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Asus PB248Q photos, videos and overview

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This is a little gem going under the radar as far as online resources, marketing and reviews
So based on a very favorable prad.de review (you have to pay for it or wait until june) went ahead and bought one. Built is 2nd week of january 2013

First impressions are very positive. In fact higher than expected. Not one single dead pixel. I would rate coating as medium matte (opposite to light or hard) so it´s perfectly livable. Coming from crt I would have guessed I could only accept glossy or semi glossy but I was wrong. White is a perfect white, not yellowish or reddish (out of the box)

Am in the process of proceeding to an initial burn of the screen with a swipe of rgb full screen slides when not using the pc. Yes I do believe in screen burning, it will help in consistency of decay and avoid some initial logo/fixed areas burning as all these screens are a bit sensible in the first couple hundred hours (much more care should be taken on plasma screens but I apply same principle here)

All picture modes seems quite good but I´d rather stick with one of the user for full control. Entered the available calibrated icc profile for user mode 1 and ran the windows color management calibration utility to fine tuning the gamma, brightness and contrast (gamma was set lower than default, red color channel was set 3 notches down from max)

Yes it has a slight full black screen backlight bleed more noticeable on the right lower corner but nowhere near what I´ve seen here on forum photo samples or youtube from other brands either in ips or tn. Good thing is I can turn the brightness all the way down to 0 (contrast at 75) and the BLB is kept to a minimum. This can be done because the pwm rate is soo high (+- 9.4kHz) even at brightness 0 you will not notice it and that´s a very good thing (compared to most others)

Ran some simple lagoom tests. All contrast squares are visible, the grey swipe and colors swipe is almost perfect with no banding, panel is rated for 99,7% rgb coverage. According to the lagoom flicker test best setting here is at 60 (meaning level 3 out of 5) but that can go lower for the best movie watching experience.

Watched a bit "hugo" and "batman begins" because they are very low light / grey / contrasted movies. The apparent contrast ratio is impressive. Hair shades can be seen against a dark background while the whites are still whites. Color merging at the edges is ok too.

Regarding latency and pixel response. prad rates this at overdrive level 3 out of 5 as black to white 14ms, gray is 9,8, average 12,4. Overdrive can go up 2 additional levels for a 20% reduction but surely overshoot will be noticeable. Latency was measured at a minimum of 5,1ms, average 5,9 (on overdrive level 5 of 5). This is almost tn territory.

Other added values: base is solid with no wobble, tilt height and rotation, vesa holes, has a full range of inputs (all of them - dp, dvi, vga, hdmi) and cables (less the hdmi), a 4 port usb 3 hub, power button light can be switched off and a tiny button joystick for menu functions. Has a grid alignment overlay (with programmable color) for sampling pages and photos (a4, letter, 3x5 etc)

One thing I didn´t like is menu button access laid out vertically on the side. Should be the same but laid out horizontally down below, meaning you can get your arms tired while running the menu. Also button have no lights whatsoever. This is a minor thing but could have been better

Btw differences to the upcoming PA249Q:
- Has wide gamut / adobe colorspace
- a second input PIP
- more grid overlays (full screen cms and inches, pb is a generic grid)
- no overdrive option

I´d rather have overdrive control than wide gamut so I´m happy as it is. I think this PB will be a keeper! this display is coming under the radar on most sites reviewers and forums and that´s disappointing given its perceived qualities so far
post #2 of 7
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there´s some issue with posting links here so to know more info go to

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1759059&page=2
Edited by ninogui - 5/3/13 at 8:04am
post #3 of 7
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An update

days go by and I´m very happy with this display

have been playing gw2 and its great, no lag is noticed and range of colors are great

again dunno why this one has been coming under the radar for most
the ones that bought it back here in europe are happy too and none of them sent it back

this should tell you something ?
post #4 of 7
Was just googling this monitor and from what you've said it sounds really good. Esp. the very high PWM rate so it couldn't cause any problems. Might be a weird question but how bright is it at 0%?
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Yes it´s true and I am quite happy with it, very good for gaming too.

It is very bright. In fact already a bit too bright at level 0 if you really wish to be in the 120 range of luminance level, but that´s negligible
Edited by ninogui - 5/21/13 at 12:26pm
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I'd love to buy this monitor but its no where to be found in Canada. And having a quick look at US websites doesn't yield any results either.
I'm guessing that might be part of why it went under the radar.


The PB278Q is available here but its insanely expensive for the size IMO. I actually saw it in a shop a few days ago and its BEAU-TI-FUL.
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Originally Posted by Excelsis View Post

I'd love to buy this monitor but its no where to be found in Canada. And having a quick look at US websites doesn't yield any results either.
I'm guessing that might be part of why it went under the radar.


The PB278Q is available here but its insanely expensive for the size IMO. I actually saw it in a shop a few days ago and its BEAU-TI-FUL.

Correct and thats a real shame too (specially for people that didnt get the chance to buy it lol)

278 is a different beast altogether, not the same panel whatsoever, again if you will be standing up to 1 / 1,5 meter from the screen forget about 27" or else don´t complain later lol
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