Update: the ASUS PA246Q is now available to buy in the US. Availability expected in Europe shortly.
Caught up in our own fascination with LG’s upcoming LED-backlit IPS monitors and other marvelous devices shown at CES 2011 we managed to let this one slip under the radar. ASUS actually initially revealed this monitor in May last year but for whatever reason it was put on the backburner and only recently brought to light again. The ASUS PA246Q features a ‘professional’ P-IPS panel with a 1920 x 1200 resolution – similar to those found in high-end NEC monitors. Unlike most NEC monitors this one features enough pixel overdrive to bring the grey to grey response time down to a stated 6ms. This monitor is part of the ‘Pro Art’ series that ASUS has created to offer some attractive alternatives to the usual ‘TN riff-raff’ that they are often associated with. The PA246Q features ’7 CCFL bulbs’, DisplayPort 1.1a, DVI, HDMI 1.3 and a headphone jack. Despite the power-hungry mass of CCFL bulbs pumping out a retina-scorching 400cd/m2 rated luminance the colour gamut is restricted to around 98% sRGB. This is good news for some and bad news for others depending on your workflow and desire for vibrant colours. There are also some additional features on the PA246Q that we think are better explained by ASUS in this video:
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