While DisplayMate lays out a monitor's performance in black and white (and blue and green and red and...), we also take into consideration a subjective analysis. After all, you're not purchasing a monitor to view test patterns for hours on end. To see how the PA246Q performs in the real world, we viewed a series of high definition movies and fired up a few games. Torturous, we know, but hey, you guys are worth every minute of our entertainment.
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Panda 2 Trailer @ 1080P
As always, we loaded up a mix of high definition movies for our subjective analysis, which relies more on our eyes than benchmarks. Of particular interest is how a panel handles both dark and light scenes, and PA246Q performed well. Without any backlight bleeding, darks remained dark, and as we touched on earlier, the PA246Q is able to run bright without washing out the colors. Credit the 10-bit panel here.
We always talk about how IPS panels have a poor reputation for gaming performance, namely ghosting. Perhaps it's time to put that notion to rest. Like NEC's PA271W, the Asus PA246Q handled our gaming 'chores' with aplomb. We're not saying there's no ghosting whatsoever, we're saying we have a tough time spotting it.
Do note that the PA246Q sports a 1920x1200 native resolution. On the plus side, that means you can get away with a mid-range videocard, but regardless of the 10-bit panel, it doesn't offer the same level of detail as a 2560x1600 panel, which are typically found on 30-inch monitors. Still, like everything else we threw at this monitor, gaming looked great.