Asus PA238Q review

Will the IPS technology behind this panel help it differentiate itself from the TN hordes?

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Asus pa238q

We've been desperate for something, anything, other than a TN screen at an affordable price for a while now. Few monitor makers have been willing to deliver. Admittedly, BenQ has given us a couple of cheap screens with VA panels, but the recent BenQ EW2430 was seriously disappointing.

There's an open goal waiting for Asus to slide home a winner.

On paper, the Asus PA238Q certainly looks like premier league material. Along with that all-important IPS panel, you get an LED backlight and a huge colour gamut that captures 100% of sRGB. Nice. You also get a full complement of inputs, including HDMI, DVI, VGA and even DisplayPort. There's picture-in-picture support, too.

The Asus PA238Q is a fine physical specimen too.

The stand is fully adjustable in all directions and hewn from the right sort of plastics. It's sturdy stuff. We also love the minimalist styling vibe. The overall effect is like an IBM laptop from the ThinkPad heyday – no nonsense quality, in other words.

But the real clincher involves image quality.

Asus claims every PA238Q is carefully colour calibrated at the factory and the result is indeed impressive. Rarely, if ever, have we seen a screen with such deft black, white and colour scales out of the box. The viewing angles are impeccable, too.

As for pixel response, we have very good news indeed: this is one of the snappiest IPS panels we've ever seen.

We liked

The panel. The backlight. The chassis. The colours. The input options. The price. Frankly, what's not to like?

All of our previous experience with cut-price VA and IPS panels has lead us to expect some kind of downside, visual nasty or obvious specification faux pas, but not here.

We disliked

It isn't easy picking holes in this classy screen, but one or two imperfections are visible.

Our review sample had the slightest whiff of backlight bleed on the right-hand edge. And like all IPS screens, there's a little backlight glow at some angles when viewing very dark tones. But that's about it.

Final verdict

It's been a long time coming, but the (very nearly) perfect PC monitor has finally arrived. Buy one.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Monitor
Number of Screens1
HDCP SupportedYes
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, TCO Certified Displays 5.2, RoHS, WEEE
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount CompatibleYes
Adjustable Display AngleYes
Brightness250 cd/m², 250 cd/m²
Screen ModeFull HD
Colour Support16.7 Million Colours
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Brand NameAsus
Contrast Ratio1,000:1
Mount TypeWall Mountable
Screen Size58.4 cm (23")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Response Time6 ms
Built-in DevicesUSB Hub
Operating Power Consumption33 W
Height with Stand495.70 mm
Width with Stand548.80 mm
Depth with Stand201 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelPA238Q
Product NamePA238Q Widescreen LCD Monitor
Manufacturer Part Number90LME4150T00081C-
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

High Color Accuracy with Low Delta E
Each PA238Q is pre-calibrated with a maximum E (Delta E) of less than 5. Ensures precise reading of color input and guarantees excellent color fidelity.

Flawless Gradation with 10-bit Look-up Table
PA238Q's built-in internal 10-bit Look-up Table can produce greater depth for each RGB colors than 8-bit Look-up Table in conventional monitors. Resulting in smooth gradation and accurate color resolution.

Mercury-free LED-backlit panel
Embedded LED backlight panel helps power saving and environmental protection with no mercury usage.

Package Contents
  • PA238Q Widescreen LCD Monitor
  • Cable Tie
  • DVI Cable
  • VGA Cable
  • Audio Cable
  • Power Cord
  • DisplayPort Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Support CD
  • Warranty Card
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)5.50 kg