Asus has announced the launching of a new Gaming monitor which will be added to its ROG Strix products catalog. It is about the monitor Asus ROG Strix XG258Q, designed for games of the kind eSports and with pretty advanced characteristics, but one which, once again, has been added with a lot of unnecessary little lights that make its price extremely expensive: Even when it is a full HD monitor, Asus ask for it nothing less than $499 dollars.
Let us talk first about the characteristics and then we will value the price. The Asus ROG Strix XG258Q mounts a LED-TN of Full HD resolution. Knowing this, you will understand that the monitor cannot be very expensive, can it?. Well, the panel has logically 1ms of time of response, and Asus offers it in two variants: The first with NVIDIA G-Sync and the other one with AMD FreeSync, being the option with FreeSync $50 dollars cheaper. The best part of this monitor is its refresh rate, so that it goes from 48 to 240 Hz. It is really laudable.
The LED-TN panel is fast, very fast, but at the cost of having bad angles of vision and a very poor precision of color. That is what they got. The native contrast is from 1000 to 1, and the panel is of 6 bits with RFC. Asus has added technologies such as ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur) and of course it will never miss the Asus Aura RGB little lights that, in this case, they have installed them in the back of the monitor (As I understand it, it is for us to see them reflexed on the wall. I do not know…if not, what for, then?) I do not know if this is a good idea because watching little lights moving will get us distracted of the game, won´t it?. Well, they have also installed a light which is reflected on the table in the base of the monitor, as it is in other products of the gamma ROG of highest gamma.
The panel is able to give even 400 nits of bright, and has an entry HDMI 1.4 (the one with which the frequency of refreshment will be of 140 Hz at the most) a HDMI 2.0 and a DisplayPort 1.2. As we said in the beginning, it is available for $499 dollars in its version with G-Sync and for $499 dollars in its version with FreeSync. I do not know what your opinion is. But, So that we have already seen all this stuff, I do think that this monitor is, at least, $150 dollars overpriced, taking in account what it offers. But you already know how Asus work and its tendency to think that its trademark gives its products exclusive rights. And concerning to the little lights, it does really bother me, honesty. Because in a monitor for games, it will just serve to distract the users.