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ASUS VG245H Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jul 20, 2018 at 09:20 am
ASUS VG245H Picture
Test Methodology v1.0
7.0
Mixed Usage
6.7
Office
8.0
Gaming
6.6
Multimedia
6.8
Media Creation
5.3
HDR Gaming
Size 24"
Resolution 1920x1080
Refresh Rate 75 Hz
LCD Type
TN
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The ASUS VG245H is a 1080p monitor with a TN panel which is great for gaming, but only decent for mixed usage. It has mediocre picture quality as blacks appear gray in a dark room, and the viewing angle is very bad so the sides of the screen look washed out when viewed from up close. The 75Hz refresh rate makes it feel a bit more responsive than other 60Hz monitors for gaming.

Our Verdict

7.0 Mixed Usage

The ASUS VG245H is a decent monitor for mixed usage. It can get bright to be used in an average lit office and its response time will please most gamers. However, it does not support HDR and it is not good for use in a dark room.

See our Mixed Usage recommendations
6.7 Office

Decent monitor for office use. Good resolution support, but poor viewing angles so if two people are looking at the monitor the one looking from the side does experience a degraded picture quality. Fortunately, the ergonomics are excellent so you can simply rotate it to accommodate for your colleague. Its decent brightness allows you to place it in average lit-environments and the gray uniformity will not cause you many issues when browsing the web.

See our Office recommendations
8.0 Gaming

This monitor is a gaming monitor and it performs very well as such. It has a fast response time, low input lag and supports FreeSync which will help you avoid tearing in very demanding graphics games. It is a monitor that gamers will enjoy.

See our Gaming recommendations
6.6 Multimedia

The multimedia performance of this monitor is decent. It supports the most common resolution of 1080p and has a very low input lag that makes it feel very responsive. Reflection handling is very good, but the viewing angles are good only if you are directly in from of the monitor and this might disturb some.

See our Multimedia recommendations
6.8 Media Creation

The media creation of this monitor is decent. It supports the most common resolution of 1080p which is basic for media creation. It has excellent ergonomics and low input lag but will not get too bright to be suitable for a very bright environment. On the other hand, the colors are very accurate and this is great for media editing.

See our Media Creation recommendations
5.3 HDR Gaming

The ASUS VG245H doesn't support HDR and does not have local dimming or wide color gamut. This is common for most monitors. For a monitor that supports HDR, you should look for more high-end ones like the Samsung CHG70.

See our HDR Gaming recommendations
  • 7.0 Mixed Usage
  • 6.7 Office
  • 8.0 Gaming
  • 6.6 Multimedia
  • 6.8 Media Creation
  • 5.3 HDR Gaming
Pros
  • Fast response time
  • Low input lag
Cons
  • Bad viewing angles. When viewed from in-front the edges appear non-uniform.
  • Mediocre picture quality
  1. Update 1/15/2019: We tested the monitor's compatibility with NVIDIA's new FreeSync driver. See our full investigation into NVIDIA's FreeSync Drivers here.

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24" VG245H
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Test Results

Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve radius N/A
Weight (without stand)
6.4 lbs (2.9 kg)
Weight (with stand)
11.5 lbs (5.2 kg)

The design of the ASUS VG245H is good. It has a sturdy stand that supports the monitor well with excellent ergonomic adjustments that allow you to place the monitor in almost any position to suit your needs. The build quality is good and will not cause any problems. 

Design
Stand
Width
10.9" (27.7 cm)
Depth
8.3" (21.1 cm)

The stand is plastic but feels very stable. It provides good support to the monitor and there is a hole in the stand for cable management.

9.0
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Switch portrait/landscape Yes
Swivel Range -90° to 90°
Tilt Range -32.5° to 5°

The range of ergonomic adjustments is excellent. You can adjust the monitor to almost any position you want to match your working preferences so that you have a comfortable setup.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

The back of the monitor is plastic with a nice V pattern that allows for the vents to spread evenly across the height and width of the screen. If you want to detach the stand to VESA mount the monitor, remove the base, then remove the screws on the hinge and remove the hinge.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.7" (1.8 cm)

The borders, just like the rest of the monitor, are plastic. They are not too thin, but this gives a sturdy feel to the whole design.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
5.7" (14.5 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
1.9" (4.8 cm)

The monitor has an average thickness when viewed from the side and will not protrude much if you VESA mount it. The small footprint of the stand means that you can place it close to a wall.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The built quality of the ASUS VG245HE is great. It is sturdy and feels very solid and stable. You will not have any built issues with it.

