ASUS PG191 Gaming Monitor
- Excellent image quality, 2ms response time, Superior sound quality, easy to use, built-in webcam
- Fairly bulky, not widescreen
It's not widescreen, but this monitor delivers where it counts: image, response and sound.
Price$ 899.00 (AUD)
With superb image quality, the 19in ASUS PG191 LCD will appeal to gamers due to its 2ms response time, built in speakers, and webcam. However its size, and the fact that it is not widescreen may dampen its appeal for some gamers.
Whenever we hear the phrase "gaming monitor" our first reaction is to be dubious as we have reviewed many monitors that claim to be designed for gaming that are nothing more than a fancy shell with integrated speakers. A "gaming" monitor must have a response time around the 2-4 millisecond point and needs to prove itself with high performance while playing games. In our testing, the PG191 certainly did just that and showed itself worthy of the title in that regard.
We put the PG191 through its paces with an exhaustive series of tests using DisplayMate Video Edition. DisplayMate uses a wide range of test patterns to push a monitor to its limits and reveal any flaws. The geometry and distortion tests showed no problems at all, while the sharpness and resolution tests (used to check for problems when displaying fine patterns) were rendered excellently. The PG191 displayed the test patterns with clarity and precision. Colour and greyscale were equally good with nothing untoward to report. We were also impressed with the uniformity tests as we found no problems and no backlight bleeding issues.
Colour shift was exhibited at any vertical angle except looking at the monitor straight on. However we found its horizontal counterpart good with no colour shift at up to 170 degrees. With a maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024 and an 800:1 contrast ratio this monitor should suit the needs of most gamers. Naturally, we ran gaming tests to confirm that the reported 2ms response time (gray-to-gray) was accurate. Using Unreal Tournament 2003, we checked for any ghosting or streaking but found none to report.
Part of this monitor's appeal for gaming is the built-in speakers and sub-woofer, both of which sound excellent. At highest volume, the unit was fairly loud and showed no distortion. The bass was rich and the general audio quality was quite robust. We did detect a high pitched buzzing sound of indeterminate origin in the original test unit. We asked ASUS to provide us with a second unit and it did not exhibit the same issue.
The PG191 is quite large compared to other 19in monitors. It has a 40mm thick bezel made entirely from gloss piano black plastic making it look more akin to a 20in monitor in overall size. One of the benefits of LCD monitors is that they don't take up much space, but this unit is quite thick. The panel itself is reasonably thin but when you take into account the sub-woofer, which protrudes quite far out the back, the unit as a whole is cumbersome. The swivel stand, sub-woofer mount and the sub-woofer itself are all finished in aluminium and look quite attractive. We also liked the lack of buttons on the bezel; instead, there are touch sensitive sections with lights underneath that act as buttons, adding an air of sophistication. Two of these are hotkeys that allow you to quickly switch between different pre-set sound and vision modes according to what you are viewing, and these include options such as Fighting Game and Shooting Game.
The ASUS PG191 can accept both DVI and D-Sub inputs and has three side mounted USB 2.0 ports. It also has a standard 3.5mm jack to supply the monitor with sound. A cable is provided with the unit that connects the D-Sub, sound and USB functionality.
The display calibration options are fairly standard with brightness, contrast, colour and tint controls. There are pre-set colour modes as mentioned earlier but most of these only seem to introduce too much magenta into the image. There are also dedicated audio calibration options, including controls for the sub-woofer and SRS TruSurround XT settings with 3D WOW.
The top of the monitor has a built in rotating 1.3 megapixel digital webcam which comes with very basic software for image and video capture. Using the provided software, the image quality isn't particularly impressive with noticeable pixilation across the entire image. However, when using the Windows XP webcam wizard or an instant messenger program, the image quality is much better and the pixilation disappears.
The ASUS PG191 may be a little too bulky for some and may not appeal if you prefer widescreen for your PC gaming. Nevertheless this monitor delivers superb display quality, high response rate, superior sound quality and an attractive aesthetic.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Acer Swift 7
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Huawei Mate 9
Lexar® Portable SSD
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Surface Pro 4
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- Horizon Zero Dawn review
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- TP.Net DeveloperSA
- FTDeveloper - XML & JavaVIC
- TPDesktop Support OfficerQLD
- CCSolution DesignerVIC
- TPMaster SchedulerNSW
- TPMid-Level Java DeveloperNSW
- TPTechnical Report EditorQLD
- FTSenior Software EngineerVIC
- FTSenior Software Engineer x 2 - Positive Vetting, NV2 or NV1 required!!!!SA
- FTChange Manager - Large Transition ProjectNSW
- FTSenior Full Stack .Net Developer - Internet of ThingsNSW
- FTJunior Software Engineer - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)VIC
- FTPerformance TesterACT
- FTCitrix EngineerNSW
- FT.net Developer (Front and Back end)QLD
- FTSenior Java Developers (Several positions available)QLD
- FTDeveloper/ ProgrammerSA
- FTFull Stack Developer (Front and Back end)QLD
- CCLevel 1/2 SAP Support AnalystACT
- FTSenior C++ EngineerACT
- TPSenior Service Desk AnalystNSW
- FTSenior Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)Other
- TPSenior Applications Support OfficerQLD
- CCProject Manager - Adelaide basedNSW
- CCSystems Engineer (Infra)NSW