The Asus ROG Strix XG259CM is more than just your usual gaming monitor. It comes loaded with extras like a KVM switch and a USB-C hub. Of course, you'll still get a fast IPS screen with a 240Hz refresh rate as well as support for AMD FreeSync, and Nvidia G-Sync. It's worth the S$699 retail price — if you use most of these features.
- 24.5-inch IPS panel, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
- 240Hz refresh rate, 1ms response (GTG)
- AMD FreeSync Premium, Nvidia G-Sync compatible
- DisplayPort, HDMI, USB-C, headphone jack
With a 240Hz refresh rate and support for variable refresh rate technologies, the ROG Strix XG259CM is definitely designed for gamers. I certainly didn't notice any smearing in games like Far Cry 6. Viewing angles are also pretty good on this matte display. Its Fast IPS screen offers vibrant visuals while maintaining a 1ms response time. Asus also calibrated the monitor in the factory for colour accuracy — Racing mode looks the best to me. The screen peaks at 400 nits, which is decently bright. But given that it's an 8-bit panel, it's not really ideal for HDR content.
Like the Gigabyte M28U, the Asus has a built-in KVM switch that lets you control two connected PCs (via HDMI, DisplayPort or USB-C) using a keyboard and mouse that are plugged into the monitor's two USB-A ports. The USB-C support is especially convenient if you have a modern laptop (with DisplayPort over USB-C) since you'll only require a single USB-C cable (included). But it's a pity that the Asus monitor doesn't deliver enough power (only 15W) to charge the laptop while connected. For desktops and older PCs without USB-C, you can use either HDMI or DisplayPort, together with the included USB-B to USB-A cable. Note that you still have to select your source device for the KVM switch in the OSD menu. But you can assign one of the shortcut buttons (found at the back of the monitor) for this task.
An unusual feature is the tripod socket at the top of the monitor stand. The idea here is that users can mount a DSLR camera or a smaller display (like the Asus ROG Strix XG16). No doubt, it's a niche feature more for streamers and hardcore gamers. But that's what you'd expect from a gamer-centric brand like Asus ROG. Of course, you do get the usual features that purport to give users an edge in games. For instance, you can add a crosshair, timer, or FPS counter. Or brighten the darker parts of the screen to make enemies easier to spot. As a monitor for work, the Asus has height, tilt and swivel adjustment. You can also pivot it to portrait orientation.
I liked the ease of use of the Asus ROG Strix XG259CM Gaming Monitor. The joystick controls are convenient, while the visuals are excellent. But at S$699, the Asus is not cheap. There are definitely more affordable 240Hz IPS monitors in the market. While you get extras like the KVM switch and the tripod socket, these features may not be desired by everyone. But if you appreciate them, the Asus is available on Lazada and Shopee.
Note: Review unit provided by Asus.
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