We begin today’s journey with the review of the ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP, a monitor that offers an impressive refresh rate of 540 Hz. Focused on eSports, it features a 24.1-inch TN panel with FHD resolution and is also compatible with G-SYNC ULMB 2 and Reflex Latency Analyzer technologies to deliver the best results for professionals.
Technical specifications of the ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP
ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP
Diagonal: 24.1 inches (16:9) / 535.68 x 298.08 mm
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels / Pixel pitch: 0.277 mm
Refresh rate: 540 Hz
G-SYNC ULMB 2
Response time: 0.2 ms (GtG)
Brightness: Typical: 400 nits / Peak HDR: 400 nits
Viewing angle: 170º / 160º
Color range: 16.7 million colors / sRGB at 125%
VESA DisplayHDR 400 / HDR10
Connectivity: 2 x HDMI 2.0 / 1 x DisplayPort 1.4 DSC / 2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 (USB-B hub) / Headphone output jack 3.5 mm
Support: Tilt: -5º to +20º / Swivel: -30º to +30º / Height: 110 mm / Adjustable width base / VESA 100 x 100
Others: Nvidia Reflex Latency Analyzer / RGB Aura Sync lighting / ESS Codec (PCM 384 kHz – 32 bits) / GamePlus / Blue light filter / Flicker Free / Kensington Lock
Power consumption: On: <21W / Standby: <0.5W Dimensions (with stand): 557 x 392 - 502 x 255 mm / (without stand): 672 x 520 x 228 mm Weight (with stand): 7.5 kg / (without stand): 3.6 kg Packaging and accessories We start the review of the ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP facing a robust cardboard box with the usual ROG family aesthetics combining black and red colors. The box shows its design on both sides, but little extra information about the product. Inside, the monitor is perfectly protected by a thick foam frame that also organizes accessories with the help of an additional cardboard box. In addition to documentation, a calibration report and a wide pack of ROG stickers are included. On the other hand, it offers a complete set of cables consisting of a DisplayPort, an HDMI, a USB for the hub, and of course, the 90W power transformer with its power cable. Lastly, we find its unique stand, which we will discuss more in-depth later, and a plastic cover for the connection area. ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP After placing the stand's base, we continue the review of the ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP facing the monitor itself on our workspace, which offers a really aggressive design. 540 Hz FHD Panel Specifically, the ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP offers a 24.1-inch TN panel in 16:9 format with a FHD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. But the strong point of this model is its exceptional refresh rate of 540 Hz and a response time of 0.2 ms (GtG). These are truly unique values, which, complemented by G-SYNC ULMB 2 technology, promise performance equivalent to a theoretical 2000 Hz. On the other hand, the panel specifies a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a typical/HDR brightness of 400 nits, which enable it to obtain the VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification. Moreover, it promises 125% coverage of the sRGB color palette. Its stand allows height adjustment with a range of 110 mm, tilt between -5º and +20º, rotation about the vertical from -30º to +30º, and rotation about the horizontal from 0º to 90º, i.e., placing it vertically. It offers dimensions of 557 x 392 - 502 x 255 mm with the stand, which are reduced to 672 x 520 x 228 mm without it, likely when using a compatible VESA 100 support. Similarly, its weight is 7.5 kg with the stand, dropping to 3.6 kg without it. As we mentioned earlier, it features a unique stand that, in addition to the complete adjustments we have discussed, allows configuring the width of its legs. This is ideal for adapting to small environments or placing the keyboard and mouse on either side of the stand and sticking the monitor to our face. It may seem outrageous, but this is what many professional players do. Top thread and illumination sensor Among other unique features of the ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP is the thread on the top of the stand, perfect for attaching a microphone or camera. It also offers an illumination sensor on the monitor's upper edge, allowing an automatic brightness mode based on ambient lighting. We rotate the monitor to observe its aggressively designed rear surface, topped by the ASUS ROG logo with LED RGB lighting. This can be configured from the monitor itself or from ASUS Aura software, according to our personal taste. As most high-end models from the brand, it features a joystick and four buttons that allow the OSD menu control, which is well organized. OSD Menu This has a very good and well-organized design, needing to activate the 540 Hz from it. Moreover, we will need to use the latest versions of Windows 11 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000/4000 graphics card. In addition, the ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP features the NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer function, which, as its name suggests, allows analyzing latency from the main mouse button (compatible and connected to the monitor) to display an effect on the screen. ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP Connectivity We find the ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP connectivity on its lower edge, with the exception of the Kensington lock, which is in the lower right corner. We have two HDMI 2.0 video inputs and a DisplayPort 1.4 DSC, as well as a 3.5 mm TRS jack output for headphone output enhanced by an ESS DAC. Additionally, it features a USB-B hub offering 2 USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, one of them marked in red, indicating it allows measuring the latency of the mouse. ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP Tests We connect the ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP to our test system using the included DisplayPort cable to begin enjoying the benefits this monitor offers. Accustomed to a 27-inch UHD screen, switching to an FHD resolution is very noticeable, even with a smaller diagonal. However, we are not looking for definition in an eSports monitor, but speed, which it obviously has in abundance. Color analysis In any case, we have analyzed the colorimetry of the ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP using our Spyder5 calibrator to see how it performs in this regard. According to our tests, reflected in the previous image, it covers 95% of the sRGB space, not 125% as promised, while covering 71% of DCI-P3 and 72% of AdobeRGB. These somewhat low values do not allow its use as a design monitor, but again, this is not what it is intended for. Brightness analysis With the calibrator, we have also analyzed the brightness level across the panel. We obtained an average brightness of 342 nits, which, while not reaching the promised 400 nits, is never achievable in any monitor. In this case, we can see in our comparison that it is a really high brightness for a monitor, with a well-controlled deviation across the panel. 349 344 346 339 362 328 335 339 335 Gaming Performance But the most important aspect of the ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP review is obviously its gaming performance. Designed for and by eSports, the combination of its 540 Hz refresh rate and 0.2 ms (GtG) response time make it exceptional. Furthermore, the G-SYNC ULMB 2 technology further enhances the effective image fluidity, and playing competitive titles such as Counter Strike 2 on it is a delight. Latency with LDAT Using NVIDIA's LDAT tool, we have analyzed the effective latency of the monitor, i.e., from when we press the mouse button until it has an effect on the screen. We have been able to verify that the monitor is incredibly fast, but there are 360 Hz models capable of surpassing it. This shows that there comes a point where not only Hz matter, let alone the fact that human vision can distinguish such high rates. Conclusion We conclude the ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP review highlighting that it is the market's fastest TN panel with its 540 Hz. It is not the fastest monitor overall, but it is ideal for professional eSports players who wish to maximize their reflexes. Obviously, for other types of uses it does not offer the same performance, as with an FHD resolution and rather limited colorimetry, we will not enjoy other tasks. The ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP should arrive in Spanish stores soon at around 1,049 euros, a very high price to pay for its 540 Hz. Aimed at eSports professionals, it should not be a problem to spend these amounts, but for ordinary users, it does not seem to make much sense. Main advantages: + Premium design and finishes + 540 Hz refresh rate + Response time of just 0.2 ms + Compatible with NVIDIA G-SYNC ULMB 2 and Reflex Analyzer + 2-port USB 3.2 Gen1 hub + Height, swivel, and tilt adjustable support + Base width leg adjustment + Highly comfortable and complete OSD Menu Negative aspects: - Very high price - No HDMI 2.1 El Chapuzas Informático awards the ASUS ROG Swift Pro PG248QP monitor the Gold Award.