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Pros: Good for a wide range of uses. I just leave it in sRGB mode all the time...
My photos look great
Nice sharp text for office work
YouTube movies look nice too
16:10 aspect ratio is helpful for document editing (more height)
Cons: Difficult to properly calibrate with a colorimeter (explained below.)
Colors in web pages, photos, etc. are exaggerated with default settings out of the box (but easy to fix.)
Other Thoughts: I’ve had this monitor for almost 6 weeks now. I use it at home for a wide variety of things ranging from photo retouching in Photoshop to work in Microsoft Office to watching YouTube videos.
Bottom-line: I give it 5 –stars and I’m extremely happy with what it delivers at this price point.
Be sure to read this: You probably care about accurate color if you buy this monitor. If so, don’t use the default settings, but instead go to the OSD and set the display to “sRGB mode”. Also turn the brightness down to a comfortable level.
sRBG mode is factory-calibrated pretty well and that is probably sufficient to satisfy many people. (It also supports AdobeRGB if you want to use a fully color managed workflow and understand how to take advantage of wide gamut.) If you’re accustomed to calibrating your monitors, this display is capable of even higher color accuracy and nice neutral grays. This is not as easy as it could be, but there is an effective workaround. See the “Trouble Calibrating Asus PA249Q Wide-Ganut Display for sRGB” thread on the DPReview web site for details. I used an old i1Display 2 colorimeter calibrated to work with this display’s GB-LED backlight using a borrowed spectrometer, and the great open source argyllCMS/dispcalGUI software. My photos look great and the grays are nice and pure.
My PA249Q’s power supply is silent and the display has no dead or stuck pixels. Some 24” displays are 16:9, others are 16:10 like this one. I prefer 16:10 and find the extra height that this display offers as a result very useful especially in MS Office. Text is very sharp.
This reportedly has an LG LM240WU9-SLA1 IPS LCD panel with a GB-LED backlight. (Search for "The Evolution of led backlights" for a helpful article by Adam Simmons.) I really only found one other monitor in this class, although previous generations of this model still seem to be popular (and less expensive.)
Color and brightness consistency between the corners and the center are only average. I found the brightness varied from about 106 cd/m2 at the upper left corner to 133 in the center, and color varied by around 3 delta E in a rough test (i.e. may not be accurate.) Your experience may vary, but I really don’t notice this in daily use. If you need it, true professional monitors costing 2-3x as much offer backlight uniformity compensation features that really work.