Picture Quality
6.4
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1277 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The contrast of the ASUS VG245HE is decent. In dark rooms, blacks are not very deep and they look grayish but in brighter rooms, you should have no problem.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

The ASUS VG245H does not have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only.

7.4
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
285 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
235 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
306 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
304 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
303 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
302 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
234 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
304 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
303 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
302 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
301 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.018

Decent SDR brightness. The screen sustains the brightness at almost all window sizes except when there are small highlights that look dimmer.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
N/A
HDR ABL
N/A

HDR is not supported.

5.0
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Left
27 °
Color Shift from Right
25 °
Brightness from Left
46 °
Brightness from Right
44 °
Black Level from Left
20 °
Black Level from Right
18 °
Curve Radius N/A

The horizontal viewing angles are poor. Blacks wash out first as soon as you move from the center axis and colors lose accuracy right after. Finally as you move away from the center the brightness starts to diminish.

4.2
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Shift from Below
11 °
Color Shift from Above
32 °
Brightness from Below
14 °
Brightness from Above
38 °
Black Level from Below
19 °
Black Level from Above
4 °

The vertical viewing angles are bad. When you look from above the whole image has changed. Blacks have faded, colors have shifted and the brightness is gone. The situation does not look any better if you look at the monitor from below. This is typical behavior of TN panels.

7.4
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
9.053 %
50% DSE
0.118 %
5% Std. Dev.
1.589 %
5% DSE
0.070 %

The gray uniformity is decent, but the clouding is evenly spread throughout the screen and you will probably not observe a dirty screen effect when browsing the net. In our image where the edges look darker, it is due the to the poor viewing angles and not due to the gray uniformity.

3.8
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
3.441 %
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Bad black uniformity for this ASUS VG245H. Unfortunately, this monitor cannot produce uniform blacks and thus dark scenes will look cloudy.

8.8
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Luminance
304 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
100
Contrast Setting
80
RGB controls
(User) 100-100-100
Color Temperature
6494 K
White Balance dE
1.08
Color dE
2.17
Gamma
2.23

Remarkable out of the box accuracy for the Asus VG245H. The Racing Mode was the best out of the box picture mode and gave us very low white balance dE and color dE values, and a Gamma of 2.23 which is very close to our target of 2.2. Therefore most people will not notice any color inaccuracy with the out-of-the-box settings of the monitor.

9.4
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Luminance
99 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
20
Contrast Setting
79
RGB Controls
(User) 97-100-98
Color Temperature
6542 K
White Balance dE
0.55
Color dE
0.89
Gamma
2.16

Excellent color accuracy was obtained after the calibration. The calibration was done on the Racing Mode, even though this mode lacks control over the 'Saturation' setting and the 'Skin tone' setting, which for most people should not be very useful. After the calibration, the White Balance dE and the Color dE were reduced further, so it is highly unlikely that at these levels anyone will be able to notice any inaccuracies, and the Gamma was lowered to 2.16 which is still close to our 2.2 target.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here.

8.2
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
93.7 %
Adobe RGB xy
70.4 %

This ASUS VG245HE has a great color gamut. It covers almost all of the s.RBG color space and about 70% of the Adobe RBG color space. You should have no problem with the colors of this monitor during most uses, but it isn't enough to edit colors in the Adobe RGB color space.

7.2
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB in ICtCp
78.3 %
Adobe RGB in ICtCp
65.8 %

The SDR color volume coverage is ok. This monitor can produce rich colors but not at all darkness levels. Therefore some colors might look dim as they cannot get bright in darker shades.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
N/A
Rec. 2020 xy
N/A

HDR is not supported.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 in ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 in ICtCp
N/A

HDR is not supported.

10
Picture Quality
Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00 %
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00 %

Perfect score on our image retention test for the ASUS VG245H as no retention was measured on our image analysis.

