With prices coming down and more monitors including some sort of adaptive refresh technology, a great gaming experience has become possible from a wider variety of products. Ultra HD still represents a higher-priced option (though less so than in the past), but the MG24UQ is significant in that it only costs a little more than a 24-inch FHD screen.
Let that sink in for a moment. A year ago, we wrote positive reviews of multiple 24-inch FHD/TN gaming monitors featuring FreeSync and prices under $300. Today you can buy Ultra HD and IPS in that size for just a little over $300. It’s safe to say that progress has been made.
Our favorite aspect of the MG24UQ is its color accuracy and fantastic out-of-box performance. Looking through our test results, we’re glad to see contrast ratios around 1000:1. Gamma, while not perfect, is pretty close to where it should be. Grayscale and color tests show a screen that hits all its targets as shipped, without any need for calibration. Though we tweaked our way to a few minor gains, the differences are not visible to the naked eye.
In fact there is little the MG24UQ cannot do. It’s equally well suited for gaming, entertainment, productivity, and even proofing tasks. While most professionals would wish for a larger screen, there is plenty of work that can be easily and accurately accomplished with this display. We also appreciate its ergonomics, the solidly-built, fully-adjustable stand, and the OSD joystick. If you’ve read our past reviews of Asus and BenQ monitors, you know we always prefer alternatives to the traditional bezel keys when navigating a panel’s menu system.
Since this is a gaming screen first and foremost, potential buyers have only one decision to make. Can you live with a maximum refresh rate of 60Hz? It’s certainly easy enough to dial a game’s detail levels to keep play in the 40-60fps window. But how much better is a monitor that can move pixels more quickly? Our preferred sweet spot is still found on a good QHD screen. With multiple models offering 144Hz and faster along with adaptive refresh, that is still the place to go for the smoothest possible gameplay. Ultra HD looks great, but we still think more frames-per-second are better than high pixel density.
Still, the MG24UQ is probably the best value in Ultra HD right now, whether you’re interested in gaming or not. You won’t find too many screens that offer this much for this little. For its exceptional accuracy and value, we’re giving it our Tom’s Hardware Editor Recommended Award.