The era of G-Sync exclusivity has come to an end and Nvidia has finally opened the box that has seamlessly let the classic Freesync feature to integrate with the once exclusive G-Sync – Most of the time…
Today we’ll be looking at a monitor from ASUS that is a relevant piece of hardware in the age of cheap 144hz monitors with classic default features embedded in them and that of course includes AMD Freesync.
What’s in the Box – Installation
The box is simple but didn’t really miss on anything important. It displayed all the general details without overdoing the size of the box – making this easy to carry when purchasing from your shop of choice.
The package is straightforward – all the essentials plus some other stuff are present (standard cables and audio extension)
Installation was way simple than what you would expect – Like c’mon did you see the really intimidating design of the monitor?. No fuzz – just screw in the bottom plate onto the monitor and you’re good to go.
The monitor was like it came out of a sci-fi movie – you know those spaceship fleets with detail-y hulls? The VG258 is the same thing and this was an actual surprise looking at the price point you’ll be getting this piece at.
The stand was superb at the very least and full tilt features was a cherry on top and again – the build of the stand was a great fresh breeze of air as I would regularly expect a more minimal type of stand at these types of monitors at the price point.
In-depth feature overview
The joystick for this monitor was a Godsend – I always admired companies that did these cause who does enjoy stretching out and guessing the buttons at the back of the monitor? It’s inefficient and a waste of time. The joystick to navigate the OSD should be a default in monitors these days – no questions asked.
The monitor did appear fairly bright out of the box but after tweaking with Window 10’s monitor calibration tool, gave out decent gamma and contrast – This was the same thing with the VZ239H, where you needed to tweak the monitor outside of the box.
Some knickknack of features was also readily available – usual ‘GamePlus’ features such as an on-screen crosshair, timer, display alignment grid and ‘FPS counter’ (which indicates the refresh rate and therefore gives an FPS indication if FreeSync is active).
G-Sync also worked well the monitor’s free sync – Validated as G-Sync compatible. Tested with Asus ROG Strix RTX2060 with no stutters in FreeSync range of 30hz-144hz as shown on video.
Final Thoughts and Recommendations
The VG258 is a worthy buy especially at this age of G-Sync compatibility – It offers a broad range in which the feature will work on and that’s great. The design and product offerings is a jar of cherry on top – More than what you would expect
Though it would need some calibration out of the box – the monitor brings true 144hz with decent color and gamma onto the table. and the price you’re paying for the whole package is decent (SRP Php17,360). The offerings of the monitor at the price point plus all the premium aesthetics it has brings it at a platform of balance between price and premium – and now that FreeSync is more usable – brings up to a gold award.