7.9
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

The gradient test images shows very well on the ASUS VG245H. A few little color issues can be noticed in the darker grayscale and the green and blue, but this does not cause significant banding and the result is very good.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel row error
0.000 %
Pixel column error
0.000 %

Perfect score in color bleed. Nearby colors are not affected by large uniform shades which is good for accuracy.

7.5
Picture Quality
Reflections

The reflection handling of the ASUS VG245H is very good. The light matte filter diffuses reflections across the screen. This technique reduces their intensity, but increases the size of direct reflections, and might be an issue in very bright rooms.

Motion
9.3
Motion
Motion Blur
80% Response Time
2.8 ms
100% Response Time
13.5 ms
Best Overdrive Setting
80

Trace Free Off
Trace Free 20
Trace Free 40
Trace Free 60
Trace Free 80
Trace Free 100

The response time on the VG245H is excellent. This results in very little blur around fast-moving objects, which is great for gaming. The Trace Free 80 option is the most balanced and provides the best response time without adding any significant overshoot.

7.5
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
No
BFI Maximum Frequency
N/A
BFI Minimum Frequency
N/A

Just like almost all monitors the ASUS VG245H does not flicker its backlight to reduce brightness. This is good for smoother motion and those who are sensitive to flicker, but flicker is useful otherwise to clear up persistence blur in fast motion.

8.1
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
75 Hz
Factory Overclock
N/A
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync
G-SYNC Compatible
No
VRR Maximum
75 Hz
VRR Minimum
40 Hz
VRR Maximum With OC
N/A
VRR Supported Connectors HDMI

The Asus VG245H has a native refresh rate of 75Hz and this is good for most usages including gaming. It supports variable refresh rate through the FreeSync implementation and this is great for gamers.

Update 01/15/2019: Unfortunately, the VG245H is not compatible with NVIDIA's FreeSync implementation, as it does not have a DisplayPort connection.

Inputs
9.2
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
6.7 ms
Non-Native Res @ Native Refresh
7.1 ms
Native Resolution @ 60 Hz
8.7 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
7.0 ms
10 bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
N/A

Non-native resolution tested: 1280 x 1024

Excellent low input lag on this ASUS VG245H. Unfortunately most resolutions cannot be displayed at 75Hz, only 1080p, 1280 x 1024 and a few others can. This is usually not a problem since most graphics cards will just upscale to 1080p without you even knowing.

7.1
Inputs
Resolution and Size
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Megapixels 2.1 MP
Pixel Density 92 PPI
Screen Diagonal 24.0 inches
Screen Area 246 sq inches

The Asus VG245H monitor has the very common FHD 1080p as native resolution and 24" size, thus resulting in the usual 92 PPI pixel density.

Inputs
Inputs

All of the inputs are on the back of the monitor. Note the lack of DisplayPort.

Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort No
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 2 (HDMI 1.4)
DVI No
VGA 1
DisplayPort Out No
USB No
USB C No
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Microphone In 3.5mm 1
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply External Brick

The total inputs for this monitor are pretty basic. Note that it is not equipped with a DisplayPort which is uncommon.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
Yes
HDR10 No
Multiple input display
No

The monitor comes equipped with the following gaming features:

  • Crosshair
  • Timer
  • Fps counter
  • Display alignment (which just displays markers around the edges of the screen)

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)

The on-screen display is well-organized, quite intuitive and easy to use.

Features
Controls

This monitor features a joystick that allows you to easily navigate the menus. All controls (buttons and joystick) are situated on the back of the monitor.

Features
In The Box

  • Manual and drivers
  • Power cable
  • HDMI cable
  • VGA cable
  • 3.5mm aux cable

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 24" (VG245H) which is the only size of this monitor available.  There are other variants within the Asus gaming range which differ in design, size, and refresh rate. 

Model Size Native Resolution Refresh rate Notes
VG248QE 24" 1080p 144Hz Lightboost support
VG245H 24" 1080p 75Hz FreeSync support
VG278Q 27" 1080p 144Hz FreeSync support
VG275Q 25" 1080p 75Hz FreeSync support

 

Compared to other monitors

Comparison picture

Left: BenQ XL2540. Middle: ASUS VG245H. Right: ASUS PB277Q
Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The ASUS VG245H is great for gaming due to the FreeSync variable refresh rate support. See our recommendations for the best monitors under $200, the best FreeSync monitors, and the best gaming monitors under $200.

