Asus VG245H 24-inch FreeSync Gaming Monitor Review

We cover a lot of cool new display technology, but regardless of how important or significant they are, the principal subject we see in reader discussions is price and value. The gaming monitor category is especially rife with expensive displays thanks to customer demands for things like high refresh rates, greater pixel density, IPS panels, and, of course, adaptive refresh.

We all know about the price divide between Nvidia’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync. The latter is found more commonly in value-oriented displays, while the former has become the norm for premium products. Today we’re checking out a new value-leader in the 24" category: the Asus VG245H.

Specifications

The VG245H represents something of a price breakthrough among 24" gaming screens. It’s the first one we’ve seen from a major manufacturer that cracks the $200 mark. And it doesn’t cut too many corners to achieve a competitive price. The panel is a TN part, which probably comes as no surprise, but it offers 8-bit color without FRC and a white LED backlight that’s flicker free. Resolution is 1920x1080, which means a reasonable pixel-density of 92ppi.

In addition to FreeSync, which operates over HDMI here, the refresh rate tops out at 75Hz. With much of the competition offering 144Hz, this is the only significant difference between the VG245H and other 24" gaming monitors. Adaptive sync works over a range of 40-75Hz, which means Low Framerate Compensation (LFC) is not possible. For that, the max rate must be at least 2.5X the minimum.

The remaining features are pretty much the same as what we found on the more expensive PG248Q. You get the same GameVisual picture modes, GamePlus, a slick OSD joystick for easy setup, and four memory slots to save your personalized configurations. For just under $200, this looks like a great package. Let’s take a closer look.

Packaging, Physical Layout & Accessories

To extract the VG245H from its carton, you’ll have to slide the entire package out like a drawer. There are two large foam blocks keeping everything secure. Assembly consists of attaching the base to the upright with a captive bolt.

Included cables are HDMI, VGA, analog audio, and a tiny external power supply. You also get a quick start guide and warranty card. The full User Guide can be downloaded from Asus’ website.

Product 360

The VG245H presents a trim appearance with a slim 13mm bezel that’s nearly flush with the anti-glare layer. While it’s not especially narrow, the tight mounting style means you’ll barely notice the division between screens in a multi-monitor setup. That precision is further aided by an alignment guide available in the GamePlus menu. The front of the screen doesn’t pick up stray reflections easily and provides a nice sharp image free of grain or other artifacts.

Controls are around back of the lower-right corner and consist of four buttons and a tiny joystick. It’s the same arrangement you’ll find on Asus’ premium screens, and it makes menu navigation super easy. There are no corners cut here as the keys click with a firm feel and positive response.

The stand offers tilt (38°), swivel (90° in each direction), height (130mm), and a portrait mode. Movements are just as high quality as the more expensive ROG PG248Q we just reviewed. Additionally, the height adjustment offers detents, so you can easily find your preferred position when the monitor is moved.

On the back you’ll find a bit of Asus’ sci-fi-tech styling with subtle lines molded into the plastic and a few interesting angles framing the input panel. The lines hide small grills which provide ventilation and a place for the stereo speakers. They play reasonably loud with minimal distortion, but their frequencies are restricted to the upper-midrange. Removing four screws detaches the upright and reveals a 100mm VESA mount.

The input panel is a first for us: a FreeSync monitor without DisplayPort. Adaptive refresh works over either HDMI input, and you’ll need to be sure to update AMD Catalyst if you happen to be running an older version like we were. There's also an analog audio input and a headphone output.

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  • ohim
    75Hz should not have the "Gaming" Tag next to the product, this is Office class hardware territory, even with the FreeSync tech. I have 60Hz FreeSync monitor and i`m alwasy outside the range of Freesync.
  • Yuka
    I was wondering... Is there a chance for Toms to include Monitor OC? I have a feeling this monitor, as it is out of the box, is not telling the whole story...

    In any case, thanks for the review. For the price, it doesn't appeal to me, TBH. Not even for mundane tasks/use.

    Cheers!
  • ahnilated
    What is up with all these 24" crap resolution and refresh rate displays?
  • newton75x
    it is nice and everything but 75hz is a deal breaker for a gamer even in a low budget .
  • huilun02
    LG has 75Hz IPS Ultrawides...
    Just sayin
  • eklipz330
    i got a 32" 2K freesync VA panel for $100 more....
  • Michael_498
    @Ohim: This is a nice sentence. One says it, the others copy it. Like in School. But let's think about it (which is different from School). If we synchronize the whole line from game over graphics Card to, finally, the Screen, we don't Need really more than 50-60 Hz because we cannot recognize it. More is only needed without Synchronisation, if it works the way I mentioned, which is still a long way to go for the industry. So be careful with your claims, especially with "even with G-Sync".
  • ohim
    2383686 said:
    @Ohim: This is a nice sentence. One says it, the others copy it. Like in School. But let's think about it (which is different from School). If we synchronize the whole line from game over graphics Card to, finally, the Screen, we don't Need really more than 50-60 Hz because we cannot recognize it. More is only needed without Synchronisation, if it works the way I mentioned, which is still a long way to go for the industry. So be careful with your claims, especially with "even with G-Sync".


    I know what i`m talking about since i own a product as such, do you ? I`m gaming on a 3440x1440 34" LG monitor with freesync in the range of 40 to 60. In games like Battlefield 1 at Ultra i have the game sitting in that range and it is ok, but every other game will be way outside this range and thus making the FreeSync useless, Gsync at 60 Hz is just as useless.

