A nice display showcased at CES 2016 was the ASUS MG24UQ – a 24-inch monitor that is labelled as a “gaming monitor”, although we don’t find it a very gamer-friendly choice out of all the possibilities. With a 23.6-inch viewable size and an amazing 3840 x 2160 resolution, also known as 4K, UHD and Ultra HD. This is four times as many pixels as a 1080p (Full HD) display. It seems that the monitor 4K market is expanding with accelerating force, and this particular monitor seems to be a very solid addition to the 4K gaming monitor segment in the budget area, considering the price tag of $399.99.
It is not only the resolution but the panel type is modern as well – an IPS panel. This panel type results in superior colour accuracy and viewing angles, and a brisk 4ms response time, which is the fastest response time that we have seen IPS panels go down to. Therefore, this monitor will be a good pick for gamers who want the good colour reproduction and the vibrant colors that it offers along with the ultra HD resolution. TN panels can get down to 1ms response time, but suffers from bad color quality and viewing angles.
The ASUS MG24UQ also sports an amazing 100% sRGB color gamut coverage, a good 300 cd/m2 brightness and a flicker-free backlight technology to prevent eye strain over longer periods of usage. With support for 8-bit colors, you can enjoy 16.7 million colors on this display, and a 60Hz refresh rate at the native 4K resolution. This refresh rate cap should not be a problem for people wanting to enjoy 4K graphics, since it will be hard to reach 60FPS in a game with ultra HD graphics at maximum quality.
Other features of the ASUS MG24UQ include Ultra-Low Blue Light Mode, Flicker-free Mode, GamePlus and GameVisual technologies, which are gamer-oriented features that ASUS offers on their gaming monitors for a comfortable and enjoyable gaming session. Connectivity options include two HDMI 1.4 ports, a HDMI 2.0 port and a DisplayPort 1.2 connector. This totals three connection options and a total of four connectors, where two of them allow 60Hz at 4K (HDMI 2.0 and DP 1.2). The stand is fully adjustable, meaning that you can tilt, swivel, pivot and adjust the height.
On the downside, the ASUS MG24UQ does not support AMD FreeSync or NVIDIA G-SYNC, which is a must-have for many gamers not that we are in 2016 and so many other monitors support it. This is seriously a major oversight by ASUS, since they have dubbed it a gaming monitor.
The price of the MG24UQ is $399.99 at release date and is available worldwide. The price will probably have changed by the time you see this, so beware of that.