Asus puts software in control of three new gaming monitors

— 10:50 AM on April 14, 2016

Three new gaming monitors—the MG28UQ, MG24UQ, and MG248Q—are joining the extended family of Asus gaming displays. These new displays have familiar specifications along with a few new tricks. All three monitors are FreeSync-enabled, and they also work with Asus' DisplayWidget Windows app. DisplayWidget lets users customize a number of on-screen display settings without actually fiddling with the monitors' controls.

The MG28UQ and MG24UQ are both 4K displays with maximum brightness of 300 nits. Fancy new features aside, that's where the similarity between these two ends. The MG24UQ is a 23.6-inch monitor with a 4K IPS display. It offers both DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 inputs, as well as a pair of HDMI 1.4 ports. It comes with a typical 4ms response time, 60Hz refresh rate, a 16.7-million-color reproduction range, and 178-degree viewing angles.

The MG28UQ

Its sibling, the MG28UQ, is a 28-inch 4K display with the same inputs, as well as a pair of USB 3.0 ports. This display's TN panel is specced for a 1ms gray-to-gray response time. The larger MG28UQ can't boast the same off-angle image quality as its smaller sibling, but it has a 1.07-billion-color palette to make up for it.

The MG24UQ

The MG248Q is the odd one out. This 24", 1080p TN display appears to be a refresh of the very popular VG248QE, which first arrived some three years ago. It comes with DisplayPort, HDMI 1.4, and dual-link DVI inputs. To sustain sufficient brightness in its LightBoost mode, the MG248Q has a higher maximum brightness than the MG-series displays at 350 nits. We're pleased to see this display can perform the FreeSync dance over a range of 40-144Hz.

MG248Q 144Hz Freesync gaming monitor

Asus includes its GamePlus firmware-based overlays in all three displays. GamePlus now includes a timer and an FPS counter alongside the classic crosshair and grid overlays. GameVisual and App Sync, as well as the monitor's blue light filter, can be controlled from the new DisplayWidget app for Windows. No extra connection is required to support DisplayWidget, as its commands are sent over the Display Data Channel/Command Interface protocol in DisplayPort and HDMI.

The included stands support height, swivel, tilt, and pivot adjustments. If you need more flexibility, the bases can be removed to expose VESA mounts. The MG28UQ is available at Newegg for $549, but its smaller sibling isn't listed yet. The MG24UQ can be found elsewhere on the web for $399, though. ASUS says the MG248Q will be available later this month.

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