REVIEW: Asus PA246Q Part 5
QuickFit function: Display of a grid in inches or centimetres as well as various DIN formats.
If the OSD is not open, the user can switch through the pre-defined image modes using the S/A button; if the OSD is open, this button brings the user a step back. Button 3 is required for navigation in the OSD or allows direct access to the contrast regulator. The Menu button opens the OSD of the Asus PA246Q and then takes on the input/enter function. Button 5 is also used for navigation in the OSD or allows the user to change the brightness directly. A different signal input can be selected using the second last (sixth) button and finally, there is the power button.
The power LED of the Asus PA246Q is located beside the power button. When the monitor is in use, this is illuminated white and when it is in standby mode, the light is orange. The very small power LED is neither distracting nor particularly bright, but nonetheless, the OSD offers the option to deactivate it. Then, the power LED is not illuminated either when the monitor is in use or in standby mode.
Power LED on the Asus PA246Q. Left to right: in use, in standby mode and switched off.
The OSD of the Asus PA246Q is very similar to that of the VE278Q. It is divided into six categories and, since the PA246Q does not have any integrated speakers, there is no Audio category. By way of compensation, the Asus PA246Q offers 6-axis colour control. Therefore, we will only look at the differences in more detail. Navigation through the menu is convenient, but because of the small buttons and tiny labelling, it takes some practice initially in order to be able to locate the right button for the desired order.
OSD of the Asus PA246Q.
This menu contains the pre-defined image modes as well as the User image mode. In the latter, all colour settings as well as the 6-axis colour control are available in the "colour" menu.
Depending on the selected image mode, all or only particular options can be changed. In "Standard" image mode, for example, the user can only influence the luminance, contrast, colour temperature and gamma.
If the Asus PA246Q is connected digitally and run in its native resolution, only the sharpness can be changed in this menu. An interpolated resolution has the result that an additional sub-menu option "Control" becomes active and that means that the user can determine the scaling of the Asus PA246Q. All other options are only applicable in analogue use.
The Asus PA246Q offers a picture-in picture function. The PA246Q in the same manner as we already described for the Asus VE278Q. Only VGA and Display-Port are available for selection for picture-in-picture display, regardless of whether the primary display is via the DVI or HDMI connection. We cannot understand why the most sensible combination for the picture-in-picture function – namely, DVI to HDMI and vice versa- does not work. The position of the smaller window as well as the size and option to change between the small and the main display is also offered on the PA246Q.
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