ASUS VG246H Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.1
Reviewed Jun 02, 2021 at 10:02 am
ASUS VG246H Picture
7.4
Mixed Usage
7.8
Office
7.8
Gaming
7.1
Multimedia
7.3
Media Creation
5.4
HDR Gaming
Size 24"
Resolution 1920x1080
Max Refresh Rate
75 Hz
Pixel Type
IPS
Variable Refresh Rate
FreeSync

The ASUS VG246H is a pretty basic 24 inch monitor with a 1080p resolution. Marketed mainly as a gaming monitor, it has outstanding low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, which can reduce screen tearing. It has decent peak brightness and very good reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue for most people, and the unit we tested has outstanding gray uniformity. Unfortunately, this monitor doesn't have much connectivity, though, with no USB ports, no DisplayPort, and only a single HDMI port.

Our Verdict

7.4 Mixed Usage

The ASUS VG246H is a decent monitor for most uses. Primarily marketed as a gaming monitor, the low input lag and FreeSync support make it a good choice for gaming, but the 24 inch, 1080p screen isn't very immersive, and it doesn't support HDR. Similarly, the relatively low amount of screen real estate might be limiting for office use, but the stand has outstanding ergonomics, and the image remains accurate at an angle. It's a decent choice for multimedia and media creation, but the low contrast and bad black uniformity make it a poor choice for a dark room.

Pros
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
Cons
  • Small screen size and low resolution aren't ideal for multitasking.
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
7.8 Office

Overall, the ASUS VG246H is a good office monitor, but it might not be ideal for everyone. The stand has outstanding ergonomics, and the image remains accurate at an angle, so it's easy to find an ideal viewing position. It has very good reflection handling and decent peak brightness, so glare shouldn't be an issue in most bright offices. On the other hand, the relatively small, low-resolution screen isn't great for multitasking.

Pros
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
Cons
  • Small screen size and low resolution aren't ideal for multitasking.
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
7.8 Gaming

The ASUS VG246H is a good gaming monitor for casual gamers. It has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology for nearly tear-free gaming, which is great. It has good response times overall, but serious gamers might be disappointed. Finally, the relatively small screen doesn't deliver a very immersive gaming experience.

Pros
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
  • FreeSync variable refresh rate support.
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
7.1 Multimedia

The ASUS VG246H is decent for multimedia. It has very good reflection handling and decent peak brightness, so glare shouldn't be a concern during the day. The image remains accurate at an angle, so it's great for sharing the screen with someone else, and the unit we tested has excellent gray uniformity.

Pros
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
  • Doesn't support HDR.
7.3 Media Creation

The ASUS VG246H is a decent monitor for media creation. It has outstanding ergonomics and wide viewing angles, great for sharing the screen with a client or coworker, and the unit we tested has excellent gray uniformity. On the other hand, the relatively small size and low-resolution screen aren't ideal for working with larger or more detailed projects.

Pros
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
  • Excellent gray uniformity.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
Cons
  • Small screen size and low resolution aren't ideal for multitasking.
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
  • Doesn't support HDR.
5.4 HDR Gaming
  • 7.4 Mixed Usage
  • 7.8 Office
  • 7.8 Gaming
  • 7.1 Multimedia
  • 7.3 Media Creation
  • 5.4 HDR Gaming
  1. Updated Jun 02, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated May 31, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No
Curve Radius Not Curved
Weight (without stand)
6.8 lbs (3.1 kg)
Weight (with stand)
13.4 lbs (6.1 kg)

The ASUS VG246H looks nearly identical to most ASUS gaming monitors, including its predecessor, the ASUS VG245H.

Design
Stand
Width
10.9" (27.8 cm)
Depth
8.6" (21.8 cm)

The stand is very similar to most other ASUS monitors. It supports the monitor well and doesn't take up too much space.

9.7
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.9" (15.0 cm)
Switch Portrait/Landscape Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range -90° to 90°
Tilt Range -22.5° to 5°

This monitor has outstanding ergonomics, so you shouldn't have any issues adjusting it to an ideal viewing position. This also makes it a great choice for a multimonitor setup.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 100x100

Unfortunately, there's no cable management in the stand, so it can be a bit tricky to keep the back of the monitor neat.

Design
Borders
Borders
0.2" (0.6 cm)

The borders around the display are thin on three sides, making this a good choice for a multimonitor setup.

