ASUS MG248QR Review: 1080p 144Hz eSports Gaming Monitor

ASUS MG248QR Review

Our Verdict:
The ASUS MG248QR is an excellent competitive gaming monitor. It has all the essential features required by a serious gamer like a high refresh rate, ultralow response time, and supports FreeSync technology. Its affordable price offers a great bang for the buck and makes it a good choice for competitive players with a budget.

Image Quality:
3.7/5
Ergonomics:
4.5/5
Performance:
4.5/5
Value for Money:
4/5
4.1
4.1/5

What’s Good

  • Affordable Price
  • 144Hz Refresh rate
  • Fully Ergonomic Stand
  • 1ms response time
  • FreeSync support
  • Great Value for Money

What’s Bad

  • Initial Color calibration is required

What is ASUS MG248QR?

The ASUS MG248QR is the successor of the already popular ASUS MG248Q. It solved some of the problems of its predecessor.

Its gaming performance is impressive and is perfect for serious gamers with a tight budget. Read this review of The ASUS MG248QR to know more about it.

ASUS MG248QR – Image Quality

The ASUS MG248QR is a 24-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) Gaming Monitor. It is based on a TN panel. It covers 99% 0f the sRGB color gamut and supports 8-bit color depth via dithering (6-bit + FRC). 

The out of box color accuracy of this monitor is bad. The colors look bland and the images look lifeless. The TN panels always had the worst image quality than the rest of the panels.

People choose TN panels for their excellent performance in games. Neither IPS nor VA panels come close to it in terms of performance. People compromise on the image quality for better performance when they choose TN panel monitors. 

You don’t have to live with such bad colors. You can improve the color accuracy of this monitor by simply tweaking some color settings.

Here are my best color settings for the ASUS MG248QR.

  • Brightness: 45
  • Contrast: 75
  • Saturation: 55

 Color (User):

  • Red: 96
  • Green: 94
  • Blue: 88
  • Sharpness: 80
  • Trace Free: 40
  • ASCR: Off

If you use an Nvidia Graphics card, Go to the Nvidia Control Panel and reduce the gamma to a level where you find the colors comfortable. My gamma level is at +0.75. Also, increase the digital vibrance to either +55 or +60. 

Do keep in mind that these settings vary for every monitor. These worked well for me. They are not the perfect fit but for most users, these setting should make a big difference in the color quality. 

Once you tweak the color settings, you will have a much better image quality. The images will be vibrant and the colors pop out making images look lively. The visual quality may not be on par with IPS monitors but it is more than enough to enjoy gaming.

It has a brightness level of 350-nits. This monitor is fairly bright and you will have no issues gaming on it even in a well-lit room. Its contrast ratio of 1000:1 is decent enough for gaming.

The ASUS MG248QR has narrow viewing angles. You get washed out colors when you view this monitor from different angles. All TN panels suffer from this problem. You get 170° Horizontal and 160° Vertical viewing angles. Since you will be directly facing the monitor while gaming, the narrow viewing angles won’t be a problem. 

It has a decent pixel density of 91PPI. The images and text in games will be sharp and crisp. You won’t have to deal with any kind of pixelated images that hinder your gaming experience.

The monitor we reviewed had no dead pixels on it. There was also no visible backlight bleeding. TN monitors do no suffer from issues like IPS glow that is present in IPS panels. 

The ASUS MG248QR has a matte anti-glare coating on it that handles the reflections effectively.

Overall, The ASUS MG248QR has a decent image quality once you tweak it using the above settings. You won’t feel like you’re sacrificing too much visual quality for better performance. You can enjoy super-fast gameplay with decent visuals. You will definitely be satisfied with it. 

ASUS MG248QR – Design, Ergonomics, and Connectivity

The ASUS MG248QR comes in a stylish design. It stands apart from the regular monitors and people will definitely know it is a gaming monitor once they see it. The bezels used are fairly thin. They maximize the viewing area and minimize any distractions when you use it for gaming.

There is a red joystick and four buttons present on the backside of this monitor. The joystick helps you navigate the OSD menu and the buttons help you switch between image presets.

The build quality of this monitor is excellent. The plastic used is of good quality and is durable. The backside of this monitor has a matte finish that prevents smudges. The stand has a square base and stands sturdy. Its cable management is effective.

The stand is fully ergonomic. You can adjust its height up to 130mm, Tilt the monitor by +33°/-5°, swivel it, rotate it, and also pivot it at 90°. There is also a 100x100mm VESA pattern present using which you can wall mount this monitor.

