REVIEW: Asus PA246Q Part 4
We cannot confirm the power consumption indicated in the Asus PA246Q’s data sheet with our measurements. With the backlight at its maximum setting, we measured power consumption of 83.7 watts. In hibernation mode, the power consumption of the Asus PA246Q is also higher than the indicated value, reaching 1.1 watts. On the other hand, the presence of a power switch which separates the PA246Q completely from the mains is exemplary. An active USB connection to the PC consumes an additional 0.4 watts when the Asus PA246Q is in use, whilst in standby or soft off mode, a USB connection has no effect on the power consumption. The Asus PA246Q does not offer any other energy-saving functions such as a light sensor or an Eco mode.
The Asus PA246Q is equipped with a large number of ports which are in common use at the moment. As well as a DVI and an analogue D-Sub VGA connection, the monitor also has a HDMI and a Display-Port connection. When material is played back via the latter two ports, a headphone connection offers the option to feed through the audio signal. There is also a USB Upstream connector, with which the Asus PA246Q can be connected to the PC for data transfer. To the left, separate from the connectors, are the external device connections for the power supply and a power switch.
All of the commonly used monitor ports are available on the Asus PA246Q.
There are also two USB connections on the left hand side, plus a 7-in-1 card reader. The memory card must be pushed in until it locks into place with a clearly audible click.
Easily accessible USB connections on the side as well as a 7-in-1 card reader.
The Asus PA246Q has seven buttons in total. These are located in the lower right corner of the frame and are arranged horizontally. Square, with sides measuring just nine millimetres, the buttons are very small – as is their labelling. Even at a normal sitting distance, it is difficult to decipher the writing, and if the surroundings are poorly lit, it is impossible to read anything. There is no choice but to learn the buttons off by heart, which is inconvenient for users who only use the OSD occasionally. In addition, the arrangement or function of the buttons is a little illogical for navigation in the OSD and therefore, the user may become frustrated after repeated wrong clicks.
Small and very inconspicuous buttons on the Asus PA246Q.
The QuickFit function is activated using the first button (left to right). If this button is pressed several times, various grids are shown above the image display. Thus, for example, a centimetre grid can be displayed and the actual size of an image can be demonstrated. As well as centimetres, inches and various DIN formats can be displayed. The grid display can be ended by switching through the entire selection once or otherwise using the neighbouring S/A button.
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