Asus VG245H monitor focuses on console gamers despite FreeSync support

asus vg245h monitor amd freesync consoles pc gamers
Asus quietly introduced a new monitor for gaming, the VG245H. What makes it notable is that it seems to suffer from some kind of identity crisis, billed to provide a smooth console gaming experience even though it is packed with AMD’s FreeSync technology. Too bad the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 do not support FreeSync, as the VG245H would be one heck of a steal.

“Built for the perfect console gaming experience, the 24-inch ASUS VG245H Full HD gaming monitor features an ultra-fast 1ms response time and 75Hz refresh rate,” the company states. Yet, in the same paragraph, it says, “AMD FreeSync technology helps eliminate image tearing for fast gameplay over HDMI input for smooth gameplay.”

FreeSync is similar to Nvidia’s G-Sync technology. Video cards produce a number of images per second (frame rate) that are received and flashed on the screen (refresh rate). For instance, smooth gameplay would be 60 frames per second supported by a display with a refresh rate of 60Hz or greater. If the numbers don not match, then gamers can see image tearing, stuttering, and input lag. FreeSync and G-Sync synchronize the framerates of a supported graphics card with the display’s refresh rate for a buttery-smooth experience.

But even though the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are based on AMD hardware, they do not have built-in FreeSync support. Thus, the panel would be ideal for PC gamers with an AMD graphics card installed packing built-in FreeSync support. However, the display would still be great for console gaming due to the type of panel is uses.

According to the specs, the VG245H has a Twisted Nematic (TN) panel, which is older display technology mostly used before the arrival of In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology. The older panel provides fast response times — the time it takes to receive and flash an image — and a very high brightness, which is crucial in gaming. By comparison, the newer IPS technology provides a better, fuller color range and wider viewing angles.

With this panel, Asus boasts GameFast Input Technology that minimizes input lag, which is essentially what helps power the panel’s low one-millisecond response time on top of the fast response time provided by the underlying TN panel. More specifically, the faster the time it takes the display to grab the image from the graphics card and throw it on the screen, the better the gamer’s specific reaction is to events on-screen.

As for other included tech offered in the new Asus panel, the company throws in its Flicker-free feature to minimize eyestrain and Ultra-Low Blue Light for reducing the amount of blue-light emissions so you are not awake all night from a lack of Melatonin.

The Asus VG245H 24-inch panel can be purchased now from the likes of Amazon and Newegg. In the meantime, here are the specs:

Screen size: 24 inches
Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 @75Hz
Color saturation: 72 percent NTSC
Pixel pitch: 0.2768mm
Brightness: 250 nits
Response time: 1ms (Gray to Gray)
Display colors: 16.7 million
Speakers: Two 2-watt Stereo RMS
5-way OSD Navigation Joystick: Yes
Game modes: Scenery, Racing, Cinema, RTS, RPG, FPS, sRGB
Ports: 2x HDMI input
1x 3.5mm Mini-Jack (audio)
1x 3.5mm Mini-Jack (earphones)
Price: $190

Still trying to unlock your main in 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'? Try these tips

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is Nintendo’s biggest entry in the series to date with over 70 characters to unlock, but the process can feel tiresome. Here are our tips to unlock your roster as quickly as possible.

Xbox One S vs. PlayStation 4 Slim: Which console is worth your money?

Microsoft's new Xbox One S and Sony's PlayStation 4 "Slim" have bucked the generational gaming console trend. But which of these stopgap systems is worth spending your paycheck on?

These laptop bags will keep your notebook secure wherever you go

Choosing the right laptop bag is no easy feat -- after all, no one likes to second-guess themselves. Here are some of the best laptop bags on the market, from backpacks to sleeves, so you can get it right the first time around.

Play your games whenever you want with a MicroSD card for your Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch uses cartridge-based games, but its internal storage may fill up quicker than you would think. Here's what you should consider when picking out a microSD card to expand your Switch's storage capacity.

Calibrate your display to get it looking just the way you like it

Want to see images the way they're intended to be seen? Here is our quick guide on how to calibrate your monitor using your operating system or another tool, to make what's on the screen look as good as it can.

How you can give your PS4 a fresh start with a factory reset

Learn the many ways you can factory reset your PS4. From reverting your settings to factory to doing a full wipe and reinstalling the latest PlayStation firmware, we cover it all here, step by step.

Ditch the meditation app. 'Katamari Damacy Reroll' is pure gaming zen

Katamari Damacy Reroll brings the magic of the PS2 classic to Nintendo Switch and PC. With updated visuals and the same great, singular loop, Reroll stands the test of time. Katamari Damacy is the ultimate relaxation game.

How to make a clan in ‘Destiny 2’ and where to go from there

Want to know how to make a clan in 'Destiny 2'? Here's everything you need to know, including how to design your clan's banner, earn extra loot, and help other players with guided games.

Put down the controller and pick up the best phones for gaming on the go

Which phones are the best if all you want to do is play some mobile games? We've done the hard work and put together a list of the best gaming phones on Android and iOS, so you can keep playing and winning.

Need help getting the Sleeper Simulant in 'Destiny 2'? We’ve got you covered

The Sleeper Simulant is one of the coolest new Exotic weapons you can unlock in the Warmind expansion of Destiny 2, but it's an involved process that will take awhile. Here's everything you need to know.

Check out the best Xbox One deals and bundles for December 2018

Microsoft's consoles are just as capable of streaming movies as they are of playing the latest games. Check out our top Xbox One deals and bundles, which include new and upcoming triple-A games like Battlefield V and Fallout 76.

Best Products of 2018

Our reception desk has so many brown boxes stacked up, it looks like a loading dock. We’re on a first-name basis with the UPS guy. We get new dishwashers more frequently than most people get new shoes. What we’re trying to say is: We…

The NES Classic is back in stock just in time for the holidays

The NES Classic is back in stock at multiple outlets at its original launch price of $60 in time for Christmas. Retailers offering it online are Walmart, GameStop, Target, and Best Buy -- if you're looking for the perfect holiday gift for…

Some ‘Fortnite’ players aren’t too happy with the new Infinity Blade weapon

The most recent update for Fortnite added the Infinity Blade melee weapon to battle royale, and some players aren't happy with how much it has changed the game during competitions.