Asus PA238Q

8/4/2012 11:39:01 AM

With its fully adjustable stand, a wide choice of inputs, a four-port USB hub and an IPS panel, Asus's PA238Q is a serious piece of kit. Asus claims a 100 per cent sRGB color palette, and in our calibration tests the PA238Q came very close. IPS panels’ response times are improving, and the PA238Q's styling will appeal to gamers.

Its increased color palette made the jungles and beaches of Crysis come to life, and we noticed no ghosting or input lag. It’s not quite as smooth as a 120Hz monitor, but it's certainly close.

Description: Asus PA238Q

The PA238Q needed very little tweaking to get accurate colors. The calibration process dimmed the display slightly, but it reported 98 per cent sRGB compliance from the factory settings, which is remarkable. A comprehensive menu system also lets you tweak colors, and you can change the hue and saturation for the three primary colors, plus cyan, magenta and yellow, as well as RGB gain and offset.

Image quality is superb, although there's a little backlight bleed, which shows as a faint blue glow in black areas. Images really come to life when the monitor has more colors to use. In Casino Royale, the Caribbean scenes were suffused with a warm glow, while no detail was lost in darker scenes.

The inside of the bezel is marked with notches, like a ruler, which gives it a technical look. The stand has a triangular cross-section that allows for 10cm of vertical movement and the ability to pivot to portrait mode.

It's surprisingly thin considering the number of inputs, and is well suited to wall-mounting as all its I/O ports face either downwards or sideways. It doesn’t have speakers, which isn’t a huge loss, but you can connect headphones to monitor the HDMI or DisplayPort audio. Having one of each major input is a real bonus, and DisplayPort is useful if you want to create a multi-monitor AMD Eyefinity setup.

A year ago, the PA238Q would have been great value, but if you don't need the adjustable stand, USB hub or DisplayPort input, ViewSonic’s VX2336s-LED gives you an accurate IPS panel for only $150.

Description: Asus PA238Q

Asus PA238Q

Technical data

Price: $274


Verdict: The PA238Q has great color accuracy, a fully adjustable stand and a wide variety of inputs - but you do pay for them

23in widescreen LCD: 1,920x1,080 native resolution, VGA, DVI, HDMI inputs, four-port USB hub, 1x DisplayPort, headphone output

Part code: PA238Q


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