaming experience available. Then buy the cheapest 1080P monitor it’s possible to get to display it all.

This is compounded by the vast increase in the availability of digital media creation. We all own a digital camera of some type, even if it’s just the one on your phone, and with social media now a part of daily life it most of us share family gatherings, our ‘look at how rich I am’ purchases, selfies or even just pictures of our coffee. As well as this the explosion in affordable, or even free, creation tools such as GIMP and the monster popularity of websites such as Worth1000 or DeviantArt has meant that ever more of us are using our systems as a means of creation rather than just playing.

Quite why we feel that the thing we look at, the result of all our expensive tinkering and graphics card choices, the only output we have, should be the one area that we can cut corners on is unfathomable. Whether it’s just gaming, or content creation, you want the best possible image fidelity and colour reproduction. Having accurate colour reproduction is vital in design because you want to be certain that everyone who sees your work, and/or the print copy, perfectly matches your vision.

You could purchase a hugely expensive calibration kit and attempt to manually calibrate your monitor, but unless you’ve brought a decent model to begin with then it would only be an exercise in frustration. ASUS have neatly solved this problem with the PA249Q, a monitor that not only has an IPS panel but comes with a genuine factory calibration and proof of such.

Technical Specifications

The PA249Q has everything you could desire in a monitor when it comes to features. The 1920×1200 resolution allows you extra screen space when working on HD images. The pixel pitch is small which enhances the crispness of the resolution. Whilst we know that brightness and contrast are always inflated because big numbers attract people who don’t know how little stock to put in them, the incredible colour accuracy shows that the PA249Q retains definition rather than just blowing out highlights and losing all shadow detail.

Display Panel Size: Wide Screen 24.1″(61.13cm) 16:10
Panel Type : AH-IPS
True Resolution : 1920×1200
Pixel Pitch : 0.270mm
Brightness(Max) : 350 cd/㎡
ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio (ASCR) : 80000000:1
Viewing Angle (CR≧10) : 178°(H)/178°(V)
Response Time : 6ms (Gray to Gray)
Display Colors : 1073.7M (10bit)
Video Features Trace Free Technology
SPLENDID Video Intelligence Technology
SPLENDID Video Preset Modes : 7 Modes (Adobe RGB Mode/sRGB Mode/Scenery Mode/Theater Mode/Standard Mode/User Mode)
Color Temperature Selection : 4 Modes
Color Accuracy : △E≦ 3
Gamma adjustment : Yes (Support Gamma 2.2/1.8 )
Color Adjustment : 6-axis adjustment(R,G,B,C,M,Y)
QuickFit (modes) : Yes ( Modes)
Picture-in-Picture
Picture-by-Picture
HDCP support
Hotkeys SPLENDID Video Preset Mode Selection
Auto. Adjustment
Input Selection
QuickFit
Dual Customizable OSD Shortcuts
IO Ports Signal Input : HDMI , D-Sub, DisplayPort, DVI-D
Audio Output : 1.4
Earphone jack : 3.5mm Mini-Jack
USB Port(s) : 1 x upstream, 4 x downstream
Signal Frequency Analog Signal Frequency : 30~83 KHz(H)/ 50~76 Hz(V)
Digital Signal Frequency : 30~83 KHz(H)/ 50~76 Hz(V)
Power Consumption Power Consumption(Typical):
Power Saving Mode:
Power Off Mode:0W (hard switch )
Voltage:100–240V, 50/60 Hz
Mechanical Design Chassis Colors : Black
Tilt : -5°~+20°
Swivel : Yes
Pivot : Yes
Height Adjustment : Yes
VESA Wall Mounting : 100x100mm
Dimensions With Stand :557.2×416.3x235mm
Without Stand :557.2×362.8x62mm (For VESA Wall Mount)
Box :681x439x292mm
Weight Net Weight (Esti.):6.6kg
Gross Weight (Esti.):10.4kg
Accessories Cable tie
DVI cable
VGA cable
Power cord
DisplayPort cable
USB 3.0 cable
Quick start guide
Support CD
Warranty Card
Color pre-calibration report