The ASUS VG258 Gaming Monitor seems like a good choice on paper when you look at all the technical specs listed on the box. 165hz? Check. Extreme Low Motion Blur (ELMB) Technology? Check. NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD Freesync support? Check. So what else is there that could have been done to make this monitor truly excel?
The answer to the above is slightly complicated due to a few major reasons but I’ll get into it shortly. First up here’s the full technical specifications of the monitor.
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Panel Size (inch) : 24.5
Aspect Ratio : 16:9
Display Viewing Area (H x V) : 543.744 x 302.616 mm
Display Surface : Non-Glare
Backlight Type : LED
Panel Type : TN
Viewing Angle (CR≧10, H/V) : 170°/ 160°
Pixel Pitch : 0.2835mm
Resolution : 1920x1080
Color Space (sRGB) : 100%
Brightness (Typ.) : 400cd/㎡
Contrast Ratio (Typ.) : 1000:1
ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio (ASCR) : 100000000:1
Display Colors : 16.7M
Response Time : 0.5ms(GTG)
Refresh Rate (Max) : 165Hz
Flicker-free : Yes
Trace Free Technology : Yes
GameVisual : Yes
Color Temp. Selection : Yes(4 modes)
GamePlus : Yes
HDCP : Yes
VRR Technology : G-SYNC® Compatible
GameFast Input technology : Yes
Low Blue Light : Yes
Speaker : Yes(2Wx2)
DisplayPort 1.2 x 1
HDMI(v1.4) x 1
Dual-Link DVI x 1
Earphone Jack : Yes
PC Audio Input : Yes
Digital Signal Frequency : DisplayPort: 160~160 KHz (H) / 40~144 Hz (V)
DVI: 30~160 KHz (H) / 50~144 Hz (V)
HDMI: 30~140 KHz (H) / 40~120 Hz (V)
Power Consumption : <40W
Power Saving Mode : <0.5W
Power Off Mode : <0.5W
Voltage : 100-240V, 50/60Hz
Tilt : Yes (+33° ~ -5°)
Swivel : Yes (+90° ~ -90°)
Pivot : Yes (+90° ~ -90°)
Height Adjustment : 0~130mm
VESA Wall Mounting : 100x100mm
Kensington Lock : Yes
Phys. Dimension with Stand (W x H x D) : 562.5 x (356.6~486.6) x 221.4 mm
Phys. Dimension without Stand (W x H x D) : 562.5 x 328.9 x 51.1 mm
Box Dimension (W x H x D) : 664 x 415 x 221 mm
Net Weight with Stand : 5.1 Kg
Net Weight without Stand : 2.7 Kg
Gross Weight : 7.3 Kg
Accessories (vary by regions)
Dual-link DVI cable
Quick start guide
TÜV Low Blue Light
Coming in at 24.5 inches, the ASUS VG258 monitor is larger than most standard 1080p desktop monitors a lot of people are using these days. This ain’t a bog-standard 21.5 inch office monitor that’s for sure and it also doesn't look like one either thanks to the adjustable VESA mount stand it ships with. The ASUS VG258 wants you to know that it’s a gaming monitor and this is driven home with the design of the stand’s base featuring red accents. This is typical of ASUS ROG products and it’s nice to see that here since it adds a bit more personality to the monitor even if it’s not screaming “GAMING” at the top of its lungs.
The VESA mount stand is the star of the show here since users can swivel it 90 degrees in either direction as well as tilt it +33 degrees ~ -5 degrees and pivot the monitor 90 degrees clockwise and anti-clockwise. You can also adjust the height (0~130mm) and honestly, this stand is everything I’d want in a monitor stand. Turning the monitor sideways and using it vertically instead of horizontally is something a lot of programmers and coders do and that’s a great selling point here. If you’re on the fence about doing this, don’t knock it until you try it out for yourself. Vertical monitor orientation can be rather useful. Oh and there’s also a handy cable management slot in the middle of the stand which is great for wired keyboard users to run their USB cables through.
The monitor itself is unfortunately a TN panel with a lot of brightness (400cd/㎡). In fact, putting this side by side against both my Dell SE2219H and ASUS VZ239HE, the brightness of the ASUS VG258 stood out immediately. This is a ridiculously bright monitor when you’re used to monitors that are rated at a max of 250 cd/㎡. This same brightness also comes with a lot of caveats which I’ll explain in a bit.
A lot of people assume that higher brightness equals better image quality and colour. This isn’t always the case though with the brightness washing out the colours on display. The ASUS VG258 offers 100% sRGB colour accuracy but for other colour spaces such as Adobe RGB, it’s certainly less than accurate and you can immediately see this when you display the same image across two different monitors and compare the images. The ASUS VG258 also has issues with image sharpness with the monitor’s TN panel being unable to compete with the quality an IPS or OLED panel can display. While this isn’t noticeable in games or when gaming, you can see jagged edges on taskbar icons which are supposed to be circular such as the Discord logo below. Black in general on this monitor looks less than ideal with the brightness diluting it and making it whiter compared to my IPS monitors.
Using the ASUS VG258 for gaming, the 165Hz refresh rate and 0.5ms response time was fantastic for first person shooters. This is where the monitor truly excelled since it delivered extremely great performance for actual gaming because of this. Users can also enable a crosshair and FPS counter directly on the monitor should they be so inclined but I highly doubt many people will use this feature much. There’s also a set of built-in speakers in the monitor but these are very lacklustre delivering the bare minimum sound so I don’t recommend using this unless you’re forced to.
What users absolutely must do if they pick up this monitor is adjust the brightness and contrast to suit their specific needs. Straight out of the box, the monitor’s default settings are fairly standard and won’t be to your tastes depending on what type of content you plan to consume. If you’re playing FPS games, use the FPS mode. This preset ramps up the brightness and delivers a solid overall experience.
The sRGB mode will dim the monitor but you will be getting 100% sRGB coverage with this mode so if you’re using it to do some light design work, this will come in handy. The other five modes on offer here are Scenery mode, Racing mode, Cinema mode, RTS/RPG mode and MOBA mode. Each one of these vastly differ from each other with a lot of variation in brightness and colour saturation and contrast tailored to each use case. I stuck to sRGB mode and FPS mode mainly because they were the best two modes for my purposes. Some users may opt to stick with the Scenery mode though due to the increased colour saturation and brightness.
In the end, after using the ASUS VG258 for more than two weeks as my primary monitor, it excelled because of its response time and high refresh rate. The extreme low motion blur (ELMB) is great in games which are very fast paced such as racing titles and competitive FPS titles such as CS:GO and Valorant. It therefore does what it’s meant to do. In other words, it’s clearly a 1080p, high refresh rate monitor aimed at gamers who want high refresh rates and don’t really mind colour accuracy. Given the fact that the monitor is however rather pricey, there are a few alternatives from competing brands which are far more enticing. Gamers will need to do their research and shop around if possible to net themselves the best deal available for their specific needs.
If this monitor was rocking an IPS panel and delivered the same high refresh rate, I’d probably see a significantly noticeable improvement over the TN panel it uses. As it stands right now though, the ASUS VG258 is a good gaming monitor with a great VESA stand and a couple of disappointing aspects. ASUS themselves have other products which will likely outperform this one so be sure to check out their other monitors too when making a purchasing decision.
Gamer, writer, self-proclaimed chemistry hobo. Always looking to make use of a good pun in the name of fun.
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23 September 2021
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