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ASUS VG246H Monitor Review

Tested using Methodology v1.2
Reviewed Jun 02, 2021 at 10:02 am
Latest change: Writing modified Feb 14, 2023 at 04:38 pm
ASUS VG246H Picture
6.5
Mixed Usage
7.6
Office
6.3
Gaming
6.5
Media Consumption
7.2
Media Creation
2.7
HDR

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

6.5 Mixed Usage

The ASUS VG246H is an okay monitor for most uses. Primarily marketed as a gaming monitor, the low input lag and FreeSync support make it not a bad choice for gaming, but the 24-inch, 1080p screen isn't very immersive and has slow response times. 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 an alright 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.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Small screen size and low resolution aren't ideal for multitasking.
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
  • Doesn't get bright enough to fight intense glare.
7.6 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.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Small screen size and low resolution aren't ideal for multitasking.
  • Doesn't get bright enough to fight intense glare.
6.3 Gaming

The ASUS VG246H isn't bad as a gaming monitor. It has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience and supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology for nearly tear-free gaming, which is great. Unfortunately, it has slow response times that lead to motion blur with fast-moving objects. Also, the relatively small screen doesn't deliver a very immersive gaming experience.

Pros
  • FreeSync variable refresh rate support.
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
  • Limited to 75Hz refresh rate.
  • Slow response times.
6.5 Media Consumption

The ASUS VG246H is alright 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. Unfortunately, it doesn't look good in dark rooms as it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray in the dark.

Pros
  • Outstanding ergonomics.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
Cons
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
  • Doesn't support HDR.
7.2 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.
  • Image remains accurate at an angle.
  • Good reflection handling.
Cons
  • Small screen size and low resolution aren't ideal for multitasking.
  • Blacks look gray in a dark room.
  • Doesn't support HDR.
2.7 HDR

The ASUS VG246H doesn't support HDR.

  • 6.5 Mixed Usage
  • 7.6 Office
  • 6.3 Gaming
  • 6.5 Media Consumption
  • 7.2 Media Creation
  • 2.7 HDR
  1. Updated Feb 14, 2023: Added text in the macOS Compatibility and Console Compatibility boxes and clarified text throughout as part of Test Bench 1.2.
  2. Updated Feb 14, 2023: Updated to Test Bench 1.2, resulting in changes to the results and scores with the Response Time and Input Lag. Added tests for Console Compatibility and macOS compatibility and made minor changes to other tests, which you can see in our Changelog.
  3. Updated Oct 19, 2022: Added that the recently-reviewed LG 27MN60T-W is another 1080p monitor with a bigger screen.
  4. Updated Jun 02, 2021: Review published.
  5. Updated May 31, 2021: Early access published.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LG 27MN60T-W

The ASUS VG246H and the LG 27MN60T-W are both cheap 1080p office monitors, but the ASUS is a much better choice for office use. The main difference is that the ASUS has much better ergonomics, making it easier to place in an ideal position. The ASUS also gets brighter, which is important if you want to use it in a bright office.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved
No
Curve Radius
Not Curved

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

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.

9.8
Design
Ergonomics
Height Adjustment
5.9" (15.0 cm)
Tilt Range
-22.5° to 5°
Rotate Portrait/Landscape
Yes, Both Ways
Swivel Range
-90° to 90°
Wall Mount
VESA 100x100

This monitor has outstanding ergonomics, so you won't have any issues adjusting it to an ideal viewing position. It also makes it a great choice for a multimonitor setup. 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
Stand
Base Width
10.9" (27.8 cm)
Base Depth
8.6" (21.8 cm)
Thickness (With Display)
7.3" (18.6 cm)
Weight (With Display)
13.4 lbs (6.1 kg)

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

Design
Display
Size
24"
Housing Width
21.3" (54.1 cm)
Housing Height
12.8" (32.5 cm)
Thickness (Without Stand)
2.0" (5.2 cm)
Weight (Without Stand)
6.8 lbs (3.1 kg)
Borders Size (Bezels)
0.2" (0.6 cm)
Design
Controls
Design
In The Box
Power Supply
Internal

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

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 Brightness
Real Scene
273 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
251 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
257 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
257 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
257 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
257 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
251 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
257 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
257 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
257 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
256 cd/m²
ABL
0.002
Minimum Brightness
85 cd/m²

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 Brightness
VESA DisplayHDR Certification
No Certification
Real Scene
N/A
Peak 2% Window
N/A
Peak 10% Window
N/A
Peak 25% Window
N/A
Peak 50% Window
N/A
Peak 100% Window
N/A
Sustained 2% Window
N/A
Sustained 10% Window
N/A
Sustained 25% Window
N/A
Sustained 50% Window
N/A
Sustained 100% Window
N/A
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.

8.1
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.090%
50% DSE
0.134%

This monitor has great gray uniformity. 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.

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.

8.3
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Pre-Calibration)
Picture Mode
sRGB
sRGB Gamut Area xy
101.9%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
3.30
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,435 K
Gamma (Avg.)
1.92
Color dE (Avg.)
3.12
Contrast Setting
N/A
RGB Settings
Default
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
N/A
Measured Brightness
146 cd/m²
Brightness Locked
Yes

The ASUS VG246H has great accuracy before calibration. Most colors and the white balance are only slightly off, and the color temperature is close to the 6500K target. However, gamma doesn't follow the target sRGB curve, resulting in all scenes becoming brighter than they should be. Unfortunately, the sRGB mode on this monitor disables most picture settings, including the Brightness, so if you want to use those settings, you'll need to use a less accurate mode.

