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Optimal ASUS VG248QE Settings and Color Profile

By November 14, 2017 4 Comments

ASUS VG248QE

Introduction

The ASUS VG248QE is the most popular 144Hz gaming monitor for competitive FPS gaming. It’s affordable, reliable, and along with its quick 144Hz refresh rate, it offers a rapid 1ms response time speed for motion blur-free gaming experience. The design is modern and sleek as well as fully ergonomic with tilt, height, swivel, and pivot adjustments.

However, straight out of the box, the ASUS VG248QE colors are rather washed out with poor gamma performance. While this may repulse certain players from an otherwise perfect monitor for gaming, there is something you can do to fix the image quality – and it’s quite simple.

By tweaking some adjustments in the OSD (On-Screen Display) menu and installing the correct ICC profile, you will be able to find the perfect ASUS VG248QE settings for your needs. Keep in mind that each ASUS VG248QE monitor is little different, they’re not entirely identical; so, you may need to further tweak the settings a bit to fit your preferences.

If you’ve had the same color settings for a while, you’re most likely already used to them, even if they are washed out. So, if the new settings seem a bit awkward at first, give them some time to grow on you before you disregard them entirely. Additionally, you can try making some further adjustments and tests yourself.

ASUS VG248QE Best Settings for FPS

The ASUS VG248QE 144Hz gaming monitor offers several pre-calibrated picture presets under the Splendid section of the OSD. In theory, these presets should provide the user with the best image quality depending on the on-screen content, but in reality, that’s not quite the case. We found the following OSD settings to work best when paired with the provided ICC profiles:

  • Splendid Mode: Standard
  • Contrast: 75
  • Brightness: 25 (Increase if you prefer brighter image)
  • Color Temperature: User (Red 96, Green 94, Blue 88)
  • Disable SmartView and ASCR (dynamic contrast ratio) features while the ASUS VG248QE TraceFree parameter can be set to as much as you need. However, we did notice inverse ghosting when it’s set beyond 60.

After you’ve applied these changes to the OSD, download and install the ICC profile depending on your GPU manufacturer: ASUS VG248QE Nvidia ICC color profile or AMD ICC profile download. These color profiles are created by hardware calibration and will change your GPU’s gamma and LUT (Look Up Table) in order to deliver more accurate and ideal colors.

Installing the ICC Profile

In Windows (7, 8, 8.1, and 10), it’s fairly simple to install the downloaded ICC profile. First, open up ‘Color Management’ from Control Panel. Click on ‘Add’ and then ‘Browse’ the .icm (ICC) file and click on ‘Ok’. Tick the ‘Use my settings for this device’ box. Select the color profile you wish to apply, and click on ‘Set as Default Profile’.

Next, go to the ‘Advanced’ tab, click on ‘Change system defaults…’ and then ‘Advanced’ again. Tick the ‘Use Windows display calibration’ box, after which you can close the Color Management settings as you’re good to go.

Keep in mind that certain video games automatically apply the default graphics card color settings, meaning that the custom color profile won’t work unless you run the game in the ‘Full Screen (Windowed)’ or ‘Windowed Full Screen’ option.

You can also use the Color Clutch free software which solves this issue with certain games.

Another useful software for the ASUS VG248QE is the Display Profile which allows you to quickly swap between custom and the default (sRGB IEC61966-2.1) color profiles.

Conclusion

We found these settings to greatly improve the image quality and therefore the gameplay experience. As none of the panels are identical, you may want to tweak some adjustments here and there yourself for the results you prefer. Hopefully, this has been helpful.

You can read our more thorough ASUS VG248QE review and if you’re after a similar entry-level 144Hz gaming monitor, check out our Acer GN246HL and BenQ Zowie XL2411 reviews.

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  • namco

    after owning an asus vg248qe since its launch day, these setting here are NOT the best settings. in fact, using either a tuning device with program, or a website to tune (http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/) will end up with vastly different settings.

    first i downloaded color profiles from ADOBE’s website. I then used the HDR 10bit (bt2020) color profile they have which results in the best potential for any monitor. then tuned the monitors settings from there.

    this monitor has potential even though its TN. in fact, i am only missing the darkest 4 blacks and the brightest 4 whites as per the website setup. but of course, its not a 10bit hdr monitor so it wont hit those no matter what.

    both the amd color profile and nvidia color profile here are wrong. your yellows wont be yellow at all, they end up darker and closer to brown. and the greens will be fucked up too.

  • Orochilmaru

    I have this monitor since summer and still cant get the colors right, can you help? What are according to you the best settings?

  • Daniel

    I’ve had this monitor for a while too and just recently did research for the right settings, found these settings on toms hardware and I like it. I have brightness at 83 but that’s up to personal preference, as all these settings kind of are.

    Theater Mode
    Contrast 83
    Saturation 42
    Colour temp is User Mode and all colour settings to 83
    Skin tone Natural
    Sharpness 50
    Trace free 40

  • remnant24

    Every unit has a different factory color balance, so other people’s settings won’t help you. You need a colorimeter for optimal values.