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    Overview Monitor ASUS PA249Q

    Review ASUS PA249Q

    Monitors with wide gamut - a specific category of devices designed to solve well-defined problems, but about them in people "outsiders" often made up false belief that they are "better because they have better color," etc. In fact, the monitors with wide gamut (with support for space Adobe RGB) color display is not "better" and "more" that is in demand when preparing images for printing - in fact "standard" color space is sRGB, which employs the "ordinary" monitors can not display the full range of colors, available in color printing. Accordingly, the model with support for Adobe RGB space does not have any special merit in the eyes of people who are not working professionally with color, but are essential for photographers, prepress and other users, which is critical to see the image on the screen is in the form, in which it will be printed on paper. One of these monitors is the ASUS ProArt PA249Q.

    Design

    This model uses a classic design professional lines ProArt, which is the name designated by the letters PA. Emphasized straight lines, the cut edges, no smoothed corners, gloss, metallic "design" inserts, etc. - Monitor looks strictly utilitarian body of practical non-staining black matte plastic, and the only tribute to the design - a thin red line at the bottom of the screen.

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    The frame around the screen by today's standards, the average width - about 1 cm on her all along the sides of the screen printed subtle notches representing centimeter and inch ruler. Enjoy them, to put it mildly uncomfortable, so they should be regarded less as a work tool, but an element of the chassis.

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    Control buttons and menu navigation - mechanical sensor is not arranged on the right side face. The power indicator is located under the power button - a small square (almost a "pixel"), which is dimly lit with white light during operation and orange - in standby mode.

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    ASUS PA249Q is equipped with a full set of video inputs - DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI and VGA. Also on the back panel has a USB-hub and audio output in the form of mini-jack for outputting sound on the Headphones produced by HDMI or Display Port. Qntheleftsideis a 4-port USB 3.0._

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    It should display on a stand, with the construction of which we are already familiar from previous models ASUS - this is a large, triangular in cross-section leg, allows to adjust the height and angle, rotate it around its axis and turn it into portrait mode. Connect the display with stand tough to move the monitor off or shake the screen is very problematic. It provides for the possibility of mounting the monitor on a wall - the leg can be removed if desired, under it is a VESA-compatible mount

    (100100).

    Of course, all the connectors are arranged so that the wires connected to such not interfere with its placement.

    Menu

    The menu in this model the standard for all monitors ASUS species, but a block of control keys has been upgraded - has added a four-way joystick, which is used to navigate through menus, change settings and select. It should be noted that this method of control, though, and non-traditional displays, is very convenient - you get used to it very quickly, and the adjustment of parameters in the end is much faster and easier than with conventional buttons.

    Pressing the joystick out of the main menu includes signature mode QuickFit, which displays the various grid (centimeter / inch), and the boundaries of sheets of different sizes (A4, Letter, etc.). The presence of the joystick to make it possible to innovate and here - now with the help of the contours of the documents and the grid can be moved around the screen (before their location was fixed and not amenable to change.)

    1 and 2 buttons are programmable - default on their assigned call-ups adjust the brightness and

    Contrast, but they can be reassigned to other activities using the menu item "Shortcut". Another "hot

    Key" is the key S / A, with which you can quickly switch between preset picture modes.

    In the main menu, the first item is the section Splendid - here you can choose one of the preset

    Modes ("Standard», sRGB, Adobe RGB, «Landscape", "Theatre"), as well as save your own settings

    - and in the model for this purpose is available No single user mode, but two (by the way, on the

    "hot" buttons 1 and 2 above, you can set including a rapid switch to these user modes).

    In the "Color" adjusted the brightness, contrast, saturation, color temperature, gamma, and a

    Number of other parameters (hue and saturation of the six axes, gain, and offset of the three primary

    Colors, etc.). A number of options are no longer available when you select certain modes in

    Splendid.

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    In the "Image" regulated sharpness, aspect ratio and a number of other options that are available with analog connection. The menu item "Settings PIP / PBP» allows you to enter Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture (in the first case, the additional image is displayed in a small window on top of the core, in the second - two images are displayed side by side), and to indicate the source of the second video. "Selecting Input" expectedly offers manual switching to the input you want (fast transition between the inputs, by the way, can be done using a dedicated button above the power button of the monitor). And select "System Setup" allows you to change the display screen menu, select the language, change the color of the grid mode QuickFit, turn off the power LED illumination, display information about the modes of operation, and reset all settings to their default.

    In

    This model uses a matrix AH-IPS with a diagonal 24 "16:10." Native "resolution is 1920x1200 pixels, pixel size - 0.27 mm.

    ASUS PA249Q is a monitor with wide gamut, while it uses LED-backlight, which would seem to be mutually exclusive things. Until recently, all a few monitors with support for Adobe RGB continued to be equipped with lamp illuminated with cold cathode (CCFL), as with W-LED backlight to achieve expanded color is simply impossible. The manufacturer does not disclose technical details, calling the backlight on this model simply «LED», but we can assume that the PA249Q, most likely using the new GB-LED backlight. If the W-LED (white LED) used an LED (emitting blue light passing through the yellow phosphorus to give it a neutral white), the GB-LED has been used for a couple of LEDs - green and blue, in combination with the red phosphorus. This approach allows for greater intensity in the red, blue and green areas (whereas W-LED provides a peak intensity in the blue and significantly weaker - in yellow) and therefore allows to obtain an extended gamut which covers over 99% of the space Adobe RGB.