9.4
Picture Quality
Color Accuracy (Post-Calibration)
Picture Mode
Racing Mode
sRGB Gamut Area xy
95.6%
White Balance dE (Avg.)
0.45
Color Temperature (Avg.)
6,556 K
Gamma (Avg.)
2.14
Color dE (Avg.)
0.72
Contrast Setting
80
RGB Settings
99-100-97
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting
Brightness Setting
29
Measured Brightness
101 cd/m²
ICC Profile
Download

This monitor has fantastic 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.

8.8
Picture Quality
SDR Color Gamut
sRGB Coverage xy
97.1%
sRGB Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Adobe RGB Coverage xy
74.9%
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.

9.4
Picture Quality
SDR Color Volume
sRGB In ICtCp
96.8%
sRGB Picture Mode
Racing Mode
Adobe RGB In ICtCp
80.5%
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 Coverage xy
N/A
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 Coverage xy
N/A
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
DCI-P3 Picture Mode
No HDR
Rec. 2020 In ICtCp
N/A
Rec. 2020 Picture Mode
No HDR

The ASUS VG246H doesn't support HDR.

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
Pixel Type
IPS
Subpixel 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.

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.

Motion
6.7
Motion
Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
75 Hz
Max Refresh Rate
75 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP
N/A
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI
75 Hz
Max Refresh Rate Over DP @ 10-bit
N/A
Max Refresh Rate Over HDMI @ 10-Bit
N/A

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.

Motion
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC
No
VRR Maximum
75 Hz
VRR Minimum
48 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
HDMI
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes

This monitor supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology (VRR), which can reduce screen tearing, but it doesn't support G-SYNC.

6.1
Motion
Response Time @ Max Refresh Rate
Recommended Overdrive Setting
60
Rise / Fall Time
8.4 ms
Total Response Time
17.1 ms
Overshoot Error
0.8%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
11.2 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
29.5 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
8.2%

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

The ASUS VG246H has an okay response time at its max refresh rate of 75Hz, but there's noticeable blur with most fast-moving objects. The recommended overdrive setting is '60' because it has a quicker response time than the lower settings, and it has less overshoot than the higher settings.

not tested
Motion
Response Time @ 120Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
No 120Hz Refresh Rate
Rise / Fall Time
N/A
Total Response Time
N/A
Overshoot Error
N/A
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
N/A
Worst 3 Total Response Time
N/A
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
N/A

The ASUS VG246H doesn't support a 120Hz signal.

5.9
Motion
Response Time @ 60Hz
Recommended Overdrive Setting
60
Rise / Fall Time
8.4 ms
Total Response Time
17.5 ms
Overshoot Error
2.5%
Worst 3 Rise / Fall Time
11.2 ms
Worst 3 Total Response Time
32.1 ms
Worst 3 Overshoot Error
16.7%

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

The response time at 60Hz is disappointing. It's similar to its max refresh rate but with just a bit more overshoot. Once again, the recommended overdrive setting is '60' as '80' and '100' have too much overshoot.

Motion
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
Yes
Maximum Frequency
75 Hz
Minimum Frequency
75 Hz
Longest Pulse Width Brightness
140 cd/m²
Shortest Pulse Width Brightness
79 cd/m²
Pulse Width Control
Limited
Pulse Phase Control
No
Pulse Amplitude Control
No
VRR At The Same Time
No

The ASUS VG246H has an optional backlight strobing feature that can improve the appearance of motion by reducing how long each frame is held on the screen. Sadly, the backlight flicker causes noticeable duplications in motion.

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.

Inputs
8.5
Inputs
Input Lag
Native Resolution @ Max Hz
7.0 ms
Native Resolution @ 120Hz
N/A
Native Resolution @ 60Hz
8.6 ms
Backlight Strobing (BFI)
7.1 ms

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

6.8
Inputs
Resolution And Size
Native Resolution
1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Megapixels
2.1 MP
Pixel Density
92 PPI
Measured 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. If you want something bigger, then check out the LG 27MN60T-W.

2.0
Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
No
VRR
No

The ASUS VG246H has limited compatibility with the PS5, as only 1080p @ 60Hz works on it.

1.7
Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
4k @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 60Hz
Yes
HDR
No
VRR
No

Like with the PS5, only 1080p @ 60Hz from the Xbox Series X works on it, and VRR doesn't work either.

Inputs
Inputs Photos

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

Inputs
Video And Audio Ports
DisplayPort
No
Mini DisplayPort
No
HDMI
1 (HDMI 1.4)
HDMI 2.1 Rated Speed
No HDMI 2.1
DVI
No
VGA
1
Daisy Chaining
No
3.5mm Audio Out
1
3.5mm Audio In
No
HDR10
No
3.5mm Microphone In
No
Inputs
USB
USB-A Ports
0
USB-A Rated Speed
No USB-A Ports
USB-B Upstream Port
No
USB-C Ports
0
USB-C Upstream
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Rated Speed
No USB-C Ports
USB-C Power Delivery
No USB-C Ports
USB-C DisplayPort Alt Mode
No USB-C Ports
Thunderbolt
No
Inputs
macOS Compatibility

The ASUS VG246H works well with macOS, but you can't use the VRR feature. There's a bit of flickering while using the OS' settings page, but the flicker stops when using other applications like Google Chrome, Safari, or in games. Despite the lack of HDR support, colors look good too. If you're using a MacBook, some windows return to their original position when waking the laptop up from sleep or opening the lid, but not all of them go back.

Features
Features
Additional Features
Speakers
Yes
RGB Illumination
No
Multiple Input Display
No
KVM Switch
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)