Design
Thickness
Thickness (with stand)
7.3" (18.6 cm)
Thickness (without stand)
2.0" (5.2 cm)
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The ASUS VG246H has decent overall build quality. It's entirely plastic, but there's very little flex. There's very little wobble when adjusting the stand, and motion feels smooth. After testing, we noticed that the bottom bezel is no longer perfectly flush with the screen and bubbles out slightly. Unfortunately, this is a common issue, and we've seen similar issues on many other monitors.

Picture Quality
6.2
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,124 : 1
Contrast With Local Dimming
N/A

The ASUS VG246H has a mediocre contrast ratio, which is expected from an IPS-type panel. Note that this can vary between units.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

The ASUS VG246H doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video is for reference only, so you can see how the local dimming feature on other displays compares to one without local dimming.

7.1
Picture Quality
SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene
273 cd/m²
SDR Peak 2% Window
251 cd/m²
SDR Peak 10% Window
257 cd/m²
SDR Peak 25% Window
257 cd/m²
SDR Peak 50% Window
257 cd/m²
SDR Peak 100% Window
257 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 2% Window
251 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 10% Window
257 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 25% Window
257 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 50% Window
257 cd/m²
SDR Sustained 100% Window
256 cd/m²
SDR ABL
0.002

This monitor has decent peak brightness in SDR. It's bright enough for most rooms, but it might not be bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room.

These measurements were taken after calibration, in the 'Racing Mode' Picture Mode, but with the backlight at max. The peak brightness can change depending on which mode you're using.

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

The ASUS VG246H doesn't support HDR.

7.6
Picture Quality
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
38°
Color Washout From Right
40°
Color Shift From Left
46°
Color Shift From Right
48°
Brightness Loss From Left
44°
Brightness Loss From Right
45°
Black Level Raise From Left
70°
Black Level Raise From Right
70°
Gamma Shift From Left
36°
Gamma Shift From Right
40°

The horizontal viewing angles on this monitor are good. If you're too far to the left or right, reds shift and lose accuracy, the brightness decreases, and the image starts to appear washed out.

6.9
Picture Quality
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
31°
Color Washout From Above
30°
Color Shift From Below
33°
Color Shift From Above
35°
Brightness Loss From Below
32°
Brightness Loss From Above
32°
Black Level Raise From Below
70°
Black Level Raise From Above
70°
Gamma Shift From Below
36°
Gamma Shift From Above
35°

The vertical viewing angles on this monitor are just okay, but most people won't notice any issues. The image looks dimmer and washed out if you're too far above or below the screen, but as long as you adjust the stand properly, it shouldn't cause any issues.

8.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.090%
50% DSE
0.104%
5% Std. Dev.
0.436%
5% DSE
0.034%

This monitor has outstanding gray uniformity, but this can vary between units. The sides and corners of the screen are a bit darker, but there's very little dirty screen effect (DSE) in the center of the screen. It's even better in dark scenes, with almost no DSE.

4.1
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
3.269%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Unfortunately, the ASUS VG246H has bad black uniformity. There's significant clouding throughout, and the backlight is bleeding through the corners. This varies between units, though, so let us know if you get one with better uniformity than this.

8.8
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
Picture Mode
sRGB
Luminance
176 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
50
Contrast Setting
80
RGB Controls
Default
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6,645 K
White Balance dE
1.53
Color dE
1.66
Gamma
2.15

The ASUS VG246H has excellent accuracy out of the box. The white balance is excellent, with no noticeable inaccuracies in shades of gray. There are a few noticeable issues with very saturated colors, especially pure reds, but most colors are displayed accurately. Gamma follows a horizontal line instead of the more common sRGB gamma curve. Due to this inaccuracy, bright scenes display brighter than they should be, and dark scenes are darker than they should be. Note that the accuracy out of the box can vary.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Luminance
100 cd/m²
Luminance Settings
17
Contrast Setting
78
RGB Controls
98-97-94
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Color Temperature
6,460 K
White Balance dE
0.46
Color dE
0.65
Gamma
2.18

This monitor has outstanding accuracy after calibration. Any remaining inaccuracies in colors or shades of gray aren't noticeable to the naked eye, and gamma tracks the sRGB target curve almost perfectly.