    The brightness of the monitor ranges from 90 to 287 cd / m 2, while for its adjustment, apparently does not apply PWM (or at least used very high frequency) - detect flickering at ASUS PA249Q failed even at the minimum value brightness. This fact surely please people with sensitive eyes who experience fatigue and discomfort after prolonged use the monitors with shimmering lights. But the minimum brightness is quite high - a special "reserve" for the fans to sit behind the monitor in the dark here.

    This model is used in a popular recent "semi-matte" coating - a right angle, it looks a little less dull than usual, but with an increase in the angle of view "glossy" display increases, and the maximum deviation, it becomes almost normal glossy surface. The advantage of this type of coverage is the almost complete absence of crystalline effect, the downside - is that under certain conditions, on a dark picture you can still see vague silhouettes standing behind objects.

    If you change the viewing angle brightness and contrast are reduced slightly, serious distortions in the color reproduction was observed (at a deviation of the vertical picture became a little colder across - on the contrary, warmer, but it is weakly expressed).

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    The monitor has a fairly pronounced Glow-effect - when you look diagonally on a black background appears significant gray tide with just a greenish tinge in normal use of the monitor can see this Effect in the lower corners of the screen, but he felt only on a dark background._

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    "Leak" light moderate, observed mostly in the lower corners, and to a lesser extent - in the top, becoming noticeable in low ambient light on a black background with a brightness of 50% or higher (190 + cd / m 2).

    Average uniformity of illumination, the brightest area is the center of the screen, the least bright - the lower left corner; difference between them is about 90 cd / m 2.

    The monitor is factory calibrated sRGB mode and Adobe RGB, which is confirmed by our tests. In the first case we obtain a covering 98% sRGB (and 71.9% Adobe RGB), a gamma value of the entire gray scale almost linearly and at the level of 2.12, the color temperature is also linear, its graph is almost over the entire range (except for very dark areas) lies at around 6400K. In the diagram we see the gamut enough space sRGB exact match in the blue zone, the minimum slack in the red and significant overlap in green and yellow. In terms of color accuracy all also very good - almost all the colors of delta E value is less than one, and only in dark areas it rises to three, which is also located within the allowable.

    Color gamut, the test for color accuracy, color temperature and schedule gamma curve on grayscale mode sRGB:

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    In Adobe RGB mode we observe 98.2% sRGB coverage and 95.8% Adobe RGB, the gamma and temperature do not differ from the results obtained in to sRGB. The diagram illustrates the gamut extended color range. Color accuracy in this mode is also on the level and confirms not only the factory calibration mode sRGB, but Adobe RGB.

    Color gamut, the test for color accuracy, color temperature and schedule gamma curve on grayscale mode in Adobe RGB:

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    Mode "standard" removes all restrictions on the color gamut available in the sRGB mode and Adobe RGB, giving the maximum number of colors that can display this monitor. As a result, we see a 100% coverage as sRGB, and Adobe RGB, and even more than that - especially strong "overlap" occurs in the red zone, which is why the colors are frankly "poisonous", and to work for this monitor is already somewhat uncomfortable.

    Color gamut, color temperature graph and gamma curve on a scale of brightness in the "Standard":

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    Modes "Landscape" and "Theatrical" differ frankly overpriced and full range of color gamut (in the "Theater", besides, the picture turns too cold because of the color temperature, located at 8500K) and for the daily work they are clearly unsuitable.

    The results

    ASUS PA249Q - too few representative categories of monitors with wide gamut, and if we consider the use of LED-backlight, it can be stated that at the time of its only competitor among the current models is a Dell U2413, which, apparently, using the same matrix such that here, too. The only noticeable drawback PA249Q (fully monitor and also the inherent Dell) can be called Glow-noticeable effect. Otherwise, find fault with the model from ASUS almost to nothing - image quality, factory calibration to sRGB and Adobe RGB, the lack of crystal effect and PWM flicker, and that is important - no overdrive artifacts inherent U2413. Based on the foregoing, it can be assumed that the success of this model will largely depend on the pricing policy - on sale, it is expected in late May, and the estimated price for it is not yet known. Liked

    + High-quality image

    + Support for Adobe RGB

    + USB 3.0 Hub

    Do not like it

    - Glow-effect

    The product is provided by ASUS

    ASUS PA249Q ProArt

    Devicetype

    Desktopmonitor

    Screensize, inches

    24

    LCD Type

    AH-IPS

    ImageFormat

    16:10

    Theresolutionpoints

    1920x1200

    DotPitch, mm

    0,269

    The reaction (G-to-G), ms

    N

    ViewingAngle, Horizontal / Vertical

    178/178

    Typeoflight

    LED

    The maximum brightness, cd / m2

    350

    Contrast ratio (dynamic contrast ratio)

    (80,000,000:1)

    ScreenCoating

    Matt

    VGA (D-sub)

    +

    DVI

    +

    HDMI

    +

    DisplayPort

    +

    Function MHL

    -

    Analogvideoinput

    -

    Multimedia

    -

    USB Hub

    + 4-port USB 3.0

    TV-tuner

    -

    Support height adjustment (adjustment range, mm)

    +

    SwivelScreen (pivot)

    +

    Powerconsumption, W

    N

    Dimensionsinmm

    N

    Mass, kg

    N

    Notes

    Factory calibration is guaranteed ДЕ <3, 6-axis color adjustment, coverage 99% Adobe RGB, 10-bit LUT



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