All eyes on the PA238Q

July 11th, 2011 in .Monitors & Displays .Products
Matt Black
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Following in the footsteps of the professional spec PA246Q, its new little brother – the PA238Q – has just launched for photo and video pro-sumers, hobbyists and web-professionals.

It’s difficult to highlight the PA238Q by its own merit if you’re putting it on paper next to the PA246Q, as it’s technically not as good. However it’s still fitted with a pre-calibrated IPS panel that can display in-excess of sRGB color. Across the monitor market that still makes it better than most others, and throw in the fact that it’s cheaper than the PA246Q so it hits a middle ground between budget and full professional. This niche means the PA238Q is still a valid temptation.

The new PA238Q

At 1920 x 1080 resolution it fits the standard of other monitors on the market, however the 23 inch size makes the pixel density slightly higher than a standard 24 inch 1080p display.

It’s also particularly limber as you can twist, tilt or adjust the height as needed. Me? I have to stand my two monitors on toilet rolls; no joke!

But again (back on topic) this is something the vast wealth of generic 22/23/24 inch monitors don’t do.

The professional-spec QuickFit function that displays overlays of real-world print and document sizes has been ported over from the PA246Q, as has the wealth of display connections which include, Display Port, HDMI, DVI-D and D-Sub. There’s a two port USB 2.0 hub but no speakers though since it’s not a ‘family’ or entertainment monitor.

One thing I didn’t realise the PA238Q does until I got the spec sheet was that it has picture in picture (PIP and PBP) support. This way you can plug in two display inputs and view them simultaneously. If you really can’t afford or don’t have space for a second monitor then this can be your display from another source – however there’s still a benefit of picture in picture as the images are side by side, so it’s easier to compare them in the same eye-line.

We’ll get some hands-on pics as soon as we can to show you the whole package, but for now drop your comments below or on our Facebook page.

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