You can download our ICC profile calibration here. This is provided for reference only and shouldn't be used, as the calibration values vary per individual unit due to manufacturing tolerances, even for the same model.

8.6
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB xy
97.1%
Adobe RGB xy
74.9%
sRGB Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Racing Mode

This monitor has an excellent SDR color gamut. It can display all of the sRGB color space used by most web and desktop content. It also has decent coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space, but it might not be good enough for professional photo/video use.

8.9
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
96.8%
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
80.5%
sRGB Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Adobe RGB Picture Mode
Racing Mode

This monitor has excellent color volume. Due to the low contrast ratio, it can't display darker saturated colors very well, and like most LCDs on the market, blues aren't quite as bright as other colors or pure white.

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

The ASUS VG246H doesn't support HDR.

0
Picture Quality
HDR Color Volume
DCI-P3 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
DCI P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

The ASUS VG246H doesn't support HDR.

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%

There are no signs of temporary image retention, but this can vary between units.

7.8
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
8 Bit

The ASUS VG246H displays areas of similar color well, with only some banding. It's especially noticeable in darker shades of gray, red, and green.

10
Picture Quality
Color Bleed
Pixel Row Error
0.001%
Pixel Column Error
0.001%

This monitor shows no signs of color bleed, which is great.

7.9
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
4.9%
Indirect Reflections
3.5%
Calculated Direct Reflections
1.4%

The ASUS VG246H has good reflection handling. The matte filter diffuses reflections across the screen, reducing their intensity.

7.0
Picture Quality
Text Clarity
Sub-Pixel Layout
RGB

This monitor has decent text clarity, but we strongly recommend running the Windows ClearType (top photo) wizard if you're on a PC. There are some font issues in apps that don't support ClearType or if it's disabled. This is especially noticeable in diagonal lines, like on the R and G in the above photos.

Motion
7.7
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Best Overdrive Setting
60
Rise / Fall Time
8.4 ms
Total Response Time
15.4 ms
Overshoot Error
1.0%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
9.4 ms
Dark Total Response Time
17.2 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
0.0%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
0ChartTablePhoto
20ChartTablePhoto
40ChartTablePhoto
60ChartTablePhoto
80ChartTablePhoto
100ChartTablePhoto

The ASUS VG246H has good response times at the max refresh rate of 75Hz, but it's significantly worse than the previous generation of this model, the ASUS VG245H. At our recommended overdrive setting of '60', there's very little overshoot in most transitions, which is great, but the total response time is slow, so motion looks blurry.

7.3
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Best Overdrive Setting
60
Rise / Fall Time
8.4 ms
Total Response Time
17.3 ms
Overshoot Error
3%
Dark Rise / Fall Time
9.3 ms
Dark Total Response Time
18.0 ms
Dark Overshoot Error
3.4%

Overdrive SettingResponse Time ChartResponse Time TablesMotion Blur Photo
0ChartTablePhoto
20ChartTablePhoto
40ChartTablePhoto
60ChartTablePhoto
80ChartTablePhoto
100ChartTablePhoto

With the refresh rate reduced to 60Hz, the response times of this monitor increase a bit, but it's not a very noticeable difference. At 60Hz, our recommended overdrive setting is still '60', so you don't have to worry about changing it when changing sources.

10
Motion
Image Flicker
Flicker-Free Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The ASUS VG246H is flicker-free at all backlight levels, which can help to reduce eye strain. The backlight does show a tiny wobble, but this isn't at all noticeable.

7.8
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Yes
BFI Maximum Frequency
75 Hz
BFI Minimum Frequency
75 Hz

The ASUS VG246H has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature that can improve the appearance of motion by reducing how long each frame is held on the screen. The backlight flicker this introduces causes noticeable duplications in motion, but fast-moving objects have significantly less persistence blur. Note that our score is based only on the refresh rates that support BFI, not how well it works.

7.8
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native
75 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
75 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
No
VRR Maximum
75 Hz
VRR Minimum
48 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors HDMI

The ASUS VG246H has a native refresh rate of 75Hz. This is slightly different from the previous model, the ASUS VG245H, which defaulted to a 60Hz refresh rate but can be overclocked to 75Hz.

This monitor supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology (VRR), which can reduce screen tearing, but the range isn't as good as the ASUS VG245H.

