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ASUS's ProArt series of monitors belong to the professional monitor category which are targeted at imaging, design, 3D artists, video editing professionals. The ASUS PA246Q is the 24-inch, Professional IPS (P-IPS) panel based monitor with a native resolution of 1920x1200. Out of the box, the ASUS PA246Q comes across as a very bulky monitor with a very sturdy stand. The monitor uses CCFL backlighting and houses the power unit on the rear side. The monitor is surrounded by a matte black bezel. You can adjust the height of the monitor stand, make the monitor tilt in both directions, and it can also pivot from landscape to portrait mode. The monitor has cm,inches markings all around its bezel, in the rear side of the stand, on the circular rotating base, which may add to the professional feel, but we don't think they serve any purpose. The monitor has a matte finish so you do not have to deal with the unwanted reflections, which are common on glossy monitors. Native resolution of the monitor is 1920x1200 pixel and it comes with the 16:10 aspect ratio which gives more vertical space to work with. This comes in handy when working on professional applications and even for office work with spreadsheets.
Part of Asus's Pro Art monitor line geared towards professional designers and photographers, the PA246Q ($499 list) finds the sweet spot between ultra-expensive high-end IPS monitors, such as the NEC MultiSync PA241W ($1,049 list, 4 stars), and more affordable IPS models, like the LG IPS236V ($259.99 list, 4 stars). This wide gamut display delivers rich, well saturated colors and wide viewing angles, and offers just about every connection option you'll ever need. Its grayscale performance is good but not great, however, and it doesn't have an auto-rotate feature. The PA246Q uses a P-IPS (Professional In-Plane Switching) panel, a relatively new addition to the IPS family of panels that is capable of displaying 1.07 billion colors. The 24-inch panel has a native resolution of 1,920-by-1,200 with a 16:10 aspect ratio and uses CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps) for backlighting rather than LEDs. As such, the matte black cabinet measures a hefty 3 inches deep at its thickest point. The bezels (also matte black) are etched with ruler-like lines that are purely cosmetic and serve no practical purpose.
When we heard Asus was coming out with a P-IPS display, we were a bit taken aback at the thought of Asus getting into the high end monitor game. But as the old cliche goes, there's a first time for everything, and the PA246Q ProArt 24-inch LCD monitor is Asus' first foray into the professional display market. Every other monitor Asus has come out with has been of the TN variety, some of them very good, but there's a clear divide between what you get with an IPS panel and a TN display. The former boasts better viewing angles, much improved color accuracy, and in recent times have even proved up to the task of gaming. The latter is usually lighter on the wallet, though. There are many kinds of In-Plane Switching panels on the market, one of the newer ones being Professional IPS (or P-IPS), as found on Asus' PA246Q. P-IPS is really a marketing derivative of H-IPS (Horizontal IPS) now commonly used to denote a 10-bit panel capable of reproducing 1.07 billion colors. Wading through all the nomenclature can be a dizzying task, but what you should take away from all this is that Asus is going for gold by using a top-of-the-line panel.
Asus' new PA246Q is a 24'' monitor with an IPS display, and is the flagship product in its ProArt range. Although this collection is aimed at professional graphic designers, it isn't beyond the reach of ordinary users. So would the PA246Q make a great addition to your desktop? The only way to find out is to test it. Well-designed monitors with a good range of features are increasingly rare these days, so setting up the PA246Q was a real treat. It has a height-adjustable stand mounted on a rotating base and the whole thing can swivel round to portrait mode. The IPS display panel means it has wide viewing angles, at the cost of higher energy consumption than you would find using TN technology. Rarer still than a screen that pivots to portrait mode is one with plenty of useful accessories, but the PA246Q has two USB ports and a memory card reader. For video inputs, it has VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connections. It doesn't have any speakers, but there is a line out to send the audio signal that arrives by the HDMI or DisplayPort cable to some external speakers or a pair of headphones. All of these features earn the PA246Q a well-deserved five stars in this section.