ASUS VG248QE
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The ASUS VG248QE is marginally better than the ASUS VG245H. The VG248QE has a higher refresh rate, which is great for gaming. The VG245H has a slightly more versatile stand, and it supports FreeSync VRR. There is also a difference in ports; the VG245H has two HDMI 1.4 ports, whereas the VG248QE has 1 HDMI 1.4 port and one DisplayPort 1.2 port, which could be a factor depending on the devices you wish to connect.

Acer XF251Q
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Newegg.com

The Acer XF251Q is slightly better than the ASUS VG245H. Both models are 75Hz TN monitors, with FreeSync support. Both offer very similar performance, but the XF251Q we reviewed had better black uniformity and much better color volume. The ASUS VG245H is much more accurate out of the box, but a few setting changes on the XF251Q can correct this.

LG 24MP59G-P
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Newegg.com

The ASUS VG245H is slightly better than the LG 24MP59G-P, unless wide viewing angles are important to you. The ASUS VG245H has a TN panel, and it has an outstanding fast response time, so motion looks very clear with little motion blur. The ASUS also has an outstanding stand with excellent ergonomics, so it's much easier to place it in an ideal viewing position. The LG 24MP59G has an IPS panel, so it has much wider viewing angles, great for sharing your screen with other people.

ViewSonic XG2402
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B&H

The ViewSonic XG2402 is much better than the ASUS VG245H. The XG2402 has a higher refresh rate, and a wider FreeSync range, ensuring a more fluid, tear-free gaming experience. The ViewSonic also has a better response time, so fast-moving objects appear clear with no blur trail. The ViewSonic also has much better color volume, although it has worse native contrast.

ASUS VG279Q
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B&H

The ASUS VG279Q is much better than the ASUS VG245H. The VG279Q has a larger screen, much higher refresh rate, and much better viewing angles. The VG279Q also has better gray uniformity, can get much brighter, and has an optional black frame insertion feature.

Dell S2419HGF
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B&H

The Dell S2419HGF is a bit better than the ASUS VG245H. The Dell has a much faster refresh rate, which is great for a smoother gaming experience. The Dell is also more versatile when it comes to connectivity, as it supports DisplayPort and HDMI and has two USB 3.0 ports. The ASUS, on the other hand, has only one HDMI port and a VGA port for compatibility with older setups.

BenQ Zowie XL2411P
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B&H

The BenQ Zowie XL2411P is a bit better than the ASUS VG245H. The XL2411P has a faster refresh rate, resulting in smoother overall motion, even though the VG245H has a slightly faster response time. The XL2411P also has an optional black frame insertion feature, resulting in even clearer motion. The VG245H, on the other hand, supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, resulting in a nearly tear-free gaming experience.

ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q
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Newegg.com

The ASUS ROG PG279Q is significantly better than the ASUS VG245H. The ROG has a larger, higher-resolution screen, and faster refresh rate. The ROG also has better gray uniformity and wider viewing angles. Motion looks better on the PG279Q due to the faster response time and the optional Black Frame Insertion feature. The stand on the VG245H is slightly better, as the ergonomic adjustments have a slightly wider range.

HP Pavilion 22CWA
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Newegg.com

The HP 22CWA is an IPS monitor and has much better viewing angles that are good in wide rooms when you look at the image from the side. On the other hand, the ASUS VG245H has a TN type panel and the image degrades at the slightest deviation from the center. The ASUS VG245H has significantly better ergonomics that allow you to easily place it in a comfortable position and is more suitable for gaming with slightly better motion blur and refresh rate.

Acer G257HU/G7 Series
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Newegg.com

The ASUS VG245H is somewhat better than the Acer G257HU. The ASUS has a much better design, with a stand that can be easily adjusted to an optimal viewing position. The Acer G257HU is a bit brighter and has better wide viewing angles. The VG245H has a faster response time and produces clearer motion with less blur, and supports FreeSync VRR for gaming.

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