Inputs
9.1
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution
7.8 ms
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
8.6 ms
Variable Refresh Rate
8.1 ms
Variable Refresh Rate @ 60Hz
9.9 ms
10 Bit HDR
N/A
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
7.7 ms

This monitor has excellent low input lag, which is very important for a responsive gaming experience.

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"
Screen Area 246 in²

The relatively low resolution of this display, combined with the small size, isn't ideal for multitasking or desktop use.

Inputs
Inputs

Both inputs on this monitor are on the back, and face downwards.

Inputs
Total Inputs
DisplayPort No
Mini DisplayPort No
HDMI 1 (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 No
Digital Optical Audio Out No
Analog Audio Out RCA No
Power Supply Internal
Features
Features
Additional Features
RGB Illumination
No
Speakers
Yes
HDR10 No
Multiple Input Display
No

This is a pretty basic monitor, with very few additional features. Like most monitors on the market, there are options to add a virtual crosshair or frame counter, but that's about it.

Features
On-Screen Display (OSD)
Features
Controls
Features
In The Box

  • Quick start manual
  • Warranty card
  • HDMI cable
  • Power cable

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 24 inch ASUS VG246H, which is the only size available. This monitor appears to be a newer version of the ASUS VG245H.

Model Size Native Resolution Max Refresh rate Panel Type Notes
VG245H 24" 1080p 75Hz TN FreeSync support
VG246H 24" 1080p 75Hz IPS FreeSync support

If you come across a different type of panel or your ASUS VG246H doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between individual units.

Our unit was manufactured in February 2021; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other Monitors

The ASUS VG246H is a very basic 24 inch budget gaming monitor. It's not the best at anything but delivers decent all-around performance for most uses.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best 24-25 inch monitors, the best budget gaming monitors, and the best 1080p monitors.

Gigabyte M27Q

The Gigabyte M27Q is significantly better than the ASUS VG246H. The Gigabyte has a larger, higher-resolution screen, making it a better choice for multitasking or a more immersive gaming experience. The Gigabyte supports HDR and has significantly better response times and a higher refresh rate, so motion looks much clearer. On the other hand, the ASUS has much better ergonomics and better reflection handling.

ASUS VG245H

The newer ASUS VG246H is better than its predecessor, the ASUS VG245H. The new model uses an IPS-type panel instead of a TN-type panel, so it has much better viewing angles. This new model also has much better gray uniformity and significantly improved color volume. Although this difference is minor, the newer model defaults to a 75Hz refresh rate, while the older model defaults to a 60Hz refresh rate but can overclock to 75Hz.

Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx

The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx is much better than the ASUS VG246H. The Acer has a higher refresh rate and much faster response times, resulting in significantly clearer motion, with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. The Acer also supports HDR, although this doesn't add much, and it has better viewing angles.

AOC 24G2

The AOC 24G2 is much better than the ASUS VG246H for gaming and a bit better overall. The AOC has a much faster refresh rate, resulting in a much faster response time, with less blur behind fast-moving objects. The AOC also has slightly less input lag, and it's unofficially compatible with G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology. On the other hand, the ASUS has better ergonomics and slightly better viewing angles.

ViewSonic XG2402

The ASUS VG246H and the ViewSonic XG2402 use different panel technologies, each with strengths and weaknesses. The ASUS has much better viewing angles, better ergonomics, and the unit we tested has better gray uniformity. On the other hand, if ergonomics or viewing angles don't matter to you, the ViewSonic is much better for gaming, as it has significantly better motion handling, with less blur behind fast-moving objects, and it has less input lag.

BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P

The ASUS VG246H is much better than the BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P. The ASUS has much better viewing angles, much better ergonomics, and the unit we tested has better gray uniformity. For gamers, the BenQ has better a better response time at its max refresh rate, but it doesn't support variable refresh rate technology (VRR). Which one is better for gaming will depend on personal preference. If motion blur bothers you more, the BenQ is a slightly better choice. If screen tearing bothers you more, the ASUS is a slightly better choice.

ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM

The ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM is much better than the ASUS VG246H. The VG259QM has a much higher refresh rate and much better response times, so motion looks significantly better. The VG259QM also supports HDR, and the unit we tested has much better black uniformity than the VG246H. The VG259QM also has better connectivity, with an additional HDMI port and a DisplayPort input.

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