    You might say turn v-sync on and/or cap frames at 60, that`s a no go, unnecessary input lag induced for the joy of smooth frames. If you play games competitively (you do call yourself a gamer and buy a gaming product) then you want as much FPS as you can get for fast reactions. Some might say what`s the point of 150 FPS if you have a 60 Hz monitor, it is all about input and reactions and it helps, so if you come with a 60Hz/75Hz monitor and call it a "gaming" monitor i will laugh in your face.

    Manufacturers are milking the hell out of the "gaming" tag, at this point this monitor has nothing special about it, it`s a TN 24" monitor with added Freesync (this costs almost nothing to implement) so why ask 200$ for a monitor that is normally 100-150$ and doesn`t have anything to do with gaming ?
  • Verrin
    I think the value here is fantastic, with FreeSync. I can understand that most people reading this are enthusiasts with bigger budgets and higher standards, but outside of this readership I don't think most people want to spend more than 150-200 dollars on a monitor.
  • Yuka
    209787 said:
    I think the value here is fantastic, with FreeSync. I can understand that most people reading this are enthusiasts with bigger budgets and higher standards, but outside of this readership I don't think most people want to spend more than 150-200 dollars on a monitor.


    And why would an enthusiast with a lesser budget want a Freesync monitor?

    For that price you're 100 times better off with a non-Freesync 120Hz TN monitor like this:

    https://www.amazon.com/Acer-GN246HL-Bbid-24-Inch-Display/dp/B00KO4518I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1482255634&sr=8-3&keywords=120hz+monitor

    Cheers!
  • Verrin
    I'd imagine because to some people, the improved fidelity of 120Hz is not better than screen tearing. But the beauty here is that we have options-- I'd personally pick 60Hz FreeSync over 120Hz non-FreeSync (with preference to having both if I wasn't on a budget) but to each his own, right?

    73949 said:
    And why would an enthusiast with a lesser budget want a Freesync monitor? For that price you're 100 times better off with a non-Freesync 120Hz TN monitor like this: https://www.amazon.com/Acer-GN246HL-Bbid-24-Inch-Display/dp/B00KO4518I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1482255634&sr=8-3&keywords=120hz+monitor Cheers!
  • Yuka
    209787 said:
    I'd imagine because to some people, the improved fidelity of 120Hz is not better than screen tearing. But the beauty here is that we have options-- I'd personally pick 60Hz FreeSync over 120Hz non-FreeSync (with preference to having both if I wasn't on a budget) but to each his own, right?


    True, but I still find it odd that someone would chose a very limited Freesync (or even GSync) range of operation over a *way* more fluid experience. I moved from a 60Hz -> 120Hz -> 144Hz w/Freesync and the difference from the 60Hz to the 120Hz is day and night, but 120Hz to 144Hz+FS is not that much. Having a big range for the Sync technologies is kind of a big deal. Having only 40Hz of lower limit (mine has 35Hz) will still give you tearing when the (budget scenario) GPU can't push the pixels fast enough. At 120Hz, the screen refresh is so fast the tearing is lessened by a huge amount, so it becomes less of an issue; still there, but not as bad as 60Hz.

    In any case, you are right; more choice is better. Although I'm still puzzled on why you would go with this monitor.

    Cheers!
  • Verrin
    73949 said:
    In any case, you are right; more choice is better. Although I'm still puzzled on why you would go with this monitor. Cheers!


    In my case, I'm extremely sensitive to stutters and screen tearing. I can see both, clears as day, regardless of refresh rate. FreeSync/G-Sync has been the only legitimate solution to these visual artifacts. So 60Hz that allows for some frame dips with FreeSync to prevent vsync stutters is infinitely more pleasing to the eye than 120Hz with stutters and/or screen tearing, for me personally. I am aware however, not everyone notices or even sees either of these. What we perceive is a subjective affair.
  • rwinches
    This AOC reviewed here at TH is $199 on Amazon just click the link in the review.
    144Hz FreeSync between 35 and 144Hz.

    "For its solid image quality, trouble-free 144Hz refresh rate, and wide FreeSync range, we’re giving it our Tom’s Hardware Editor Approved Award."

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/aoc-g2460pf-24-inch-144hz-freesync-monitor,4743.html

    AMAZON LINK:

    https://www.amazon.com/AOC-G2460PF-24-Inch-Gaming-Monitor/dp/B01BV1XBEI/?&tag=bom-tomshardware-20&ascsubtag=[site|thaus[cat|[art|[pid|B01BV1XBEI[tid|14823485675302[bbc|LESPRIX
  • ArushK
    Anyone know if 75Hz is possible without freesync enabled on this monitor (using an nvidia card)?
  • Yuka
    2401553 said:
    Anyone know if 75Hz is possible without freesync enabled on this monitor (using an nvidia card)?


    Short answer: yes.

    Long answer: The name "Freesync" is just a piece of functionality that gets marketed but does not affect proper functionality. That is to say: any Freesync monitor will still work as a regular monitor. So, that implies, you can plug it into any video card you want and it will give you up-to 144Hz, but without "Freesync". Or at least, that is how I understand it. Plus, they have to accept any DisplayPort and HDMI certified device anyway; those standards don't imply GSync nor Freesync.

    Cheers!

    EDIT: Typos.
  • ColeJJones
    Perfect monitor for console gamers. It's perfect for the PS4 Pro which puts out 60fps max consistently.