The connectivity options of the ASUS MG248QR are generous. You get DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 1, and 1x DVI-D x 1 There is also a 3.5mm Headphone Jack present. It has 2x2W built-in speakers. Like any other in-built speakers, their sound output is low. I suggest using external speakers for a better audio experience.

ASUS MG248QR – Gaming Performance

The ASUS MG248QR is an excellent gaming monitor.

The 1080p resolution is the sweet spot for competitive gaming. A decent graphics card should be enough to run games at 1080p 144Hz.

It has a refresh rate of 144Hz. You will have a buttery-smooth gaming experience. Make sure you are using a DisplayPort.

It has a 1ms response time. Its input lag is around 3ms and is perfect for competitive gaming. You will not have any issues with ghosting or motion blur in games.

The ASUS MG248QR also supports AMD’s FreeSync technology. You will not have any screen tearing, stuttering, and lagging while gaming. It also works perfectly with 10-series and later Nvidia graphics cards.

ASUS MG248QR – Features

The ASUS MG248QR has a blue light filter. You can game on it for long hours without worrying about eye strain. It is also a flicker-free monitor. You will not experience any headaches using this monitor if you’re sensitive to flickering.

The ASUS Extreme Low Motion Blur Technology reduces any kind of motion blur. You cannot use this feature along with FreeSync and the overall brightness of the monitor reduces.

GamePlus feature gives you in-game enhancements like crosshairs, FPS counters, timers that enhance your gameplay.

The ASUS GameVisual gives you six pre-calibrated image presets to view different types of content.

You can tweak the different settings of this monitor like brightness, contrast, color temperature, etc. using the OSD menu. There are also many advanced settings you can tweak.

The ASUS DisplayWidget software lets you tweak all settings of the monitor without having to use the joystick present at the back. It offers you better convenience.

Monitors similar to ASUS MG248QR

The Asus VG248QG is an excellent gaming monitor. It has impressive specs and features like 165Hz Refresh rate, G-SYNC Compatible, 1ms Ultralow response time, and Extreme Low Motion Blur technology. It is also cheaper than ASUS MG248QR. It is definitely worth looking into.

The Sceptre E248B-FPT168 is an IPS Gaming Monitor. It gives you the best of both worlds in terms of gaming performance and image quality. It supports 165Hz Refresh rate and FreeSync technology. It also costs you a lot less than the ASUS MG248QR and provides you with an excellent bang for the buck.

The Acer XF250Q is perfect for hardcore competitive gamers. It offers you a massive 240Hz refresh rate with ultralow 1ms response time. It also supports FreeSync technology. It is the go-to choice for budget competitive gamers. It will not disappoint you.

The AOC C24G1 is popular among many gamers for its affordable price and excellent performance. It is a 24-inch curved gaming monitor with all the essential gaming features like 1ms response time, 144Hz refresh rate, and FreeSync support. Its affordable price makes it a perfect bang for buck monitor.

The Acer Nitro VG240Y Pbiip is an IPS gaming monitor. It is cheaper than the ASUS MG248QR and comes with impressive features such as AMD Radeon FREESYNC Technology, 144Hz refresh rate, and 1ms VRB response time. It will not disappoint you either in its image quality or gaming performance.

ASUS MG248QR Review

ASUS MG248QR Review – Final Thoughts

The ASUS MG248QR fixed the major problems of its predecessor. It offers excellent performance in games. With a bit of color tweaking, you can also get a decent image quality. Overall, ASUS MG248QR is a great choice for gaming. Its affordable price tag makes it even more appealing.

Who should buy the ASUS MG248QR?

1.Those who want an affordable monitor for competitive gaming

2.Those who want a frameless gaming monitor for multi-monitor esports setups

ASUS MG248QR Specs

Screen Size: 24 Inches
Resolution: Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Panel Technology: TN
Refresh Rate: 144Hz
Response Time: 1ms (GtG)
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (Static)
Brightness: 350 cd/m²
Built-in Speakers: Yes (2x2W)
Adaptive Sync: FreeSync
Stand: Fully Ergonomic
VESA Compatibility: Yes (100x100mm)
Connectivity: DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 1 and 1x DVI-D x 1
Audio: 3.5mm Audio Jack
Dimensions with Stand (WxHxD): 22.10“x 14.14” x 8.31”
Weight: 11.46 lbs
ASUS MG248QR Review: 1080p 144Hz eSports Gaming Monitor

This review of the ASUS MG248QR covers everything you need to know about it. All the pros and cons are explained. Its complete specs and other alternatives are also mentioned.

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Editor's Rating:
4.1