Every other monitor Asus has come out with has been of the TN variety, some of them very good, but there's a clear divide between what you get with an IPS panel and a TN display. The former boasts better viewing angles, much improved color accuracy, and in recent times have even proved up to the task of gaming. The latter is usually lighter on the wallet, though.
As such, the PA246Q commands a premium price, going for about $500 on the street. That's a bit on the high side even for an IPS display, though there's plenty of marketing bullets Asus hopes will help convince you to loosen your money clip. The PA246Q provides 98 percent of Adobe RGB, boasts a wide 178-degree viewing angle, a built-in 12-bit Look-Up Table (LUT), Picture-in-Picture, portrait and landscape rotation, and a QuickFit Virtual Scale so you can fit photos and documents to the exact size you need printed.
|I/O Ports||USB hub (1 up, 2 down), memory card reader
Each PA246Q comes pre-calibrated out of the box so you can plug it in, turn it on, and start using it right away without futzing around with trying to fix color or geometry issues. What's more, Asus even includes a unique color calibration testing report showing sRGB, Adobe RGB, gray-scale tracking, and gamma value measurements. It's akin to receiving a custom benchmark report with an OEM system and gives you warm fuzzies that your unit's not a dud.
If this all sounds like gibberish to you, then welcome to the world of professional monitors. Whereas TN panels are typically judged by their brightness, contrast ratio, and response time, there's quite a bit more to consider with a high end display like the PA246Q. Gamers are welcome to dive in, and so are enthusiasts who demand the best hardware, but unlike TN panels, professionals such as graphic designers and those who are knee deep in CAD work stand to benefit the most from all the advanced features that sound like gobbledygook to the average Joe.