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Yes, this is a review on a monitor. A monitor that I think barely exists in most places anymore. Or if it does, its using different names. It comes off as a slightly cut rate PA238Q. It has some missing features, but nothing entirely crippling, so if you want a better look at this monitor I suspect you could read PA238Q reviews and you'd be good. 

 

But here we go...

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The Box

 

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The packaging was pretty solid, though I wasn't entirely down with the panel facing down in the box, which would've seemed pretty nasty should a sharp object impact the box, but the thing arrived safe and sound to me and was very tightly packaged with foam that didn't disintegrate from simply being touched. I hate cheap foam that does that. 

 

Included in the box

 

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In the box you get a VGA cable, DVI cable, power cable and the USB cable that powers the 4 USB 2.0 ports on this monitor. You get a few manuals and warranty things and a nice enough table tie to keep everything tidy in the rear. Nothing else to touch upon here. The monitor is VESA compatible, which is nice for those who like the whole mounting thing. 

 

 

I/O

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You get your HDMI, DVI, VGA and DP 1.2 inputs here, along with a input for the USB 2.0 ports and the audio in to make use of the rather limited speakers that exist inside the monitor. It isn't that amazing if I am honest. The speakers kinda suck. Better to be there than not, I guess. But they still suck. You've been warned. 

 

Using It 

 

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The adjustments on the monitor are lovely. You can position it however damn well you please. Its almost one handed at times, things are "tight" but not "too tight" if that makes sense. The monitor stays where you leave it. 

 

The calibration on this monitor was almost spot on the money for how my laptop screen is calibrated. In fact, it was so close, I didn't bother adjusting anything, it was well beyond the level of work I will be doing on this monitor, so I have yet to do a proper calibration on it. 

 

Its a 75Hz panel, and since my rig can push most games 60-80fps on balls to the walls settings, this is actually perfect for now. The colours are pretty nice, the built in modes (gaming, night, movie, etc) work well enough for what they are meant to do. I left it in the default sRGB mode for gaming, since the colour reproduction was spot on and lovely to see. This might not be a gaming monitor but it sure works as one. 

 

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Who Is This For? 

 

This isn't your average cheap IPS monitor. I got mine for 199.99 from Memory Express and its probably one of the cheaper ways to get into a calibrated monitor with pretty snappy pixel response (I used this for gaming as well). The QR seems to be missing some features from the Q model (it doesn't have picture in picture or a completely customizable "user" mode; here is a full list compared to the Q model. 

It is lovely to note that the QR has the same calibrated IPS panel as the Q, so they didn't skimp on the quality of the thing. 

 

  • There are several differences between the PA2238Q and PA238QR. Both have the same IPS LCD and the button layout is the same on both - on the right side of the display. The button functions differ between models.
  • The other differences:
  • The QR has speakers and a Line-in port while the Q has a headphone jack
  • The QR has a"human presence" detector which turns the monitor on/off if it detects you are in front of it. (Not on Q)
  • The Q has an input selector button to switch between HDMI/Displayport (Not on QR)
  • The Q has a PIP/PBP mode to view two inputs at once (not on QR)
  • The OSD has more control over precise colour adjustment on the Q model.
  • The display presets on the QR have a "Game" mode and "Night View" mode (not on Q) The Q has a totally configurable "User" mode.
  • The Q model has a"quickfit" button that gives onscreen patterns for grids, paper sizes or photo sizes
  • According to documentation, the Q model includes a DisplayPort cable but not included with the QR.

 

Who is this for again? For people who need a nice, cheap IPS monitor with excellent lighting (though it does have a bit of bleed) and something that has a healthy amount of inputs. HDMI, DVI, DP and VGA. Also has audio in from your PC though to be blunt the speakers are very weak and nothing to brag about, but they are serviceable if you need to use them in a pinch. 

 

Sources: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/64092-3-asus-pa238qr-pa238q (for the Q v. QR information) 

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Still haven't sent me that RS5 pic :P Can I have the Lambo one too?


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Still haven't sent me that RS5 pic :P Can I have the Lambo one too?

Aha my bad, I'm pretty bad with sending stuff. I'll try for this Morning

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Nice review. Was thinking of getting a pb238q but i didnt know this monitor was this cheap. Price is at 239.99 but i will definitely keep a eye on it.

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I've got the regular PA238Q, and I love it. too bad my secondary monitor is an ASUS VN248H which has a very different look (even when I try to match it to my PA238Q), I now want another ProArt to have matching displays. nice review!

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I've got the regular PA238Q, and I love it. too bad my secondary monitor is an ASUS VN248H which has a very different look (even when I try to match it to my PA238Q), I now want another ProArt to have matching displays. nice review!

 

Yup, this is a cheap way to get matching displays across the board, really good displays I might add. 

I use the PA for editing and gaming, and I have little issue with it at all. 

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Yup, this is a cheap way to get matching displays across the board, really good displays I might add. 

I use the PA for editing and gaming, and I have little issue with it at all. 

yeah they're amazing for getting into the world of accurate IPS displays

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  • 7 months later...

As a fellow owner of 2 of these ASUS displays, I can agree with your entire review here for color quality and the way the stand can articulate them in almost any position. I actually run one landscape and the other vertical for code and webpages/communications when gaming. It's great.

I do have one quarrel with them however:

When turning the monitor off or switching inputs my latest PC, hooked up using HDMI, silently Blue Screens (Bugcheck 0x116) and reboots ad infinitum. (forever)

I'm really not sure what's causing it, as the computer works no problem hooked up to both the Toshiba and Vizio TV's we have.

It was just built (soon to be featured in build-log) and uses an i7-4790K cpu and an MSI Z97M (MS-7919) motherboard hooked up over HDMI to the ASUS monitor. NO GPU yet.

Has anyone else has had trouble with Blue Screens when switching inputs or turning monitors off using Z97 platform and HD 4600 graphics over HDMI?

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On 6/20/2015 at 11:11 PM, kirashi said:

As a fellow owner of 2 of these ASUS displays, I can agree with your entire review here for color quality and the way the stand can articulate them in almost any position. I actually run one landscape and the other vertical for code and webpages/communications when gaming. It's great.

I do have one quarrel with them however:

When turning the monitor off or switching inputs my latest PC, hooked up using HDMI, silently Blue Screens (Bugcheck 0x116) and reboots ad infinitum. (forever)

I'm really not sure what's causing it, as the computer works no problem hooked up to both the Toshiba and Vizio TV's we have.

It was just built (soon to be featured in build-log) and uses an i7-4790K cpu and an MSI Z97M (MS-7919) motherboard hooked up over HDMI to the ASUS monitor. NO GPU yet.

Has anyone else has had trouble with Blue Screens when switching inputs or turning monitors off using Z97 platform and HD 4600 graphics over HDMI?

old post lol, do these monitors still preform well? theres a used one for sale for 110 cad.

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On 10/10/2021 at 8:34 PM, adarw said:

old post lol, do these monitors still preform well? theres a used one for sale for 110 cad.

I retired mine a few years back, replacing them both with 2x Dell UltraSharp U2715H displays. I still have them in storage, but haven't powered them on since stowing them, so no idea if they still work or are kaput. They were still working as good as day one when I put them away though.

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5 minutes ago, kirashi said:

I retired mine a few years back, replacing them both with 2x Dell UltraSharp U2715H displays. I still have them in storage, but haven't powered them on since stowing them, so no idea if they still work or are kaput. They were still working as good as day one when I put them away though.

alright thanks seller isnt responding anyways.

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